Syncing Visual Studio 2013 Settings in the Cloud

August 2nd, 2013

If you have pulled the Visual Studio 2013 Preview, you have seen that you are prompted for a Microsoft ID login (formerly Live ID) upon first launch of Visual Studio. This is because Visual Studio is now storing my preferences in the cloud, under my Microsoft account. This feature takes a page from things like […]

.devdiv//AppDays with Microsoft Interns

July 29th, 2013
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Internships for big companies like Microsoft are replete with lore and not a few jokes. They are also highly sought after, competitive, and worth every minute of the experience they offer. Never having done an internship myself, I never really understood that. This summer, I have had the opportunity to work with several Microsoft interns […]

Byte Magazine Archives

July 26th, 2013
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Earlier this week I accidentally stumbled on archive.org where they are hosting an extensive backlog of old issues of Byte magazine. This magazine was an American microcomputer magazine, influential in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s (and well before my time). I’ve been skimming through a couple of these old magazines, and I got […]

Seven Languages in Seven Weeks

July 19th, 2013

A while ago, I was thinking about which programming language I wanted to learn next. At first I was doubting between Scala, Ruby or perhaps Clojure. But I couldn’t really make up my mind. So I decided to pick up Seven Languages in Seven Weeks. This way I was able to take a small bite […]

Is This a Reference?

July 10th, 2013

Turns out, Visual Studio sees the first red box as a legit code reference as shown in red box # 2. Is that what you would expect, Internet?

Authentication error connecting to Git on TFS

June 20th, 2013
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I’m throwing this out there since I couldn’t find much on this specific problem. #payingItForward Problem I struggled getting the git command line to authenticate with Git Team Foundation Service online. My current environment is Windows 8, msysgit, with the git-credential-winstore tool installed. (Love that credential tool) When I first tried to (push, fetch, or […]

So Long and Thanks for all the Manifestos : Redux

June 17th, 2013
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I recently wrote this article for Visual Studio Magazine’s Agile/Scrum column and it just went to press. In this article, So Long and Thanks for all the Manifestos, I make a case for a new standard for agile software delivery. Simply put, we are now standing on the shoulders of giants like the Agile Manifesto […]

Going Top Gun on Your Code

June 4th, 2013

I am delighted to announce that I can finally talk about the feature our team has been building for the next version of Visual Studio. Yesterday at TechEd North America, we announced the new Head Up Display capability in Visual Studio. This feature provides developers with an augmented view of code in which we try […]

Jackson Data Binding Message Serialization

June 3rd, 2013
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So now that I have a custom game server connected to a message-based infrastructure, I need a way to send messages back and forth to other parts of the system.  Messages going to and from the custom game server are transmitted as JSON given that the format is easy to work with, supported in all […]

Taking Baby Steps with ScriptCS

May 31st, 2013

I’ve been following the ScriptCS project with great interest over the last couple of months. As you may know by now, I’ve been searching for a more lightweight .NET development experience for quite some time. The ScriptCS project is here to fulfill this desperate need. Driven by the open-source .NET community, this wonderful initiative promises […]