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Visual Studio Gets Official C# Unity Debugging... At The Cost Of Two Other Languages

Microsoft regularly operates in mysterious ways (Windows 8, anyone?) with one of its more intriguing — and recent — manoeuvres being the acquisition of SyntaxTree. The company is best known for UnityVS, a Visual Studio extension that allows developers to debug games created with Unity 3D in Redmond’s popular IDE. A month after SyntaxTree’s integration into the mothership, Microsoft has released an updated version of UnityVS, renaming it to “Visual Studio Tools for Unity” (VSTU), while also removing the $US99+ price tag.


Use The Shift Key To Work Better In Visual Studio

Visual Studio saw a major update this week, but the developer tool has long boasted a rich set of keyboard shortcuts — so many that there are always new ones to learn. Two very handy options you may not have encountered revolve around the Shift key.


Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 Enables Universal Apps

Just as TechEd North America 2014 kicks off, Microsoft has officially released Update 2 for Visual Studio 2013. The big addition here is the ability to work on universal Windows apps, which can use most of their code across Windows, Windows Phone and (eventually) Xbox.


First Alpha Of Node.js For Visual Studio Released By Microsoft

I’m sure there are plenty of developers out there that would love to develop for Javascript and node.js in Visual Studio, but haven’t been able to due to the IDE’s lack of language and debugging support. Well, that’s no longer the case, with Microsoft releasing a freshly-minted alpha of Node.js Tools for Visual Studio.


Microsoft, Why Don't You Want Us To Use Visual Studio Express 2013?

Visual Studio 2013 was released a few days ago and with it, updated Express editions for hobbyists and those who don’t require the full spectrum of features the commercial product provides. Unfortunately, VS Express 2013 for Windows Desktop shares a problem with its 2012 predecessor — the removal of the Exception Assistant.


How Visual Studio 2013's Editor Eliminates Parentheses Pain

Visual Studio 2013 has been out in preview since Microsoft’s BUILD conference last month. One simple but useful feature that has been added? Whenever you type in an opening parentheses (whether it’s curly or a regular bracket), its matching counterpart is automatically added.


How To Run The Windows Phone Emulator On Windows 8.1

Inevitably, preview releases break some software, and Windows 8.1 is no exception. Developers building Windows Phone 8 apps may experience problems using the emulator on a Windows 8.1 preview system, but there’s a workaround.


Briefly: Top 5 Lunch-Hour Workouts, 25% Off iTunes Cards, $10 Convection Oven

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: Visual Studio 2013 Preview available now, get a Convection Oven for $10, five lunch-hour workout ideas.


Visual Studio Updates Available As ISOs

Until recently, updates to Visual Studio have required a live net connection. However, Microsoft has announced that Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 has been released as an ISO image that can be downloaded and installed offline. Microsoft plans to ship ISO images for the RTM version of future Visual Studio updates, in addition to the existing distribution mechanism.

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Visual Studio 3D Starter Kit Adds Windows Phone 8 Support

The Visual Studio 3D Starter Kit, designed to make adding 3D functionality to games and apps easier, has been extended to include support for Windows Phone 8. (Hey, anyone tempted to build a 3D game and enter it in our apps competition?) Full details and install instructions at the link. [Visual C++ Team Blog]