Creating a Temporary Visual Studio Environment

Sometimes you will find that you need a cloud environment for working on a project. In some cases, you need the environment to perform a task that would take too long when you run it locally (for example, downloading a large file to transfer to Azure Blob Storage). Perhaps you need a mobile environment to…

Visual Studio 2017 Will Be Released March 7

It’s always an event when a new version of Visual Studio comes out, and the general release of Visual Studio 2017 marks 20 years of Microsoft’s groundbreaking integrated development environment. Visual Studio 2017 will be available for download March 7, and Microsoft is celebrating the occasion with a two-day training for developers who want to…

Microsoft to Release Mac Version of Visual Studio

In a month of many surprises, Microsoft has one more for developers everywhere: It’s finally bringing Visual Studio to Mac. A preview version of Visual Studio for Mac will debut at this week’s Connect conference, according to a blog post the company published and later deleted. (Thanks to our friends over at Engadget for saving…

Learn Faster, More Effective Debugging

When a developer says they are debugging their code, that really means they are doing some superficial looking in the debugger. Today’s debuggers are so much more powerful than most developers realize. With a little bit of training they can easily cut the time they spend debugging by 20 percent. That means more time spent…

Paid Extensions Added to Visual Studio Marketplace

Microsoft’s Visual Studio Marketplace, home to hundreds of extensions for Visual Studio, VS Team Sevices and VS Code, will now offer paid as well as free extensions, the company announced earlier this week. Software companies will be able to sell their extensions to developers that use the Visual Studio integrated development environment under monthly licenses…

.NET Core 1.0 Released, Visual Studio 2015 Updated

.NET Core 1.0—the open-sourced, cross-platform version of Microsoft’s web development framework—is now generally available. The release Monday caps two years of effort, in which nearly 10,000 developers participated, according to Microsoft. .NET Core 1.0 will allow developers to create web apps, micro-services and libraries that work on OS X and Linux as well as Windows.…

Choose Your Own Visual Studio Adventure

Microsoft is expanding its Visual Studio installation options, making it even easier for developers to quickly install just the features they need. The company already previewed a new ‘light install’ option as part of Visual Studio 15, the latest version of the IDE that’s rumored to be shipping later this year. The new installer shaves…

Free Xamarin, and Other Goodies for Developers From Build 2016

On Day Two of Build 2016, Microsoft made the announcement that developers have been hoping for since the company acquired Xamarin in February: Xamarin tools will now be free for all Visual Studio users. Subscribers to both paid and free tiers of Visual Studio will have access, which lowers considerably the cost of developing native apps…

Microsoft Begins Private Testing of Newest Visual Studio Version

A lighter, faster version of Visual Studio will likely be on its way to developers soon, perhaps by Build 2016, ZDNet reports. Code named “Visual Studio 15″—but not to be confused with the already-available Visual Studio 2015—the new version has already been released to some developers in private previews, according to ZDNet. Testers report that the…

Microsoft Buys Xamarin, Bets on a Cross-Platform Future

The past year has seen Microsoft take a number of strides towards realizing CEO Satya Nadella’s “cloud-first, mobile-first” vision. Once laser-focused on its own devices and operating systems, the company is increasingly platform-agnostic: It wants business customers and developers to use its cloud-based software, no matter what OS they prefer. On Wednesday, Microsoft took those…

Visual Studio’s Java Tools Challenge Offers $85,000 in Prizes

The latest Visual Studio Marketplace hackathon focuses on integrating Java and Visual Studio, and the maker of the best extension or app will win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. Here’s the challenge, according to Microsoft: Create a Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) extension that helps developers create, test, deploy, etc. Java apps. Or,…

New Perks Added to Visual Studio Dev Essentials

Microsoft has announced some new benefits available to subscribers of Visual Studio Dev Essentials, the free version of its developer tools. The program already offers complimentary access to the Visual Studio development environment and code editors, certain cloud services, and technical support—as well as free training here at Wintellect. As of last week, Microsoft is…