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  • Blog Post: Craig Dunn from Xamarin gives a sneak preview of his NDC session

    I caught up briefly with Craig Dunn from Xamarin to find out what his sessions will cover at NDC next week. Here's what he told me... "I'm giving two talks next Friday at NDC London (both as in Room 2): Intro to iOS & Android Apps with C# (using Xamarin) This will introduce people to Xamarin...
  • Blog Post: NDC Visual Studio t-shirt competition- Terms and Conditions

    1. ELIGIBILITY. This promotion is open to any person resident in the United Kingdom who is eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry and who is a registered member of the Website http://www.twitter.com (the “Website“). IF YOU ARE NOT A REGISTERED MEMBER OF THE WEBSITE YOUR...
  • Blog Post: NDC London - are you ready?

    NDC London’s drawing nearer and we can’t wait to join the rest of you heading to Excel next week to join the festivities and see some of the best speakers on the circuit. You can still get tickets for NDC if you haven’t already. We’ll be covering the event on Twitter, from @ubelly...
  • Blog Post: Join us (oh… and Scott Gu!) at New Developers Conference

    Billed as a ‘festival for developers’, New Developers Conference (NDC) is venturing from its Norwegian roots to London from 4-6 December, and to put it mildly, we can’t wait. The conference focuses on .NET and Agile development and has attracted some of the best speakers on the circuit...
  • Blog Post: Installing XNA on Windows 8 with Visual Studio 2012

    Guest blog by Simon Grey Lecturer in Games Development Studies at the University of Hull XNA is a great framework for creating games, and we use it as a tool to motivate students to learn how to program whilst creating great games at extra-curricular events such as the three thing game. For us, a tools...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 includes the Visual F# Tools for F# 3.1.

    At the end of October 2013, Microsoft released Visual Studio 2013 to MSDN subscribers and DreamSpark.com Subscribers . This includes the Visual F# Tools, matching version 3.1 of the F# language. F# itself is an open source and cross-platform functional-first programming language, see fsharp.org for...
  • Blog Post: Testing mobile apps using Visual Studio 2013

    by Vinu Chandran , Software Test Engineer, Testhouse . Vinu is a computer science graduate, and has been working with Testhouse India as a software test engineer for more than a year. He’s currently focusing on Coded UI and other testing capabilities of the Microsoft ALM solution. Previously...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 via DreamSpark.com

    Visual Studio 2013, .NET 4.5.1, and Team Foundation Server 2013 are now available for download ! DreamSpark subscribers can download Visual Studio FREE of Charge from either their Institutional DreamSpark ELMS store or direct from DreamSpark.com . Visual Studio 2013 is the best tool for developers...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Events - Prize Draw to win 1 x Fully Packaged Product of Visual Studio 2012 Premium with MSDN Terms & Conditions

    1. ELIGIBILITY. This promotion is open to any person resident in the United Kingdom who is eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of Microsoft or its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotion agencies are not eligible, nor are members of these employees’ families...
  • Blog Post: DirectX immediate mode rendering in your C#/XAML app using the SharpDx library.

    Last week we had a huge Microsoft representation at Eurogamer ranging  from Xbox360, XboxOne, Windows Phone and Windows 8 demonstrating our devcies, services and latest titles. During the event I had a lots of interesting discussions with game devs, educators and students, one of the key themes...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 and IE11 tools for writing beautiful applications

    By Colin Beales, Microsoft TechnicalEvangelist, Visual Studio Writing beautiful applications requires an application to be both well designed with usability at the forefront, but beauty is only skin deep when an application performs poorly and leaves the user experience acting sluggishly and frustrating...
  • Blog Post: Building more beautiful Line of Business apps using LightSwitch

    We talk a lot about building and designing consumer apps but what about line of business apps? The new features in Visual Studio LightSwitch are designed to help you build beautiful, mobile business productivity apps without having to write a lot of code. You can create SharePoint apps and HTML5 client...
  • Blog Post: User Experience in a platform: the Visual Studio ALM example

    by Matteo Emili, Microsoft MVP ISO 9241-210 defines User Experience as "a person's perceptions and responses that result from the use or anticipated use of a product, system or service". So, a good UX is a good feeling in using a certain product, or a good perception of it. Creating a good User...
  • Blog Post: Only DreamSpark gives you the pros’ most integrated developer tools at no cost to students —like Microsoft Visual Studio Professional.

        It’s the full suite, not a trial version! So start building apps, games and sites right away in HTML, C++, C#, Ruby, Java and more.   No cost. No catch. Start downloading today at dreamspark.com/student You’ll find everything from student app contests to coding camps, tutorials, expert...
  • Blog Post: ALM: Providing the right tool for the job

    by Matteo Emili, Microsoft MVP One of the key points of an ALM platform is to give each user the right tool for his job. But the difference between a product and a platform is that you have different key roles as your users’ base. And this is where Visual Studio ALM excels. You can access...
  • Blog Post: Extending Visual Studio Sprint burndown plus VSIX

    By Tarun Arora Introduction In this blog post, I’ll be talking about the Sprint burndown+ ‘the visual studio extension’ and I’ll also be giving you a deep dive into all the features of the the visual studio SDK that were used to build this extension. The extension is already...
  • Blog Post: New tools for .NET developers to change the world*

    by Asavin Wattanajantra It's a brilliant time to be a software developer, driving innovation and helping companies all around the world push back the boundaries. Whether you're building software and services for consumers or businesses, devices or cloud, professional or for fun, developers have the...
  • Blog Post: 10 Reasons To Use Team Foundation Service

    I recently had an interesting discussion with Giles Davies, Giles is from Visual Studio UK Team @VisualStudioUK . The discussion was about group based projects and how academics and students could use technology to assist them in this task. So I asked Giles to write a short summary of what he believes...
  • Blog Post: Well, I like Team Foundation Server and I like Git, but which is better?

    With apologies to Harry Hill , we won’t be having a fight to find out because choosing between Git and Team Foundation Server ( TFS ) is no longer mutually exclusive. Version control is probably the single most important piece of the development environment after the IDE itself, essential for teams and...
  • Blog Post: Innovation in ALM (yes, really)

    by Matteo Emili, Microsoft MVP It’s not easy to bring innovation in a field like the Application Lifecycle Management, where you have to deal with several user roles, each with its own needs. We just left //Build behind us, and Microsoft with the Visual Studio ALM 2013 release - currently...
  • Blog Post: Poll of the Fortnight: Visual Studio Tips & Tricks

    We thought it would be good to give you the opportunity to share your top tips & tricks that you use with Visual Studio in the poll of the fortnight this time. One you have submitted your top tip in the form below you will be redirected to the list with all the other tips & tricks. <ahref...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Web Based Test Case Management

      The Visual Studio 2012 tools (both Visual Studio Clients and Team Foundation Server) have seen a new delivery cadence introduced so that customers will get additional features on a regular basis (roughly quarterly). The great thing about this is that you will see great new features on a regular...
  • 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: Windows 8 Scottish Universities Game Jam

       On the 3rd 4th and 5th of April, The Windows Games Ambassadors hosted the Scottish Universities Jam at the University of West of Scotland ‘UWS’ in Glasgow. The event was an intense weekend of game development based on Windows 8 games with ...read more
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