Visual Studio Tips and Tricks – Checking code dependencies visually

Ever had to make changes to someone else’s code or figure out what might be impacted by a change to a class? You will love the ability to visualize the structure of the code. FYI – this feature is only available in Visual Studio Ultimate. If you are a student and you have access to…

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New toys! The Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 – seriously productive and fun tablets!

The next evolution of the Surface tablets, see what’s new and improved! To pre-order or find more information check out the official Surface site or read the announcement on the Surface blog.     Surface 2 Let’s start with the highlights of the Surface 2 – this is the evolution of the Surface RT. [View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSuqxDwPPEw]…

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A bulletproof phone? Windows Phone 8 protects your data!

Windows Phone 8 is now FIPS 140-2 certified. FIPS 140-2 is a government security standard used to accredit cryptographic algorithms that protect sensitive data inside products like smartphones. What does this mean? Basically it means that government agencies in the US and Canada trust the Windows 8 Phone certificates to protect sensitive data. So if…

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Visual Studio Tips: Starting to code your class project in TFS

Once you have your requirements and tasks assigned, your developers can start coding the tasks for the first iteration This blog follows up two previous posts on how to use TFS for class projects, and how to use TFS for requirements. If you want more detail on how to start coding your tasks, there’s a…

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Visual Studio Tips: for JavaScript Coders try CoffeeScript

For those new to JavaScript (or those of us who are just lazy) CoffeeScript allows you to forget all those pesky semi colons and still create JavaScript for your websites or Windows apps and you can use it in Visual Studio! CoffeeScript is a neat little language that compiles into JavaScript, but you don’t have…

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Free Space Art Assets to help you build your game

Want to build a game but don’t have the time (or for some of us, the talent) to create the art assets? Check out the free Space art asset pack! Always wanted to build a game but thought it was too hard? Having beautiful art assets gives your game a much more polished look and…

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Building a mobile app? Need to know who logged in? Check out User Authentication in Azure Mobile Services

Whether it’s Android, iOS, or Windows Phone, many apps need users to log in. Azure Mobile Services simplifies setting up user authentication in your app.   Azure mobile services has a number of features to make it easier to build really powerful mobile apps. One of those features is user authentication. Many app developers have…

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Build an app for that awesome Windows Phone Camera

The Nokia line of Windows Phones has really taken cameras in phones to the next level. Build a Lens app to inspire all those budding camera phone photographers! [View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=2vR4LeL0yzE]   Why not explore building apps for those all those camera phone users with a feature on Windows Phone called Lenses (full documentation on this feature…

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Visual Studio Tips: Copy & paste tricks

Here’s a few hidden tricks in Visual Studio for those who love <CTRL><C>.  I once heard someone say “the only original line of code every written was the first line of code, the rest was copy and paste.” While that many not entirely be true, all of us who do any serious amount of coding…

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