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Did You Know About These 'Underused' Features Of Visual Studio?

No one person could ever hope to master every shortcut an expansive IDE such as Visual Studio has to offer. The best thing you can do is get a handle on the most useful ones, though “most useful” doesn’t mean “well-known”, as Microsoft’s Scott Hanselman highlights.


Get A Head Start With Xamarin's Cross-Platform Tools With This Detailed Explainer

So, Xamarin is now bundled with Visual Studio and licensed in such a way that you can use it for whatever you like, but that doesn’t help the budding cross-platform developer get a handle on the “how”. If you’re looking for a head start, Microsoft has an excellent video just for you.


Microsoft Releases 4.6.2 Update For The .NET Framework

.NET Core might be all the rage these days, but the original .NET Framework is still being updated. Last week Microsoft upped the version number to 4.6.2 and while it doesn’t include any killer features, it’s a solid update nonetheless.


Microsoft Releases Protocol To Standardise Code Editing Experience For All Programming Languages

Microsoft has unveiled its open source Language Server Protocol which aims to give a consistent experience for developers that edit their code in Visual Studio Code, regardless of what programming language they use. Here’s what you need to know.


You Can Now Write C++ Code For Linux In Microsoft Visual Studio

Microsoft has launched an extension for Visual Studio that lets developers code using C++ for Linux servers, desktops and devices in the integrated development environment. Here’s what you need to know.


JetBrains Opens Early Access Program For Its C# Editor, Project Rider

Last month JetBrains — of ReSharper fame — unveiled its plans for a C# integrated development environment that would effectively come with ReSharper and IntelliJ built-in. If you want to give it a try, JetBrains is now taking down details for its Early Access program.


Microsoft Offers US$300 Azure Credits To Visual Studio Dev Essentials Members

Microsoft is ramping up efforts to woo developers to its Visual Studio Dev Essentials program by offering up US$300 worth of credits for services on the company’s Azure public cloud platform. Here are the details.


JetBrains Announces Project Rider, A Cross-Platform IDE For C#

Visual Studio with ReSharper installed is hard to beat when it comes to .NET development, but that doesn’t mean competition isn’t welcome. If you’re a C# developer willing to experiment, JetBrains has announced its own cross-platform IDE, called Project Rider, that will include “a lot of functionality that you are already familiar with from ReSharper and IntelliJ-based IDEs”.


Android++ For Visual Studio Is Now Open Source

Android++ is a tool that simplifies the development process for high performance Android apps in Microsoft’s Visual Studio. The latest version of the software has now been open sourced.


Microsoft's Free Visual Studio Program Gives You Free Software And Online Training

With Visual Studio you can develop apps for Windows as well as Android, iOS, and the web. Microsoft has released a Visual Studio Dev Essentials program to give you the tools you need to start coding — including Parallels for Mac and Pluralsight training.


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