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  • Blog Post: Post-Release Goodies

    The Rosetta lander Philae wasn't the only thing in space last week. Our launch of Visual Studio 2015 Preview and our announcement to open source the full .NET server stack were out of this world. After all, it’s not every day that you can say your work trended higher than Kim Kardashian on Twitter...
  • Blog Post: Short Videos Demonstrating What’s New in Visual Studio 2015 Preview for C#, VB, and F#

    Our team has put together a set of short videos to highlight some of our work in Visual Studio 2015 Preview . Check them out to learn more about what’s new in C# and VB, how F# can be good for enterprise, and how to improve your code quality with “analyzers”. To learn more about our...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Visual Studio 2015 Preview for C# and VB

    Download Visual Studio 2015 Preview and review the release notes . Over the past several years, our team has been hard at work re-implementing the full language stacks for C# and Visual Basic. While this was a long investment, we knew that an improved stack with a cleaner architecture would allow...
  • Blog Post: Help make Edit and Continue better!

    UPDATE 2014-05-20: We've received enough responses and the survey is now closed. Thanks everyone! Hey VB developers! Do you get tired of seeing this box (I know I do)? Tell us about it! The Visual Studio team would like your anonymous feedback on improving Edit and Continue (E&C) when...
  • Blog Post: Install Published Samples with Visual Studio

    You can use Visual Studio 2012 RC to download and install samples from the MSDN Code Gallery . You can download only the samples you need, or you can download one or more Sample Packs, which group several samples that relate to a technology or topic. You'll receive a notification if source code changes...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic 11 Beta Available for Download!

    As you may have read in Jason’s announcement , today we announced that Visual Studio 11 Beta is now available for download . This is a huge release for Visual Basic as it provides full platform support for building Windows 8 Metro style apps, a first-class asynchronous programming experience, and...
  • Blog Post: Editing XML Literals Embedded Expressions in Visual Basic 2010 (Avner Aharoni)

    The implicit line continuation feature in Visual Basic 2010 provided an opportunity to improve the code editing experience in XML literals embedded expressions. In Visual Studio 2008, pressing Enter inside an embedded expression would result in the cursor being positioned to the left of the end embedded...
  • Blog Post: CodeRush Xpress Released Today! (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    CodeRush Xpress is a FREE Visual Studio 2008 add-in containing 60+ refactorings, 7 editing features, and full support for C# and Visual Basic. Download here CodeRush Xpress includes the following features. Duplicate Line Highlight All References Increase or Reduce Selection Smart Clipboard Operations...
  • Blog Post: CodeRush Xpress 9.1 Beta: 59 Refactorings, 17 Consume-first providers, and Much more! (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    Very exciting news! Developer Express is coming out with a new version of the FREE add-in we all know today as Refactor! . The new product, CodeRush XPress, builds on Refactor! by increasing the refactoring count to 59! It also includes a host of other editing functionality, making it a much richer tool...
  • Blog Post: Walkthrough: Quick Search for Files and Symbols in Visual Studio 2010 (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    Quick Search has to be one of my favorite features in the 2010 CTP. I find myself using it all the time ! I hope you will find it useful in your development too. The Quick Search functionality has become a pretty common feature in development environments today. That's because it since it handles such...
  • Blog Post: Walkthrough: TDD Support with the Generate From Usage Feature in VS 2010 (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    As part of the October VS 2010 CTP , we also shipped a set of walkthrough documents explaining how to use the product to experience the new features. The CTP was released as a Virtual PC image, and can be a pretty hefty download to undertake. So for those of you just interested to know what's there,...
  • Blog Post: VB 2008 Keyboard Shortcut Posters -- Download your copy today! (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    Some of you may be using the 2005 posters we released last year. There is now a 2008 version available as well! There aren't too many changes. We've actually tried to stay pretty consistent with the VB keybindings (going back to at least VB6), since we know there's nothing more frustrating than upgrading...
  • Blog Post: Did you know? You can unwind the call stack from exceptions (Bill Horst)

