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  • Blog Post: TIP: Don’t Touch! Well okay go ahead…Touch Support in Visual Studio 2015

    Today’s tip shows you the touch support added to the code editor in Visual Studio 2015 We recently announced the Visual Studio 2015 preview . So this week I wanted to share If you have a touch screen device, then chances are, like me, you find yourself reaching out more and more to tap the screen instead...
  • Blog Post: The First Days of the New .NET

    I’m personally really excited by what is going on (after the announcements at Connect(); on November 12). I believe that open sourcing .NET will enable more innovation from outside the Microsoft walls. Looking at the Visual Studio’s UserVoice page , we can see that people are asking for a lot of things...
  • Blog Post: The Power of Speech in Your Windows Phone 8.1 Apps–Speech Recognition

    Previous posts in this series: The Power of Speech in Your Windows Phone 8.1 Apps The Power of Speech in Your Windows Phone 8.1 Apps – Text-to-Speech In the first two parts in this series, you learned how to enable users to launch your app using voice commands and how to allow your apps to read out information...
  • Blog Post: Evolving ASP.NET Apps – Updating jQuery

    This post is a continuation of the Evolving ASP.NET series: Evolving ASP.NET Apps - Introduction Evolving ASP.NET Apps – Evaluating the Code Evolving ASP.NET Apps – Moving to a Web Application Evolving ASP.NET Apps – Dealing with Dependencies Evolving ASP.NET Apps – Updating Search jQuery was a revolution...
  • Blog Post: TIP: How to get rid of /the/really/long/file/path/that/shows/up/in/searchresults

    Quick tips to make you more efficient in Visual Studio Customizing search output in Visual Studio When you do a Find in Files (CTRL+SHIFT+F), by default the output displays the file path which can fill up the results window. Did you know you can use a registry key to customize the output of...
  • Blog Post: Building a Visual Studio Extension with Roslyn

    In this guest post, Josh and Amadeus the co-founders of Code Connect, an Ontario based technology startup share their reasons for and experience of creating an extension for Visual Studio and the new Roslyn complier. Josh, a passionate programmer, loves to build developer tools and explore how they can...
  • Blog Post: Exploring Future Tools: Using .NET Native for Increasing Windows Store App Performance

    Traditionally, C# and VB developers enjoy the comfort and productivity of desktop application development using the .NET Framework. The introduction of .NET on non-traditional devices, such as tablets, phones and IoT gadgets, added new vector for the Framework evolution – superior performance on low...
  • Blog Post: IDE Eye Test: Is your Dev IDE better, worse or about the same?

    What development environment have you used?  I go way back and got started programming with dBase III and Clipper.  What was our development environment of choice back then?  Why Notepad.exe of course.  It was cool.  You could copy and paste "stuff".  You could...
  • Blog Post: Internet of Things: My first experience with Galileo 2 (part 1)

    I didn’t feel so excited since that time, when I bought my first PC – ZX Spectrum. It was a new world, which required strong programming knowledge as well as ability to make research. And today I will open a door to one another new world, where I will try to integrate my programming knowledge...
  • Blog Post: Kinect With Me Part 3 - Creating a Gesture-Controlled App in Just Three Steps

    This Kinect for Windows v2 tutorial series will help you build an interactive Kinect app using Visual Studio and C#. You are expected to have basic experience with C# and know your way around Visual Studio. Throughout the series, you will learn how to set up your Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and dev...
  • Blog Post: Exploring Future Tools: Roslyn, Next Generation Open-Source C# Compiler

    The next major version of Visual Studio, currently known as Visual Studio “14”, will bring various changes in .NET development stack. These changes include .NET Framework and ASP.NET vNext, RyuJIT compiler, .NET Native and new C# compiler - Roslyn. Project Roslyn was announced a few years ago as an attempt...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Time Saver: Dude where’s my files?

