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  • Blog Post: Thinking of getting Visual Studio? Now’s the time…

    Any craftsperson wants the best tools to work with.  A painter wants the best brushes.  A musician wants the best instruments.  And after many conversations with Developers and Testers, I know that you want the best tools to code and QA.  Sometimes cost is can be a factor, and to...
  • Blog Post: Most frequently requested Visual Studio resources

    In this post, I share some of my favourite and most requested links for Visual Studio resources. I taught developer courses for a number of years, and there were certain questions and requests that came up on a regular basis. In this post, I’ve compiled some of the most common requests I received from...
  • Blog Post: How do I use HTML5 in Visual Studio 2010?

    In this post, I’ll share what I learned about how to get started writing HTML5 code in Visual Studio 2010. HTML5 seems to be everywhere these days! I started trying it myself a few months back and I quickly decided that if possible, I wanted to play with it in Visual Studio. I’ve been working with Visual...
  • Blog Post: Canada Does Windows Azure: Agile Business Cloud

    I believe that the best way to learn is to learn from each other, so I’m always on the search for stories of Canadian developers who have either built new applications using Windows Azure services or have migrated existing applications to Windows Azure. This is the story of Agile Business Cloud...
  • Blog Post: My love affair with Visual Studio: Error Correction

    I have been working with Visual Studio for years, and I’ve found a few tricks along the way that make my coding easier. In this blog post I’ll show one of my favourite time savers the Error Correction feature. When you are writing code for a form or a class as part of a team, or even if you are just...
  • Blog Post: Want some tips on Release Management?

    Thursday January 19th, 1PM Eastern time is a free webcast discussing the challenges of Release Management and how you can use Visual Studio features to help. Release Management is a tricky business to get right and it’s crucial to the success of a project. There are so many things that need to come together...
  • Blog Post: Awesome resources for Developers Tools, Languages and Framework track at TechDays

    I don’t know for you, but each time I go to a conference, I always want to put my hands into the new technology I just learn. I’m sure that it’s the case for you, so I wanted to give you a one-stop place where you’ll be able to get everything you need to do this with the sessions...
  • Blog Post: Building on your Architecture from TechDays

    You’ve attended, or plan to attend TechDays . You attend sessions and learn more about Agile, ASP.NET security sessions, IntelliTrace, the Entity Framework, Test Manager and more! Your head is buzzing with thoughts about how can I apply what I’ve seen at TechDays when I get back to the office...
  • Blog Post: What’s Next in Software Delivery?

    Come and find out! Sam Guckenheimer, ALM expert, product planner for Visual Studio, and author of “Agile Software Engineering with Visual Studio: From Concept to Continuous Feedback” is coming to Toronto to talk about exactly that: “What’s Next in Software Delivery”, If...
  • Blog Post: Great Content in the Nations Capital!

    TechDays is going to rock Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. But we haven’t forgotten the rest of the country! TechDays is sponsoring a number of events across Canada so even if you can’t make it to TechDays this year, you don’t have to miss out! In Ottawa, Microsoft is a proud sponsor and is even providing...
  • Blog Post: One More Reason to Attend TechDays – The Developer Practices and Architecture Track

    We’ve revealed the keynotes , the Windows Client and Phone Track , the Developer Tools, Languages and Framework track , and the Cloud Computing and Online Services track, now I’d like to introduce you to a track that applies to cloud, windows, mobile, and web developers, C#, and VB programmers alike...
  • Blog Post: More Great TechEd News: Enum Support in Next Version of Entity Framework!!!

    Just enjoyed a great session at TechEd “ Microsoft ADO.NET Entity Framework 4 and Beyond: Building Real World Applications ” presented by Jeff Derstadt (@jeffders) and Jonathan Aneja . Lots of cool stuff, great story of a real world upgrade from windows forms with datasets to Entity Framework and WPF...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Keynote: Sneak Peek at Visual Studio vNext

    Pick up my badge, grab a quick breakfast, now off to the keynote! Huh, apparently you should arrive more than 2 minutes before it starts if you want a seat, oh well, lesson learned. TechEd isn’t just for developers, so the first part of the keynote was interesting but as much as I understand the value...
  • Blog Post: Updates for Visual Studio 2010

    If Visual Studio 2010 is your primary tool and you have an MSDN subscription, today was a great day! If you’re a Visual Studio 2010 developer but don’t have an MSDN subscription, Thursday, March 10 will be a great day for you! Why is today (or Thursday) a great day? Simple. Today (or Thursday) is the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Ribbon for WPF RTW!

    Yesterday, we announced the July release of the Microsoft Ribbon for Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) . You can download the installer for this release here . WPF ribbon sample application, RibbonWindowWord This is great news for Windows developers looking to build rich, fluent user experiences...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0

    Great news! Earlier today, we announced Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 , a process template built from the ground up specifically for Scrum teams. From MSDN : Your team can practice Scrum more easily by using the artifacts in Visual Studio Scrum 1.0. Each artifact serves a specific function...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Event in Kitchener-Waterloo: Thursday, January 21st

    If you’re in the Kitchener-Waterloo area and want to know more about Visual Studio 2010 , you should check out the Visual Studio 2010 presentation by ObjectSharp and Microsoft on the morning of Thursday, January 21st . Dave Lloyd of ObjectSharp will walk you through the goodies in the upcoming Visual...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 - Project/File Type Sorting

    In previous versions of Visual Studio , the "New {Item}" window was a continual source of frustration for me because there wasn't any way to sort the list of types. This was particularly painful when you had a number of project or file type extensions installed to support development on platforms like...
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