    The ability to unwind the call stack from exceptions is one of the debugger features that was newly introduced in Visual Basic.NET 2005. When the debugger hits a first-chance exception, you can unwind the call stack in order to make code edits to fix the exception and continue debugging with the changes...
  • Blog Post: Did you know? There are many ways to insert a snippet into your code (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    Code snippets were introduced in the Visual Basic 2005 release. They provide an easy way to learn how to do a particular coding task, or to re-use a piece of code in various parts of your application. Code snippets can be inserted in a variety of ways. The method you choose will depend upon the situation...
  • Blog Post: Video: Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Tips and Tricks (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    I've blogged the session materials for this presentation before, but now we finally have the video available too! Here are some section markers: Enjoy! http://www.microsoft.com/emea/teched2008/developer/tv/default.aspx?vid=79
  • Blog Post: Video: The Joy of Writing Code in Visual Studio 2010 (Karen Liu)

    We've had a couple recent posts about the Code Focused development experience coming up in the Visual Studio 2010 IDE: Code Focus Announcements in the TechEd EMEA Keynote Code Focus Videos on Channel 9 Now for the ultimate coverage (a complete TechEd presentation on the subject), check out the following...
  • Blog Post: Code Focused Development in Visual Studio 2010 (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    Do you spend a lot of your day in code? (Writing code, navigating code, modifying code, understanding code, testing code, debugging code, etc.) If so, then the Visual Studio 2010 IDE has got a lot in store for you! In this release we're focusing on optimizing for code-focused development, which covers...
  • Blog Post: Did you know? 300+ Visual Studio Tips & Tricks (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    Did you know that Sara Ford just recently passed the 300 mark for her Visual Studio Tips & Tricks? Sara used to be a tester on the Visual Studio Core IDE team, and knows the IDE inside and out! I remember the first time I met Sara was 4 years ago when she was writing some automation and called to...
  • Blog Post: Channel9 Interview: Meet the VS "Development Experience" Team (Beth Massi)

    Today I posted another Channel9 interview . This time I met with the team that brings us the "experience" of coding in Visual Studio, also sometimes referred to as the VS IDE Team. I ask them how their design process works, what the top requested features are for the code editors, how they...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic and CSharp IDEs Uncensored (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    Interested in hearing about what the Visual Basic and CSharp program managers *really* think about the two IDEs? Come join Karen Liu and me as we chat about the goals, similarities and differences of the VB & C# IDEs. We also discuss our favorite features and where we think IDEs are going in the...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic at TechEd SouthEast Asia (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    This is a follow-up to my presentations at TechEd SouthEast Asia. Please find all the descriptions and materials for the presentations on the following resource page: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/techedsea Here are some direct links to the materials: TLA 314 - Visual Basic 2008 Tips and Tricks...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Interview: New Editor Features in Visual Studio 2008 SP1 (Beth Massi)

    Today I posted another Channel 9 interview on SP1. This time, Yang Xiao, a tester on the VB IDE team is back demonstrating new improvements to the "Go To Definition", "Find All References" and Rename capabilities in the editor when flipping between code and XAML in Visual Studio 2008...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Interview: XML Schema Explorer in Visual Studio 2008 SP1 (Beth Massi)

    Today I posted an interview on Channel 9 with Yang Xiao , a tester on the VB IDE. In this interview Yang shows us the new XML Schema Explorer in Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 . This new window is invoked when you right-click on an XML literal element or namespace and select "Show in XML Schema...
  • Blog Post: WANTED: Your feedback on a potential Call Hierarchy feature (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    Last post , I introduced the VS Languages Future Focus page on Code Gallery. This time, we'd like to get your feedback on another potential IDE feature: Call Hierarchy. Please find a description of the feature here: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/vslangfutures/Wiki/View.aspx?title=Call%20Hierarchy&referringTitle...
  • Blog Post: WANTED: Your feedback on a potential Quick Search & Navigate feature (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    We've started a new page on Code Gallery called "Future Focus" , to collect your feedback on ideas that we're considering for future versions of Visual Studio. The latest post is regarding an IDE feature to help you quickly search for and navigate to symbols in your code. Please see a description...
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