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Visual Studio 2012 Update 2(2012.2)–Final Released

April 4, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, ASP.NET, ASP.NET 4.5, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, SignalR, Updates, VisualStudio, VS2012, Web API, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone Store, Windows Store, Windows Store Development No comments

Microsoft has released the final version of the Visual Studio 2012 – Update 2. You can get more details on release from Somasekhar’s blog: Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 Now Available. Somasekhar is VP of Developer Division at Microsoft. For information about the latest update, see Visual Studio Updates.

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Download Visual Studio 2012 Update 2

other products updates are also available:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Express 2012
  • IntelliTrace Collector for Visual Studio 2012
  • Remote Tools for Visual Studio 2012
  • Agents for Microsoft Visual Studio 2012
  • Agents for Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Language Pack
  • Courtesy: Microsoft Download Center, MSDN

    Visual Studio 3D Starter Kit for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Store apps

    March 31, 2013 .NET, Channel9, Community, Direct3D, DirectX, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Misc, MSDN, VisualStudio, VS2012, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Store Development No comments

    Microsoft has released a Visual Studio 3D Starter kit sample project which would essentially help the developers to create 3D Games or apps using Visual Studio 2012 and Windows Phone 8.0 SDK or Windows SDK.

    [Image Courtesy: Microsoft]

    [Quoting from Visual Studio Code gallery and official blog]

    This sample contains the starting point for a basic game for Windows Store and Windows Phone, a “Starter Kit” which provides support for consuming runtime assets produced by the VS tools. This includes loading and rendering assets (meshes, textures and shaders).

    This sample demonstrates several features of Visual Studio useful in game development. It contains the starting point for a basic Direct3D game that shares code between Windows Store and Windows Phone 8.

    To make the most of the Starter Kit for Windows Phone 8, you’ll need to have Visual Studio Professional 2012 installed plus Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, and you’ll need to install Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 CTP 3 (it has a fix needed to package the app correctly for Windows Phone 8).

    How to get the Starter Kit: Are you ready to begin your own DirectX coding adventure? Download the Starter Kit from http://aka.ms/vs3dkit.

    If you’re using one of the Visual Studio Express 2012 products, you can find platform specific versions of the Starter Kit at http://aka.ms/vs3dkitwin for Windows 8 and at http://aka.ms/vs3dkitphone for Windows Phone 8.

    Get Visual Studio 3D Starter Kit

    Read more about Visual Studio 3D Starter Kit from official blogs below:

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vcblog/archive/2013/02/13/visual-studio-3d-starter-kit-now-for-windows-phone-8.aspx

    http://blogs.windows.com/windows_phone/b/wpdev/archive/2013/03/28/visual-studio-3d-starter-kit-now-available-for-windows-phone-8.aspx

    Getting Started to become an MCSD in Windows Store Apps

    March 30, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, Certification, Community, CSS 3, HTML5, JavaScript, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, MSDN, VisualStudio, VS2012, Web, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Store, Windows Store Development 1 comment

    Last few years Microsoft Developer Certification Exams progressed forward through two certification tracks or titles MCTS(Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) and MCPD(Microsoft Certified Professional Developer). Earlier Microsoft certification titles been called as MCAD(Microsoft Certified Application Developer) and MCSD(Microsoft Certified Solution Developer), and Since .NET Framework 2.0 to 4.0 certifications – Microsoft renamed the titles as MCTS and MCPD respectively.  Last year onwards Microsoft has decided to return back to old titles once again.

    All .NET Framework 4.5 certification series belongs to MCSD(Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer) and MTA(Microsoft Technology Associate)  titles.  Also MCSD titles have a validity of 2 years and developers have to renew their titles in every 2 years, to keep up with latest industry technology standards(earlier there was no expiry for certifications, most of the exams were valid life long) .

    What is an MCSD?
    The MCSD is a professional level certification that is the latest in Microsofts re-envisioning of their developer exams for the cloud. Rather than be tied to a specific qualification they are tied to the technology and re-certification is required.

    What is the recertification period?
    Every 2 years

    To prove your Windows Store application development skills – Microsoft has introduced the MCSD on Windows Store Apps. 

    There is again two tracks depending on the development platform of choice, and each title consists of 3 exams, you will have to pass all these 3 exams to earn the MCSD title on windows store apps.

    1. MCSD on Windows Store Apps using HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript

    • 70-480 – Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 ( as a promotional offer, this exam was free until – MARCH 31st 2013, and probably most of you already earned it successfully)
    • 70-481 – Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using HTML5 and JavaScript
    • 70-482 – Advanced Windows Store App Development Using HTML5 and JavaScript

    2. MCSD on Windows Store Apps using XAML/C#

    • 70-483 – Programming in C#
    • 70-484 – Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C#
    • 70-485 – Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C#

    Note: Exam 480 and Exam 483 validate programming skills in a specific language. By passing one of these exams you will earn a Microsoft Specialist certification.

    Microsoft has released a set of FREE JumpStart tutorials/trainings for programmers who would like to study and take these exams.  Going through this online trainings and practicing would be enough for gaining proficiency in passing these exams.

