A Touchy Subject

I think that we – and by we, I mean we developers and developer evangelist types at Microsoft – get touch and tablets, or slates, or pads, or whatever you’d like to call them, better than the Ars Technica article Ballmer (and Microsoft) still doesn’t get the iPad (written by Peter Bright and posted in…

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Do You Code in Visual Basic?

In my capacity as a developer evangelist for Microsoft, I’ve posted mostly C# code. I find that languages like Python and Ruby are very good not just as languages for production code, but also as great prototyping or “sketching out an idea” languages, and since Microsoft makes IronPython and IronRuby, it makes sense for me…

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Intel just open sourced Stephen Hawking’s speech system and it’s a .NET 4.5 WinForms app that you can try for yourself

Disclaimer: This post does not constitute an endorsement of any Microsoft service, technology or product by Stephen Hawking. The purpose of this post is to discuss Intel’s communication platform for individuals with disabilities and it’s technical details. Pictures are used purely for informational and demonstrational purposes. I’m typing this sentence with my face. And no,…

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Using Bower with Visual Studio

You may have heard that with ASP.NET 5 and Visual Studio 2015, Microsoft will be using Bower as a client-side package manager. That means that packages like jQuery, Bootstrap and Angular will no longer be referenced using NuGet. This might scare you initially, but I very strongly believe that this is a good thing. Migrating…


Refactoring your CSS with LESS in Visual Studio Web Essentials

I recently took on the somewhat daunting task of giving a legacy ASP.NET application a major facelift. At first, I thought this would be an easy task. All I need to do is update the CSS, right? In reality, this was an application with 8 years of history and at least 10 different CSS files…


Be More, Do More with Developer Movement

If you like to play with code, you’ll want to read on. Join Developer Movement, Microsoft Canada’s developer rewards program, and earn points for every challenge you complete! Points can be redeemed for a number of great prizes including #DevMov swag, gaming mice/keyboards, Xbox One consoles, Windows Phones and even the coveted Surface Pro 3….


Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0

Great news! Earlier today, we announced Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0, a process template built from the ground up specifically for Scrum teams. From MSDN: Your team can practice Scrum more easily by using the artifacts in Visual Studio Scrum 1.0. Each artifact serves a specific function and provides opportunities to refine your processes over…


[Announcements] Launch Tour Feedback Gets Results

If there is one message that we have heard from you following each stop of the Windows Vista, 2007 Microsoft Office System, and Exchange Server 2007 Business Value Launch, it is your cry for a copy of the software so that you can play and become familiar with it.  Working in conjunction with the Product…


Using Windows 8 WinRT APIs in .NET Desktop Applications

WinRT is a set of modern, object-oriented APIs introduced in Windows 8. WinRT is built on top of Win32 and COM and is designed to provide interoperability for the various languages using metadata. In addition to the previously available Windows and .NET APIs, now exposed in a cleaner, streamlined way, WinRT provides an access to…


Console.Log : Say Goodbye to JavaScript Alerts for Debugging!

Admit it, you’ve done it. You have a bug somewhere in your web page and you add an alert to popup a useful message like “I am in the if statement” or “varName=Bob” to help you figure out what is wrong with your code. In IE9 we have an alternative: the Console object. ASP.NET programmers…

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