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Run book Run! From physical paper to executable online books

Have you ever wanted to run the code samples while reading a book? Without having to first download the sample code, its runtime, and configure your environment so that everything is setup the way you need it? What if you could be reading a book, and immediately execute (and change!) the code without needing to install anything on your ...

Visual Studio 2017 Version 15.5 Preview

Yesterday we released the second Preview of Visual Studio 2017 version 15.5 and we would love it if you would try it out and tell us what you think. We’ve polished up some features that were introduced with the first Preview, addressed some of the issues you’ve reported, and made improvements in the product's fundamentals such as performance, reliability, and productivity.

Webinar: Level-up Your Unity Games with Visual Studio, C#, and Azure Easy Tables

Join David Antognoli on Tuesday, November 7th at 9 am PT / 12 pm ET / 4 pm UTC for our “Build Better Games with Unity and Microsoft Azure” webinar. He'll show you how to add an Azure cloud data store to your Unity games and create more immersive player experiences. With Visual Studio Tools for Unity, you get the best of both worlds. You ...

Open Sourcing the Java Debugger for Visual Studio Code

Since we first released our Java Debugger extension for Visual Studio Code on September 28, it quickly became the most trending extension of the month. And of course, lots of feedback and suggestions were submitted from our active developer community. You shared, we listened. In this quick follow up release, we’re open sourcing both our Java...

Visual Studio Team Services notifications in Visual Studio IDE

In our earlier post “Continuous Delivery Tools Extension for Visual Studio 2017” , we introduced failure notifications for a single tracked Continuous Integration (CI) build on Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). In subsequent releases of the Continuous Delivery Tools for Visual Studio extension, our notification model evolved, to ...

Step-back while debugging with IntelliTrace

Have you ever stepped while debugging, realized that you’ve taken one step too far, and wished you could step back? Or, while stepping, saw a variable change in an unexpected way, and wish you could go back a step and see what its value was before? Now you can, all without having to restart debugging to recreate the state again! In Visual...

Visual Studio 2017 Version 15.5 Preview

Today we are releasing the first preview of Visual Studio 2017 version 15.5. You can either download it, or if you already have Preview installed, you’ll receive a notification that the update is available. This latest preview contains new features, improvements to key fundamentals such as performance and productivity, and other enhancements to address customer feedback. Read the feature highlight summary below, and check out the Visual Studio 2017 version 15.5 Preview

Visual Studio 2017 Version 15.4 Released

Yesterday we released updates to several of our products: Visual Studio 2017 version 15.4, support for .NET Standard 2.0 in the Universal Windows Platform, and the release of Visual Studio for Mac version 7.2. This minor update contains new features and performance improvements as well as fixes for bugs reported by you. Some highlights are mentioned below, for the full feature list check out the Visual Studio 2017 version 15.4 Release notes.

7 Hidden Gems in Visual Studio 2017

I’ve been working on developer tooling for over 16 years, and I still love it when I find a new tip or trick that shaves seconds off a repetitive task. The set below are features that I see infrequently used but can save loads of time! Gem #1 - Expression Evaluator Format Specifiers The part of the debugger that processes the language ...

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