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The .NET Language Strategy

The .NET Language Strategy I am constantly aware of the enormous impact our language investments have on so many people's daily lives. Our languages are a huge strength of the .NET platform, and a primary factor in people choosing to bet on it - and stay on it. I've been here on the .NET languages team at Microsoft for more than a decade, and...
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Tuple Tuesday!

One of the central features we're trying to add to both VB and C# in the near future is tuples. If you've never heard of a tuple it's a primitive data structure for combining values together that many other programming languages have supported for years, including .NET's F#, but has been suspiciously absent from Visual Basic. A tuple is ...
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Happy 25th Birthday, VB!

That’s right! Today marks the 25th (“Silver Anniversary”) since VB first debuted to the world. It seems like just yesterday I’d only been at Microsoft a little over a year when VB turned 20. Looking back at the progress of 5 years—a complete revamp of the IDE and debugger, a trove of new language features, and millions of lines of ...
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Announcing .NET Framework 4.6

Update: See .NET Framework Releases to learn about newer releases. We’re excited to announce the RTM releases of .NET Framework 4.6 and Visual Studio 2015 today. You can read about the new features or leave that for later and try them out now. The quickest way to get started is to install the free Visual Studio 2015 Community version. ...
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Thank you for your contributions

Since going open source, Roslyn has had 45 and Visual F# has had 29 unique code contributors external to Microsoft. To celebrate and appreciate our first contributors, we sent them each a small gift in the mail: a mug with the classic “cup of tea” language joke as well as the SHA1 of their first commit engraved on the back of the ...
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Save the day with a Visual Basic, C#, or F# T-Shirt!

Mads and Dustin showed off these stylish little numbers at BUILD and ever since we've been getting pinged by community members wanting to know where they can get their very own so they too can show their passion for their favorite programming language(s). Who wouldn't want to look this awesome? These were originally team t-shirts from years ...
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‘Paste JSON As Classes’ in ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 RC

‘Paste JSON As Classes’ is a cool feature in ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 RC. This feature will help you generate strongly typed classes in C# or VB.NET from valid JSON text. With ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 RC installed, you will see new menu option like below for C# and VB.NET Website and Web Application projects only. This new menu ...

KB2650605 QFE : VS2010 sp1 VB web form editor may not become editable during debugging

We recently released a VS2010 sp1 QFE KB2650605 to solve a VB editor debugging problem.  During VB web form debugging, VB web form may become un-editable if there are server tags inside.  If you develop and debug VB web forms, you might be interested to download this QFE. http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/Downloads/...