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  • Blog Post: Sample Browser–The Next Visual Studio Extension You’ll Install

    The one software design pattern that I have used in just about every application I’ve written is “cut-and-paste,” so the new “ Sample Browser ” – read sample as a noun not an adjective – is a great boon to my productivity. Provided by the Microsoft All-in-One Code Framework in conjunction with the Visual...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 AND Visual Studio 2012 Completion Milestones

    It’s been a busy day! Both the Windows 8 team and the Visual Studio teams have reached significant milestones in their respective releases. Per Steven Sinofsky’s blog , Windows 8 has been Released to Manufacturing (RTM), and the Windows Store is officially open for paid applications and company accounts...
  • Blog Post: Azure Achievements in Visual Studio

    Here’s a random fact. Did you know that the Latin words for “school” and “fun” are one and the same: ludus ? So while gamification may be a new word, the concept of combining fun and learning certainly isn’t, and that fact hasn’t been lost on the Channel 9 Team . In January, they launched the Visual...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2011 ALM Roadshow

    With all the buzz around Windows 8 lately, don’t forget the killer tool that’s going to make all those new, immersive Metro experiences possible – Visual Studio 2011 .  I’ve just updated my April calendar to reflect the two Northeast stops ( NYC and Waltham ) on the Visual Studio 2011 ALM Roadshow...
  • Blog Post: Leap into Windows 8!

    I suspect you might have heard here or there that the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is now available, having been officially unveiled at the Mobile World Congress earlier today in Barcelona. Of course, Windows 8 needs apps! and that's where you come in. Join the developers that already have apps in the...
  • Blog Post: HTML5 and CSS3 support in Visual Studio 2010

    Just a quick post to pass on the release of the Web Standards Update for Visual Studio 2010 SP1 (and for Visual Web Developer Express).   If you’re like me, you learn by doing, and with this update you’ll get Intellisense and validation for the more common HTML5 features like Video and audio...
  • Blog Post: The Launch Rolls On – Northeast Roadshow and More

    Thanks to all of those who turned out for the Visual Studio 2010 launch event in Boston on Thursday.  There was definitely a vast variety of technology presented, all providing food for thought as to how you’ll answer the question “What will you do with Visual Studio 2010.” Well, I can tell you...
  • Blog Post: Cavalcade of Camps: Launch and Learn – May 15th

    Day 5 of camp-mania brings you yet another free training event, this one focused on getting your feet wet, hands dirty, and brain around all that Visual Studio 2010 has to offer.  Griff Townsend, president of the Tech Valley .NET Users Group in the Albany, New York area, is putting together a hands...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Launches Far and Wide

    “the waiting is the hardest part” – Tom Petty   Vegas   Well, wait no longer, Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 are released as of today, with the official announcement coming at DevConnections in Las Vegas.  If you’ve been working with the betas or RCs, you’re already familiar with...
  • Blog Post: What’s Up at Mix: IE9, JQuery and Open Data

    It’s day 2 of MIX 10 , and today’s keynote was all about the Web: from the browser, to standards, to development tools, to empowering applications via data services. Dean Hachamovitch led things off with Internet Explorer 9 and Microsoft’s focus on five aspects of consuming content on the web: Performance...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 RC is Here

    This evening, Soma announced the availability of Visual Studio 2010 RC !  The release candidate is solely focused on improving performance issues reported by beta users and does not include any new features.  With the new build, you should see notable improvements in loading solutions, typing...
  • Blog Post: Code Mastery Event - February 11th

    Get your head around what’s coming up with Visual Studio 2010, .NET 4, TFS, Sharepoint and more in the full-day, FREE Code Mastery event presented by Magenic at the Microsoft Office in Waltham on Thursday, February 11th.  You’ll spend a day with noted national and local Magenic consultants, including...
  • Blog Post: Getting Up to Speed With .NET 4.0

    You’re probably aware that the Beta 2 release of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 became available a couple of weeks ago.  Did you know there’s a “Go Live” license?  … you can build and deploy your application even before Visual Studio 2010 is released next March.  That’s even more reason...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 / Framework 4.0 Beta 2

    Beta 2 is now available for MSDN subscribers, with general availability coming on Wednesday, Oct 21st.  This is a ‘go live’ release as well, so it can be licensed for developing and deploying production applications. Beta 2 includes a streamlined Client Profile as well as simplified SKUs for the...
  • Blog Post: Declarative Database Development @ NE SQL Server Group

    The New England SQL Server User Group is kicking off its 2009/2010 season on September 10th with a topic spanning the developer and DBA audience.  Special guest, Gert Draper , a software architect from the Visual Studio Team System Database Edition team in Redmond, will be presenting an alliteratively...
  • Blog Post: Hello Windows 7 - PDC Day 2 Keynote Recap

    Wow! Lots of really cool stuff from the PDC today focusing on Windows 7, Visual Studio, .NET Framework 4.0, and Office Web Applications. It's going to be impossible to do this justice, so I'd really recommend checking out the replay of the keynote . It ran 2 1/2 hours today, but is so chock full of demos...
  • Blog Post: What's this Agile Stuff I keep Hearing About

    If you're like me, you get the idea, but maybe not quite sure about how to go about adopting it in your organization and especially how to leverage Visual Studio Team System to manage the agile application lifecycle. Well, I've got a recommendation on getting a jumpstart: MSDN Webcast: Introducing Application...
  • Blog Post: They're here! - Visual Studio and .NET 3.5 Service Pack 1

    Today, Microsoft announced the availability of Visual Studio 3.5 SP1 and .NET 3.5 SP1 . Those of you following the development of these releases know that it's much more than your average service pack though, as it introduces the ADO.NET Entity Framework, ASP.NET Dynamic Data, ADO.NET Data Services,...
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