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Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools – Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2012–with Analysis Services, Reporting Services and Integration Services projects support

April 12, 2013 .NET, Business Intelligence(BIDS), KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, SQL Scripts, SQL Server, Sql Server 2012, SQL Server Analysis Services, SQL Server Data Tools, SQL Server Integration Services, SQL Server Reporting Services, Updates, VisualStudio, VS2012 No comments

Microsoft has released SQL Server Data Tools and Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2012 with integrated support for Visual Studio 2012.  When Microsoft released SQL Server 2012,  Data Tools and Business intelligence released with bundled support for Visual Studio 2010 IDE, and this release is a good news for Visual studio 2012 developers. 

Now with this release developers will be able to Visual Studio 2012 for SQL Server Database Business Intelligence related projects using Analysis Services, Reporting Services and Integration Services.

[Quoting from MSDN]

SQL Server Data Tools – Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2012 includes business intelligence project authoring tools and project templates for SQL Server Analysis Services, Reporting Services, and Integration Services integrated into a Visual Studio 2012 shell.

You can install SQL Server Data Tools – Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2012 as a standalone business intelligence authoring environment or side-by-side with an existing SQL Server Data Tools installed with SQL Server 2012.

SQL Server Data Tools – Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2012 uses SQL Server 2012 Setup to install the SQL Server Data Tools – Business Intelligence environment as a shared feature. If you are used to SQL Server Setup, this process will seem familiar to you; however, if you have never run SQL Server Setup to install additional SQL Server features before, this may seem a little confusing.

[Ref: MSDNhttp://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj856966.aspx]

Download: Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools – Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2012

SSDTBI_VS2012_x86_ENU.exe – 784MB (Version – 11.0.3360.12)

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

    TypeScript for Visual Studio 2012–v0.8.3.1

    March 30, 2013 .NET, Community, Frameworks, JavaScript, JavaScript, Javascript Development, Microsoft, MSDN, TypeScript, Updates, VisualStudio, VS2012, Web Development No comments

    Microsoft has released an Incremental update to TypeScript for Visual Studio 2012 – the version 0.8.3.1, which is the first update to the v0.8.3 released in Feb 2013.

    You can download the latest bits from here:

    Download TypeScript for Visual Studio 2012 – v0.8.3.1

    Getting Started to become MCSD–Web Application Solutions Developer

    March 30, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, ASP.NET, ASP.NET 4.5, ASP.NET MVC, Azure, Certification, Community, CSS 3, HTML, HTML5, IIS, IIS8, JavaScript, JumpStarts, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft Learning, MSDN, SignalR, VisualStudio, VS2012, Web, Web API, Web Services, Windowz Azure No comments

    In this article I will introduce you to the necessary requirements for preparing and earning MCSD – Web Apps Solutions Developer certification.

    In my previous article Permanent Link to Getting Started to become an MCSD in Windows Store Apps, I have introduced you to the MCSD – Windows Store Apps Developer certification exams and requirements.

    Similarity between MCSD – Win Store Apps development using HTML5 and MCSD – Web Apps is that initial exam is same for both the certification titles. 70-480 is the initial exam that is required for earning both the certifications.

    Earning an MCSD: Web Applications certification will qualify you for a position as a web developer or web administrator.

    Below are the 3 exams required to pass to earn the title MCSD: Web Applications

    1. 70-480 – Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
    2. 70-486 – Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications
    3. 70-487 – Developing Windows Azure and Web Services

    Note: This MCSD certification requires you to show continued ability to perform in your chosen solution area by completing a recertification exam every two years.

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

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

    70-486 –  Building Web Apps with ASP.NET Jump Start – FREE – by Scott Hanselman and Jon Galloway

    70-487 – Developing Windows Azure and Web Services – no jumpstarts available yet.

    Know more about MCSD: Web Applications | from Microsoft Learning

    Continue your learning and all the best to you – if you are planning to take MCSD on Web Applications.

    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