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The Latest of Microsoft Office Developer Tools: Office Add-in Commands and SharePoint 2016 Support

Office’s message at Build was loud and clear: Office is an open market for developers who want to reinvent productivity, backed by a consumer base of 1.2 billion users. Qi Lu welcomed developers to the Office ecosystem in his Build keynote, and showcased new robust extensibility features that enable you to create custom experiences in Office...

Visual Studio TACO Update 8 and new Ionic templates

Last week we announced many new Visual Studio updates, including Ionic support in the Cordova Extension for Visual Studio Code, and Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova (TACO) Update 8. In this post, I’ll highlight the main changes included in the Visual Studio TACO Update 8 release – which you already have If you installed Visual Studio...

Build Ionic Apps in Minutes with VS Code

With our Cordova Tools Extension for Visual Studio Code, you can use your existing web skills to build cross-platform hybrid mobile applications for iOS, Android, and other platforms. This means that you can create and maintain one project to target millions of potential customers using various mobile devices. One of the most popular ...

Top news from January 2016

The year has gotten off to a great start and it seems that .NET, the web, and TypeScript get the prize for the most popular topics! ASP.NET 5 is dead: Did we get your attention with that heading? Well, it’s not dead at all, it just has a new moniker as Scott Hanselman explains in Introducing ASP.NET Core 1.0 and .NET Core 1.0. I love the ...

Develop ReactNative apps in Visual Studio Code

ReactNative is a great way to build native, cross platform app for iOS and Android using JavaScript. We recently announced the launch of a Visual Studio Code Extension that enables you to build, debug and preview Apache Cordova apps. And today we’re pleased to announce the availability a similar extension for ReactNative! ReactNative vs. ...

Apache Cordova development lands on Visual Studio Code

Thousands of developers already use Visual Studio’s Tools for Apache Cordova—affectionately abbreviated as “TACO”—to build mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows using a shared JavaScript codebase. Within the IDE, TACO provides everything you need to install and configure the native SDKs, preview your app, debug on emulators and ...

Top News from October-December 2015, Part 2

In Part 1 of this post I shared news from the fall on Visual Studio, .NET, ASP.NET, and languages. Here I’ll conclude the roll-up with news around Connect(); //2015, cross-platform development,. Visual Studio Code, Windows 10, and a little more. Connect(); //2015: Our second Connect(); event was, to my mind, even more impressive than the ...

Top News from October-December 2015, Part 1

It’s been a few months since our last roll-up of top developer stories, so I’ll be catching up with the news from last fall in two posts. We’ll start here in Part 1 with Visual Studio, .NET, ASP.NET, languages, and a few other tools for good measure. Part 2 will cover a variety of topics including Connect(); //2015, Windows ...

Unit Testing Apache Cordova Apps with Visual Studio, Part 2

Part 1 of this post provided some background on unit testing with a basic example in Visual Studio for an app written with Apache Cordova. In this post we’ll make many improvements to that example using the process of test-driven development, which helps you separate the process of thinking about how to challenge a unit of code to ...

Unit Testing Apache Cordova Apps with Visual Studio, Part 1

See Part 2 of this series. Great apps—like great artists, actors, and athletes—are great performers. Human beings validate and continually improve their performances through extensive training, practice, rehearsals, and after-the-fact reviews. We achieve these same ends in software development through many levels of rigorous ...

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