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Having got the newly released “Visual Studio 2017” installed in my PC, I decided to try writing cross-platform .NET Core Apps. I started with the simplest of apps, to write a console app and see how it goes. To follow along you can download Visual Studio Community edition, which is free or the commercial versions. You can refer to this Microsoft doc titled “Building a C# Hello World Application with .NET Core with Visual Studio 2017” for additional information on what I am doing here. The next step is IMPORTANT. You need to access the .csproj file by right-clicking on…

Almost after two decades, today I ran “Visual Basic 6.0” installer and setup the programming platform that I love a lot. In a “Windows 7” OS the setup ran fast. I was able to quickly write a “Hello World” program, compile and generate an application EXE. The EXE that got generated was just 16KB in size!!! and it ran perfectly in “Windows 10”.

Today is the 20th birthday of Microsoft’s Visual Studio which has remained the environment of choice for millions of developers around the world. To celebrate this day, Microsoft has launched the latest version-Visual Studio 2017 today. You can download it from here. When I went through my attic now, I found 3 artifacts that were connected to early days of Visual Studio, the below picture shows them: books on Visual Basic 3.0, Visual Interdev 6.0 and a box of Visual Studio.NET 2002. My first contact with Visual Studio was in it’s earlier life when it was called as Visual Basic…

I have been a Microsoft Regional Director from 1999 and I cherish the opportunity to work with the legends of technology.  Regional Directors aren’t Microsoft employees. Established in 1993, the program consists of 150 of the world’s top technology visionaries chosen specifically for their proven cross-platform expertise, community leadership, and commitment to business results. Regional Directors deliver keynote at top industry events, leading community groups and local initiatives, running technology-focused companies, or consulting on and implementing the latest breakthrough within a multinational corporation. This week I got featured as one of the RDs’ in the spotlight section of the RD…

My office workstation is a Windows 10 HP Envy, and my Home computer is a 2011 iMac which was becoming slow for my regular usage. Recently I moved the iMac to be a Plex Media Server which meant I needed to shop for a new PC for my home usage. I would’ve loved to own a Microsoft Surface Studio but it was prohibitively expensive and well above the budget of US$2000 sanctioned by my wife. I made a wish list of the configuration I wanted: Core i7 processor, minimum of 16GB memory, minimum of 512GB SSD, 4K display, plenty of USB ports,…