Software Engineering, Project Management, and Effectiveness
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.
.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
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
DataSets, DataTables, and DataViews Entity Framework LINQ (Language-Integrated Query) WCF Data Services
SQL Server 2012 SQL Server 2012 Database Engine SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB Windows Azure SQL Database
Visual Studio 2012 Visual Studio LightSwitch Windows Azure SDK Windows Phone SDK
Kinect for Windows SDK Microsoft Surface
Kinect Game Development Windows Phone Game Development Xbox Live Game Development Xbox Live Indie Game Development
Active Directory Federation Services Windows Azure Active Directory Windows Azure Active Directory Graph Windows Azure Authentication Library Windows Identity Foundation 4.5
Windows Azure Mobile Services Windows Phone Windows Phone SDK
Modeling Tools for ALM in Visual Studio 2012 Visualization and Modeling SDK – Domain Specific Languages
Office 2013 Office Development in Visual Studio SharePoint Development in Visual Studio
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)
WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) 4.5 Windows Azure Cloud Services (Hosted Services)
ASP.NET MVC ASP.NET Web Forms HTML / CSS Windows Azure Web Sites Windows Store Apps
Internet Information Services (IIS) 8
Windows Store Apps
Windows Server 2012
Windows Service Applications
Here are some links you may find useful ...
Some glaring omissions:
@ 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:
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.