Episode 56 of Visual Studio Toolbox: Using Azure Mobile Services in a Windows 8 App

In this episode, learn how to use Azure Mobile Services in a Windows 8 app. Robert shows how to create a new mobile service and an accompanying database as well as how to connect a Windows Store app to the mobile service. He then demonstrates how to query, add, update, and delete items in the…


Episode 55 of Visual Studio Toolbox: Visual Studio 2012 Update 1

Starting with Visual Studio 2012, Microsoft has moved to providing update to Visual Studio on a regular cadence of shorter intervals. The first such update, Visual Studio 2012 Update 1, is now available. In addition to bug fixes, Update 1 contains new features in four areas: Windows development, SharePoint development, agile teams, and continuous quality. In this…


Episode 54 of Visual Studio Toolbox: Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2012

The Productivity Power Tools is an extension pack that delivers powerful tools for improved productivity. With 1.5 million downloads, the Visual Studio 2010 version is the second most downloaded extension in the Visual Studio Gallery. The Visual Studio 2012 version was released in early November and in this episode we are joined by Murali Krishna Hosabettu Kamalesha to look…


Episode 53 of Visual Studio Toolbox: Sample Browser Visual Studio Extension

Mei Liang returns to the show this week to demonstrate the latest version of the Sample Browser extension for Visual Studio. This extension provides a way for developers to search and download more than 3500 code samples from within Visual Studio, including over 700 Windows 8 samples and more than 1000 All-In-One Code Framework customer-driven…


Using SQLite in Windows 8 Store Apps

In episode 52 of my Visual Studio Toolbox show, I showed a sample Windows 8 app that uses SQLite. The app manages customers and their projects. In this post, I will show you how to build that app. [11/28/2012]: I uploaded the sample to the MSDN Code Samples. You will have to add the references…


Episode 51 of Visual Studio Toolbox: Visual Studio 2012 Color Theme Editor

In this episode, Matthew Johnson shows us the Visual Studio 2012 Color Theme Editor extension. With this extension, you can customize the Visual Studio 2012 color palette, choosing from several available themes or creating your own in order to customize colors used for menus, toolbars, tabs, the text editor, and other environment items. Already hugely…


Episode 50 of Visual Studio Toolbox: Collecting IntelliTrace Data in Production

IntelliTrace is a great tool. It records and traces your app’s code execution and stores this information in a trace file. You can open up that trace file later on and figure out why your app isn’t behaving as expected. This can save you huge amounts of time during development. But what happens when the…


Episode 49 of Visual Studio Toolbox: Getting Started with Windows Azure

There have been a lot of recent developments in the Windows Azure world and those developments are what we’ve lately been covering on this show. In this episode, however, Dennis Angeline joins me as we take a step back and focus on how Visual Studio developers can get started using Windows Azure. Tune in as…


Episode 48 of Visual Studio Toolbox: Windows Azure Mobile Services

In this episode, Josh Twist and Nick Harris introduce us to Windows Azure Mobile Services. This makes it incredibly easy to connect a scalable cloud backend to your client and mobile applications. It enables you to easily store structured data in the cloud that can span both devices and users and integrate it with user…


Episode 47 of Visual Studio Toolbox: Windows 8 and the .NET Micro Framework

In this episode, my colleague Pete Brown (Windows Developer Evangelist and XAML and Gadget Guy) shows us how to write Windows Store apps that use the .NET Micro Framework and advanced socket networking to talk to devices like robots. Very cool!