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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio and the Role of the Architect

    Application Architects are a vital part of any custom development project. They create the design of the software to be built, guide Development teams through the process of implementation , help the Quality Enablement teams understand the system and how to interpret test results , provide context on...
  • Blog Post: Working with Class Diagrams? Let Visual Studio 2013 do the work

    Designing a new feature? Trying to figure out someone else’s code? Got a class diagram completed and need to start coding? Take advantage of the modelling features in Visual Studio to save yourself some time! Using an agile methodology doesn’t mean you never document or design anything. The class diagram...
  • Blog Post: Shiny New Toys (in Visual Studio)

    If you are an avid user of Visual Studio, you may already know that the VS product team is now releasing quarterly updates on the tooling and this Spring is no different.  Earlier this spring, the Visual Studio team released Update 2 (Spring Update) for Visual Studio 2013.  What was also announced...
  • Blog Post: On the Next Breakpoint: Shiny Toys, Spring 2014

    Shiny Toys Edition, Spring 2014 If you are an avid user of Visual Studio, you may already know that the VS product team is now releasing quarterly updates on the tooling and this Spring is no different.  Earlier this spring, the Visual Studio team released Update 2 (Spring Update) for Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: 30 Days of Bootstrap with the MVC Framework–Week 2

    Last week I shared here on the Developer Connection that I've started on this adventure of blogging 30 days in a row, all with the intent of giving you, the readers, exercises in the neighborhood of 10-15 minutes a day. It's shaping up to be a good introductory lesson plan that you can consume at your...
  • Blog Post: Using Portable Class Libraries

    Continuation of Windows First- A New Strategy for Mobile Development and Beyond With a working application in place, we then demonstrated how to refactor the project code in preparation for supporting additional platforms. We decided to create a Portable Class Library to share code across platforms....
  • Blog Post: SharePoint: Your Fastest, Out-of-the-Box Application Development Environment

    May 8th, the Scotia Bank Theatre in Toronto was the scene of ObjectSharp ’s annual “At the Movies” event. The event was recorded and over the next few Fridays, you’ll be able to watch the sessions again and ask the questions you may not have been able to previously ask. If you do have a question, ask...
  • Blog Post: Code, Manage, Test, and Deploy Directly From the Cloud

    Code, manage, test and deploy your applications directly from the cloud. On this episode of Breakpoint, Jonathan and Paul walk you through Visual Studio Online. Become familiar with the tools associated with Visual Studio Online, learn how to create a new project in Visual Studio Online and publish it...
  • Blog Post: Save Time, Money, and Your Sanity: Coded UI Testing for the Windows Phone–Test Methods

    This post is the continuation of my Save Time, Money, and Your Sanity: Coded UI Testing for Windows Phone series: Part 1: Minimum Requirements and Setup Part 2: Preparing the Coded UI Project Part 3: Adding Assertions Step 5 – Creating Test Methods Last but not least, you will need to create Coded UI...
  • Blog Post: CSS Validation with Visual Studio Web Essentials

    I like when my IDE tells me I’m doing something wrong. I find it mush less embarrassing than when a co-worker or customer tells me I’m doing something wrong. That’s why I love Visual Studio and the Web Essentials extension. Web Essentials has some great CSS Validation features that can help to point...
  • Blog Post: Save Time, Money, and Your Sanity: Coded UI Testing for the Windows Phone–Adding Assertions

    This post is the continuation of my Save Time, Money, and Your Sanity: Coded UI Testing for Windows Phone series: Part 1: Minimum Requirements and Setup Part 2: Preparing the Coded UI Project Thus far, you’ve setup your machine. Then, in the process of preparing the Coded UI project, you’ve added the...
  • Blog Post: From Requirements to Deployment: The Modern SW Developer using TFS

    May 8th, the Scotia Bank Theatre in Toronto was the scene of ObjectSharp ’s annual “At the Movies” event. The event was recorded and over the next few Fridays, you’ll be able to watch the sessions again and ask the questions you may not have been able to previously ask. If you do have a question, ask...
  • Blog Post: Save Time, Money, and Your Sanity: Coded UI Testing for the Windows Phone - Part 2

