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  • Blog Post: Providing cloud-based, JSON data to Windows 8 Metro Grid Applications

    My colleague Bruno Teralky has begun a series of blog posts on how you can integrate your cloud service with Windows 8 Metro application. His first post in the series, How to provide cloud-based, JSON data to Windows 8 Metro Grid Applications , provides the architecture and the concepts of how applications...
  • 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: Getting Started on Line-of-Business HTML5 App – Part 6 Selecting HTML with JQuery

    According to its Website, “ JQuery is a fast and concise JavaScript Library that simplifies HTML document traversing, event handling, animating, and Ajax interactions for rapid web development. jQuery is designed to change the way that you write JavaScript. ” And it is true. jQuery makes...
  • 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: Getting Started on Line-of-Business HTML5 App – Part 2 Setting Up Your Development Environment

    I have a new project that I wanted to do in HTML5. I wanted the user to be able to register on Windows Phone and other phones and in browsers and in Windows 8. In Getting Started on Line-of-Business HTML5 App -- Part 1 Starting Up With New Semantic Tags , I got a quick view of some of the new HTML5...
  • Blog Post: Earn New Visual Studio Achievements When Developing in Windows Azure

    A few months back the Channel 9 team created Visual Studio Achievements which has inspired more than 80,000 downloads. Developers see achievement badges as a fun way to socially share the accomplishments they earn in what can sometimes be the lonely act of writing code. New badges are available today...
  • 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: Bring Some Game To Your Code

    A software engineer's glory so often goes unnoticed. Attention seems to come either when there are bugs or when the final project ships. But rarely is a developer appreciated for all the nuances and subtleties of a piece of code--and all the heroics it took to write it. With Visual Studio Achievements...
  • Blog Post: PhoneGap Features Support Windows Phone 7.5

    All the features of in the new version of PhoneGap version 1.3 are supported on Windows Phone 7.5. This release extends the cross-platform capabilities of PhoneGap, giving more choices to developers in need of a programming environment allowing them to easily deliver the same mobile experience to...
  • Blog Post: ‘Roslyn’ Offers Object Model for Code Generation, Analysis, Refactoring, Scripting

    Traditionally, compilers are black boxes -- source code goes in one end, and object files or assemblies come out the other end. The Microsoft “Roslyn” community preview changes that model by opening up the VB and C# compilers. Compilers in “Roslyn” provide APIs to allow tools and end-users to share in...
  • 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: Videos Show How to Use Asynchronous Programming in Your C#, VB Apps

    So many modern applications need to be able to make calls asynchronously. Whenever you have a method call that could take longer than 50 milliseconds, you want to be able to return control to the user so your users does not need to wait for some “long” activity. Those long activities might...
  • Blog Post: ScottGu Outlines Cool New Features Coming to ASP.NET for Visual Studio vNext

    Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President, Server & Tools Business, has begun a series of blog posts that describe new features coming to ASP.NET. Posts describe new functionality and improvements – for both Web Forms and MVC - making building applications easier, faster and better. The...
  • Blog Post: Two Days of Free Windows Phone ‘Mango’ Developer Training Online

    Windows Phone MVPs i.e. Rob Miles and Andy Wigley will host this two-day Jump Start class is specially tailored for developers looking to build cool applications and games for the new Windows Phone 'Mango' Platform. Click here to register for the free training. Day One August 23, 2011 | 8am...
  • Blog Post: Get Azure Cloud Apps Up, Running in Minutes with LightSwitch

    Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch is now available to MSDN subscribers with general availability on Thursday. LightSwitch is a simplified self-service development tool that enables you to build business applications quickly and easily for the desktop and cloud. Visual Studio LightSwitch enables...
  • Blog Post: How To Upload, Send Clean Visual Studio Projects

    How many times have you wanted to send a project to a friend or upload it to a web site like MSDN Code Gallery only to find that your zip file has lots of stuff that you don't need to send in it making the file larger than it needs to be? bin folder obj folder TestResults folder Resharper...
  • Blog Post: Rapid Application Development Tool Visual Studio LightSwitch Coming July 26

    Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 tool for cloud and desktop development is coming July 26. The tool is a rapid-application-development (RAD) tool for building business applications. Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch gives you a simpler and faster way to create high-quality business applications for...
  • 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: ‘Web Standards Update’ Brings Intellisense to HTML5, CSS3 for Visual Studio, Visual Web Express

    ASP.NET developers have been asking for HTML5 & CSS3 support all the time and today we are super excited to announce the public availability of Visual Studio Web Standards Update which brings a ton of HTML5 & CSS3 support to Visual Studio 2010 SP1 . VS Web Standards Update is a free extension...
  • Blog Post: Target Multiple GPU Architectures with New C++ Accelerated Massive Parallelism

    S Somasegar, Developer Division Senior Vice President, announced C++ Accelerated Massive Parallelism (C++ AMP) that helps you target graphics hardware from all the major hardware vendors. The idea is to provide a way you can build out your software on massively parallel to include both GPU and APUs....
  • Blog Post: Debug Code without Keeping All That Code in Your Head

    Debugger Canvas from DevLabs is a new user experience for stepping through code in the debugger in Visual Studio Ultimate. It displays the code of each of the methods you step into on a canvas with call lines between them, helping you keep track of the bigger picture as well as the details. Debugger...
  • Blog Post: Next Version of Visual Studio ALM Announced at Tech•Ed

    Jason Zander, corporate vice president of Visual Studio, announced a key pillar of the next version of Microsoft Visual Studio at Tech•Ed North America today. He also demonstrated a connector that will improve the interaction between the development and operations teams. vNext ALM For developer...
  • Blog Post: How to Get Started with Software Modeling from Visual Studio 2010 Architecture Tooling Guidance

    Practical guidance for Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate , which is focused on modeling tools, is available on Codeplex. This release includes common usage scenarios, hands on labs, and lessons learned from the community discussions. You can learn about how to architecture your application by either reverse...
  • Blog Post: Get Started with VS LightSwitch Beta 2 with New Developer Training Kit

    Along with the general availability of Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2 , you can now learn how to get started with the LightSwitch Beta 2 Training Kit . The Training Kit contains demos and labs to help you learn to use and extend LightSwitch. The introductory materials walk you through the Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2

    Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch is the simplest way for developers of all skill levels to develop business applications for the desktop and cloud. With LightSwitch, you can build custom applications.Get a head start by using pre-configured screen templates that give your application a familiar look...
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