InRelease for Visual Studio 2013 Preview

Microsoft has announced the availability of a free downloadable preview of InRelease for Visual Studio 2013. I would encourage all developers to try it, along with their Visual Studio 2013 Preview, and share their feedback. The download of InRelease for Visual Studio 2013 Preview is available here.  


Holy //BUILD Batman!

I thought the previous //BUILD conferences (2012 | 2011) had a lot of content but this year definitely surpassed it. Although I couldn’t do the whole conference justice in a single blog post, here are a few key highlights: Windows 8.1 Preview Windows 8.1 Preview is the next step forward for a truly modern computing experience with…


Visual Studio 2013

Today, Microsoft announced Visual Studio 2013, the next release of is integrated developer tools solution for building modern applications for devices, the cloud and on the client. Visual Studio 2013 Preview software will be released at Build 2013. Visual Studio 2013 will incorporate a wave of new hybrid Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) features, many of…

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Developing a Windows Store Business App

Microsoft patterns & practices recently announced the latest addition to the patterns & practices library of software architecture guidance: Developing a Windows Store Business App using C#, XAML, and Prism. This guidance illustrates how to create a Windows Store business app using C#, XAML and the Prism library. The release includes documentation, and source code…

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WebMatrix 3 Released

For those that aren’t aware, WebMatrix (available for download here) is a free, lightweight web development tool that was first introduced in 2010 which provides a great, focused web development experience for ASP.NET, PHP, and Node.js. New Features Summary Windows Azure Integration When you create local projects, you’ll be able to instantly get a companion website in…

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Windows Azure Training and SDK

Cloud development is becoming more and more prevalent which is why having the ability to access training and an SDK is something every company in that space should/needs to provide. To that end, the following training kit and SDK created by Microsoft will help you when starting your development journey with Windows Azure. Windows Azure…


Microsoft Enterprise Library 6 and Unity 3 Released

What is Enterprise Library? Microsoft Enterprise Library is a popular collection of reusable software components (called application blocks) designed to address common cross-cutting concerns of enterprise application developers (such as logging, validation, data access, exception handling, and more). Enterprise Library is provided as source code, test cases, and documentation that can be used “as is”…


Windows Azure IaaS is Live

Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, Virtual Machines and Virtual Network are now generally available (GA)! With this announcement these new services make it possible for you to move your applications into the cloud as is.   This announcement also comes with a commitment to match Amazon Web Services prices for commodity services such as compute, storage and bandwidth….


Working with OneNote 2013

I remember when school mainly consisted of pens/pencils and good ol’ fashion paper notebooks. Of today’s technology hasn’t totally eliminated these methods of note taking but when it comes to the “digital lifestyle”, you certainly can’t beat OneNote. OneNote has definitely gained popularly since its introduction and because it’s integrated with the Windows Phone and…

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Visual Studio 2012 Update 2

Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (VS2012.2) is now available for download. Just as with VS2012.1, this release contains important fixes as well as a wealth of new functionality, addressing feedback received from the community and aligning with key software development trends in the market. The new functionality primarily spans (though is not limited to) five…