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Microsoft Developer Platform at a Glance

Microsoft Developer Platform at a Glance

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This is my yearly roundup of the Microsoft developer platform.  It includes Visual Studio 2012, .NET Framework 4.5, Windows Azure, Windows Phone, Office 2013, and more. 

I’ve included key links and starting points at the end to help you find your way around the vast Microsoft technical playground.

 

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Application Infrastructure

.NET Framework 4.5
Base Class Libraries (BCL)
Common Language Runtime (CLR)
LINQ (Language-Integrated Query)

ALM (Application Life-Cycle Management)

Visual Studio 2012
Team Foundation Server
Team Foundation Service (TFS in the Cloud)

App Frameworks / Extensions

Enterprise Library
MEF (Managed Extensibility Framework) 4.5

Cloud

Windows Azure SDK

Blobs
Caching
Content Delivery Network (CDN)
HDInsight (Hadoop)
Queues
SQL Data Sync
SQL Reporting
SQL Server in Windows Azure Virtual Machines
StreamInsight
Tables
Windows Azure Active Directory
Windows Azure Active Directory Graph
Windows Azure Authentication Library
Windows Azure Cloud Services (Hosted Services)
Windows Azure cmdlets
Windows Azure Management Portal
Windows Azure Marketplace
Windows Azure Media Services
Windows Azure Mobile Services
Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio
Windows Azure Service Management REST API
Windows Azure Service Bus
Windows Azure SQL Database
Windows Azure Virtual Machines
Windows Azure Web Sites
Windows Azure Workflow Manager

patterns & practices
Transient Fault Handling
Windows Azure Autoscaling

Collaboration / Integration / Workflow

Windows Azure Service Bus
Windows Azure Workflow Manager

Data Access

ADO.NET 4.5

DataSets, DataTables, and DataViews
Entity Framework
LINQ (Language-Integrated Query)
WCF Data Services

Database Server

SQL Server 2012
SQL Server 2012 Database Engine
SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB
Windows Azure SQL Database

Development Tools

Visual Studio 2012
Visual Studio LightSwitch
Windows Azure SDK
Windows Phone SDK

Devices

Kinect for Windows SDK
Microsoft Surface

Games

Kinect Game Development
Windows Phone Game Development
Xbox Live Game Development
Xbox Live Indie Game Development

Identity

Active Directory Federation Services
Windows Azure Active Directory
Windows Azure Active Directory Graph
Windows Azure Authentication Library
Windows Identity Foundation 4.5

Languages

Common Language Runtime (CLR)
JavaScript in Visual Studio 2012
Visual Basic
Visual C++
Visual C#
Visual F#

Mobile

Windows Azure Mobile Services
Windows Phone
Windows Phone SDK

Modeling

Modeling Tools for ALM in Visual Studio 2012
Visualization and Modeling SDK – Domain Specific Languages

Office Applications

Office 2013
Office Development in Visual Studio
SharePoint Development in Visual Studio

Parallel

C++ AMP
F#
Parallel Extensions for .NET
PLINQ (Parallel LINQ)
TPL (Task Parallel Library)

RIA (Rich Internet Applications)

Microsoft Silverlight
WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) 4.5
Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML)

Services

WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) 4.5
Windows Azure Cloud Services (Hosted Services)

Web

ASP.NET

ASP.NET MVC
ASP.NET Web Forms
HTML / CSS
Windows Azure Web Sites
Windows Store Apps

Web Server

Internet Information Services (IIS) 8

Windows Store Apps

Windows Store Apps

Windows Runtime
Windows Library for Javascript
Windows Store app APIs

Windows Server

Windows Server 2012

Windows Services

Windows Service Applications



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  • Some glaring omissions:

    DirectX

    C++ AMP

    HPC Server

  • @ Josh -- Thank you.

    C++ AMP is definitely worth adding.  Done.

    I can't find a page on DirectX that I'd want to point to.

    The page on HPC Server I found shows 2008:

    http://www.microsoft.com/hpc/

  • JD: Thank you for taking the time to compile this list, as I have previously communicated this is a very useful way of navigating the Microsoft application space and something that I wish someone editing MSDN would recognise and provide (and maintain). Sometime there is simply too much content to deal with without something like this.

  • @ Carl -- Thank you.

    Information Architecture is always a challenge with gigantic warehouses of content.  One of my last projects a few moons back was helping MSDN with their IA.  I was amazed by the sheer volume and entry points and what it takes to really create a simple, but useful experience.

    I think that experience really taught me the value of being able to start simple, but be able to really dive into the complex and complete.

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