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November 23rd 2012 Links: Visual Studio 2012, .NET 4.5, Office 2013, IE10, Windows 8, SQL Server 2012, TFS, TypeScript, Build

November 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Here is our new entry in our link-listing series:

 

Windows 8

Windows 8 launched
Windows 8 has been released.

Windows Phone 8 launched
Windows Phone 8 has been released.

Microsoft Design Language: The newest official way to refer to ‘Metro’
Microsoft Design Language is apparently the new term for the design first known as Metro…

 

Visual Studio 2012 / .NET 4.5

Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 Launched
Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 have been released.

Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 CTP 4
Microsoft released the final CTP of Visual Studio 2012 Update 1.

Productivity Power Tools 2012
Power Tools for Visual Studio 2012.

 

Office 2013

Office 2013 reaches RTM!
Office 2013 Family product reaches RTM! (Office 2013, Lync 2013, Exchange 2013, SharePoint 2013)

 

IE10

IE10: Fast, Fluid, Perfect for Touch, and Available Now for Windows 7
IE10 available for Windows 7.

 

SQL Server 2012

Announcing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Updates and new capabilities for SQL Server 2012.

 

Software Development

TypeScript
Microsoft unveiled Anders Hejlsberg’s newest creation: TypeScript.

Team Foundation Service is Released
A version of Team Foundation Server hosted on Windows Azure.

Announcing the release of the .NET Framework for Windows Phone 8
.NET on Windows Phone 8

 

Miscellaneous

Windows head Steven Sinofsky leaves Microsoft
Microsoft executive Steven Sinofsky, in charge of Windows has left the company.

Microsoft To End Windows Live Messenger Service
Windows Live Messenger Service to be retired soon.

Build
The Build conference 2012.

 

 

Cheers,

Thibault Nestor

September 26th 2012 Links: Visual Studio, Windows, SharePoint 2013, .NET 4.5, Roslyn, eBooks

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Here is our new entry in our link-listing series:

 

Visual Studio

Visual Studio 2012 released to the web

Visual Studio 2012 is available for download!

 

Windows 8

Windows 8 RTM is available for developers

Microsoft gives Windows 8 early access builds for developers.

 

Microsoft finally comes clean(er) on post-Metro naming plans

Microsoft is discontinuing its use of the term “Metro” used to describe the tiled user interface in Windows Phone and Windows 8. Its new name might be ‘Windows Store’.

 

Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 is available

Windows Server 2012 is available!

 

SharePoint 2013

What’s Coming in SharePoint 2013

An updated user experience, some upgrades and I/O performance improvements, collaboration and social networking capabilities, better tagging, SkyDrive Pro replacing SharePoint workspaces and so on.

 

Dev

Announcing the release of .NET Framework 4.5 RTM – Product and Source Code

.NET Framework 4.5 is available as well as the reference source code under the Microsoft Reference Source License (MS-RSL). You’ll find improvements brought by this release and some guidelines to debug with the .NET Framework library reference source.

 

Roslyn September 2012 CTP is now available

Good work in progress!

 

Free eBooks

Programming Windows Phone 7

Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime

Large collection of Free Microsoft eBooks for you, including: SharePoint, Visual Studio, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Office 365, Office 2010, SQL Server 2012, Azure, and more.

Here is a compilation of a variety of free Microsoft eBooks including: SharePoint 2013, Office 2013, Office 365, Azure, Cloud, Windows Phone and so on. Enjoy!

 

Cheers,

Thibault Nestor

July 24th 2012 Links: Software development, Windows Azure, Office

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Here’s our new entry in our link-listing series:

 

Software Development

Is the laptop doomed?

Ahaha, we’re not quite there yet, but we sure are getting there Winking smile

 

Entity Framework now Open Source

Big news: The Entity Framework source code is today being released under an open source license (Apache 2.0), and the code repository is now hosted on CodePlex (using Git).

 

Monogame

MonoGame is an Open Source implementation of the Microsoft XNA 4 Framework. Its goal is to allow XNA developers on Xbox 360, Windows & Windows Phone to port their games to the iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Linux and Windows 8 Metro.  (PlayStation Mobile development is currently in progress.)

 

Windows Azure

SOSP Paper – Windows Azure Storage: A Highly Available Cloud Storage Service with Strong Consistency

Wow, that’s interesting: the paper describes how Microsoft provisions and scales out capacity within and across data centers via storage stamps, and how the storage location service is used to manage their stamps and storage accounts. Then it focuses on the details for the three different layers of the architecture within a stamp, why these layers, what their functionality is, how they work, and the two replication engines.

A must read!

 

Office

Microsoft’s new Office: The cloud finally takes center stage

A sneak peek of Office 2013 (a.k.a. Office 15)

 

Microsoft released new Office (Customer Preview)

The new Office is available online (preview).

 

Introducing “Napa” – Office 365 Development Tools

The Visual Studio team released a preview of a new toolset called “Napa”, which is, as they say, “the easiest way to start building apps for the new Cloud App Model”.

