Showing posts with label VisualStudio. Show all posts
Showing posts with label VisualStudio. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Visual Studio Online Gets Cheaper...

Brian Harry’s blog - More pricing and licensing changes coming

Earlier this year, we started a process of reviewing our pricing and licensing for Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online.  Our intent was to review all of the customer feedback we’ve received to look for changes that would simplify purchasing and make it more affordable for teams to include everyone in the broader organization who needs to interact with the development team.

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Let’s look at the changes:

Release Management

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So, we are changing it.  As of January 1st, 2015, you will no longer have to pay any per-processor (or any other per deployment environment) charge for Release Management.  ...

Test Execution

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In response, we’re making two licensing changes that I believe will help with this greatly: ...

Cloud Load Testing

It didn’t take long after we released our cloud load test pricing for me to realize that we had gotten it wrong.  We originally priced it by...

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So, we decided we needed a tiered model that would give good price breaks as load test usage got higher.

Our new pricing model for VS Online Cloud Load Testing is as follows: ...

So, in the scenario above, the customer would pay 20,000 * $0.00 + 1,980,000 * $0.0004 + 8,000,000 * $0.0002 + 71,000,000 * $0.0001 = $9,492 per month.  That’s $162,000/$9,492 = 17 times smaller.  ...

VS Online Build Service

We’ve gotten feedback on our build service pricing that it has a similar “scaling” problem as our load test pricing, though not nearly as big.  To make the build service more affordable for teams running many builds, we are introducing a tiered pricing model there as well.

The VS Online build service pricing will be: ...

Visual Studio Online Professional

One of the offerings for Visual Studio Online is Visual Studio Online Professional which combines a VS Online basic license with a monthly license to Visual Studio Professional.  Since its inception, we’ve had a 10 user limit on this product because it’s really designed for small teams (whereas MSDN subscriptions are the solution for larger teams).  However, after we got enough people asking for the 11th user, we realized that the complexity just wasn’t worth it and that 10 seemed pretty arbitrary.  As a result, we are eliminating the 10 user limit – though...

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We are not done looking at pricing and licensing, of course.  We are continuing to look at feedback and look for opportunities to remove friction and simplify.  We always want to hear what you think and will do our best to make you happy.

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When this was announced at MVP Summit and it was greeted with applause (and getting applause from the VS ALM MVP's is not an easy thing)...

Visual Studio 2013 Community, Azure VM style...

Just Monday I blogged about playing with Windows 10 on an Azure VM, Want to play with Windows 10? Have Azure? One quick VM Gallery Visit and you're in..., now here's an example of how you can play with the new Visual Studio 2013 Community edition on a Azure VM too...

Microsoft UK Faculty Connection - Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition Azure Virtual Machines

We recently announced a new version of Visual Studio.What was interesting in the announcement of Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition which would replace the existing Visual Studio Express and Professional and that it would be a free development

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Well we ended up hosting Visual Images in the Azure Image Gallery so now you can spin up an image in the Microsoft Azure VM portal which has Windows Server 2012 R2 and Visual Studio Community Edition 2013 so even if you don't have a Windows 8 desktop you can us your MacBook or even a iPad or Android Tablet to build and deploy apps across all platforms using Visual Studio

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Getting Started

So its really easy to provision a Windows Server 2012 R2 with Visual Studio Community Edition already installed what neat is that the VM has all the Windows 8 and Azure SDK installed.

Windows Server 2012 R2 is pretty close to Windows 8 So you get a very modern development environment so you can build apps for Windows phone, Windows 8, Android and iOS.

So is it difficult to setup as I don't use Windows 8?

To set this up it takes around 9 clicks and a short wait of between 5 and 8 minutes…."

BTW, as you can see in the above snap, you can play with the latest beta of Visual Studio 2015 on a VM too... :)

Monday, December 08, 2014

Channel 9 Series of the Day: Visual Studio Time Savers (aka VSTips)

Channel 9 - Visual Studio Time Savers

Visual Studio guru, Susan Ibach, is a master of finding ways to save minutes. In this video series, she shares some of her favourite time saving tips. Give them a try and let her know what you think. There are more coming, so make sure to check back often or subscribe to the RSS feed to get her tips as soon as they are posted.

