I’m happy to announce a Highlights from Microsoft Build 2021 digital event next Thursday, July 15. Please join me and other local experts as we look to provide key insights from the event that will help you expand your skillset, find technical solutions, and innovate for the challenges of tomorrow.
For some time now I’ve been looking to refresh my website with a more modern theme from WordPress. I’m using WordPress.com so I’m somewhat limited by the themes they provide online but there are many themes to choose from – both free and premium that you pay for.
After what seemed like a long journey of reviewing theme after theme after theme, I finally settled on a premium theme called Periodical. It provides some awesome customizations, like a nice menu bar at the top for anything. I choose to highlight my pages and then custom links to my social and coding accounts like Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, GitHub and YouTube.
I also liked the layout and font used for the content. There are many other customizations I’m playing with but so far I love this theme and highly recommend it to any other technical blogger.
Here is a list of some of the new features found in TypeScript 2.0:
Simplified Declaration File (.d.ts) Acquisition
Control Flow Analysis for Types
Easier Module Declarations
Async/Await down level support
TypeScript’s future looks promising. In a blog post by the TypeScript team…
TypeScript 2.0 is available now to download with Visual Studio 2015 Update 3. You can also use npm to install TypeScript 2.0 by running the following command:
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.”
The following is a great post with a great overview to the Developer Tools found in Internet Explorer 12.
Clean, modern, user interface.
New UI Responsiveness, Memory, and Emulation tools.
DOM Explorer, Console, and familiar tools are updated to enable an easier and faster workflow
In previous versions of the dev tools, there was a menu. Some items have moved to various parts of the IE F12 developer tools. For example, the Browser Mode options that were once part of the menu are now the Emulation tab. Let’s take a quick look at each tool in the toolset and what it can do for you.”
Internet Explorer 11 comes with Windows 8.1 and will be made available for Windows 7 at around the same time that Windows 8.1 is released or shortly there after I would imagine. There is a IE11 RC available for Windows 7 now.
These updated developer tools are a welcome breath of fresh air and should provide to be very useful for every developers needs.
Windows Azure Web Sites has a handy capability whereby developers can store key-value string pairs in Azure as part of the configuration information associated with a website. At runtime, Windows Azure Web Sites automatically retrieves these values for you and makes them available to code running in your website. Developers can store plain vanilla key-value pairs as well as key-value pairs that will be used as connection strings.
Since the key-value pairs are stored behind the scenes in the Windows Azure Web Sites configuration store, the key-value pairs don’t need to be stored in the file content of your web application. From a security perspective that is a nice side benefit since sensitive information such as Sql connection strings with passwords never show up as cleartext in a web.config or php.ini file.
Microsoft Expression Design is now available as a free download from the Microsoft Download Center and as stated by Microsoft, no new versions will be developed.
It’s unfortunate that these tools will no longer be developed, however it looks like Microsoft will shift their focus to help improve the tooling in Visual Studio and Blend for Visual Studio for creating new applications.
Expression Design is a tool for creative professionals and developers who want to build graphics for application user interfaces, the web, or any other medium.
The convenience and ease of editing vector graphics in Expression Design can be a cornerstone of your Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Microsoft Silverlight, and web images. Whether you’re a veteran professional illustrator, a designer building a dazzling website, or a budding artist eagerly experimenting with various styles and techniques, you will find Expression Design an indispensable tool for your creative tasks.