Leadership Qualities

As a developer, at some point in your career you’ll find yourself at a crossroads. Either you’ll stay technical and choose the left path or you’ll decide to take the journey to management, in which case you choose the right path. While the former is admirable, if the latter is chosen then having an understanding…

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Visual Studio 2013 Update 2

The latest update for Visual Studio 2013 contains feature additions and bug fixes as well as including tools for Windows Phone 8.1 development. The following features are included: • One ASP.NET Project Templates• Support SSL when launching Web Applications on IIS Express• Visual Studio Web Editor Enhancements• Browser Link• Windows Azure Web Sites Support in Visual Studio• Create remote Azure resources when…

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Windows Azure Evolves Features

Windows Azure is always evolving to include new capabilities and recently there was a number of them that were introduced that I wanted to highlight: ExpressRoute Preview Launch ExpressRoute is a new capability available in Windows Azure allowing you to easily extend your existing network to Azure bypassing public internet with guaranteed levels of service…

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Project Siena

Microsoft Project Siena (code name) is the beta release of a new technology for business experts, business analysts, consultants, and other app imagineers. Now, without any programming, you can create powerful apps for the device-first and cloud-connected world, with the potential to transform today’s business processes. Building Siena apps is as easy as editing a…

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Windows Azure HDInsight Now Available

It seems as of late that I’ve been on an Azure kick which, if I’m honest is because I’ve been doing a lot of work in that space. Of course I haven’t forgotten my ALM and TFS roots (I submit exhibit B9 as evidence your honor) so stayed tuned! That said, while it’s difficult to…

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Windows Azure SDK v2.2 for .NET

With the recent release of Windows Azure SDK v2.2 for .NET, this version of the SDK extends Visual Studio 2013 to enable an end to end experience for developers to target Windows Azure, including creating, configuring, debugging, deploying and diagnosing cloud services. The new Integrated Sign In enables a seamless experience to interact with any service…

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TFS and VS 2013 Released

2013 is shaping up to be another big year for releases especially around the developer tool sets. Visual Studio (VS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) have been substantially updated and both pack a lot of functionality into their latest incarnations. Check out what’s new with Visual Studio 2013 for all the details. Download Visual Studio…

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Building a Release Pipeline with TFS

Leaders in the world of online businesses have shrunk the timeline for software delivery from months to days or even hours. No matter what size business you have, customers now expect features such as real-time customer service and frequent releases of services. Enter: The patterns & practices (p&p) team. The goal of this new guidance…

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Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools

It seems just yesterday that I mentioned the Power Tools for TFS 2012 and the benefits that it provides. Fast forward to today and the Power Tools for TFS 2013 are now available and have all been updated to work with VS 2013 and TFS 2013. As is the norm, these tools are a set of…

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Visual Studio 2013 RC Available

The latest and greatest installment of Visual Studio is now available for download. There have been several product enhancements (new tools for line of business applications, Web applications, games, mobile devices, services and of course applications targeting Windows 8.1) to improve developer efficiency and overall performance in the IDE we all know and trust. New…

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