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  • Blog Post: Top 30 Must See Videos, Demonstrations For Developers That Highlight TechEd

    TechEd is Microsoft's premier technology conference for IT professionals and developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft's current and soon-to-be- released suite of products, solutions, tools, and services. This June we celebrate the 20th annual TechEd North America...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012, .NET 4.5 Release Candidates Now Available

    Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 Release Candidates are now available for download . Windows has made also available a Windows 8 Release Preview. Please visit the Building Windows 8 blog for the official announcement by Steven Sinofsky. You can download the Windows 8 Release Preview bits here . ...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team Announces Roadmap of Products, Pricing, Features

    The final product lineup and specifications for the next release of Visual Studio has been announced on the Visual Studio blog. The announcement was made in the posting A look ahead at the Visual Studio 11 product lineup and platform support . The tooling offered in Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Security Best Practices – Part 7: Tips, Tools, Coding Best Practices

    While writing the series of posts, I kept running into more best practices. So here are a few more items you should consider in securing your Windows Azure application. Here are some tools, coding tips, and best practices: Running on the Operating System Getting the latest security patches...
  • Blog Post: Get Visual Studio 11 ALM Virtual Machines, Hands-on-Labs, Demos

    A virtual machine for you to try out the new Visual Studio 11 Beta ALM is now available. It includes hands-on-labs / demo scripts. Brian Keller explains in his post Visual Studio 11 Application Lifecycle Management Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs / Demo Scripts that you can use the virtual machine...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 11 Developer Training Kit Offers Labs on Async Programming, ALM, Metro, ASP.NET

    Today we released the first version of the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview Training Kit . This kit includes hands-on labs to help you understand how to take advantage of the variety of enhancements in Visual Studio 11 and the .NET Framework 4.5, how to support and manage the entire application lifecycle...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Supports NIST Standards Acceleration for Cloud Computing

    Microsoft is participating in the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) initiative to jumpstart the adoption of cloud computing standards called Standards Acceleration to Jumpstart the Adoption of Cloud Computing, (SAJACC) .The goal is to formulate a roadmap for adoption of high-quality...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4 Training Kit Updated, Includes ALM Developer Training

    June 2011 version of the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit and Training Course adds new courses on application lifecycle management (ALM) and updates developer training. The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Course includes videos and hands-on-labs designed to help...
  • Blog Post: Azure Team Introduces Windows Azure AppFabric Applications

    A Windows Azure AppFabric Application is any n-tier .NET application that spans the web, middle, and data tiers, composes with external services, and is inherently written to the cloud architecture for scale and availability. Build AppFabric Applications using AppFabric Developer Tools, run them in...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: Crowd-Sourcing Public Sector App for Windows Phone, Azure

    A new ISV video on Channel 9 shows Blue Dot’s Advanced Mobile 311 crowd-sourcing solution for Public Sector that enables citizens to quickly and easily create non-emergency Service Requests through their Smart Phones. Leveraging the power of Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone , Blue Dot...
  • Blog Post: Samples Show Table, Queue, Blog Storage for Windows Azure for REST, .NET Side-by-Side

    David Pallmann has posted a sample code that is useful for anyone who wants to store data in Windows Azure. The samples show REST implementation and a .NET StorageClient implementation with identical functionality. And he shows every single operation you can perform in the Windows Azure Storage API against...
  • Blog Post: New Feature Pack for Visual Studio Boosts Silverlight Testing, Code Visualization, Modeling

    A new Feature Pack for Visual Studio MSDN Subscribers is now available that extends testing, code visualization and modeling capabilities in Visual Studio 2010. Visual Studio 2010 Visualization and Modeling Feature Pack features are included. Testing features: Use Microsoft Test Manager to...
  • Blog Post: WS-I Completes Interoperability Standards for Web Services

    After nearly a decade of work and industry cooperation, the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) has successfully concluded its charter to document best practices for Web services interoperability across multiple platforms, operating systems and programming languages. The final three...
  • Blog Post: Monitor Windows Azure Applications with New Management Pack

    CIOs of companies moving to Windows Azure Platform want to insure that the application is responding as expected. Release Candidate (RC) of the Monitoring Management Pack (MP) for Windows Azure (version 6.1.7686.0) can be immediately deployed by customers running System Center Operations Manager 2007...
  • Blog Post: CTP for F# Adds Support for Interoperability

    The August 2010 CTP of Microsoft F# went live on the Download Center this week. The preview is available as an MSI for use with .NET and Visual Studio, and as a ZIP for use with other CLI implementations and platforms, including .NET Compact Framework on Xbox 360, and Mono on Mac, Linux and other platforms...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: Get the Facts on Application Performance

    Everyone has an opinion, but Dotfuscator with Runtime Intelligence inside Visual Studio 2010 can give you the “facts” on stability, performance and usage of all your .NET applications (desktop, web, Silverlight, mobile). This video shows you in 90 seconds how to get this valuable runtime intelligence...
  • Blog Post: MSDEV Updates Visual Studio 2010 Developer Training for RTM

    MSDEV offers a new series of videos that update some of the changes in the final Release to Market RTM of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. It includes ten short demonstration videos, each of which focuses on one feature that's new in the RTM. You can see the videos at Visual Studio 2010 RTM Update . New...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: QuarkPromote Lights Up on Windows 7

    QuarkPromote incorporates Windows 7 light up features for its Rich Internet Application (RIA). Users customize promotional material, business cards, and fliers using the QuarkPromote. You get the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) client that from the QuarkPromote.com website. The thick clients allows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Identity Foundation SDK 4.0 Supports Visual Studio 2010

    Windows Identity Foundation SDK 4.0 package has been released. The updated WIF works with .NET Framework 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010. The announcement was made on the Federated Identity and the Identity Metasystem Team 's blog at Announcing the Windows Identity Foundation SDK 4.0 targeting Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: How To, Getting Started Videos for Developers

    Windows Azure Windows Azure Platform Training Course The Windows Azure Platform Training Course includes a comprehensive set of technical content including samples, demos, hands-on labs, and presentations that are designed to expedite the learning process for the set of technologies released...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft ISV Partners Adopt Microsoft Technology

    Microsoft partners have been building great software using Microsoft technologies. Here’s a sampling of what we’ve found. Windows 7 Light-up Windows 7 represents some great opportunities for ISV. Light up features include Windows 7 ribbon, task bar, thumbnails, federated search, and PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: How to Migrate Your .NET 3.5 App to .NET 4

    Your .NET Framework 3.5 installs side-by-side with .NET Framework 4 . So your application will work as expected when your customer installs .NET 4. But when you take your current code from .NET 3.5 and recompile it and target your application for .NET 4 in Visual Studio 2010 , you may find some breaking...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4 Launches

    Visual Studio 2010 launched today. You can get the new version in your MSDN subscription. Download from: MSDN Subscriber Downloads Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) Download test drive editions Visual Studio is available in four versions: Professional Premium Ultimate...
  • Blog Post: Whirlwind Screencasts Highlight New Features in C# 4

    Stuart Celarier and I continue the set of screencasts on Channel 9 about new language features in C#. It's a Whirlwind Tour of the important language features of C# 4 . Stuart describes each major feature and why it is useful. But he doesn't get into best practices nor suggested usages. Just the facts...
  • Blog Post: White Paper Shows How to Implement Windows 7 Taskbar in .NET

    You can implement features in Windows 7 by using .NET 4 by following a whitepaper published on MSDEV . My colleague, Jason De Lorme of the US ISV team, has posted a sample project and white paper that shows you the steps to implement key light up features in Windows 7. The sample project gives you...
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