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  • Blog Post: Five Use Cases for Visual Studio 2013 Community

    Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition is a fully featured version of Visual Studio free for small teams and open source development. Compared to the previously available free edition of Visual Studio (Express), the Community edition combines tools for Web, desktop, cloud and mobile development in one...
  • Blog Post: BREAKPOINT: The Power of the Manual Tester and How Visual Studio Makes You Even Better

    When you ask people that build software what some of the common tasks are, a large majority of responses include the word "testing".  Testing is IMPORTANT and every software project needs it.  In fact, the sooner testing is introduced into the lifecycle, the more effective it is. ...
  • Blog Post: LIVE: The Power of the Manual Tester

    Watch here LIVE today at 12:00pm ET. When you ask people that build software what some of the common tasks are, a large majority of responses include the word "testing".  Testing is IMPORTANT and every software project needs it.  In fact, the sooner testing is introduced into the...
  • Blog Post: Waiting for gulp Tasks To Finish in Visual Studio

    In a previous post , I outlined how to use Bower in Visual Studio 2013. While this code works for the typical developer workflow, a reader pointed out that errors were observed when attempting to publish to Azure using the Visual Studio publish dialog. After further investigation, I was able to determine...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Time Saver – Faster HTML Coding

    Quick tips to make you more efficient in Visual Studio. Today’s tip: How you can write your HTML code faster with VS Web essentials and Zen Coding If you are a web developer than you are writing HTML. < div id =” content ” > < sentence > The fun thing about HTML is all the opening and...
  • Blog Post: Let us take you from complete beginner to professional web developer

    It can be difficult to connect the dots from beginner programmer to understanding the architecture of a full fledged application. We've put together a learning path to try and help! This post shares a learning path that can help you go from beginner coder to creating the architecture of a professional...
  • Blog Post: Using Bower with Visual Studio

    You may have heard that with ASP.NET 5 and Visual Studio 2015, Microsoft will be using Bower as a client-side package manager. That means that packages like jQuery, Bootstrap and Angular will no longer be referenced using NuGet. This might scare you initially, but I very strongly believe that this is...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Time Saver–How can YOU request features in Visual Studio?

    Quick tips to make you more efficient in Visual Studio. Today’s tip: How can you request a feature or fix in Visual Studio I frequently get comments on my blog posts or videos asking “Why doesn’t Visual Studio do <insert feature here>?” It’s incredible the rate at which updates are coming out for...
  • Blog Post: Be More, Do More with Developer Movement

    If you like to play with code, you'll want to read on. Join Developer Movement, Microsoft Canada's developer rewards program, and earn points for every challenge you complete! Points can be redeemed for a number of great prizes including #DevMov swag, gaming mice/keyboards, Xbox One consoles, Windows...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Time Saver–the layout you want when you want it

    Quick tips to make you more efficient in Visual Studio. Today’s tip: moving from a laptop to a desktop? Save your preferred layouts More and more developers find themselves coding on laptops. Of course, we all prefer a desk with a nice 27 inch monitor (or even better, two or three 27 inch monitors!)...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Time Saver - How can I keep track of unfinished code?

    Quick tips to make you more efficient in Visual Studio. Today’s tip: tracking your to do list of unfinished code When we write code, its rare that we sit down and code a single module from start to finish. Typically, we work on multiple pieces of an application at the same time: CSS files, code behind...
  • Blog Post: TIP: Don’t Touch! Well okay go ahead…Touch Support in Visual Studio 2015

    Today’s tip shows you the touch support added to the code editor in Visual Studio 2015 We recently announced the Visual Studio 2015 preview . So this week I wanted to share If you have a touch screen device, then chances are, like me, you find yourself reaching out more and more to tap the screen instead...
  • Blog Post: The First Days of the New .NET

    I’m personally really excited by what is going on (after the announcements at Connect(); on November 12). I believe that open sourcing .NET will enable more innovation from outside the Microsoft walls. Looking at the Visual Studio’s UserVoice page , we can see that people are asking for a lot of things...
  • Blog Post: The Power of Speech in Your Windows Phone 8.1 Apps–Speech Recognition