If one of these has helped you become more productive, make sure to comment on and share the videos.

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Don’t Touch … Unless you want to, in which case go for it!

Microsoft recently released the Visual Studio 2015 preview. So, naturally, I had to share a Visual Studio 2015 tip! With more and more of us using touch devices as our primary laptops for development, we find ourselves naturally reaching for the screen instead of the mouse. Well, the Visual Studio team has added some nice touch support features to the code editor in Visual Studio. Check it out! If you want to check out the Visual Studio 2015 Preview, you can download it at visualstudio.com.

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if you're a Visual Studio user, this is one of those must subscribe series...

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Getting Git and a GitHub VS Extension too!

You've Been Haacked - Git and GitHub Resources

Learning Git and GitHub can be daunting if you're new to it. I recently gave a small presentation where I pretty much firehosed a group of people about Git and GitHub for one hour. I felt bad that I could only really scratch the surface.

I thought it might be useful to collect some resources that have helped me understand Git and GitHub better. If you only read one thing, read Think like a git. That'll provide a good understanding and maybe motivate you to read the others.

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Visual Studio Gallery - GitHub Extension

Manage GitHub issues for repositories that you have commit access to. You can filter and view issues for a repository, edit issues, add comments and close issues.

Access and manage GitHub issues for repositories that you have commit access to. You can filter and view issues for a repository, edit issues, add comments and close issue.

This is a beta release, more features are coming. For more information, to report bugs or to suggest features, see this project on GitHub.

Instructions

  • To view a list of open issues, go to View | Other Windows | GitHub Issue List (Ctrl+W, Ctrl+G)
  • Log in to GitHub by clicking the logon icon at the upper right of the issue list window
  • Open the issue window by double clicking an issue in the list, or by going to View | Other Windows | GitHub Issue Window (Ctrl+W, Ctrl+H)
  • Add a new issue to the selected repository with the + button in the issue list, or from Tools | New Issue on GitHub (Ctrl+W, Ctrl+I)
  • Edit an issue with the edit button on the Issue window
  • Add comments to, or close and issue with the comment button on the issue window

Two Factor Authentication

We do not currently support GitHub's Two-Factor Authentication system. However, you can generate a Personal Access Token to log in to your GitHub account instead.

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Getting Git'd is at the top of my dev to-do list. And GitHub is the new shiny, so I need to cache these two posts for near future reference. And the GitHub VS Extensions being open source too is icing on the ....

Monday, December 01, 2014

Visual Studio 2013.2+ and 2015 Child Process Debugging Power Tool

Microsoft Application Lifecycle Management - Introducing the Child Process Debugging Power Tool

We’ve heard your feedback that you want the Visual Studio debugger to support child process debugging. Child process debugging means that when the application you are debugging creates another process, Visual Studio will detect this and automatically attach a debugger to the newly created process as well. To address this we’re releasing a power tool for Visual Studio that will enable you to do just this. Some important things to note:

  • Download the tool from the Visual Studio Gallery
  • The power tool requires at least Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 (will work with any higher update version and Visual Studio 2015)
  • The tool works for both launching projects (F5), and for attaching to processes
  • It requires a native debugger. This means if you are debugging .NET code, you must choose to enable mixed mode debugging (so managed and native)—this is done from the “Debug” tab on the project properties page (for most managed project types this is done by checking the “Enable native code debugging” checkbox under the “Enable debuggers” section of the page)

Once you install the power tool from the Visual Studio Gallery, a new menu item will appear on the “Debug” menu under the “Other Debug Targets” sub-menu.

