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  • 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: How The Windows App Store and Windows Azure Are Transforming Education

        By Carlos Oliviera Rise of the MOOCs, it may sound like this year’s next blockbuster, but it’s very much a reality, and the revolution is taking place on the Web and the Windows 8 app store. Massive Open Online Courses ( MOOCs ) are free educational online courses that can be completed...
  • Blog Post: Infographic: 5 Key Trends in Cloud Gaming

     
  • Blog Post: DIDLR at the guardian mobile business summit – from mobile platforms to mobile consumers

    Rich Holdsworth, co-founder and CEO of Wapple , creators of DIDLR spoke at the Guardian Mobile Business Summit 2012 on how developers and publishers can provide experiences that adapt to consumers across every web platform. See a live demonstration of DIDLR on a Windows Phone; showcasing the cross-platform...
  • Blog Post: New Free Learning Resources–HTML5 Apps Development & LightSwitch Business Apps

    Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start This course provides an accelerated introduction to HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript and helps students gain basic HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript programming skills. This course is an entry point into both the Web application and Windows Store apps training paths...
  • Blog Post: Forrester’s study reaffirms Internet Explorer’s choice for business

    We are happy to share the findings of Forrester Consulting, who evaluated considerations that IT managers weigh when deciding on a browser and whether to support or allow the use of nonstandard browsers. Forrester’s Business Case for Standardizing on a Single Modern Browser in the Enterprise is now available...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 8 JumpStart Videos now Available

    Andy Wigley recently delivered the JumpStart video series and these are now available on Channel 9.  There is a full course so you’ll need a bit of time to run through all of these but they are a great place to start if you looking to start writing apps for Windows Phone.  Full course outline...
  • Blog Post: Poll of the Fortnight: Web Development

    Fill out my Wufoo form! View the results here.
  • Blog Post: Continuous deployment for Web Projects with Windows Azure Websites and Git

    By Richard Conway June saw the release of Windows Azure Websites which enable you to get up and running in testing your Web API code at no or little cost. Websites come in 3 flavours: Free, Shared and Reserved. For the purposes of this post we’ll stick with the free version which is the default. The...
  • Blog Post: Top Tip: CSS Architecture

    Recommended by Dave Sussman CSS Architecture: I’ve long held the view that CSS is the way to apply layout and styling to web applications and believe that basic CSS is a core skill for all web developers. The following article discusses how you should architect your CSS, what naming conventions are useful...
  • Blog Post: Poll of the Fortnight: All things SharePoint

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  • Blog Post: The Best of SharePoint at Build

    by Gary Pretty , Mando Group Recently I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Microsoft’s Build developer conference (http://www.buildwindows.com), which was held immediately after the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, and with the timing being as such, many of the sessions were centred around...
  • Blog Post: Performance and the mobile web

    By Dave Sussman Web Site Performance is more complex than you think. I've been banging on about CSS for years, and how it can improve performance, but the modern world is more complex; not only do we have multiple desktop browsers, but also multiple mobile ones. The web is inherently mobile these...
  • Blog Post: Easy spam protection using hidden form fields

    By Ian Haynes Spam bots usually fill in all the form fields they see on a page, and can’t tell whether a field needs to be blank. Developer Martin Psinas takes advantage of this to create simple spam protection: http://www.sitepoint.com/easy-spam-prevention-using-hidden-form-fields/ ...
  • Blog Post: CSS Font Size Testing

    By Ian Haynes Font sizes can vary on different devices because of the display pixel densities. You can get round this by using relative sizes (ems or rems). It’s easy enough to build a test page for this but it’s something you probably never find time to do. Kevin Pederson has saved us...
  • Blog Post: Article: Solve browser zoom issues with ‘proportional media queries’

    By Ian Haynes We can cover a range of device sizes with CSS3 media queries and typically do so using % or ems (or rems) for font sizing and test for the device width in pixels. This can give issues with browser zoom modes however, and a solution is to use ems for the media queries too, rather than...
  • Blog Post: Article: 51Degrees.mobi - Making the mobile web work

    By James Rosewell The mobile web is huge with 1 billion active mobile broadband subscriptions and is fast becoming the primary method of accessing the web in the western world. In developing countries most people’s first experience of the internet is via a mobile device. If not today, then very...
  • Blog Post: Article: Leaving Old IE Behind

    By Ian Haynes Having been working on mobile-first designs recently it occurred to me briefly that if I didn’t use respond.js, browsers not supporting media queries would see the mobile view. Looking for something else on the net I then found that designer Joni Korpi had taken this idea and used...
  • Blog Post: Learning: Getting Started with ASP.NET MVC 5

    The ASP.NET team have produced some really useful resources for devs interested in building an ASP.NET MVC 5 Web application using Visual Studio 2013 . There are no less than 9 tutorials covering the basics, including: How to create a new ASP.NET MVC project. How to create ASP.NET MVC controllers...
  • Blog Post: Web Development–Martin Beeby’s Articles of the Week

    The W3C co-chair got up on his soap box last week and declared that WebKits power is causing an Open Web crisis: W3C co-chair: Apple, Google power causing Open Web crisis Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) enables you to do AJAX requests across different domains, over on the IE blog they have a nice...
  • Blog Post: Interview: The Apprentice–Microsoft style

    As part of the Britain Works program, Microsoft’s DPE and Citizenship teams have been working with training company QA and e-skills UK to develop a year-long Modern Apprenticeship in Software Development . According to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills , small and medium-sized...
  • Blog Post: Bringing Cut the Rope to Life in an HTML5 Browser: Behind the Scenes

    by Giorgio Sardo Cut the Rope is an immediate favourite for anyone who plays it. It’s as fun as it is adorable. So we had an idea: let’s make this great game available to an even bigger audience by offering it on the web using the power of HTML5. To do this, Microsoft’s Internet...
  • Blog Post: HTML5-Powered “Cut the Rope” Comes to the Web and IE9

    Cut the Rope , the game originally built for iPhone and Android by ZeptoLab has been ported to HTML5 by PixelLabs, ZentoLab and the Internet Explorer team. To get the full story on how it was created, including an explanation of the mind-set switch required to move from Objective-C to JavaScript, take...
  • Blog Post: Successfully delivering high-impact websites using SharePoint 2010

    by Rik Hepworth Far too often at the first customer meeting about a new SharePoint-delivered website I get handed a piece of paper like the one below. ‘We’ve planned the site’ says the cheery project owner. In an effort to help you avoid the potholes of improper planning here are...
  • Blog Post: A Developers Guide to Expression Web

    ... or five reasons why you should use it alongside Visual Studio by Ian Haynes If you’re working on a web site or application in Visual Studio you may well be doing the design and front-end development there too. After all the web design surface is a version of Expression Web, isn’t...
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