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 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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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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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…

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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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Build 2013 Developer Conference

I can’t believe almost 6 months has passed since the last Build conference. This year the event will be held between June 26–28 in San Francisco where Microsoft will share what’s next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio, and more. Visit the Build site to get yourself registered on April 2 for three days of…

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Windows 8 App Contest

The holidays are definitely for spending time with family and friends however for me, when there’s an app/dev contest to win I can’t help but think about coding. It started innocently enough as a few members of my team said they had some ideas for an app and that building them and comparing notes (what…

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Windows Azure Community Event

On November 14, 2012, Microsoft will be hosting Windows AzureConf, a free event for the Windows Azure community. This event will feature a keynote presentation by Scott Guthrie, along with numerous sessions executed by Windows Azure community members. Streamed live for an online audience on Channel 9, the event will allow you to see how…

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Capturing Webcam Images

It seemed like a simple task really; capture a still image from a webcam and save it to a file. Unfortunately something that appeared so simple was quite complex. If you’re familiar with C++ and want to use the Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) API, have at it. My personal preference is to stay with C#…

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Technical Readiness

Fortunately I’ve had the chance to attend many events dealing with technology but my favorite, for a number of reasons has to be a semi-annual internal Microsoft conference held in Seattle that brings together all ‘softies from all over the world. I recently attended this conference (which shall remain nameless to protect the innocent) and…

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