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  • Blog Post: Windows Azure SDK v2.2 for .NET

    With the recent release of Windows Azure SDK v2.2 for .NET, this version of the SDK extends Visual Studio 2013 to enable an end to end experience for developers to target Windows Azure, including creating, configuring, debugging, deploying and diagnosing cloud services. The new Integrated Sign...
  • Blog Post: TFS and VS 2013 Released

    2013 is shaping up to be another big year for releases especially around the developer tool sets. Visual Studio (VS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) have been substantially updated and both pack a lot of functionality into their latest incarnations. Check out what’s new with Visual Studio 2013...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 RC Available

    The latest and greatest installment of Visual Studio is now available for download . There have been several product enhancements (new tools for line of business applications, Web applications, games, mobile devices, services and of course applications targeting Windows 8.1) to improve developer efficiency...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure SDK v2.1 for .NET

    Trying to keep up with the latest and greatest SDK's is sometimes a dizzying task but such as life when dealing with technology. That said, SDK v2.1 of the Windows Azure SDK for .NET was recently released. This is a major refresh of the Windows Azure SDK and it includes some great new features and enhancements...
  • Blog Post: Holy //BUILD Batman!

    I thought the previous //BUILD conferences ( 2012 | 2011 ) had a lot of content but this year definitely surpassed it. Although I couldn’t do the whole conference justice in a single blog post, here are a few key highlights: Windows 8.1 Preview Windows 8.1 Preview is the next step forward...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013

    Today, Microsoft announced Visual Studio 2013, the next release of is integrated developer tools solution for building modern applications for devices, the cloud and on the client. Visual Studio 2013 Preview software will be released at Build 2013. Visual Studio 2013 will incorporate a wave of new...
  • Blog Post: Developing a Windows Store Business App

    Microsoft patterns & practices recently announced the latest addition to the patterns & practices library of software architecture guidance: Developing a Windows Store Business App using C#, XAML, and Prism. This guidance illustrates how to create a Windows Store business app using C#, XAML...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Training and SDK

    Cloud development is becoming more and more prevalent which is why having the ability to access training and an SDK is something every company in that space should/needs to provide. To that end, the following training kit and SDK created by Microsoft will help you when starting your development journey...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 Update 2

    Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (VS2012.2) is now available for download. Just as with VS2012.1, this release contains important fixes as well as a wealth of new functionality, addressing feedback received from the community and aligning with key software development trends in the market. The new functionality...
  • Blog Post: Build 2013 Developer Conference

    I can't believe almost 6 months has passed since the last Build conference . This year the event will be held between June 26–28 in San Francisco where Microsoft will share what's next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio, and more. Visit the Build site to get yourself...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 Update

    If may be difficult to track what's being released when but the recently released ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 update is one you should definitely take note of. This update makes no changes to the existing ASP.NET runtime, is fully compatible with existing projects and development environment and will...
  • Blog Post: Better Unit Testing with Microsoft Fakes

    The ALM Rangers have released the eBook: Better Unit Testing with Microsoft Fakes and it’s available via Codeplex . This eBook contains practical guidance for migrating to and unit testing with Microsoft Fakes. Practical walk-throughs allow you to navigate basic and advanced concepts, giving you...
  • Blog Post: ALM Summit Content Available On-Demand

    January's ALM Summit on the Microsoft Campus brought together some of the greatest minds in application development, methodologies, and application lifecycle management. All of the sessions were recorded and are now available for on-demand viewing on Channel 9 . Watch these videos to learn about the...
  • Blog Post: ALM Readiness Treasure Map

    If you’re not familiar with the ALM Rangers then you’re certainly missing out on some of the most important content/guidance being offered when it comes to Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). I’ve mentioned them before on numerous occasions as I’ve personally used their guidance...
  • Blog Post: TFS and VS 2012 Update 1 Released

    Since I’ve been using the Team Foundation Service more frequently I almost tend to forget to look for updates/bug fixes for my local TFS instance. If you’ve launched Visual Studio (VS) recently you’ve probably noticed that some updates are available, namely “Update 1.” Usually...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Community Event

    On November 14, 2012, Microsoft will be hosting Windows AzureConf, a free event for the Windows Azure community. This event will feature a keynote presentation by Scott Guthrie , along with numerous sessions executed by Windows Azure community members. Streamed live for an online audience on Channel...
  • Blog Post: CTP for Visual Studio 2012

    A quick post to let you know that a community technology preview (CTP) for Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 was released. These cumulative updates to Visual Studio 2012 include a variety of bug fixes and capability improvements. So if you're using TFS/VS 2012 (in a non-production environment) then you'll...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundations Server 2012 Power Tools

    If you’ve been using Team Foundation Server (TFS) then you're probably familiar with TFS Power Tools. I mentioned the BETA version of these tools a while back but now the 2012 version of these Power Tools are available and you can download the bits here . As with every new incarnation of...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud OS Signature Event Series

    I recently attended a local event for the US Launch of Windows Server 2012 , Visual Studio 2012 and Windows Azure. To say there’s a lot to talk about would clearly be an understatement. While I couldn’t do all the new features/enhancements justice in a blog post I will however touch on a...
  • Blog Post: A Sea of Change

    Momentum is a fickle friend. When you have it you don’t want to lose it and when you don’t have it you’ll give almost anything to get it. I’d say Microsoft has the momentum because wow, what a week this is shaping up to be. First, Windows 8 releases to manufacturing (RTM), then...
  • Blog Post: Build Conference 2012

    In January Tim O’Brien, General Manager of Developer & Platform Evangelism outlined the path forward for Microsoft developers in his blog post titled: “ Thinking About Developer Events. ” Today he announced that BUILD 2012 will be held at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Leader in ALM Technology

    If you’ve been following this blog then it should come as no surprise that I’m a big proponent of Visual Studio (VS) and Team Foundation Server/Service (TFS). While the days of VB6 and Visual Source Safe (VSS) were classic and grand, the capabilities found today in VS and TFS easily surpass...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Agents

    I immensely enjoy working with the “latest and greatest” software but as is always the case, being on the cutting edge does mean that there are certain nuisances that are to be expected. Having said that I fully expected a knockdown, drag out fight to ensue when I wanted to configure the...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server 11 Power Tools Beta

    If you’ve been using Team Foundation Server (TFS) combined with Visual Studio (VS) then most likely you’ve installed the TFS Power Tools . Prior to this latest incarnation, it provided quite a bit of functionality and was almost not an optional component but rather a necessity when it came...
  • Blog Post: The Team Foundation Service Build Service

    Even though the Team Foundation Service can be updated more frequently than a typical boxed product (current updates are scheduled approximately every 3 weeks), there were some gaps between this service and Team Foundation Server . One of which was building solutions and projects in the cloud . Prior...
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