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  • Blog Post: Introducing the Project System Extensibility SDK Preview

    We are very pleased and excited to announce the availability of the Project System Extensibility SDK . With it, you can define a new project type and begin writing extensions to customize the user experience or add features in just a few minutes while owning very little code. Gone are the days where...
  • Blog Post: Tools for Apache Cordova – Samples and Docs

    Open source code is the norm for so many developers these days, and unsurprisingly, so is open documentation. From Azure to TypeScript , public repositories have become a go-to place for sharing samples, tutorials, and “tips and tricks” so that everyone can learn and contribute together as...
  • Blog Post: Building Mobile Apps with Ionic and Monaca

    Cordova makes it easy to build an app for iOS, Android, or Windows using web technologies. While the Blank project templates provide all the raw materials to build your basic “Hello World”, you’ve told us that you’d like to see richer starting points that use best practices vetted...
  • Blog Post: Top News from April 2015

    This top trending post is a collection of what we think are some of the top stories in April. This is our third such post ( top news from February 2015 , top news from March 2015 ) and we would love to hear your feedback. Are these posts interesting and informational? Do you have other blogs or articles...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the GitHub Extension for Visual Studio

    Today, Steven Guggenheimer announced Microsoft's collaboration with GitHub and introduced several projects that make it easier for developers on GitHub to work with Visual Studio and Azure. In particular, the GitHub Extension for Visual Studio released today by GitHub lets you clone your existing GitHub...
  • Blog Post: GitHub Integration in Developer Assistant

    Developer Assistant for Visual Studio is a productivity plugin that brings the combined power of Bing Code Search capabilities and contextual help to day-to-day developer problems, like resolving code errors and searching for projects and code samples. Developer Assistant has taken a big leap with integration...
  • Blog Post: Playing with VS Extensibility

    [Updated] In a presentation to developers in the //build keynote on Thursday, April 30, we demonstrated a Minecraft mod as an example of Visual Studio’s extensibility and ecosystem. With a gift for understatement, that demo caused a little bit of confusion. We should clarify our intent: this...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Windows 10 Apache Cordova platform

    Apache Cordova allows developers to write apps targeting iOS, Android, Windows, and Windows Phone with a single codebase using HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. Today, Apache Cordova support for Windows 10 is available for developers to begin experimenting with building Cordova apps that support the Universal...
  • Blog Post: Node.js Tools 1.0 on GitHub and VMs Available

    With the start of a new season of Game of Thrones, folks are sitting on the edge of their seats waiting to see what’s coming. Unlike the Khaleesi who seems to be going nowhere fast, Node.js Tools for Visual Studio (NTVS) has made some moves recently. Over the last month, we released Node.js Tools...
  • Blog Post: PyCon 2015 in review

    A couple weeks ago we headed off to PyCon 2015 . If you missed PyCon, there is another opportunity to come see us. PyData Seattle is hosted at Microsoft’s Redmond campus in July 24-26. The call for proposals and early-bird registration are still open, so if you’re a data scientist using Python...
  • Blog Post: Using RequireJS with Visual Studio

    As applications become richer and more complex, it becomes important to structure code so that it’s easy to refactor components independently. To understand how one piece of code depends upon another, developers turn to the best practices of modularity and encapsulation to structure code as a collection...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Partners with Unity, Unreal, and Cocos2d Game Engines

    A moment ago, Soma blogged that today we’re announcing that Visual Studio has partnerships with three of the top gaming engine providers: Unity Technologies (creators of Unity3D), Epic Games (creators of Unreal), and Chukong Technologies (creators of Cocos2d). The gist of the partnerships is that...
  • Blog Post: Recap of Connect(“Live”); Q&A Events for February & March

    Have you attended a Connect(“Live”); event? What? You haven’t? Well, then, here’s the details: These events are 1-hour long, informal, live-streaming chats with the product teams, providing you an opportunity to ask questions and share feedback. Every few weeks we’ll bring...
  • Blog Post: Connect(“Live”); – HTML, CSS, JavaScript, & TypeScript Live Q&A

    This week we bring you another installment of our Connect(“Live”); // Q&A series, this time featuring Mads Kristensen, Damien Edwards, and Ryan J. Salva who work on core Visual Studio capabilities for web developers . This is your chance to hear from the experts and ask questions during...
  • Blog Post: PyCon 2015: April 8-16

    Many Visual Studio blog readers probably don’t know that Visual Studio has great support for Python or that Azure Machine Learning lets you write in Python, and I’m betting even fewer of you know that our Python Tools team is heading to PyCon Montreal . We’ll be there to hang out with...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Tools for Unity 2.0 Preview 2

    Today we release Visual Studio Tools for Unity 2.0 Preview 2. VSTU is Microsoft’s free Visual Studio add-on that enables a rich programming and debugging experience for working with the Unity gaming tools and platform . The main feature of Visual Studio Tools for Unity 2.0 Preview 2 is the official...
  • Blog Post: Enhancements in Bing Developer Assistant March Update

    In December 2014 we released the RTM version of Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio . This extension combines the power of Sample Browser and Bing Code Search to make it easy for you to find and reuse over 19 million code snippets and sample projects. Last month, we improved the user experience...
  • Blog Post: Top News from March 2015

    It’s a pattern only if you see it happen at least twice, so here is our second post in the monthly top news series. This month again we looked at various content across the developer sphere and bring you what we think are some of the top stories. We hope you find this list useful and interesting;...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Upcoming Features Timeline

    Over the past few years, Visual Studio has been shipping products on a quicker cadence to ensure our customers have the best and most up-to-date tools in the industry. As part of this, we have been working to be more and more transparent to help you understand what we’re working on and show you how truly...
  • Blog Post: Updated ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit

    If you use the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit , you know that our long-time Visual Studio partner DevExpress maintains it, and that it’s free and open-source. Recently they released an updated and improved ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit. You can download this new version here: devexpress.com/act ...
  • Blog Post: Node.js Tools 1.0 for Visual Studio

    [UPDATE] We have updated this post. Look for an [UPDATE] tag to find the updates. Node.js Tools 1.0 for Visual Studio (NTVS) is now available for download ! NTVS is a free, open source extension for Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2013 that turns Visual Studio into a Node.js IDE. NTVS 1.0 supports...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Azure API Apps Tools for Visual Studio 2013

    With the Azure SDK 2.5.1 Release we took the opportunity to combine existing Web Publishing techniques with the new Azure Resource Management APIs to support Azure’s newest feature for Web, Mobile, and API developers – Azure App Service . We’ve added Azure API Apps as a publishing target...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Tools for Windows 10 Preview

    Today we announced the Visual Studio 2015 Tools for Windows 10 Preview . These tools enable you to build Windows universal apps that run across all Windows 10 devices from Windows Phone to Xbox and Windows Store. In addition, you can also use these tools to build desktop Win32 apps that leverage Windows...
  • Blog Post: Connect(“Live”); // WPF Team Live Q & A

    It’s been a busy week for the .NET teams here at Microsoft. We’ve just concluded our two day, live, free, dotnetConf 2015 event , with 19 sessions from both our product teams and community presenters. If you missed it, don’t worry. You can watch all the videos on-demand over at the...
  • Blog Post: dotnetConf 2015 – Join us live March 18th and 19th

    dotnetConf is a free, live web event featuring speakers from Microsoft product teams and the .NET community at-large. Together, across two content-packed days, we’ll cover .NET 2015, ASP.NET 5, .NET open source, and cool community presentations – including several from our MVPs, Xamarin partners...
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