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Visual Studio 2013 RC (Release Candidate) now available

September 9, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, ASP.NET, ASP.NET 4.5, Microsoft, Updates, Visual Studio 2013, VisualStudio, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 No comments

Microsoft has released Release Candidate version of Visual studio 2013 which is now available for public download through Microsoft Download Center  and MSDN/TechNet.

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For more details read Somasekhar’s blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2013/09/09/announcing-the-visual-studio-2013-release-candidate.aspx

Related links:

http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Visual-Studio-Toolbox/Visual-Studio-2013-Release-Candidate 

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/lightswitch/archive/2013/09/09/announcing-lightswitch-in-visual-studio-2013-rc.aspx

Download from below links:

Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2013 RC

Microsoft Visual Studio Premium 2013 RC

Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 RC

Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 RC

Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Express 2013 RC

Team Explorer for Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 RC

Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 RC SDK

Additional resources:

Installing Windows 8 Client Hyper-V inside VMware Workstation/Fusion/ESX

August 9, 2013 AMD-V/RVI, Client Hyper-V, ESX, Hyper-V, Hyper-V Platform, Virtualization, VMware, VT-x/EPT, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK No comments

Typically I used to try latest version of Windows on VMWare Player, Workstation or VirtualBox. Recently I was trying to set up a Windows Phone 8.0 development environment inside a VMWare virtual machine.

I tried to enable Hyper-V platform components in my Windows 8.1 Preview Virtual machine. It shows an error.

Hyper-V cannot be installed: A hypervisor is already running

  • Unable to use Hyper-V platform inside a Windows 8 virtual machine
  • When trying to enable/install Hyper-V in a Windows 8 virtual machine, you will see the above error:

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SOLUTION:

Solution for this problem is to edit your VMware Virtual Machine configuration(.vmx) file in your Windows 8 Virtual machine stored location.

  • Switch off/Shutdown your VMware virtual machine
  • Edit the corresponding .vmx file
  • Append the following entries to the vmx file (verify entry if already exists)

hypervisor.cpuid.v0 = “FALSE”
vhv.enable = “TRUE”
mce.enable = “TRUE”

  • Save the changes
  • Start your Windows 8 VMware Virtual machine
  • Now go to Control Panel –> ‘Programs and Features’ –> Turn windows features on or off
  • Viola!,  You can now enable ‘Hyper-V Platform’ . Now you can install Windows Phone SDK on your Windows 8 Virtual Machine

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VMware Official Knowledgebase Reference Link:

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2044876 

Hope that help you guys with similar problems.

The Interestingly new IE 11– F12 Developer Tool Bar

July 3, 2013 .NET, F12 Developer Tools, IE11, Internet Explorer, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Visual Studio 2013, VisualStudio, VS2012, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 No comments

With the release of Windows 8.1 Preview – Microsoft has released the Internet Explorer 11 (PREVIEW) which includes a new developer tools for Windows.

How to open Developer Tool in IE11? After opening IE11 – press F12 key – this invoke developer tool bar in IE.

F12 Developer Tool bar was existing since the earlier version of Internet Explorer, but with IE11 – Microsoft has revamped the entire feeling and introduced new set of features for developers as well.

There are mainly eight tools now, as tabs in the F12 tools interface. Which includes the following:

1. DOM Explorer Tool

[Quoting from: MSDN]

The The DOM Explorer tool shows the structure of your webpage as it’s being rendered in the browser and makes it possible to edit your HTML and styles in a live page. You can do this without having to edit and reload your sources, so you can quickly solve display issues or experiment with new ideas.

New features in the DOM Explorer tool include:

  • IntelliSense autocompletion suggestions when editing HTML attributes and CSS properties.
  • Drag DOM nodes to rearrange them.

Learn more about the DOM Explorer tool.

2. The Console Tool

[Quoting from: MSDN]

The Console tool provides a way to interact with your running code, sending info in with the Console’s command line and getting info out using the Console Debugging API. The Console tool is considered to be so useful by developers, we’ve made it easier to get to. You can now open it at the bottom of any other tool using the Console button in the upper-right of the UI, next to the Help button or CTRL + `.

New features in the Console tool include:

  • Open the Console at the bottom of any other tool with the Console button or CTRL + `.
  • New Console Debugging API methods for timing, counting, grouping, and more.
  • IntelliSense autocompletion suggestions on the command line speed up input, reduce typos, and help you discover aspects of JavaScript APIs.

Learn more about the Console tool.

3. The debugger tool

[Quoting from: MSDN]

You use the Debugger tool to examine what your code is doing, when it’s doing it, and how it’s doing it. Pause code in mid-execution, step through it line-by-line, and watch the state of variables and objects at each step.

