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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Browser Link–Tracking Unused CSS

    As mentioned in my previous blog post , Browser Link is a new feature in Visual Studio 2013 that allows for two-way communication between Visual Studio and any number of browsers. Browser Link enables some great new features that streamline the development process for web developers using the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Be a productive coder with Productivity Power Tools 2013

    It's hard to imagine with the latest Visual Studio 2013 release with Code Lens , Code Peek , Roaming Profiles and Notification Center that there could be any opportunity for Microsoft to add even more productivity enhancements for the developer.  However, Visual Studio Editor Team has done just...
  • Blog Post: Browser Link–A Web Developer’s New Best Friend

    At a conference a few months ago, I was demonstrating the F12 developer tools in Internet Explorer when someone asked me: Do you think Microsoft will ever make it so we can edit CSS in the browser’s developer tools and have those changes save back to the original CSS files? That would certainly be a...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Launch Highlights

    There was so much to take in at Wednesday’s launch event, it’s hard to know where to start. All of the keynote sessions are available on-demand (visit http://events.visualstudio.com ) and there are a number of events over the coming weeks which will let you go deeper into the new features available....
  • Blog Post: Python and Git are Not Just for the Non-Visual Studio Developers

    You have seen them sitting in Starbucks Café’s drinking six dollar lattés with recipes such as “venti half white mocha, half cafe vanilla, with 2 shots pour appigato style (over the top) and caramel drizzle frappachino.” You have heard them saying words like “pip”, “git”, “social”, “closure”, “npm”,...
  • Blog Post: HTML5: The Parts You Care About (Part 3)

    This is the last post in the blog series HTML5: The Parts You Care About. Read Part 1 and Part 2 . Investing in the Right Tools To close this series of posts discussing HTML5, I want to discuss the toolset that you use for development. Everyone is going to have an opinion on what is the “best” thing...
  • Blog Post: Time Saving Tips to Get Your Windows Phone App Started

    Now that you have your development environment set up and ready to go (in case you’ve missed it, check out my earlier post, Setting Up Your Windows Phone Development Environment in 30 Minutes (or less) ), let’s go over the ways that Visual Studio can easily get you started without having to dig too deep...
  • Blog Post: Dev and Test in the Cloud: Explained

    Most developers who have MSDN enjoy the benefits of having access to all the tools, software, operating systems, etc , that are included with MSDN subscriptions. However, what many don’t take advantage of is the ability to use the software in WIndows Azure for development and testing purposes. The following...
  • Blog Post: Setting Up Your Windows Phone Development Environment in 30 Minutes (or less)

    Last week, I proved that you already have the skills to build Windows Phone apps. Well, in order to build quality apps for Windows Phone, you need the right tools. This week I will walk you through the steps you need to setup your machine for Windows Phone development. Before you groan, let me assure...
  • Blog Post: Web Essentials for Visual Studio: Open Data Made Simple

    Often one of the hardest parts of app development is coming up with the focus of your app. Alternatively, you may have a great idea but lack the data, or you’re looking for that last piece to turn a good app into a must-have download. Well, open data could just be the answer to your problems. A Bit of...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio ‒ It Just Keeps Getting Better

    With Visual Studio Update 2 the IDE of choice for many developers just keeps getting better and better. I'm already a big fan of Visual Studio, it's pretty much the best IDE for a number of platforms and with these recent updates it's just that much more awesome. As someone who's worked on the MS stack...
  • Blog Post: Technology Post Roundup–8th Edition

    In Canada, we’re fortunate to have many community experts and MVPs. Throughout the month, they write about and talk about some really cool things. Many of you have told us that you’d like it to be easier to discover them and what they’re writing about. The team and I will be curating top picks and sharing...
  • Blog Post: Five Fast Facts About ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2

    On Monday, the ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 update was released and with it, new extensions and tools to the existing ASP.NET runtime. More importantly, new extensions and tools to the existing runtime without breaking existing applications! Nice. For details on the update, check out these posts. Announcing...
  • Blog Post: Two for the Effort of One

    Well, almost for the effort of one, but still a lot less effort than starting from scratch. If you’ve read, watched, or attended various sessions on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, you would have heard about their “shared core”, a.k.a. their shared codebase. Many have taken that statement quite literally...
  • Blog Post: Technology Post Roundup–7th Edition

    In Canada, we’re fortunate to have many community experts and MVPs. Throughout the month, they write about and talk about some really cool things. Many of you have told us that you’d like it to be easier to discover them and what they’re writing about. The team and I will be curating top picks and sharing...
  • Blog Post: Agile Management of the Modern App

    Guest post by Adam Gallant In my job at Microsoft, I get the privilege of interaction with hundreds of development customers of all shapes and sizes across the country. One of the trends that I’m seeing in every customer, of every size, is that application development is changing pretty dramatically...
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