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  • Blog Post: Start developing for Windows 10 with the SDK preview

    Hello developers!! Yesterday, Microsoft released the Windows 10 developer tooling preview with an initial SDK which is only available to members of Windows Insider Program for now. The tools will allow you to start developing for the Windows Universal App Platform. As you might already know Windows...
  • Blog Post: Automatically set a startup project for Windows Universal Apps

    Hello Developers! Now with Universal Apps we have 3 or more projects loaded into the Visual Studio solution. Windows 8.1 Project: It contains XAML UI pages and code that targets Windows 8.1. Windows Phone 8.1 Project: It contains XAML UI pages and code that targets Windows Phone 8.1. Shared...
  • Blog Post: What do I need to build Xamarin.iOS apps on Visual Studio

    Hello Developers and enthusiasts! I am sure most of you have heard about Xamarin , somewhere. Xamarin is a great technology that enables you to develop native iOS, Android, Mac and Windows apps in C# . Xamarin apps look and feel native because they have Native User Interfaces, Native API Access and...
  • Blog Post: Meet Visual Studio's Code & Compile Error Assistant

    Developers! Have you ever suffered from error research frustration? Did you ever complain from having to leave your code to copy/paste and research the error message in a search engine. Does the following image frequently popup in dreams or nightmares ? Then you will love this new feature in Visual...
  • Blog Post: Announcements from the Microsoft Connect conference

    two weeks ago Microsoft held a cloud-first, mobile-first, developer-first, event in New York City. The purpose of the event was to share the future on Azure and Visual Studio development. I have listed these key announcements below so you can quickly review them at a high level. Please let me know...
  • Blog Post: Invitation - the Microsoft Azure testing roadshow (November 2014)

    Leverage the cloud to support your testing activities The Microsoft Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) toolset and Windows Azure are now offering new capabilities to support you when testing your solutions. Come and discover how Microsoft Azure (the Microsoft cloud offer) can help you manage, run...
  • Blog Post: Migrating from VPS to Windows Azure Virtual Machines

    “Virtual Machines deliver on-demand, salable compute infrastructure when you need to quickly provision resources to meet your growing business needs. With Virtual Machines, you get choice of Windows Server and Linux operating systems in multiple configurations on top of the trustworthy Windows...
  • Blog Post: Build Apps for Both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Jump Start (Video Course)

    Great opportunity for all developers! Learn how to develop on two environments in one course! Join Senior Technical Evangelist Ben Riga as he dives into the major similarities and differences between these two platforms while providing invaluable guidance, best practices, and patterns as well as demonstrating...
  • Blog Post: Building Web Apps with ASP.NET Jump Start - 8 Hours of FREE Training Videos

    Three of Microsoft's most seasoned ASP.NET speakers, Scott Hanselman, Jon Galloway, and Damian Edwards provide an accelerated introduction to building modern web applications with ASP.NET 4.5 and ASP.NET MVC 4. In this course, they target key scenarios like building mobile-ready websites, social web...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store apps for Absolute Beginners with JavaScript (Video Course)

    Ready to make money and share your great Windows 8 app ideas with the world? Not sure where to start? Start here! Over the course of 31 lessons, our friend Bob Tabor from www.LearnVisualStudio.net will teach you the fundamentals of Windows Store app development with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript by walking...
  • Blog Post: ALM Summit 3 Videos are now available on Channel 9

    In case you missed ALM Summit this year, the videos are now available on Channel 9 http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/ALM-Summit/ALM-Summit-3 *Update* Slide decks also available here ALM Summit 3 keynotes and sessions provide deeper insight into the modern application lifecycle. Learn about industry best...
  • Blog Post: Understanding IntelliTrace in Visual Studio

    IntelliTrace debugging is like watching a video of the stage play. You can fast-forward past the boring parts and rewind if you missed something. The one thing you can’t do is change what is happening since it has already happened in the past. You give up controlling the actors in favor of controlling...
  • Blog Post: Deliver quality software. Faster.