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This is one of those tools where if you've wanted it you have REALLY want it, and if not, you could care less. If you are one of the "Care Less'ers," just favorite this for now, you might very well need this one day (I don't need to tell the Care'ers because they left this page at first read to go download it... :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Windows "Command Prompt Here" Generator - Now with VS2015 Support

Travis Illig - VS2015 Command Prompt Here

If you're a user of those right-click "Command Prompt Here" context menu utilities... I just updated my Command Prompt Here Generator with a developer prompt for Visual Studio 2015. Head over there to get an installer for "VS2015 Prompt Here" (or any other prompts you might be interested in).

Windows "Command Prompt Here" Generator

This wizard allows you to generate a custom "Command Prompt Here" context menu item for Windows. After selecting the prompt and customizing text, a small installer will be generated for you so you can use your prompt.

First, select the command prompt you'd like to appear in the context menu.

Command Prompt
PowerShell Prompt
VS 2003 Command Prompt
VS 2005 Command Prompt
VS 2008 Command Prompt
VS 2010 (x64) Command Prompt
VS 2010 (x86) Command Prompt
VS 2012 Developer Command Prompt
VS 2012 Native x64 Command Prompt
VS 2013 Developer Command Prompt
VS 2015 Developer Command Prompt

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It's the simple things that I like, like a web site that generates INF files that help me add "Command Prompt Here" Explorer right-click/context menus...

Hey, there's a Macro in my Visual Studio! (Well, there will be if you install this extension...)

Visual Studio Gallery - Macros for Visual Studio 2013

An extension for Visual Studio 2013 that enables the use of macros in the IDE. The extension can record most of the features in Visual Studio including text editing operations.

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Macros for Visual Studio 2013 is an extension for Visual Studio 2013 that enables the use of macros to automate repetitive tasks in the IDE. The extension can record most of the commands in Visual Studio including text editing operations.

Features

  • Record and playback active document operations and Visual Studio IDE commands

  • Playback multiple times

  • Manage and persist macros with a Macro Explorer

  • Assign keyboard bindings to any macro

  • Macros recorded as JavaScript files that call VS DTE APIs

  • Macro editing in Visual Studio with DTE IntelliSense

  • Stop playback

  • Sample macros

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Getting Started

After installing the extension, the Macro menu will appear under Tools > Macros. Under this menu, you'll find commands to record and playback a macro.

Current macro

The Current macro is a temporary macro that holds the last recorded macro. To persist it, use the Macro Explorer toolbar command Save Current Macro (or right-click the Current macro). Name the new macro and assign a shortcut if you wish. The new macro will then be persisted on your file system.

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Sample macros

Accessibility

  • Decrease Font Size
  • Increase Font Size
  • Maximize Tool Windows

Documents

  • Close Except Active: close all files in Visual Studio except active file
  • Headify All: insert header into each C# file in the solution
  • Remove and Sort All: remove unused usings and then sort, for each C# file in the solution

Editor

  • Beginning of Function: moves cursor to the beginning of the current function
  • Insert Date & Time
  • Insert Date
  • Insert Header: insert header into current C# file
  • Insert Time
  • Pane Center Screen
  • Pane Top Screen
  • Save Backup: saves active document as .bak file in current directory

Snippets (inserts code snippet)

  • For Each Document: to iterate through each open document in Visual Studio
  • For Each Window: to iterate through each open window in Visual Studio
  • Properties: grab one of the properties in Tools >> Options
    For example, (show/hide status bar):
    var property = dte.Properties("Environment", "General"); property.Item("ShowStatusBar").Value = true
  • Undo Context: encapsulate a single undo in macro script

Utilities

  • Find Line: queries find tool for current line
  • Toggle Line Numbers
  • Toggle Word Wrap

Caveats

The following are not supported by the extension right now:

  • Recording interaction with dialogs
  • Recording of 'async' commands like Build may not execute as expected
  • Execute a macro inside another macro

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If you present, this might be a huge time saver for you. If you do the same thing, over and over in VS, this might be a huge time saver for you. If you just like the idea of have Macro's in your VS, this...

Now, we just need a "store" or gallery and/or an easy means to share our Macro's and I think we'd be good. :)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Who's codealiking now? Limited number of Premium Access tokens for you? Gordon Beeming, that's who!

