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  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 4 – Building a Chatroom UI with Bootstrap

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express , how...
  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 3 - Building a Backend with Node, Mongo and Socket.IO

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express , how...
  • Blog Post: Whoops! I deleted the data! My DevOps disaster and how you can avoid your own

      When you migrate your code or data from one environment to another, things can go wrong, with potentially disastrous consequences. In this post I share my disaster story and three things I learned to help reduce the chance of future migration disasters! I remember it clearly. We were migrating...
  • Blog Post: Part 2: Get Started with Python

    This is a tutorial series which will teach you how to code in Python. We will start with the absolute basics of installation of Python in Windows and Python Tools in Visual Studio. We will then go through basic constructs in Python and write a couple of programs to summarize what we have learned. We...
  • Blog Post: TIP: Lazy Code Snippets in Visual Studio

    You’ve probably discovered code snippets and you may even know you can create your own code snippets. But, Susan has a confession to make – she’s lazy. According to her, she usually can't be bothered to define the xml to create her own snippets. That's why she loves using the Toolbox! You can just drag...
  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 2 – Welcome to Express with Node.js and Azure

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express , how...
  • Blog Post: What’s new with Unity

    There has been a lot of announcements around Unity lately, and a lot of them have been about some really cool stuff. The problem is with all these announcements its hard to keep up to speed. So I thought I would put together a sort of summary to highlight some of the stuff that I have heard or seen that...
  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 1 - Introduction to Node.js

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express , how...
  • Blog Post: What does Back to School mean for coders?

    If you are a student, or you know a student, do let them know about the programs we have in Canada just for students! Did you know DreamSpark gives students access to Microsoft developer software for free? That includes Visual Studio. Since not all schools teach .NET languages, it’s important to know...
  • 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...
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