January 2013

Monthly Archive

The Morning Brew #1285

Posted by on 31 Jan 2013 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew


  • Announcing Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (VS2012.2) – Brian Harry announces the release of the first CTP of Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (VS2012.2) the next update to Visual Studio, which includes a bunch of new and improved features including the re-introduction of Blend, Code Map and Debugger integrations, command line Windows Phone build and deploy, new and improved testing support and much more
  • Git init VS – Brian Harry also announces the news that both Visual Studio and TFS will have Git support from the VS2012.2 update and onwards, and that git repository support is already in the hosted Team Foundation Service.
  • Getting Started with Git in Visual Studio and Team Foundation Service – Matthew Mitrik, Andy Lewis, and Martin Woodward give the lowdown on git as a version control system for Team Foundation Service walking through the setup and use of the new Git functionality both in TFS and Visual Studio
  • Improving the Modern Application Lifecycle – Somasegar shares in the excitement of the VS2012.2 update and TFS Git support, sharing his strategic outlook on the new support.
  • Git support for Visual Studio – Git, TFS, and VS put into Context – Scott Hanselman shares his perspective on the Git support within TFS and Visual Studio, discussing how Microsoft employees have been contributing towards open source projects which work with Git in order to bring the support to Developers.
  • Using Visual Studio Git with CodePlex – Mark Groves takes a look at using the VS2012.2 Git support to work with CodePlex hosted Git Repositories
  • EF Power Tools Beta 3 Available – Glenn Condron announces the release of the 3rd beta release of the Entity Framework Power Tools, a Visual Studio extension which brings a number of bits of enhanced IDE functionality to make working with Entity Framework easier


  • Emulating Actors in C# with Async/Await – Craig Gidney takes a look at at how the C# async/await functionality allows you to implement functionality in a way similar to the Actor Model for concurrent and distributed programming, looking at how the C# functionality allows for concise code to implement this
  • Still not convinced about coffeescript? – Kailuo Wang takes a look at a motivational argument for using languages like CoffeeScript to create JavaScript code, showing how much more concise and readable the code can be in CoffeeScript vs the underlying JavaScript implementation.
  • Twelve F# Type Providers, in pictures – Don Syme highlights a series of images (backed with more detailed write ups) which show the various F# Type Provider Implementations in action
  • GIS Succinctly – Friend of the Brew Peter ‘Shawty’ Shaw has had his first e-book published by Syncfusion, and its available for free (along with a great series of books on a variety of topics) – this book looks at GIS, and its implementation in .NET and SQL Server.


The Morning Brew #1284

Posted by on 30 Jan 2013 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew


  • Arrow function expressions in TypeScript – Piotr Walat discusses a TypeScript language feature ‘Arrow Functions’ which is likely to make it into the next official version of JavaScript, looking at what they are and how you can use them
  • More on Symbol Improvements in VS2012 Update 1 – Dmitri Leonov highlights some of the improvements made to the loading and working with debug symbols in the Visual Studio Debugger, released as a part of the Update 1 release for VS2012.
  • Windows 8 LOB deployment ‘story’ – Rockford Lhotka continues discussion of the ways in which you can deploy Line of Business applications written on the WinRT platform (i.e Metro / Windows Store apps, but for a small/closed userbase), evaluating the possibilities for different types of organisation.
  • 34 Cool Videos on Windows Store App Development – Usman Ur Rehman Ahmed highlights at 34 part video series by Bob Tabor looking at the design, build and selling of Windows Store applications. Video lengths range from 30+ minutes down to about 10 minutes, so plenty of content there.
  • Portable MVVM Light – Move Your View Models & Portable MVVM Light – Move Your View Models : Part 2 – Shayne Boyer takes a look at the Portable Class Library support in .NET and Visual Studio, looking at applying it to a MVVM Light based application allowing for re-use of code between different editions on different platforms of the same application
  • Big Data – Martin Fowler shares another slide deck discussing the concepts, theories and practices behind the idea o ‘Big Data’
  • A step by step guide to building a Twilio voice app with Web API – Mike.Larah explores the consumption of Twilio’s voice services using a ASP.NET Web API back end to power the integration


  • NxtGenUG – Event: Windows Azure – Andy Cross and Richard Conway are visiting the Coventry branch of the NxtGenUG fir a session on deploying and working with deployed Windows Azure services and websites on the evening of Monday 11th February 2013

The Morning Brew #1283

Posted by on 29 Jan 2013 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew



  • NxtGenUG – Event: TypeScript with Mark Rendle – Mark Rendle takes his TypeScript talk to the Oxford chapter of the NxtGenUG on the evening of Tuesday 5th February, where he will give a detailed taste of the TypeScript language extensions to JavaScript, the IDE Support, using TypeScript in Windows 8 Application, and outside of VS and .NET, and much more.
  • Technical Update for the Microsoft Platform 2013 – The folks over at Black Marble are running a ‘Technical Update for the Microsoft Platform 2013’ at Cardinal Place, London on the morning of Wednesday 6th March – this is a great opportunity to learn what the future holds, and how all the bits of the roadmap link together. Registration is required.

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