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  • Blog Post: Windows Azure SDK v2.2 for .NET

    With the recent release of Windows Azure SDK v2.2 for .NET, this version of the SDK extends Visual Studio 2013 to enable an end to end experience for developers to target Windows Azure, including creating, configuring, debugging, deploying and diagnosing cloud services. ... read more
  • Blog Post: Consuming ASP.NET Web API

    Check out this blog post that outlines the steps for consuming an ASP.NET Web API which is hosted in Windows Azure from an HTML application using WinJS.xhr. ... read more
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 RC Available

    The latest and greatest installment of Visual Studio is now available for download. There have been several product enhancements (new tools for line of business applications, Web applications, games, mobile devices, services and of course applications targeting Windows 8.1) to improve developer efficiency...
  • Blog Post: Holy //BUILD Batman!

    I thought the previous //BUILD conferences had a lot of content but this year definitely surpassed it. Although I couldn’t do the whole conference justice in a single blog post, here are a few key highlights... read more
  • Blog Post: Developing a Windows Store Business App

    Microsoft patterns & practices recently announced the latest addition to the patterns & practices library of software architecture guidance: Developing a Windows Store Business App using C#, XAML, and Prism. ... read more
  • Blog Post: Build 2013 Developer Conference

    I can't believe almost 6 months has passed since the last Build conference. This year the event will be held between June 26–28 in San Francisco where Microsoft will share what's next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio, and more. ... read more
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 App Contest

    The holidays are definitely for spending time with family and friends however for me, when there’s an app/dev contest to win I can’t help but think about coding. It started innocently enough as a few members of my team said they had some ideas for an app and that building them and comparing...
  • Blog Post: Scaled PushPin Sample (Bing Maps)

    Dmitry Lyalin is an Application Development Manager (ADM) and he’s been active in Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 development. That being said here’s his latest contribution: Scaled PushPin Sample (C# / XAML apps) [ link ] The Bing Maps control for Windows 8 allows developers to include...
  • Blog Post: Horizontal Scalability for Parallel Execution of Tasks

    The Task Parallel Library (TPL), introduced in the Microsoft .NET Framework 4, empowers application developers to create solutions that leverage the power of parallel processing in a multicore computer. In many scenarios, however, the ability to scale vertically (by adding more cores) is constrained...
  • Blog Post: Migrate an existing ASP.NET Website Project to Windows Azure

    In this blog post we will discuss how to migrate an existing ASP.NET Website project to Windows Azure. Before we begin you will need the following prerequisites: Windows 7 Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Download and install the Windows Azure SDK for .NET SQL Server Express 2008 R2 (This is...
  • Blog Post: Capturing Webcam Images

    It seemed like a simple task really; capture a still image from a webcam and save it to a file. Unfortunately something that appeared so simple was quite complex. If you’re familiar with C++ and want to use the Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) API, have at it. My personal preference is to stay with...
  • Blog Post: Adding form to Function - A glance at how WPF works

    Being in the ADM role, or any role in Microsoft for that matter, requires some knowledge of the different technologies that Microsoft offers. I've recently been studying a lot to better serve my customers, and one piece of technology that has captured my fascination is Windows Presentation Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server AppFabric Logging

    Using Windows Server AppFabric makes it easier to build, scale and manage Web and composite applications that run on IIS but when it comes to error logging, tracing and performance analysis, things can get a bit tricky. Therefore let’s discuss how to incorporate some logging features into a Windows...
  • Blog Post: Roslyn CTP Released

    I’ve wrote quite a few blog posts about Anders Hejlsberg (i.e. Visual Studio Asynchronous Programming , Visual Studio 11) and deserving so as he’s one of those people that once you meet him you soon realize just how much knowledge he has to offer. You also quickly comprehend just how little...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 11

    I’ve been using the Visual Studio (VS) Developer Preview a lot lately and while there is no doubt that some items may change when this gets to the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) stage, it’s clear that from the new Team Foundation Server (TFS) advances to the new language enhancements, there’s...
  • Blog Post: Copying TFS Work Items

    So you want to copy a work item (WI)? Well TFS does indeed have a copy command via the UI which will create a new work item based upon a certain type. ... read more
  • Blog Post: Aspirin for Developers: Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework

    Every day, developers scour the Internet to make short work of typical programming tasks, only to find questionable, if not unreliable, sample code. ... read more
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio LightSwitch

    Full disclosure: I’m a big proponent of Visual Studio but when it comes to creating data screens over and over again is, what’s the word I’m looking for – tiresome. Combine that with having to find and tweak some code because this this new application works slightly differently...
  • Blog Post: Anders Hejlsberg – Pure Genius

    If you have no idea who Anders is (for shame!) then like any true computer geek you probably turn to Wikipedia. Yes, you know you’ve made it when you get your very own wiki page . Seriously though, Anders is a Technical Fellow in the Developer Division ...read more
  • Blog Post: Test Impact Analysis

    Let’s face it, when it comes to software development there’s always a bit of tension when a tester enters a bug and assigns it to the developer who worked on that piece of code. No one likes to have someone say: “ Hey, you made a mistake ...read more
  • Blog Post: Entity Framework - Stored Procedure Mapping

    I recently was asked a question about the Entity Framework’s (EF) “Stored Procedure Mapping” context menu from the designer. There were actually two issues wrapped into one question. The first part of the question was around the ability ...read more
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