The New Shiny: Is Visual Studio Code for You?

A day doesn’t go by lately without some new shiny toy being released for software developers to play with. A big challenge is deciding whether the new hotness is something you need to invest time in learning and using, or if it’s OK to let this particular popularity train pass you by. The recent release … Continue reading The New Shiny: Is Visual Studio Code for You?

Windows Media Center, XBOX 360, Visual Studio, and You

With the understanding that the overlap in a Venn diagram describing folks who use Windows Media Center, XBOX 360 as a Media Center Extender, and Visual Studio on their WMC machine is probably vanishingly small, I thought it might still be useful to post the problems I experienced with this combo, and the solution.

Weekly East Region Roundup: Vol. 3

Here are some resources and blog posts from my fellow Technical Evangelists here in East Region: Developer Brian Hitney and I both wrote about moving a blog to Windows Azure Websites last week. This week, Steve Maier adds a unique perspective…helping a non-techie relative with a small business get their website set up on the … Continue reading Weekly East Region Roundup: Vol. 3

So You Wanna Make a Game?

There’s a new kid in town, maybe you’ve heard of him…Windows 8? Or maybe you’ve heard about his sibling, Windows RT. Maybe you’ve heard that over 60 million licenses for Windows 8 have been sold as of January, and recognize what that means in terms of a large and growing potential customer base. Or maybe … Continue reading So You Wanna Make a Game?

Preparing for Windows 8 RTM with a System Image backup

Getting RTM Bits You’ve probably heard by now that for folks who are MSDN Subscribers, the RTM version(s) of Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 were made available for download today. Even better, for folks who aren’t subscribers, you can grab a 90-day trial version from TechNet (do make sure to read the “Things to … Continue reading Preparing for Windows 8 RTM with a System Image backup

Windows 8 Release Preview and Visual Studio 2012 RC

On the off chance that you’ve not heard already, I wanted to share the great news that the Windows 8 Release Preview and Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate are both now available for download. UPDATE: I noticed that the link above only gets you to the Visual Studio 2012 Express RC install. If you want … Continue reading Windows 8 Release Preview and Visual Studio 2012 RC