 

Hope this helps,

Carl Anderson

June 13th 2012 Links: Windows 8, Visual Studio, .NET 4.5, Windows Azure

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Following the steps of Scott Guthrie’s link-listing series, here’s our new batch of links in our own series:

 

Windows 8

Delivering Windows 8 Release Preview

Microsoft announces its final pre-release of Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10, and Windows 8 apps (Hotmail, SkyDrive, Messenger, etc.).

 

Learn to build Metro style apps

Thinking of developing a Windows 8 Metro application? You’ll find all what you need here!

 

A World of Samples at your Fingertips

Microsoft Windows 8 samples

 

Visual Studio

Visual Studio 2012 RC available

Visual Studio 2012 RC is available!

 

A Design with All-Caps

Microsoft’s reasoning about their all-caps menu in Visual Studio 2012 (?!!!).

 

My Favorite Features: Creating Storyboards with PowerPoint

A sweat feature: use PowerPoint to create your Windows 8 Metro app storyboards!

 

Dev

What’s New in the .NET 4.5 Base Class Library

This article covers the big (and some of the small) improvements made to the BCL in the .NET Framework 4.5.

 

Meet the new Windows Azure

Scott Guthrie unveils the new Windows Azure Smile

 

Cheers,

Carl Anderson

April 11th 2012 Links: VB6, .NET Portable Class Libraries, Internet Explorer 10, ASP.NET MVC 4, eBooks

April 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Following the steps of Scott Guthrie’s link-listing series, here’s our new batch of links in our own series:

 

Windows

Support Statement for Visual Basic 6.0 on Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows 8

Good news for those still using VB 6: it’ll be supported on Windows 8!

 

It’s the end of mainstream support for Windows Vista

April 10, 2012: That’s the date Windows Vista support moves from mainstream to extended (meaning paid for everything but security updates).

 

Visual Studio

Hidden Gems in Visual Studio 11 Beta – .NET Portable Class Libraries

Scott Hanselman details Portable Class Libraries which is a feature available in Visual Studio 2010 (through an extension) and in Visual Studio 11.

 

TFS 11 Power Tools Beta Available

Good news TFS 11 power tools (beta) are now publicly available Smile 

 

Dev

ASP.NET MVC 4 now open source

Yay! All sources are on CodePlex! if you haven’t already, go check them out because that’s some good looking .NET code Smile

 

The Danger of the Large Object Heap (LOH)

Another article which we like on the same subject is: “Large Object Heap Uncovered” (written by Maoni Stephens).

We actually wrote an article ourselves which is quite related to the subject as well: Manipulating SQL Blobs With Streams.

 

IndexedDB Updates for IE10 and Metro style apps

IndexedDB is a W3C Working Draft that enables you to store, search, and retrieve data on the user’s device, even when Internet connectivity is disabled.  IndexedDB is a feature of the Web platform shared by IE10 and Metro style apps in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.”

Hmm, very interesting…

 

eBooks

Grab a free copy of “Under the hood of .NET Memory Management”

We did it, it was worthy, so we thought we’d share Winking smile

 

Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012

With SQL Server 2012 now available, I’m sure it’ll come in handy.

 

Cheers,

Carl Anderson

March 19th 2012 Links: Windows 8, Visual Studio 11 Beta, Office 15, SQL Server, Tips

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Wow, this was a busy month!!

Here’s our latest batch in our link-listing series:

Windows 8

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is now available!

 

Optimizing the .NET Framework Deployment Experience for Users and Developers

A great article which looks at the integrated experience that Windows 8 provides to run apps built for the .NET Framework.

 

Visual Studio 11 Beta

Welcome to the Beta of Visual Studio 11 and .NET Framework 4.5

Jason Zanders announces that Visual Studio 11 Beta, Team Foundation Server 11 Beta and .NET Framework 4.5 Beta are now available for download!

 

Introducing the New Developer Experience

In this blog post the Visual Studio Team introduces a few of the broad reaching experience improvements that they’ve delivered in Visual Studio 11.

 

Visual Studio 11 Beta Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Jason Zanders answers some frequently asked questions on Visual Studio 11 Beta.

Note: Read the comments! Especially Patrcik Smacchia’s question:

-> Is there a chance that the VS team takes account of the thousands of negative feedbacks concerning greyish icons, and switch back to VSpre11 colorful icons?

To which Jason Zanders answered:

@Patrick – we have definitely heard the feedback.  as mentioned above, the beta is about getting feedback and will not reflect the final look and feel

 

Coming Soon: TFS Express

In TFS 11, Microsoft is introducing a new download of TFS, called Team Foundation Server Express which is free for individuals and teams of up to 5 users.

 

The C# 5.0 Beta Release is now available

Included in the Visual Studio 11 Beta, the C# version 5 and Visual Basic version 11 are shipped.

 

Office 15

Microsoft SharePoint 15: A 2012 release target, an app marketplace and more

Microsoft is adding new features to the next versions (Wave 15) of its SharePoint Server and SharePoint Online offerings. Mary Jo Foley takes an early look at some of them.

