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.
Let me know what you think.
Here is a list of some of the new features found in TypeScript 2.0:
- Simplified Declaration File (.d.ts) Acquisition
- Non-nullable Types
- Control Flow Analysis for Types
- Easier Module Declarations
- Async/Await down level support
- Readonly Modifier
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.”
See more at: http://rachelappel.com/internet-explorer-f12-developer-tools-overview#sthash.0TEdP6UP.dpuf
With the introduction of Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft completely overhauled the F12 Developer Tools.
We rebuilt the F12 tools from the ground up in IE11. They have a brand new UI and new functionality to make your developing and debugging faster and easier.
With the new F12 Developer tools, you can debug, test, profile, update the CSS layout, find a memory leak, emulate and checkout UI responsiveness, plus a lot more.
There is a great article on the Internet Explorer Dev Center for Using the F12 developer tools. I recommend you take a look at the article as it goes in depth for how to use the new tool.
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.
Great article on how Windows Azure Web Sites: How Application Strings and Connection Strings Work.
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.
You can download Expression Design here.
Microsoft Expression Web is also available for Free and can be downloaded from here.
For more information on Microsoft’s Expression product line, please see the Expression Website.
Mobile app developers don’t need to care about servers and clouds, push notification services and databases. Windows Azure Mobile Services is a cloud-based offering that provides a complete backend for mobile apps including data access and push notifications, enabling you to focus on the mobile app infrastructure and code and forget about the server management intricacies. In this talk we’ll build a backend for a Windows 8 app, an iOS app, and an Android app — all accessing the same data store and server-side triggers.