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Articles we enjoyed

C++ Edit and Continue in Visual Studio 2015 Update 3
We’ve been continuing to improve on C++ Edit and Continue (EnC) since we shipped it in Visual Studio 2015 with the default debug engine and the VC 140 toolset. We’ve addressed a fair bit of customer feedback and based on this, I’ll go over the latest developments in C++ EnC for Update 3 (download) and other clarifications in this blog post.

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Feature Preview: Creating load tests using HTTP archive
If you have used cloud-based load testing before, you may already be familiar with the ability to run a ‘quick load test’ using the VSTS portal. It’s a great way to: Run a quick load test for your app – you just need to enter the app URL. Easily learn about the basic features – running tests from different locations around the world, viewing and analyzing results in the browser, analyzing the test errors, etc.

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Cutting Edge – Reflections on Code First, Persistence and Domain Modeling
Code First is a piece of functionality you find in Entity Framework (EF) that lets you model database tables using plain .NET classes. Frankly, I think the name Code First is a bit misleading, but the work it does under the hood is crystal clear. Code First lays out the structure of the database being used and provides an all-round object-oriented API to work with stored data.

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Explore Telemetry Trends using Application Insights Trends Tool in Visual Studio
Recent updates of Visual Studio 2015 introduced a new tool for analyzing how your application behaviors over time  using the Telemetry data. The Application Insights Trends tool in Visual Studio can analyze the data from the different set of telemetry types, time range and group by them in to different category.  You can launch this window form the solution explorer by selecting “Explore Telemetry Trends” option.

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Videos we favorited

Microsoft Virtual Academy – Introduction to Angular 2.0

Do you want the web apps you create to closely simulate desktop applications? Angular 2.0 can help you do just that, to provide a better experience for the user and improve the overall app performance.

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Start learning C# with this new interactive tutorial

This tutorial is aimed at people who are learning C# for the first time. No prior programming knowledge is required, but if you're coming from another language, many of the concepts will already be familiar to you and you should be able to move through the tutorial more quickly.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

Visual Studio Update 3

Today, we are happy to announce the release of Visual Studio 2015 Update 3. One of the top issues reported in Update 2 was around high memory consumption. We addressed this issue in Update 3 RC, reached out to customers who had reported this issue, and received positive confirmation on the fix. In Update 3 you will see many such fixes addressing customer feedback around performance and stability. Read more

Visual Studio «15» Preview 3

Today I am happy to share Visual Studio “15” Preview 3 (which is different from Visual Studio 2015 Update 3). This is still a Preview and is unsupported, so my recommendation is to not install it on your production environments. That said, it should install right on top of any previous Visual Studio “15” Previews and side by side with previous versions of Visual Studio. Here are the Visual Studio “15” Preview Release Notes, and Visual Studio “15” Preview 3 Known Issues. Read more

Announcing Entity Framework Core 1.0

Entity Framework Core (EF Core) is a lightweight, extensible, and cross-platform version of Entity Framework. Today we are making Entity Framework Core 1.0.0 available. This coincides with the release of .NET Core and ASP.NET Core. Read more

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