    Online Preparation materials: (Provided to you by Channel9 and Microsoft Virtual Academy)

    70-480 – Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start

    70-481 – Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 Jump Start and prep materials

    70-482 – Advanced Windows Store App Development with HTML5 Jump Start

    70-483 – Programming in C# Jump Start

    70-484 –Developing Windows Store App Essentials using C# (484) Jump StartLIVE – May 2nd 2013 REGISTER TODAY

    70-485 – Not available yet

    Also try these free eBooks from Microsoft Press

    Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

    Once you complete through corresponding JumpStart materials, you will have sufficient knowledge and confidence to appear for the associated exams. Remember practice is the key, and through practice you can gain more knowledge as well.

    All the best for your exams, any doubts or helps write to me.

    Learn more about MCSD Windows store developer certifications:  visit MCSD: Windows Store Apps Certification | Microsoft Learning

    Coding4Fun Toolkit v2.0.3 for Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps

    March 21, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, Codeplex, Community, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, MSDN, Third-Party-Libraries and Frameworks, ToolKits, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows 8, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7.1 SDK, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Phone Store, Windows Store, Windows Store Development No comments

    Coding4Fun team has released a new updates for their Windows Phone and Windows 8 controls. There are some interesting controls available for free through codeplex.com.

    Coding4Fun team are major contributors to .NET community including Channel9 video series etc. They always brings up innovation in whatever they do, including set of Kinect based tutorials and sample codes available on Channel9 and Codeplex.

    Here is the list of controls and converters available with this toolkit set provided to you by Coding4Fun Team.

    Controls
    Converters

    The new release includes certain enhancements and bug fixes: (details given below)

    New/Adjustments

    • PreventScrollBinding is included, this will prevents pivot / panorama movements on slider, prompts, …
    • Forced old nuget packages onto new system
    • Slider property change
      • Fill property -> Foreground property
      • Step property -> StepFrequency property

    Bug Fixes

    • Toast Prompt would fail if you had two toasts active at the same time and swiped one away

    You can download and try the latest release bits either through direct download from codeplex or through NuGet package installs.

    Downloads:

    Coding4Fun.Toolkit (Windows Phone 7).zip

    Coding4Fun.Toolkit (Windows Phone 8).zip

    Coding4Fun.Toolkit (Windows Store).zip

    NuGet installs:

    Documentation: http://coding4fun.codeplex.com/documentation

    Multilingual App Toolkit for Visual Studio 2012–for Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps

    March 9, 2013 .NET, Community, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Mobile-Development, MSDN, VisualStudio, VS2012, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows SDK, Windows Store, Windows Store Development No comments

    Multilingual App toolkit for Visual Studio 2012 helps the windows Phone and Windows store app developers to integrate Multi lingual/localization capability in your applications.

    This extension for Visual Studio 2012 helps you localize your Windows Store and Windows Phone apps with translation support, translation file management, and editor tools.

    Download Multilingual App Toolkit for Visual Studio 2012

    read the Blog from windows Phone team for more details: tips for localizing windows phone apps

    See some related videos here:

    Upcoming Webinars and Trainings on Microsoft Technologies(Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Azure, HTML5) – Feb 2013

    February 12, 2013 .NET, All, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, Azure, Channel9, Community, JavaScript, JumpStarts, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Mobile-Development, MSDN, MVA, Recommends, Tech Newz, Training-Kits, Web API, Webinars, Windows, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Azure, Windows Azure Development, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7.1 SDK, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Phone Store, Windows Store Development, Windowz Azure No comments

    Jump Start – February 19: Building Web Apps with ASP.NET (February 19)
    An accelerated introduction to building modern web applications with ASP.NET 4.5 and ASP.NET MVC 4 team-taught by Scott Hanselman and Jon Galloway.

    Windows Azure Hands-on Labs Online Training (February 20)
    Learn how to connect a Paas application to an Iaas application. Matt Hester will be available to help you work through configuring a simple web app, publish to Windows Azure, and run it in the cloud. Download the free Azure 90-day trial for the hands-on portion of this training.

    Jump Start – February 21: Building Apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8
    Compare and contrast Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 with an eye to understanding how to maximize the code you reuse when building for both platforms. Dive into guidance, best practices, patterns, and techniques that will help you deliver apps with maximum code reuse.

    Jump Start – – February 28: Advanced Windows 8 App Development Using JavaScript
    Join Jeremy Foster and Michael Palermo for a free Jump Start on optimizing and supporting Windows Store apps. It’s a fast-paced course for experienced developers that can help you prepare for Microsoft Certification Exam 70-482: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using HTML5 and JavaScript.

     

    Watch the previous jump start series:

    Building Your Windows 8 Apps with XAML and Blend
    Jerry Nixon welcomes Navit Saxena and Hari Menon from the Microsoft Blend team to discuss the latest features and improvements made in Blend as it pertains to XAML developers and its integration with Visual Studio 2012. Tune in to hear how Blend can make life much easier for Windows 8 app developers. Get 30 days of free help to build your own app – sign up today at Generation App.

    Create Windows Store Apps with HTML5 and JavaScript
    This quick, step-by-step article includes code samples for how to create Windows Store apps with HTML5 and JavaScript.

    Training Guide: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
    Are you getting ready to take Microsoft Certification Exam 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3? Buy the ebook version of the new Training Guide and start getting chapters early.

     

    [Courtesy: Channel9, MSDN Flash, Microsoft Virtual Academy(MVA) , Microsoft]