    Learn how you can streamline your approach to continuous testing and improve the uptime of your business with Visual Studio 2012. Our world runs on software. Every business depends on it, every mobile phone uses it, and even every new car relies on code. Without software, modern civilization would fall...
  • Blog Post: What System Center SP1 brings for developers?

        To speed interactions between operations and development, it is essential to quickly detect and fix problems that might need assistance from the engineering team. System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) , Operations Manager can integrate with development tools, such as Team Foundation Server...
  • Blog Post: Change happens. Embrace it … THE BUSINESS VALUE OF AGILE DEVELOPMENT with Visual Studio 2012

    Use change to your advantage throughout the modern app lifecycle instead of resisting it by adopting agile practices with Visual Studio 2012.   When it comes to creating custom applications, too many of us live in denial. We want to believe that it’s possible to predict accurately how long a group...
  • Blog Post: ANNOUNCING VISUAL STUDIO 2012 UPDATE 2 CTP 2

    We are excited to announce the availability of the CTP of Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 , as it bring forwards a number of improvements for the XAML developer. The following are some of the key improvements you will find in this release: WPF, SILVERLIGHT AND SKETCHFLOW SUPPORT IN BLEND Blend for...
  • Blog Post: Startups you will ♥ Team Foundation Service

      Team Foundation Service is a new way for teams who care about rapid software delivery to plan and manage projects. And for teams up to 5 developers, it's free. Writing code is fun, but managing development can be complicated. Do you keep your code under version control? Where do you keep track...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store apps for Absolute Beginners with C# (Free online course!)

    Ready to make money and share your great Windows 8 app ideas with the world? Not sure where to start? Start here! Over the course of 34 lessons, our friend Bob Tabor from www.LearnVisualStudio.net will teach you the fundamentals of Windows Store app development by walking you through building the Contoso...
  • Blog Post: Building Apps for Windows Phone 8 Jump Start (Online Course)

    This two-day course is specially tailored for developers looking to leverage C#/XAML to build cool apps and games for Windows Phone 8. Clearly, this platform is another leap forward in Microsoft’s overall mobile strategy and the developer community has taken notice. Now is the time to embrace your...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store now open to all developers in 120 markets

    Great news for developers! Now you can get your own Windows developer account. The store is officially open in 120 markets (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia & UAE are included :) ) And it gets better, Microsoft announced special offers: All eligible MSDN subscribers receive a free...
  • Blog Post: Who is accessing your Team Foundation Server?

    It is not rare for large organizations – or even smaller ones, to lose track of internal TFS adoption and MSDN usage. Do you want to do an internal audit of users of TFS and also Visual Studio users? Do you want to determine a shortfall (or overage) in TFS CALs and determine who is accessing...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio and ALM - We are now the Leaders!

    Microsoft is now positioned in Leader Quadrant in New Gartner Magic Quadrant for ALM In a new Magic Quadrant (MQ) report, Gartner recently evaluated 16 ALM vendors, rating them on the completeness of their vision and ability to execute. Microsoft received the top placement in the MQ and was one identified...
  • Blog Post: Announcing RC of Visual Studio 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5

    We are so excited to announce..... Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate (RC), Team Foundation Server 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5 is now available for download from the Visual Studio product website. The next release of Visual Studio will be officially called Visual Studio 2012. ...
  • Blog Post: What's New for SharePoint Development in VS11 Beta

    Visual Studio 11 Beta should definitely make SharePoint developers very happy. VS11 introduces a whole new set of features that enhance existing capabilities in SharePoint 2010 Developer Tools. SharePoint developer tools in Visual Studio 11 Beta contain new designers and templates to facilitate SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Six Myths of Product Development

    This month’s Harvard Business Review has an excellent article on product development. Its not available online, but if you happen to pass by any of the Virgin stores somewhere in the Gulf, they usually stock a few copies. One of the authors is Don Reinersten, who wrote the Principle of Product...
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