    Previous posts in this series: The Power of Speech in Your Windows Phone 8.1 Apps The Power of Speech in Your Windows Phone 8.1 Apps – Text-to-Speech In the first two parts in this series, you learned how to enable users to launch your app using voice commands and how to allow your apps to read out information...
  • Blog Post: Evolving ASP.NET Apps – Updating jQuery

    This post is a continuation of the Evolving ASP.NET series: Evolving ASP.NET Apps - Introduction Evolving ASP.NET Apps – Evaluating the Code Evolving ASP.NET Apps – Moving to a Web Application Evolving ASP.NET Apps – Dealing with Dependencies Evolving ASP.NET Apps – Updating Search jQuery was a revolution...
  • Blog Post: TIP: How to get rid of /the/really/long/file/path/that/shows/up/in/searchresults

    Quick tips to make you more efficient in Visual Studio Customizing search output in Visual Studio When you do a Find in Files (CTRL+SHIFT+F), by default the output displays the file path which can fill up the results window. Did you know you can use a registry key to customize the output of...
  • Blog Post: Building a Visual Studio Extension with Roslyn

    In this guest post, Josh and Amadeus the co-founders of Code Connect, an Ontario based technology startup share their reasons for and experience of creating an extension for Visual Studio and the new Roslyn complier. Josh, a passionate programmer, loves to build developer tools and explore how they can...
  • Blog Post: Exploring Future Tools: Using .NET Native for Increasing Windows Store App Performance

    Traditionally, C# and VB developers enjoy the comfort and productivity of desktop application development using the .NET Framework. The introduction of .NET on non-traditional devices, such as tablets, phones and IoT gadgets, added new vector for the Framework evolution – superior performance on low...
  • Blog Post: IDE Eye Test: Is your Dev IDE better, worse or about the same?

    What development environment have you used?  I go way back and got started programming with dBase III and Clipper.  What was our development environment of choice back then?  Why Notepad.exe of course.  It was cool.  You could copy and paste "stuff".  You could...
  • Blog Post: Internet of Things: My first experience with Galileo 2 (part 1)

    I didn’t feel so excited since that time, when I bought my first PC – ZX Spectrum. It was a new world, which required strong programming knowledge as well as ability to make research. And today I will open a door to one another new world, where I will try to integrate my programming knowledge...
  • Blog Post: Kinect With Me Part 3 - Creating a Gesture-Controlled App in Just Three Steps

    This Kinect for Windows v2 tutorial series will help you build an interactive Kinect app using Visual Studio and C#. You are expected to have basic experience with C# and know your way around Visual Studio. Throughout the series, you will learn how to set up your Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and dev...
  • Blog Post: Exploring Future Tools: Roslyn, Next Generation Open-Source C# Compiler

    The next major version of Visual Studio, currently known as Visual Studio “14”, will bring various changes in .NET development stack. These changes include .NET Framework and ASP.NET vNext, RyuJIT compiler, .NET Native and new C# compiler - Roslyn. Project Roslyn was announced a few years ago as an attempt...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Time Saver: Dude where’s my files?

    Quick tips to make you more efficient in Visual Studio By default, the file path for Visual Studio projects is very long. When you want to access a subfolder or file in your project from Windows Explorer or reference the file path in your code, you can find yourself navigating up and down folders...
  • Blog Post: BREAKPOINT: Microsoft Azure – A Perfect Server-Side Solution for Mobile Apps

    One of the challenges developers face is finding the right platform to host backend services for apps.  While the application is the piece of the puzzle users interact with, much of the magic happens behind the scenes, in the Cloud.  Microsoft has built a number of capabilities into its Azure...
  • Blog Post: The Power of Speech in Your Windows Phone 8.1 Apps - Text-to-Speech

    If you’ve read the first post in the series , you are well versed in the ways of using voice commands to launch your Windows Phone app. If you completed the mini-challenges that I provided, then you’re well on your way to becoming an expert. Once a user launches an app using Voice Commands, they may...
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