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 of the lightweight Visual Studio Code editor is no exception.

Visual Studio CodeIn this post, I’m going to help you make that decision, by discussing the advantages and disadvantages of this new tool. I’m coming at this from the perspective of someone for whom the full Visual Studio environment (Visual Studio 2013 Community, and sometimes Ultimate, depending on the project) is my day-to-day development tool of choice, so take that into account as you read.

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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.

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Weekly East Region Roundup: Vol. 3

Here are some resources and blog posts from my fellow Technical Evangelists here in East Region:

Developer

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So You Wanna Make a Game?

WindowsCyan_Web_2There’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 you’ve heard about the Keep the Cash offer, which provides $100 per eligible app published to either the Windows Store or the Windows Phone Store between March 8th and June 30th, 2013 (for up to $2000 per developer), and want to take advantage.

Or maybe you’re a student, and you’ve heard about the Windows 8 App Madness Challenge, in which students can receive $100 per app (up to 5) they successfully submit to the Windows Store.

However you got here, you may have the question…how do I get started? I’m here to walk you through, step-by-step.

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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 Know Before You Start” section for important considerations).

And you can get a bunch of developer downloads for building Windows 8 apps from the Windows 8 Developer Download page, including Design assets, sample apps, Visual Studio 2012 Express and more.

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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 to try a different version, head on over to the Visual Studio product site downloads page, and you can get the edition of your choice there. You can also read up on the “go live” license, and what’s supported under it.

Download Links:

Windows 8 Release Preview

Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate

While you’re waiting for the bits to arrive over the ‘tubes, check out some of the following great posts about these releases:

Delivering the Windows 8 Release Preview

Visual Studio 2012 RC Available Now

Visual Studio Dark Theme

Announcing the Release Candidate (RC) of Visual Studio 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5

Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 Release Candidates available now!

New – Whitepaper: Migrating your Windows 8 Consumer Preview app to Windows 8 Release Preview

UPDATE – two more links:

What’s changed for app developers since the Consumer Preview

Windows Release Preview: The Sixth IE10 Platform Preview

Enjoy!