    This post is the continuation from Save Time, Money, and Your Sanity: Coded UI Testing for Windows Phone – Part 1 . With everything now installed, we can go ahead and get started. Creating a Coded UI Test in 5 Easy Steps As I mentioned previously, creating Coded UI Tests within Visual Studio 2013 are...
  • Blog Post: DevOps: The Abbreviation That Will Change How You View ALM

    It seems that the term DevOps is gaining steam in IT circles these days. There are good reasons for that. The software tooling market continues to innovate and with it comes offerings that make it easier (and even more importantly, safer ) to move software solutions to new environments.  Because...
  • Blog Post: Save Time, Money, and Your Sanity: Coded UI Testing for the Windows Phone - Part 1

    Developing apps for Windows Phone is increasing in popularity. With the announcements made at //build/ regarding the changes to the Windows Phone platform, and the recent acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft, there is a renewed interest among developers to get on board and develop Windows Phone apps. This...
  • Blog Post: Refactoring your CSS with LESS in Visual Studio Web Essentials

    I recently took on the somewhat daunting task of giving a legacy ASP.NET application a major facelift. At first, I thought this would be an easy task. All I need to do is update the CSS, right? In reality, this was an application with 8 years of history and at least 10 different CSS files that had all...
  • Blog Post: Improve your JavaScript with Web Essentials and JSHint

    Visual Studio has some great features to help you write better JavaScript. JavaScript is a first class citizen in Visual Studio 2013 now with features like IntelliSense and Code Snippets. With the Web Essentials extension, you get even more great features to help improve your JavaScript. Web Essentials...
  • Blog Post: The Thinking Around Cross-Platform Development and Xamarin

    On the last episode of Breakpoint (check out yesterday’s post ), Jonathan, Paul, and I looked at developing cross-platform applications using Xamarin and Visual Studio. With RedBit being a Xamarin Premier Partner and myself being a Windows Phone MVP, we have successfully built cross platform products...
  • Blog Post: Building Cross-Platform Code in Visual Studio with Xamarin

    As you already know, Visual Studio (especially Visual Studio 2013) provides amazing tools for you to build Windows Store apps, Windows Phone apps, desktop apps, Windows Azure services, and Web apps. What you may not know is that with Xamarin, you can build apps for other platforms like iOS and Android...
  • Blog Post: Day 1 of //build/ In a Nutshell

    I have the pleasure of being here in San Francisco to experience //build first hand, and it has been amazing so far. A lot was talked about yesterday, so I put together this recap to give you day 1 in a nutshell. Notable announcements of day 1 Windows 8.1 update is available today via MSDN, and on April...
  • Blog Post: Rockin’ Windows Azure with Visual Studio

    In this episode of Breakpoint , Jonathan and Paul thought they'd take their own spin on talking about Windows Azure . Visual Studio 2013 is the best front-end to the Windows Azure development platform, and as such, they take you on a tour of Windows Azure from Visual Studio's perspective. See how you...
  • Blog Post: Supporting Cross-Platform Development with Visual Studio 2013

    Developers come in all shapes and sizes.  You have preferences as to what environment and languages you choose to developer your code.  Interestingly enough, Visual Studio and its Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) capabilities can support almost any of these preferences.  On this...
  • Blog Post: C# async and await: A Deeper Dive

    In my previous post , I introduced C#’s async and await keywords, described the need for asynchronous code, and explained advantages of the new asynchronous model over the tasks. The simplicity of this model is based on the C# compiler that transforms async methods during project compilation. The compiler...
  • Blog Post: C# async and await: Why Do We Need Them?

    Unresponsiveness of an application’s user interface is an issue every computer user has to deal with regularly. It may happen with system tools, with third party software or, sometimes, with your own applications. There are two main reasons for such behavior. First is a programming error - when...
  • Blog Post: DevOps in 60 seconds

    Everyone is talking about DevOps these days, so I thought I would look into it and see what the hype is all about. Rather than scouring the Internet, I turned to my good friend and developer tools Guru Adam Gallant and said to him: “Adam, what can you tell me about DevOps and Visual Studio 2013 in 60...
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