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…


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…


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…


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 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…


Visual Studio 11

I’ve been using the Visual Studio (VS) Developer Preview a lot lately and while there is no doubt that some items may change when this gets to the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) stage, it’s clear that from the new Team Foundation Server (TFS) advances to the new language enhancements, there’s already been a lot of…


Building Apps with HTML5: What You Need to Know

Brandon Satrom (a developer evangelist here at Microsoft) has a great article on HTML5. It’s a very detailed oriented piece that explains what HTML5 is, the interaction between it and Internet Explorer (IE) as well as the Microsoft developer tools that are supporting it. Brandon further describes Microsoft’s approach to the new standard, and helps you…


Visual Studio Web Standards Update

Putting aside the debate on whether or not developers should use Silverlight or HTML5 with regards to Windows “8” (BUILD will be here soon enough), if you’re currently using Visual Studio and are trying to implement some HTML5 features then you’ve probably noticed that there a few area’s that could use some updating. The VS…


Windows 8

Even though most people dread hearing the words “a new version of Windows is soon to be released,” I on the other hand think of all the possibilities that a new operating system (OS) brings with it. Having a lessons learned meeting at the end of any project is important and the people here at…

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