A Developer's Life

A Developer's Life

Software Development, 42, and everything in between.

Quick Edit in Visual Studio Online

A couple of days ago, I wrote about the final VSO updates for 2014.  One of the new features discussed was the Quick Edit features in VSO. At the time of that post, the updates hadn’t been propagated across all VSO accounts. I still don’t know if the new features have hit all accounts yet,… (read more)

Visual Studio Online/TFS Features & Roadmap

If you’ve been using and/or following Visual Studio Online and/or Team Foundation Server, you’re likely already familiar with the Features Timeline published by Microsoft. For those not familiar, it is essentially a running history of features that have been delivered via successive sprints (roughly every three weeks). Not only does it list available features but… (read more)

The Final VSO Updates for 2014

It’s nearing the end of 2014 (where’d the time go?!) and Microsoft has pushed out the final updates for Visual Studio Online for the year (the next release will be near the end of January, 2015). However, just because it’s the last push of the year doesn’t mean it isn’t a great update. In fact,… (read more)

It’s a Cross-Platform, Microsoft World!

If anyone would have suggested to me a couple of years ago that Microsoft was not only going to release one of its major cash cows (e.g. Microsoft Office) on both iOS- and Android-based platforms, but would also provide developers with some amazing tools to help them also build for and publish to non-Microsoft platforms,… (read more)

Build v.Next–What do we know?

As announced at Microsoft’s Connect(); event a couple of weeks ago, the company is working on several enhancements to their ALM stack. One of the changes announced is a major overhaul to their build system, currently referred to as Build v.Next. Although pieces of the new build functionality has been demoed on stage, we do… (read more)

MSDN Subscriptions and Pluralsight

As announced at Microsoft’s Connect(); event last week, MSDN subscription benefits now include access to Pluralsight training. Depending upon your MSDN subscription level, you get a set number of curated Pluralsight courses, for 12 months, as follows: MSDN Subscription Level Pluralsight Courses Professional 10 Premium 20 Ultimate 30 You also get access to the more… (read more)

What Features are in Visual Studio Community 2013?

In case you missed it, Microsoft announced a new, FREE version of Visual Studio at their Connect(); event this past Wednesday – Visual Studio Community 2013. This is a brand new edition that will likely replace the Express SKUs available today. You can use the Community edition for FREE in the following scenarios: Any individual… (read more)

Getting Started with Microsoft’s Dev. Tools for FREE!

So you’ve decided you want to get into software development for the first time or, maybe, you currently develop software for non-Microsoft/Windows platforms (e.g. Java/Android, Objective-C/iOS, etc.) but you are concerned the cost of development tools might be insurmountable. Well, I have some great news for you… you can actually get started developing using Microsoft… (read more)

Connect(“Day 1 Recap”);

Yesterday, Microsoft streamed live its first ever Connect(); event. Connect(); is a cloud-first, mobile-first, code-first virtual event focused on current and future technologies for developers creating applications across a variety of platforms. Build on your current skills, unleash your creativity, and expand what’s possible to deliver unprecedented innovations. If you didn’t have a chance to… (read more)