Top News from March 2015

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It’s a pattern only if you see it happen at least twice, so here is our second post in the monthly top news series.

This month again we looked at various content across the developer sphere and bring you what we think are some of the top stories. We hope you find this list useful and interesting; and of course we welcome your feedback.

Top Trending Blogs for March 2015

Making the Internet of Things: Exploring the Littoral Space. Sam Stokes’s post on Making the Internet of Things Exploring the Littoral Space Data Storage was the fourth post /video in a series of content he published on Channel 9 DevRadio. In this video he dives into data storage and collection for our littoral space exploration and touches upon how this project also meets Common Core requirements for students interested in Life Science and Technology studies. Also check out his other videos in this series: Making the Internet of Things Exploring the Littoral Space – Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Angular 2 Built on TypeScript. Microsoft and Google collaborated on Angular 2, which is built on TypeScript. Google announced this at the ng-conf early March where Jonathan Turner from Microsoft demoed a preview of upcoming TypeScript 1.5 via an Angular 2 sample application. You can read all about it in Jonathan’s post on Angular 2: Built on TypeScript. On the same topic, Jordan Matthiesen shared a walkthrough of an Angular 2 demo in his post A preview of Angular 2 and TypeScript in Visual Studio. Sublime Intellisense

ASP.NET 5 Preview Released. Last month we announced the release of ASP.NET 5. ASP.NET 5 is an open source web framework for building modern web applications that can be developed and run on Windows, Linux and the Mac. It includes the MVC 6 framework, and will also be the basis for SignalR 3 which enables real time functionality to cloud connected applications. ASP.NET 5 is built on the .NET Core runtime, but it can also be run on the full .NET Framework for maximum compatibility. With this latest release ASP.NET is becoming leaner (it no longer requires System.Web.dll), more modular, cross-platform, and cloud optimized. Rami Sarieddine blogs about this in detail with his post Let’s welcome ASP.NET 5.

MSBuild is now Open Source. Richard Lander announced that the MSBuild Engine is now Open Source on GitHub and that we are contributing it to the .NET Foundation. You can invoke msbuild.exe directly on your project or solution file to build products where Visual Studio is not installed. For instance, we use MSBuild to build the .NET Core Libraries and .NET Core Runtime open source projects. TheNextWeb site also featured a post on Microsoft open sourcing Visual Studio’s build tool, MSBuild. MSBuild on GitHub

Why is DevOps so hard? Jason St-Cyr in his post on Why DevOps is so hard talks about the key things we all agree on when it comes to DevOps. He also talks about the things that make it really difficult to achieve these common goals. One of the issues he highlights is the difference in perspective between the development teams and operations teams that focus on different stages of the process and so have different priorities.

Windows 10 developer tooling Preview. We made a preview version of Windows 10 developer tooling available to developers last month. In his post on Windows 10 developer tooling preview now available to Windows Insiders Cliff Simpkins talks about some key aspects of this release and also shares details on the many tools made available for developers to build content. Somasegar also blogged about Visual Studio Tools where he covered some key highlights in Visual Studio Tools for Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Make Debugging Faster with Visual Studio. When Debugging slows you down it can get frustrating. In his post on Make Debugging Faster with Visual Studio Andrew Hall takes a step by step approach to describing what makes the debugger slow. He starts by first talking about the 3 distinct debugger experiences that can slow you down and then explains each one in depth listing various reasons that could cause each type of delay. Check out his blog post to learn about what happens when you run the debugger and what could be causing it to make your application slow.

Behavior-Driven Development Combined with Domain-Driven Design. We have all heard about agile practices like Test Driven Development (TDD), but here a couple different ways to look at the agile practices. Behavior Driven Development (BDD) makes agile practices easy to understand and apply. Domain Driven Design (DDD) approaches software development by connecting it to core business concepts and providing a structure of practices and terminologies for making design decisions. In her article on BDD combined with DDD Jan Stenberg shares Konstantin Kudryashov’s work on combining these methodologies for better agile development.

The AJAX Control Toolkit March 2015 Update. The ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit is free and open-source and is maintained by DevExpress and in March they released an update to this toolkit. To learn about what’s new in this update check out Mehul Harry’s blog post announcing the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit v15.1. We also blogged about it on the Visual Studio Blog as well as shared a walkthrough with code snippets on the WebDev blog. AJAX Control Toolkit in Toolbox

Connect(“Live”); Debugging and Cloud Diagnostics. We kicked off our Connect(“Live”) live streaming sessions with a Q&A session with the Debugging and Cloud Diagnostics Team featuring Saurabh Bhatia, Dan Fernandez, Andrew Hall, Boris Scholl. The goal with these events is to give you more opportunities to connect with the product teams throughout the year. If you missed the event you can watch a recording on Channel 9. To learn about upcoming events check out Connect(“Live”) on Channel 9.


We hope you enjoyed reading this list. We will bring you a new one each month, so stay tuned and please don’t hesitate to send us feedback by commenting below.



image Radhika Tadinada, Program Manager, Visual Studio

Radhika has been at Microsoft for almost 4 years. She first started off as a Program Manager on the Visual Studio Platform team where she helped build IDE features. She is currently with the Customer team and manages the Visual Studio blog.


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