New features in the Debugger tool include:

  • No-refresh debugging. Set your breakpoints and go without reloading and losing state.
  • Tabbed document interface for easier management of multiple scripts.
  • Scrollbar that highlights breakpoints and search matches.

Learn more about the Debugger tool.

4. The Network Tool

The Network tool gives you the fine details of any network requests involved in the loading and operation of your webpages.

New features in the Network tool include:

  • Improved request timing info.
  • Improved capture of compression info.

Learn more about the Network tool.

5. The UI Responsiveness Tool (NEW)

[Quoting from: MSDN]

The UI Responsiveness tool, which helps tune your pages for performance

[Image Courtesy: MSDN, Microsoft]

The UI responsiveness tool helps you dig into what is happening when your page slows down. Using it to profile specific points of slowness shows the operations that are causing them.

The UI responsiveness tool is new to F12 tools in IE11 Preview. Some interesting features are:

  • Identifying the different sources of CPU activity causing UI slowness.
  • Insight into your webpage’s frame rate.
  • Setting labels on the timeline to isolate user scenarios.

Development and debugging tasks it makes easier:

  • Testing code optimizations.
  • Speeding up your webpages.

Learn more about the UI responsiveness tool.

6. The Profiler Tool

[Quoting from: MSDN]

The Profiler tool is pure JavaScript speed measurement, showing you the functions that were called during a profiling session, how many times they were called, and how long they took to complete.

New features in the Profiler tool include:

  • Tracking which functions were executed in web workers.
  • Cleaner, more responsive UI.

Learn more about the Profiler tool.

7. The Memory Tool (NEW)

[Quoting from: MSDN]

Memory Tool, which helps you track memory use over time to catch leaks that can slow or destabilize your pages

[Image Courtesy: MSDN, Microsoft]

The Memory tool is new to F12 tools in IE11 Preview. Some interesting features are:

  • A timeline to see progressive changes in memory use.
  • Snapshots to examine the details of memory use at specific points.
  • Snapshot comparisons to identify specific points of growth.

Development and debugging tasks it makes easier:

  • Identifying detached DOM nodes.
  • Identifying points of memory growth.
  • Measuring the memory use of objects.

Learn more about the Memory tool.  [Ref: MSDN]

8. The Emulator Tool (NEW)

[Quoting from: MSDN]

The Emulation tool helps you test how your webpages run on different screen sizes and hardware features, and how they respond to different user agent strings.

The Emulation tool is new to F12 tools in IE11 Preview. Some interesting features are:

  • You can emulate different screen sizes and resolutions.
  • GPS simulation.

Development and debugging tasks it makes easier:

  • Testing responsive designs on multiple screen types.
  • Testing location-aware features for a mobile site.

Learn more about the Emulation tool.

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Google.com – mobile web  ( Emulating IE-Mobile 10 in IE11)

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It is really interesting how Microsoft visualized the needs of any web developer and made these tools for us.

See more from following links:

What’s new in F12 developer tools

New console API methods

Using the F12 developer tools

Courtesy: MSDN

Visual Studio 2013 Preview and .NET 4.5.1 Preview Now Available

June 26, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, ASP.NET, ASP.NET 4.5, Microsoft, Previews, Visual Studio 2013, VisualStudio, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone Store, Windows Store No comments

Microsoft has released the preview version of upcoming Visual Studio 2013 and .NET 4.5.1

DOWNLOAD: Visual Studio 2013 Preview and .NET 4.5.1 Preview .

Read more about this release from Somasekhar’s blog

Download Microsoft Windows 8.1 Preview

June 26, 2013 Microsoft, Previews, Updates, Windows, Windows 8, Windows Store No comments

Microsoft has released the Windows 8.1 Preview to the public.

Download the latest Windows 8.1 Preview from here

Click here to download the Windows 8.1 Preview Product Guide.

Visual Studio 2012 Update 3–Released

June 26, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, ASP.NET, ASP.NET 4.5, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Updates, Visual Studio SDK, VisualStudio, VS2012, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Phone Store, Windows Store, Windows Store Development 1 comment

Microsoft has released the final of Visual Studio 2012 Update 3.  This update is the latest in a cumulative series of feature additions and bug fixes for Visual Studio 2012.

DOWNLOAD: Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 (Online Installer)

Also you can download the ISO image directly (Offline Installer – 2.08GB)

Additional Packages:

Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Express 2012 with Update 3

Agents for Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 Language Pack

Team Explorer Everywhere for Team Foundation Server

Agents for Visual Studio 2012 Update 3

Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 with Update 3