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Create great looking, fast, mobile apps using JavaScript, Angular 2, and Ionic 2

In a recent Visual Studio Toolbox episode, I highlighted some new Ionic 2 templates for use with the Visual Studio 2015 Tools for Apache Cordova (TACO). These new Ionic 2 RC templates are now available for you to try out and in this post I’ll talk you through what’s new. > Download Ionic 2 templates on the Visual Studio Extension ...

Announcing Visual Studio “15” Preview 5

Today we released Visual Studio “15” Preview 5. With this Preview, I want to focus mostly on performance improvements, and in the coming days we’ll have some follow-up posts about the performance gains we’ve seen. I’m also going to point out some of the productivity enhancements we’ve made. So kick off the installer here and ...

New C# 7.0 features in Visual Studio “15” Preview 4

Over the past couple of previews, new C# language features have been trickling in, but Preview 4 marks a point where the majority of C# 7.0 are now available. Here's a code sample that uses a good number of these features, and that works in Preview 4 today: For a full write-up about tuples, deconstruction, pattern matching, local ...

Create high quality mobile apps with Ionic & Visual Studio

Are you a web developer building mobile applications today? Are you considering joining the ranks of web developers moving beyond the mobile web to mobile app development? If so, then we have a treat for you – a new set of Visual Studio templates, building on top of the Apache Cordova platform, Ionic UI framework, and using the TypeScript ...

On the Road to Release: Redesigning Visual Studio Installation

For those of you who have been closely tracking the progress of our next release of Visual Studio (codenamed Visual Studio “15”), you’ll know that one of our big product release themes is installation and update. We are refactoring our installation to be smaller by default, faster and more reliable, and easier to manage, as described in ...

News from Xamarin Evolve: What’s next for Visual Studio and Xamarin

Less than a month ago, at //BUILD, we announced the integration of Xamarin technology into our Visual Studio product line, furthering our Any Developer, Any App, Any Platform approach and bringing even more power and productivity to the nearly 13 million devs who have already downloaded Visual Studio 2015 and the 10 million who have downloaded...

Previewing Salsa – the New JavaScript Language Service in Visual Studio “15”

The new JavaScript language service, codenamed "Salsa", is now available in Visual Studio "15" Preview. Language services are responsible for providing syntax highlighting, completion lists, signature help, and other tooling features for a specific language inside the IDE. Salsa delivers many improvements over the existing JavaScript language ...

New and Noteworthy Extensions for Visual Studio – March 2016

It was great to see the excitement around last month’s post and I heard from many of you that you have discovered some new extensions. March has been another great month for the Visual Studio ecosystem. We added over 100 extensions to the Visual Studio Gallery. To help you enjoy this creativity from the community, every month or two I’ll ...

New and Noteworthy Extensions for Visual Studio – March 2016

It was great to see the excitement around last month’s post and I heard from many of you that you have discovered some new extensions. March has been another great month for the Visual Studio ecosystem. We added over 100 extensions to the Visual Studio Gallery. To help you enjoy this creativity from the community, every month or two I’ll ...

Visual Studio “15” Preview Now Available

At Build 2016 we shared a preview of the next version of Visual Studio, which we call Visual Studio “15” (not to be confused with Visual Studio 2015). The download is available here. This is a Preview and is unsupported, so please refrain from installing it on your production environments. This preview lays a lot of groundwork for vNext...