<gordon's blog/> - My Experience with Codealike

I have been using Codealike for a while now and thought I'd share my experience and things that I like about codealike with everyone. I did mention codealike on This Week on Ch9 when I hosted it last week with Greg Duncan.

What is codealike?

Codealike is a service that tracks your activity while you code normally. Once you've installed and signed in in your preferred IDE, the plugin will track, process and send the data to our servers so you can visualize it anytime you want to learn how you work and how to improve through trustworthy data.

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Why should you use it?

As you can see from above there is a bunch of useful information that you can get out of codealike. If you have navigated to the codealike features page you would see that some of the cool features are premium features which you would normally need to pay about $12 a month or $100 a year. But if you email me I have a limited number of tokens that I am able to give out for Premium access to codealike, so what you waiting for? Send an email to me at [click through to his blog, please....] with preferable a link to who you are (blog, twitter, other social media, etc.) and if I have tokens left I'll forward them on to you =D.

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First listen to Gordon chat about this on This Week on Channel 9 ([20-15]). Then read his post. And then [note to self] go get it! Even if he runs out of tokens, there's still the free version... :)

 

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Look who's talking now? My first primary hosting for This Week on Channel 9, "TWC9: Two Geeks and a Cube"

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Check it out there's a roadmap for WPF (and no, it's not to the cemetery ;)

.NET Framework Blog - The Roadmap for WPF

When we introduced WPF back in 2006 (.NET 3.0), the response was absolutely phenomenal. Enterprises, ISV’s, and Microsoft Partners have made the technology central to their business, building amazing vertical solutions and mission critical applications for their customers. This momentum carries forward to today – 10% of all newly created projects in Visual Studio 2013 over the past 60 days are WPF. WPF has amassed a passionate, vibrant, community that uses it to build data-centric desktop business applications on Windows. A recent example of this would be a new WPF application that was developed by our partners at InterKnowlogy. This application was recently used by CNN producers in the mid-term elections to upload, validate, and configure the data seen in the on-air election application. The election data is presented on CNN’s Magic Wall, which Microsoft’s Bing Pulse team helped to develop.

This post will address the roadmap for the WPF platform, including areas of investment we’re prioritizing and tooling improvements for upcoming releases of Visual Studio.

Areas of Platform Investment

Based on a survey we conducted at the //build conference earlier this year, UserVoice suggestions, and interviews with a large number of WPF developers across a variety of market segments over the past few months, we’ve prioritized the following areas for future investments to make WPF a better platform.

Performance: While WPF is actively being used to build large-scale, high performance applications like Visual Studio and Blend, further improving the performance of the platform based on customer feedback is a priority for us. Some key scenarios we are looking to optimize in this context are application startup, scrolling and virtualization performance of ItemsControls.

DirectX interoperability: The primary scenario of interest here is to make it seamless for WPF applications to interoperate with newer versions of DirectX.

Supporting modern hardware: Technologies like touch and high density displays are ubiquitous on modern devices. To support upgrading to newer hardware, it’s important that existing WPF applications can adapt to new hardware capabilities coming to desktop machines.

Tooling: We will continue to co-evolve the tools for WPF when appropriate, alongside new platforms like .NET/WINRT. This commitment is reflected in the tooling investments section of this post.

Investments in some of these areas might introduce dependencies on a particular OS version and/or have compatibility risks. For these cases, the features will light up based on the host OS and/or might require you to opt in to use the feature.

Current Progress on WPF

Let’s first address a common question regarding support: WPF is a quintessential part of the .NET Framework. The .NET Framework is defined as a component of the operating system, instead of an independent product. So, support for .NET Framework is driven by the support lifecycle policy of the Windows operating system. Extended support for the current recommended version of .NET (4.5.2) on Windows 8.1 is available till 2023. We will continue to fix security issues and bugs reported by customers that impact a large cross-section of our WPF customers.

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Okay maybe this isn't a ringing endorsement or announcement for a big bang release, but heck at least there IS a roadmap and we ARE getting fixes and features! I think this is the first WPF news, truly WPF news, that I've seen in a while and it's good to see... :)

Who can use VS 2013 Community Edition for free? (No, it's not everyone) Here's the official word...

