Month: November 2014


Sad to hear that MarkedUp is Shutting Down

I just received an email that MarkedUp is Shutting Down. That is sad to hear, it was a great service.


Tips for Presenting Code in Visual Studio

Came across a great post for tips on presenting code in Visual Studio.

Summary of Tips

  1. Run Full Screen
  2. Configure Full Screen Mode
  3. Enable Presenter Mode
  4. Resize Further as Needed
  5. Zoom it
  6. Use the Light Theme


Productivity Power Tools

Increase DPI Scaling

Zoom It


ASP.NET 5 Overview

ASP.NET 5 is a significant redesign. Checkout the overview on the ASP.NET site.

“ASP.NET 5 is a lean .NET stack for building modern web apps. We built it from the ground up to provide an optimized development framework for apps that are either deployed to the cloud or run on-premises. It consists of modular components with minimal overhead, so you retain flexibility while constructing your solutions.”



News from Connect(); Visual Studio Community 2013 now available for free

Today Microsoft announced at their Connect(); event coverage on Channel 9 that a new free edition of Visual Studio called Visual Studio Community 2013 is being made available. It combines everything in all of the Express editions and adds extensibility support.

“Great apps require great tools, and today we are opening up access to Visual Studio to an even broader set of developers.

Visual Studio Community 2013 is a new free, fully-featured edition of Visual Studio that lets developers target any platform, from desktop and mobile to web and cloud.  Visual Studio Community 2013 also supports full Visual Studio extensibility, offering access to the ecosystem of over 5000 extensions.

In addition to broad platform support in a unified Visual Studio experience, Visual Studio Community 2013 also includes dozens of great Visual Studio tools, including Peek, Blend, Code Analysis, Graphical Debugging and full C# refactoring.

Support for Visual Studio extensibility means developers gain access to tools for a wide variety of technologies and platforms supported by the rich Visual Studio extensibility ecosystem, including the Visual Studio Gallery.   For example, Visual Studio Community users have access to the excellent Visual Studio Tools for Unity and the open source Node.js Tools for Visual Studio and Web Essentials for Visual Studio.

Opening up access to Visual Studio extensibility to a wider audience also creates great new opportunities for extension authors to build new tools and experiences on top of the Visual Studio platform.  For both open source and commercial extension authors, Visual Studio offers a great developer tools platform.

And most importantly, Visual Studio Community 2013 is free for any non-enterprise application development.” – somasegar

Download Visual Studio Community 2013


Announcing .NET 2015 Preview: A New Era for .NET

“Today is a pivotal moment for .NET. With the release of .NET 2015 Preview, we are embarking on a new journey while maintaining our strong commitment to the 1+ billion customers that are using .NET today.

As Scott Guthrie and S. ‘Soma’ Somesegar announced at the Connect(); event today, .NET is entering a new era as it embraces open source as a core principal and enables .NET applications to run on multiple operating systems. As part of .NET 2015 Preview, we are delivering .NET Core 5 which is a completely open source stack and can run on multiple operating systems. In addition, not only are we contributing .NET Core 5 to the .NET Foundation but we will openly collaborate with the community and ensure that we continue our strong relationship with existing .NET open source communities, in particular the Mono community. Here are a set of announcement around open source and cross platform from today’s Connect(); event:

.NET Core 5 is the small optimized runtime for ASP.NET 5. It currently runs on Windows, and will be extended to Linux and Mac. You will have more choice of which operating systems you use for ASP.NET 5 development and deployment, supported by Microsoft. Azure will support ASP.NET 5 in both Linux and Windows VMs. You choose.”



The Roadmap for WPF – News from the .NET Framework Blog

I’m glad to see some attention being applied to WPF/XAML. Looking forward to all of the new tooling improvements and whatever else they release. Keep it coming!


News from Connect();Visual Studio 2013 update 4 now available

Today Microsoft announced at their Connect(); event coverage on Channel 9 that Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 is now available. Below are details to getting the update and what is new.


Download Visual Studio 2013 Update 4

This update is the latest in a cumulative series of feature additions and bug fixes for Visual Studio 2013. You can install both Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013 from the following link:

Download Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 (2013.4) RTM

What’s new in Visual Studio 2013 Update 4

Visual Studio updates:

Team Foundation Server updates:

Microsoft SQL Server Database Tooling updates:

Other changes:

In addition, several Visual Studio 2013 products are available for download with Update 4, including the following:



How to store JSON data in Windows Phone 8

Came across a great post on how to store JSON data in Windows Phone 8.