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  • Blog Post: ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2

    From http://www.asp.net/vnext   ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 is a tooling refresh of Visual Studio 2012 that extends the existing ASP.NET runtime with new features without breaking existing applications. ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 installs in minutes without altering the current ASP.NET run time...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Tools for Git Announced

    In case you missed it, we announced the release of Visual Studio Tools for Git today at the ALM Summit.  You can find the new extension here: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/abafc7d6-dcaa-40f4-8a5e-d6724bdb980c   Below are some details verbatim from the extension site:  ...
  • Blog Post: IntelliTrace Debugging Deep Dive Session is Available for Download

      Folks, apologies for going dark for a few weeks but I have been heads down in the creation of some new IntelliTrace content.  I’ve put together a set of labs and slide decks that you can use to train yourself and/or train others on how to use this to full advantage.  You can find the...
  • Blog Post: Videos in Visual Studio 2012

    The folks at Channel9 have created some video shorts on how to use many of the cool new features in Visual Studio 2012.  You will most likely encounter links to the videos for the first time when you look at the “How-To Videos” section of the Start Page:   If you want another path to the videos...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Solution Cookbook

      I started working with Azure almost five years ago and have been very happy to see it evolve and mature.  If you are working with Azure or just learning how to use this offering then you need to start with Clint Edmonson’s “Windows Azure Solution Cookbook” found here: http://www.notsotrivial...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to Visual Studio 2012 RTM

    Question: Can you upgrade Visual Studio 2012 RC to Visual Studio 2012 RTM? Short Answer: Yes.   Long Answer I’ve had several folks ask me about upgrading VS2012 RC to RTM recently.  I thought it would be a good idea to review the upgrade paths.   In case you have been living in a cave...
  • Blog Post: Kanban for Team Foundation Server

    On August 13, 2012, Brian Harry announced that the Team Foundation Service (TFS in the Cloud) now has support for Kanban boards: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2012/08/13/introducing-kanban.aspx   Support for on-premise Team Foundation Server 2012 should come with the first update post-RTM...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server and GIT Integration with Git-tf

    Overview On August 13, 2012, Brian Harry announced our new Team Foundation Server integration with Git. You can find his post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2012/08/13/announcing-git-integration-with-tfs.aspx Why did we do it? Well, Brian himself says it best in his post: ...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 Virtual Launch Event -- September 12, 2012

                                      The Visual Studio 2012 Virtual Launch Event is coming September 12!  Make sure to add this free event to your calendar so you can attend.  Just click the Add to Calendar link...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8 Are Now Available

        On August 15th we announced the availability of, both, Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8.    Visual Studio 2012 You can find out more on our Visual Studio from Soma’s blog post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2012/08/15/visual-studio-2012-and-net-4-5-now-available...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 New Features: Code Clone Analysis

    In my travels across the country, with my fellow Evangelist, Clint Edmonson, talking about Visual Studio we often come across great stories to tell. One of our favorite true stories is of a customer that had a web application running very slow. We ran code metrics against it and, sure enough, the Page_Load...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 New Features: Quick Launch

    In the past, finding things deep in the IDE has been a challenge. Visual Studio 2012 introduces search abilities at virtually every level of the product. Perhaps the biggest change is the introduction of Quick Launch (CTRL + Q) which specifically addresses how to dig inside Visual Studio to find features...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 New Features: Solution Explorer

    I love the title of this one because I’m sure someone will read this and wonder why I think Solution Explorer is a “new” feature.  I mean, haven’t we had this sucker for a billion years?  Aren’t there cave drawings in France about this feature?  So why is it “new”?  Let me show you...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 New Features: Preview Tab

      Preview Tab Overview We all explore code and need to move quickly between files when examining code to get familiar with it or debugging or [insert file browsing scenario here]. In prior versions of Visual Studio you had to open a file to look at the contents which often resulted in many open...
  • Blog Post: Turn Off the Uppercase Menu in Visual Studio 2012

    I’ve been seeing a ton of posts lately on this feature so thought I would share here as well. I also like to give credit where credit is due so I did a search and it looks like the earliest mention of this ability is by Richard Banks in his post 6\1\2012 here: http://www.richard-banks.org/2012...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Feature Packs

    [Reader Note: It looks like the formatting is cutting off the table on my main blog page. If you click on the link for the full story it will show in full.] I was talking with a customer the other day that uses Visual Studio Ultimate for many of its developers and just happened to mention the feature...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 New Features: Improving User Stories and Requirements with PowerPoint Storyboarding

    For Visual Studio Premium and Ultimate users there is a great new add-in for PowerPoint that can really help you called the PowerPoint Storyboarding add-in.  Using this feature you can quickly draft an interface design and get stakeholder feedback.  Plus, since it’s PowerPoint, even stakeholders...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 New Features: Compatibility (aka Project Round-Tripping)

      Now that Visual Studio 2012 is pretty well baked I thought it would be good to start revisiting some of my favorite features again and introduce new ones.  Since project round-tripping is one of my most favorite features I thought we would start with it.    The Dark Ages In all...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Release Candidate (RC) of Visual Studio 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5

      In case you haven’t heard Jason just announced the new RC is available: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jasonz/archive/2012/05/31/announcing-the-release-candidate-rc-of-visual-studio-2012-and-net-framework-4-5.aspx   You can download the bits here: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/11/en-us/downloads...
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