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  • Blog Post: Getting started as a Hybrid Developer

    By Asavin Wattanajantra , writer at Metia . This is the stereotype. But what if you can be both? Startup companies find that hybrid developers are worth their weight in gold, the jack of all trades with design experience who can be invaluable in taking products from conception to shipment...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: The Visual Studio and TFS 2012 DevOps Story

    Cloud, mobile and distributed software services have made “simulating production” impossible while production and release cycles are becoming more frequent. At the same time, communication and collaboration between development and operations has become a focal point for process improvement, spawning...
  • Blog Post: Event: Improve Software Quality, User Experience and Developer Productivity with Real Time Analytics Webinar

    Application exceptions offer a clear and undistorted view into an application’s quality, user experience and operational service level. In fact, unhandled, caught and thrown exceptions represent one of development’s only direct sources of user-driven application feedback. Yet, most development teams...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Exposing your API via Windows Azure Service Bus Queues and Topics

    Introduction Recently my team have worked with some customers around hybrid integration projects involving exposing a number of on-premise applications outside of the organization. The Windows Azure Service Bus has been one of the key technologies which has allowed us to deliver these projects successfully...
  • Blog Post: In the Spotlight Games Studio Mudvark

    It’s not often that MSDN get to chat with games developers but we did manage to track down Dan and Henry from Mudvark Games Studio and they gave us this really interesting interview. Could you tell us a little about your studio – its size, make-up and a brief history? There’s just the two of us in our...
  • Blog Post: Save the Date: TechEd Europe 2013 Registration opens 12 February

    TechEd is Microsoft’s premiere conference for IT Professionals and Enterprise Developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft's products, solutions, tools, and services. We are pleased to announce that registration for TechEd North America and TechEd Europe will go live...
  • Blog Post: Poll of the Fortnight: All about Office…

    Fill out my Wufoo form!
  • Blog Post: Pitfalls for the unwary when developing Windows Store apps by 5App

    In the classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy has just arrived and is looking around awed at the splendour. She says to her dog “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more”. Well some of you seasoned Microsoft developers are going to feel exactly the same way when you get to the gates of...
  • Blog Post: UK Windows Azure Dev Camps

    Who is this camp for? You’ve probably heard of Windows Azure but not done anything with it. Maybe you’ve seen a few demos at an event or an online video. Maybe you’ve even got as far as trying the introductory lab in the freely downloadable training kit. But now you are at the stage of wanting to get...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows Phone Developer Training with Nokia

    If you are a phone developer looking to write apps on Windows Phone then you may find the series of webinars which Nokia are running online of particular interest and you can find out all about these here . They are also running a really fun competition called the Lumia 8 week challenge! Useful Windows...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 Announced

    Visual Studio 2012 provides continuous value to customers, adding new capabilities year-round in addition to the features in the main product. These releases are aligned with the core software development trends in the market, ensuring developers and development teams always have access to the best solution...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Windows Store App Labs for app builders

    Windows Store App Labs are places where app builders can get technical help from Windows experts, and very soon will be able to access the newest Windows 8 devices and receive design guidance from designers and digital agencies. Get technical guidance from Windows 8 experts Our Windows experts are on...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Developer Offer: $8 for 8 Days

    The new Windows Phone Dev Center has everything you need to create great apps and add them to the Windows Phone Store for the world to see, try, and buy. You can start creating apps anytime. When you’re ready to offer them in the Store, you’ll need a subscription to the Dev Center where you can start...
  • Blog Post: Poll of the Fortnight: Windows 8 Insights

    Fill out my Wufoo form! View the results of this Poll
  • Blog Post: App Campus: Got an idea for an application for Windows Phone?

    To drive innovation and business opportunities in Finland's mobile ecosystem and beyond, Microsoft Corporations and Nokia invested up to 9 million euros into "AppCampus" program -a newly established mobile application development program at Aalto University during the next three years. The...
  • Blog Post: WhitePaper: Visual Studio 2012 & MSDN Licensing Update

    As I know many of you are subscribers to MSDN and are every day users of Visual Studio I thought it would be a good idea to let you know about the recently released WhitePaper on the licensing clarifications that have been added to the whitepaper below. This white paper provides an overview of the Visual...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Apps Developers–Submit this Week to be Included in the Store on Release Day!

    This week is the last week that submissions will be taken for apps that are being entered into the UK Windows 8 app store before the general availability of Windows 8. So if you want your app to be available on the release date for Windows 8 to the general public then you really need to get your app...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: How do you develop applications for Windows Azure

    By Jen Stirrup How do you develop applications for Windows Azure, without incurring cost? Developing applications for Windows Azure is a growing business. Application design for Azure is a vital consideration, since developers need to create applications that take into account predictions that, within...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Introducing Windows 8 | Elite

    Elevate your app with the Windows 8 | Elite Programme. As an Elite member, you will be invited to exclusive networking and training events as well as opportunities to enhance the discoverability, quality and business value of your Windows 8 app. Receive your invite to Windows 8 | Elite programme by publishing...
  • Blog Post: Top Tip: Using CSS Sprites for responsive images

    This top tip was provided by Ian Haynes In this article Maykell Loomens discusses using the technique for solving issues with high density displays (Retina etc.) but it may be possible to use the technique for responsive images in general. Interesting. http://miekd.com/articles/using-css-sprites-to-optimize...
  • Blog Post: Community Content: DeveloperFusions

    DeveloperFusions is a great place to find new content and great list of UK community events. Head over there and take a look at some of these recent articles. Continuous Integration Using NuGet And TeamCity by Xavier Decoster Xavier Decoster demonstrates how to incorporate the creation and reuse of NuGet...
  • Blog Post: User Groups: WorthingDotNet - New Name, New Start

    With a reliable, capable and free venue thanks to FreshEgg the eastern part of VBUG Portsmouth is starting again under the new name, WorthingDotNet. We will be meting every other month - usually on a Tuesday evening near the middle of the month - at FreshEgg for .NET presentations, discussion and networking...
  • Blog Post: Event: Fine tune your app at the Windows 8 App Excellence Lab

    If you have an app almost ready to publish, you are invited to the Windows 8 App Excellence Lab. This two hour one-to-one session with a trained Microsoft Engineer will accelerate your time to completion. The App Excellence Lab is an incredibly valuable resource for you to: § Test your app on...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Camps Update!

      Hi everyone!  Windows 8 is almost here and places are filling up fast for the Dev Camps!  So that you can see what events are running where, here’s a list of camps for you to attend.  There are limited numbers at each event so if you want free training, app support and to get ahead...
  • Blog Post: Behaviour Driven Development with BizTalk

    Michael Stephenson has started a new Wiki page over on the TechNet Wiki that is all about Behaviour Driven Development with BizTalk which focuses on developing software that fits with the way the business works.  At the time of writing this was what he had made available: This page is intended as...
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