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  • Blog Post: The longest introduction to C#

    Today, I suddenly found my first book about C#. Here is the first C# program from there: using System; class Hello { public static void Main(string []args) { if (args.Length==0) { Console.WriteLine("Hello, World"); } else { Console.WriteLine("Hello, " + args[0]); } } } And here is the first one...
  • Blog Post: De-stress with Debugging and Diagnostics

    In the spirit of welcoming the new year, we have a #BreakPointCA gift for you. In this episode of Breakpoint, Paul and Jonathan share their thoughts around debugging, diagnostics and reveal the secret of how they came up with the name "BreakPoint". In case you have any feedback or questions...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Time Saver– Setting and creating themes

    Do you prefer a light background and dark text? dark background light text? black and white? Green? Red? Purple? In this post I’ll show you how to change and create color themes used in Visual Studio Visual Studio has different built in color themes you can choose. You can change between the...
  • Blog Post: An Introduction to the new TFS/VSO Build System

    Build services are foundational to a good DevOps strategy.  TFS has had a scalable build capability since the product launched in 2005, as did Visual Studio Online when it launched in 2013.  With the introduction of Visual Studio 2015, however, Build services just became a whole lot better...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Code for Mac developers: Editor features

    As I mentioned in the previous post, Visual Studio Code is a folder-based editor. So, in order to open existing project you need to open the project’s folder. If you want to create a new project, you just need to create a folder and open it in Code. Based on files’ extensions, Code uses...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Code for Mac developers: How to install

    Today I am going to start a series of posts about Visual Studio Code for Mac developers. Visual Studio Code is a new, lightweight integrated developer environment which supports more than dozen languages like TypeScript, JavaScript, C#, and supports lots of different features including debugging and...
  • Blog Post: UWP: Profiling and debugging tools in Visual Studio 2015

    I have already published a post about Live Visual Tree but Visual Studio 2015 has lots of different tools which allow you to tune your application on Universal Windows Platform. Let’s make an overview of some of these tools. But before the start, just make sure that you switch the Enable Diagnostic...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Time Saver–Working with tabs

    When we code in Visual Studio we open and close endless tabs. Make sure you have your tab settings optimized for the way you work. In Visual Studio 2013, they gave us the ability to pop out tabs into a floating window, but there are more settings behind the scene to customize the way the tabs work as...
  • Blog Post: Converting .NET 4.6 Projects to the VS 2015 Project System

    To take advantage of multi-targeted outputs from our project – allowing our assemblies to be used from multiple frameworks across the organization – we want to upgrade our projects to use the new project system in Visual Studio 2015. Previously, we would have needed a base project and then...
  • Blog Post: State triggers and Blend

    At last, Windows 10 is released and today developers have access to Visual Studio 2015 and Windows 10 SDK. I have already published some posts about Universal Windows Platform and Visual Studio 2015, and I promise lots of topics about it over next months; but today I want to drag your attention to Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio Online

    Visual Studio Code has lots of different advantages like: It’s very fast and doesn’t require much resources. Even on my Windows laptop, where I have Visual Studio Enterprise installed, I like to use Visual Studio Code to open JavaScript or TypeScript files just to check something using...
  • Blog Post: Intel just open sourced Stephen Hawking’s speech system and it’s a .NET 4.5 WinForms app that you can try for yourself

    Disclaimer: This post does not constitute an endorsement of any Microsoft service, technology or product by Stephen Hawking. The purpose of this post is to discuss Intel’s communication platform for individuals with disabilities and it’s technical details. Pictures are used purely for informational and...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Time Saver–Enhanced Scroll bar, everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask!

    The enhanced scroll bar makes it easier to navigate your code, but what do all those different squares mean? In Visual Studio 2013, they added an enhanced scroll bar. It’s a handy way to locate modified code, errors, unused variables and more! You can see a demonstration of all the different...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Time Saver – Presenting code in PowerPoint

    Quick tips to make you more efficient in Visual Studio. Today’s tip: there is a great free add-in that makes it easier to show code in PowerPoint. Have you ever had to display code in a PowerPoint presentation? PowerPoint is not designed for displaying snippets of code. I taught programming courses for...
  • Blog Post: Imagine kids building instead of playing video games! and they can earn prizes doing it!

    We have two great reasons for younger students aged 9-18 to explore building video games and the resources to help them learn how!  Step 1 – Just try it and earn rewards through Developer Movement Step 2 – are they hooked? Keep going and enter Imagine Cup Break into code Tips and resources to help...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Code

    What is Visual Studio Code ? Visual Studio Code ( VSCode ) is the new addition to the Visual Studio family. Visual Studio Code is a free, lightweight, super fast, cross platform development tool for building Web applications. It works well with both Node and ASP.NET 5 apps, to manage your HTML5, JavaScript...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Time Saver– Fast Select and Edit

    Quick tips to make you more efficient in Visual Studio. Today’s tip: keyboard shortcuts for selecting your code. I love cut, copy, and paste. Even my twelve year old son knows CTRL+C, CTRL+V and CTRL+X. That’s why it’s useful to know all the keyboard shortcuts to select the code you want to cut, copy...
  • Blog Post: Five Use Cases for Visual Studio 2013 Community

    Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition is a fully featured version of Visual Studio free for small teams and open source development. Compared to the previously available free edition of Visual Studio (Express), the Community edition combines tools for Web, desktop, cloud and mobile development in one...
  • Blog Post: BREAKPOINT: The Power of the Manual Tester and How Visual Studio Makes You Even Better

    When you ask people that build software what some of the common tasks are, a large majority of responses include the word "testing".  Testing is IMPORTANT and every software project needs it.  In fact, the sooner testing is introduced into the lifecycle, the more effective it is. ...
  • Blog Post: LIVE: The Power of the Manual Tester

    Watch here LIVE today at 12:00pm ET. When you ask people that build software what some of the common tasks are, a large majority of responses include the word "testing".  Testing is IMPORTANT and every software project needs it.  In fact, the sooner testing is introduced into the...
  • Blog Post: Waiting for gulp Tasks To Finish in Visual Studio

    In a previous post , I outlined how to use Bower in Visual Studio 2013. While this code works for the typical developer workflow, a reader pointed out that errors were observed when attempting to publish to Azure using the Visual Studio publish dialog. After further investigation, I was able to determine...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Time Saver – Faster HTML Coding

    Quick tips to make you more efficient in Visual Studio. Today’s tip: How you can write your HTML code faster with VS Web essentials and Zen Coding If you are a web developer than you are writing HTML. < div id =” content ” > < sentence > The fun thing about HTML is all the opening and...
  • Blog Post: Let us take you from complete beginner to professional web developer

    It can be difficult to connect the dots from beginner programmer to understanding the architecture of a full fledged application. We've put together a learning path to try and help! This post shares a learning path that can help you go from beginner coder to creating the architecture of a professional...
  • Blog Post: Using Bower with Visual Studio

    You may have heard that with ASP.NET 5 and Visual Studio 2015, Microsoft will be using Bower as a client-side package manager. That means that packages like jQuery, Bootstrap and Angular will no longer be referenced using NuGet. This might scare you initially, but I very strongly believe that this is...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Time Saver–How can YOU request features in Visual Studio?

    Quick tips to make you more efficient in Visual Studio. Today’s tip: How can you request a feature or fix in Visual Studio I frequently get comments on my blog posts or videos asking “Why doesn’t Visual Studio do <insert feature here>?” It’s incredible the rate at which updates are coming out for...
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