 

Microsoft chops Office 365 enterprise prices by 20%

Yay!! Price reductions!!

 

SQL Server

SQL Server 2012 RTM Available for Download

The new SQL Server version is available for download

 

Software Development

Envisioning the Future of UX: WebVisions NYC 2012

Some takeaways from the WebVisions NYC 2012 conference by Miao Wang

 

Cheers,

Carl Anderson

February 20th 2012 Links: Windows 8, Office 15, Azure, Windows Phone, Tips

February 20, 2012 1 comment

The latest batch of our link-listing series:

Windows 8

Windows 8 logo revealed

“It’s a window … not a flag.”

The Whole World Will Finally Get To Look At Windows 8 On February 29th

On February 29, Microsoft will finally release the Consumer Preview, a partly-finished beta, to the entire world. It’s announcing the preview at an event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

 

Office 15

Office 15 Begins Technical Preview

One step closer to the beta program.

 

Windows Azure

Microsoft’s Windows Azure Active Directory plans takes shape

Interesting Smile

Announcing Reduced Pricing on SQL Azure and New 100MB Database Option

Yay!! Price reductions!!

 

Windows Phone

Windows Phone Design Guidelines on MSDN

Looking  for design guidelines on the Windows Phone platform? Microsoft recently released official ones in the MSDN. A must read for Windows Phone developers!

 

Coding Tips

When can I use…
Wondering if you can use this HTML5 tag, or CSS attribute in specific browsers? Check-out this web site as it provides compatibility tables for support of HTML5, CSS3, SVG and more in desktop and mobile browsers.
Debugger Canvas

Debugger Canvas is a new user experience for the debugger in Visual Studio Ultimate. It pulls together the code you’re exploring onto a single pan-and-zoom display. As you hit breakpoints or step into code, Debugger Canvas shows just the methods that you’re debugging, with call lines and local variables, to help you see the bigger picture.

Carl Anderson

January 23rd 2012 Links: Software Development, Azure, WPF, ASP.NET, Tips

January 23, 2012 2 comments

Here’s our second post in our link-listing series:

Software Development

How I learned to stop worrying and write my own ORM

This post was written by one of the Stack Overflow guys (pretty good resume isn’t it?). It illustrates certain issues due to a core principle of ORMs: “the 100% dynamic” also known as “I hate databases, can’t I do everything in C#?”.

 

HTML5 and the Rise of Hybrid Apps

More and more apps are built in cross-platform HTML5 which is then wrapped into a native container.

 

Windows Azure

Scott Guthrie’s latest public presentation

New to Windows Azure, or looking for an update on where the platform is at? Check this one out, it’s the best place to start!

 

WPF

Announcing the Bing Maps WPF Control v1

Yay, maps in our WPF apps!

 

ASP.NET

Truly Understanding ViewState

An old, yet very helpful, article on the ASP.NET ViewState.

 

Coding Tips

How can I detect the language a run of text is written in?

Ever needed to figure in what language a unicode string is? Here’s a great post providing valuable information on the topic.

 

Want Source Server to Work with Managed Minidumps in Visual Studio? Here’s How!

I guess the title says it all Smile

 

PerfView: New CLR and .NET Performance tool

Vance Morrison, CLR performance architect at Microsoft, has released a new tool (free) for conducting performance investigations on .NET applications.

 

Hope this helps,

Carl Anderson

January 3rd 2012 Links: Software development, Visual Studio, Windows Phone

January 3, 2012 Leave a comment

We love Scott Guthrie’s link-listing series, and since we’re developing a code generator supporting all kinds of .NET application (ASP.NET MVC and Web Forms, WPF, Windows Forms, Windows Services, Silverlight, Console Apps, SharePoint, Windows Workflow Foundation, etc.), we’re actually spending quite a time tracking all those technologies, tools, best practices and so on. Therefore, we thought we could share with you guys, every once in a while, links that we thought were noteworthy.

Here’s today’s first batch:

Software Development

Why I Hate Frameworks

A funny post illustrating how sometimes, when we got a lot of repetitive work to do that we feel automatable, the solution to create a factory can lead to…. a Rube Goldberg machine.

Worldwide System Infrastructure Software 2012 Top 10 Predictions

Table of contents of the book, one prediction being that Windows 8 will launch with split success.

 

Visual Studio

December 2011 TFS Power Tools Release

New TFS power tools release (updates and now supports Eclipse).

Visual Studio 11 Platform Tooling Advances

A post detailing VS11 improvements such as DirectX and SharePoint support.

 

Windows Phone

Windows Phone is Superior; Why Hasn’t it Taken Off?

Written by a former Microsoft employee, general manager of..… Windows Phone.

So, just what IS the problem with Windows Phone?

An answer to the previous link.

comScore Reports November 2011 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share

A comScore press release showing that the top 5 mobile platforms on the US market are:

  1. Google with 46.9%
  2. Apple with 28.7%
  3. RIM with 16.6%
  4. Microsoft with 5.2%
  5. Symbian with 1.5%

 

Hope this helps,

Carl Anderson

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