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Visual Studio News & Analysis

Windows 8 Developer Push Starts With Build Event in October

 build_logo.PNGAfter the, hopefully successful, launch of Windows 8 and a mass of new hardware, Microsoft will start in earnest its push for Windows 8 developers in late October with a Build 2.0 event in Redmond. Likely covering everything developers need to know for Windows 8, Server 2012, Azure and Visual Studio 2012, will it help kick start Microsoft's Marketplace?

Bitrix ASP.NET Site Manager v5.5 Offers Improved Social Media Capabilities

bitrix_logo_2009.jpg While upgrades to Bitrix’s (news, site) PHP-based Web CMS Site Manager are common enough, there have been fewer upgrades to its ASP.NET version, which was introduced in late 2009. This week though, Bitrix has released a new version as v5.5, which comes with new quick-start solutions as well as performance improvements and improvements to its ORM modules.

Web CMS: Sitecore's New Visual Studio Plugin Makes Developers Smile

A new extension for MS Visual Studio makes Sitecore Web CMS integrators' lives just that much easier. Here's a quick look at the features.


Visual Studio 2010: Not Just Good for Developers

A New Date for Visual Studio 2010So it's April 12 and it is official -- Microsoft has announced the availability of Visual Studio 2010 (news, site) and Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0. It's an exciting time for developers. But what if you are not a developer? Well, there's something there for you to be excited about too.

CollabNet Adds Scrum Project Management to its Agile ALM Platform

CollabNet Adds Scrum Project Management to its Agile ALM PlatformIf you are big on agile development, then you probably know who CollabNet is. We've mentioned the ALM (application lifecycle management) solution provider before when they came out with a Visual Studio supported version of their desktop offering.

And while we don't cover a lot of agile development news, CollabNet's acquisition of Danube, a provider of Scrum project management seems worth a mention.

Of course the terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but CollabNet says it positions them very well in the agile ALM market. Together they provide scrum focused services and project management in addition to lifecycle management for software development.

“CollabNet has pioneered new methods of software development since its inception, ranging from the introduction of Subversion, aimed at helping distributed teams collaborate on their code assets, all the way to the introduction of enterprise ALM platforms, enabling all development stakeholders to collaborate in the Cloud, regardless of location. CollabNet’s acquisition of Danube is the next step in our continued leadership in changing the way that software is built,” said Bill Portelli, chief executive officer, CollabNet.

Developing applications has become more difficult with the need to get things out faster and with less bugs and issues in order to be competitive. That's why agile development has become so popular.

There are plans to integrate CollabNet's TeamForge product and Danube's ScrumWorks for Agile. If you want to know how and see the products in use, there's a webinar on March 16 that should provide you all the details.

Visual Studio 2010 RC is Available, along with ASP.NET MVC 2 and a new Azure Toolkit

Visual Studio 2010 RC is AvailableVisual Studio 2010 (news, site) is now out as a Release Candidate and available to everyone to try out. Keep in mind it will still have issues and if you want to do Azure or MVC development, there a few things you need to do.

SharePoint Online Gets Extensible When it Upgrades to SharePoint 2010

SharePoint Online with 2010A lot of people are waiting for the arrival of SharePoint 2010 (news, site) so they can officially get to work developing sites and applications. But along with a new version you can install and work with locally, the arrival of SharePoint 2010 also means changes for SharePoint Online.

April 12 is the New Release Date for Visual Studio 2010

A New Date for Visual Studio 2010We like really short and sweet posts about project updates. They get to the point very quickly and leave no room for misinterpretation.

At least that is what we get from Microsoft's Rob Caron. He's the Marketing Communications Manager for Developer and User Experience Runtimes and Tools at Microsoft -- which includes of course Visual Studio. He recently presented a quick update on the new release date for Visual Studio 2010 (news, site).

Originally scheduled for late March, Microsoft withdrew the delivery date saying they needed more time for testing due to performance and virtual memory issues.