    Quick tips to make you more efficient in Visual Studio By default, the file path for Visual Studio projects is very long. When you want to access a subfolder or file in your project from Windows Explorer or reference the file path in your code, you can find yourself navigating up and down folders...
  • Blog Post: BREAKPOINT: Microsoft Azure – A Perfect Server-Side Solution for Mobile Apps

    One of the challenges developers face is finding the right platform to host backend services for apps.  While the application is the piece of the puzzle users interact with, much of the magic happens behind the scenes, in the Cloud.  Microsoft has built a number of capabilities into its Azure...
  • Blog Post: The Power of Speech in Your Windows Phone 8.1 Apps - Text-to-Speech

    If you’ve read the first post in the series , you are well versed in the ways of using voice commands to launch your Windows Phone app. If you completed the mini-challenges that I provided, then you’re well on your way to becoming an expert. Once a user launches an app using Voice Commands, they may...
  • Blog Post: Part 6: Get started with Python: Build your first Django Application in PTVS

    This is a tutorial series which will teach you how to code in Python. We will start with the absolute basics of installation of Python in Windows and Python Tools in Visual Studio. We will then go through basic constructs in Python and write a couple of programs to summarize what we have learned. Part...
  • Blog Post: Kinect With Me Part 1 - Setting Up Your Machine

    This Kinect for Windows v2 tutorial series will help you build an interactive Kinect app using Visual Studio and C#. You are expected to have basic experience with C# and know your way around Visual Studio. Throughout the series, you will learn how to set up your Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and dev...
  • Blog Post: The Power of Speech in Your Windows Phone 8.1 Apps

    I had the opportunity to present a session on Speech Recognition for Windows Phone while at That Conference in Wisconsin Dells in early August. The session was well received and there was a lot of excitement among those that attended, so I promised them that I would provide an online walk through of...
  • Blog Post: Using Visual Studio 2013 for analyzing memory issues in WPF applications

    The concept of memory leakage in .NET applications is slightly different from native application memory leaks, but the problem of leaking code still exists in managed world. .NET applications can leak memory and run out of resources when unused objects are still referenced by other objects and cannot...
  • Blog Post: Part 5: Get started with Python: Debugging in PTVS

    This is a tutorial series which will teach you how to code in Python. We will start with the absolute basics of installation of Python in Windows and Python Tools in Visual Studio. We will then go through basic constructs in Python and write a couple of programs to summarize what we have learned. We...
  • Blog Post: Evolving ASP.NET Apps–Updating Search

    This post is a continuation of the Evolving ASP.NET series: Evolving ASP.NET Apps - Introduction Evolving ASP.NET Apps – Evaluating the Code Evolving ASP.NET Apps – Moving to a Web Application Evolving ASP.NET Apps – Dealing with Dependencies In our last post, we started updating 3rd party components...
  • Blog Post: BREAKPOINT: Get Your Data On with SQL Server and Visual Studio

    When data is transformed into information it becomes a powerful and actionable tool for decision-making. But data doesn't exist in a vacuum. Some of the best SQL server tools for data development run within Visual Studio. Paul Laberge and Jonathan Rozenblit show you how to harness the power of SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: TIP: Where Does the Open Brace Go?

    Want to start a fight between two coders? Ask them if the open brace goes on a new line or at the end of the method declaration! Luckily you can set up Visual Studio to put the brace in whichever location YOU prefer. Go to Quick Launch and type in "format" you will find lots of great options to control...
  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 6 – The Finale and Debugging Remote Node Apps

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express , how...
  • Blog Post: Free ebook Creating Mobile apps with Xamarin

    Download the free ebook: Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition: Cross-platform C# programming for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, by Charles Petzold. You can download PDF and Mobi formats at Microsoft Virtual Academy . Released Monday to help celebrate the Xamarin Evolve conference...
  • Blog Post: Programming Arduino in Visual Studio with Visual Micro

    Instead of using the out-of-the-box Arduino IDE, why not use Visual Studio to program your boards? Visual Micro is a free Arduino programming tool for Visual Studio that supports all Arduino versions and the Intel Galileo in a single IDE. Since the dawn of Arduino , geekdom has been raving about...
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