Windows Azure Mobile Services

Har du ideér på en Windows 8 app men vet inte riktigt hur du ska få till ett backend i Azure? Har du en nästan färdig Windows 8 app som skulle bli så mycket bättre om du hade en molnservice, men du har ine tid att skriva en? Nu finns det en lösning för dig….

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VS 2012: WinRT and language projection

Back in the good old days when I started developing for Windows the following was true: I was a LOT younger. The year was 1987. The Windows version was 1.01. The language was C. The state of the art debugging was connecting another machine via RS-232 (remote debugging!). The only integrated development environment was Borland’s…

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VS 2012: C++ Advancements

It’s a great time for an old C++ developer like me. Never before has there been a version of Visual Studio with so much new stuff. Where do we start? Full support for developing Metro Style apps, including native access to the XAML stack and the only programming language that can write Metro DirectX apps….

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VS 2012: Asynchronous Support in C#/VB

If you write a Windows 8 Metro Style app you will use the new WinRT framework (you will use .NET as well if you program in C#/VB). One design principle in WinRT is that every operation that potentially can take more than 50 ms is exposed as an asynchronous method, and only as an asynchronous…

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VS 2012: Search Everywhere

Search has been greatly improved and extended in Visual Studio 2012. First, Quick Find and the assorted dialogs have a new minimized look. As you see, the Quick Find window takes up minimal screen estate. Also, it searches incrementally and highlights all occurrences in the text as you type. Similarly, Quick Replace looks like this:…

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VS 2012: Debugging HTML/CSS with the DOM Explorer

If you want to write a Windows 8 Metro Style application, you can chose between several programming languages. Of particular interest is the ability to write a native Windows 8 Metro style app in HTML/CSS/JavaScript. This gives HTML developers the unprecedented opportunity to write native apps with their preferred language. The app gets full access…

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VS2012: Code clone detection

We’ve all been there. We are working in a semi-large or large project and need to implement a certain functionality. We are (as usual) in quite a hurry but we know that this has been solved somewhere else in the code. We locate that fragment, copy it and change names etc. and we are done….

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VS 2012: Team Foundation Explorer Window

Team Foundation is a great ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) Product that just has tons and tons of cool features. In Visual Studio 2012 you can access most of those features via the excellent Team Explorer windows that sits next to Solution Explorer. It really gives you all the access you need to TFS. This includes…

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VS2012: Testing your Metro app in the Simulator

When you are developing your Metro Style app it’s very important to test in all resolutions and orientations. Ideally you would test on all hardware that your app will run on, but that is not feasible. The solution? Run your program in the simulator. Here you can test different resolutions and orientations, you can simulate…

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VS 2012: Preview File feature

Ever done a Find in Files in a Visual Studio solution, stepping through the search results? Irritated that you now have many files open for editing that you are in fact not editing at all? I am. Constantly. I usually end up hitting Windows –> Close All Windows and then restart opening up the files…

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