The new date? "Short but sweet, Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 will launch on Monday, 12 April 2010."

According to Mary Jo Foley, an unplanned Release Candidate will go out in February to testers, which will hopefully ensure that the issues mentioned above are resolved.

In the meantime, have another look at the new product lineup, the cloud support and a few other things in our look Visual Studio 2010: On Beta 2, New SKUs and Cloud Support.

And if you are still trying to figure out how to convince your boss that you will need the new version when it does arrive, do some comparison views of the different versions of Video Studio.

Visual Studio Comparison Tool on MSDN

New Telerik Tools Boosts Code Monkey Efficiency

New Telerik Tools Boosts Code Monkey EfficiencyJust what you need -- really, you probably do -- another tool to help you develop Microsoft .NET applications. Telerik (news, site) brings you JustCode, a code analysis and refactoring tool for Visual Studio.

CollabNet Integrates with Visual Studio, Offers ALM Platform

collabnet_logo_2009.jpg A little Microsoft based development news to kick start your weekend. CollabNet, a provider of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solutions, has just announced the second version of CollabNet Desktop—Visual Studio Edition.

Visual Studio 2010: On Beta 2, New SKUs and Cloud Support

Visual Studio 2010 Includes Windows Azure SDKBeta 2 is now out for Visual Studio 2010 and along with it comes the announcement of a new product lineup designed to make purchasing decisions just a little bit easier.

ASP.NET MVC 2 Preview 2 Released

Mid-March we saw the first official release of Microsoft's new ASP.NET MVC (news, site) framework. The alternative to Web Forms when developing ASP.NET applications has been well received and talked about frequently.

Work on ASP.NET MVC 2 started almost immediately and we saw the first preview of that version mid-August. MVC 2 Preview 1 included things like template helpers, areas and built-in support for data annotations.

But that was only the start of the work for ASP.NET MVC 2. And now a second preview has been released with even more functionality such as:

  • Client Side Validation: New support for jQuery validation (here's a good example of this functionality on Pietro Brambati's blog)
  • Areas: Support for areas in a single project
  • Model Validation Providers: The ability to hook in model validation providers other than the default Data Annotations
  • Metadata Providers: The ability to hook in other metadata providers, the default being Data Annotations
  • Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2: A set of HTML code snippets for MVC 2 Preview 2

Along with new features, there were also a number of changes made to existing types and members and a few bug fixes.

The version of ASP.NET MVC 2 Preview 2 that you can download and use now works for Visual Studio 2008 SP1.

To see the Visual Studio 2010 HTML code snippets you'll have to wait for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 (MVC will be included in the beta).

Get more details on Phil Haack's blog and the official ASP.NET MVC website.

Microsoft WebsiteSpark, As Close to Open Source As They Get

MSWebSpark_logo_2009.jpg If you spend your days developing web applications and websites based on Microsoft technologies you may have an opportunity to get some free software and some free marketing. Microsoft has announced its WebsiteSpark program.

Updated Guidance for Developing SharePoint Applications

Updated SharePoint Patterns and Practices GuidanceWe've said it before, but let's say it again. SharePoint 2010 (news, site) looks very cool, but it is not here yet. So we need to continue to focus on improving and building our SharePoint 2007 applications.

Microsoft has come to help you out. They have released an updated version of their Developing SharePoint Applications guidance. Coming from the patterns and practices group it offers examples and information on building collaborative applications that include integration with Line of Business applications.

ASP.NET MVC 2 Preview 1 Ready For Review

It's been roughly five months since ASP.NET MVC 1.0 became available and developers flocked to download it. Now, after a brief break helping out with ASP.NET 4, Phil Haack and his team have gotten back in the saddle and started working on ASP.NET MVC 2.0.

Preview 1 of ASP.NET MVC 2.0 is now available for download and the team is looking for feedback. Here's a quick look at what's new and what's still coming.

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