Earlier today the Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition was announced, This IS the Visual Studio you've been looking for... Hello Visual Studio Community Edition!. The question is, who can legally use this edition?

Well funny enough, there's a new version of Visual Studio and MSDN Licensing White Paper that covers just that...

Visual Studio and MSDN Licensing White Paper 

This white paper provides an overview of the Visual Studio product line, including MSDN subscriptions, and the licensing requirements for those products in common deployment scenarios.

Version: 1.0

File Name:

Visual Studio 2013 and MSDN Licensing Whitepaper - November-2014.docx

Visual Studio 2013 and MSDN Licensing Whitepaper - November-2014.pdf

Date Published: 11/12/2014

This white paper provides an overview of the Visual Studio product line and the licensing requirements for those products in common deployment scenarios. For a definitive guide to licensing terms and conditions for products licensed through Microsoft Volume Licensing, see the Microsoft Licensing Product Use Rights (PUR) document and applicable licensing agreements. For retail customers the license terms are specified in the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) included with your product or with your MSDN subscription.

Here's a snip directly from the doc;

Visual Studio Community 2013

Visual Studio Community 2013 is a free, full-featured IDE for any developer building non-enterprise apps across any platform or device. It includes all the capabilities needed to create compelling non-enterprise applications, including powerful productivity features, mobile development tools for Windows, iOS and Android, and access to thousands of extensions.

Who can use the software

Rights to use Visual Studio Community depend on the customer segment and usage scenarios as explained below.

Individual developers

Any individual developer can use Visual Studio Community, to create their own free or paid apps.

Organizations

· An unlimited number of users within an organization can use Visual Studio Community for the following scenarios: in a classroom learning environment, for academic research, or for contributing to open source projects.

· For all other usage scenarios: In non-enterprise organizations up to 5 users can use Visual Studio Community. In enterprise organizations (meaning those with >250 PCs or > $1M in annual revenue) no use is permitted for employees as well as contractors beyond the open source, academic research and classroom learning environment scenarios described above.

Example 1: A University wants to use Visual Studio Community 2013 for training students enrolled in the “Data structures and Programming” course and for a “Big Data” academic research project that requires building a cross-platform mobile application. Further the University also plans to customize its ERP software and automate processes through its internal LOB applications. Visual Studio Community 2013 use is allowed by academic institutions for classroom learning environment and academic research and hence the University can use the software for its coursework and the research project. However Visual Studio Community 2013 cannot be used for developing and testing its internal LOB applications.

Example 2: A Fortune 500 firm has outsourced the development of its store-locator mobile application to a small agency. The application is not an open source project. The agency has 5 employees working on the project and would like to use Visual Studio Community 2013. Since the agency is a contractor developing this application for the Fortune 500 firm, and since the application is not an open source project, the agency cannot use Visual Studio Community 2013 for developing and testing the application.

Example 3: A Fortune 500 ISV is working on a mobile application which is released under the Open Source Institute (OSI)-approved open source software licenses. Employees and contractors developing and testing this application may use Visual Studio Community 2013.

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For more information, details, TFS, VSO and more, please check out the entire 37 page document...

 

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This IS the Visual Studio you've been looking for... Hello Visual Studio Community Edition!

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This IS the Visual Studio you've been looking for... Hello Visual Studio Community Edition!

While Visual Studio Express (Web, Windows, Windows Desktop) is nice and better since they moved from Language Express editions, the fact that the Express editions have always been pretty locked down only a very few VS Extensions were available made them kind of half-empty editions.

Today that changes.

The three Express editions are still available but we now also have a new expanded, and extendable, Visual Studio Community Edition (VSCE)! Best of all VSCE is available at the same price point of the Express editions, that is, free!

Free for indie's, single programmers, oss and such. Enterprises? You (we) still need to buy Pro/Premier/Ultimate to comply with the license.

This is essentially VS Pro, but free. Now, no more barriers, get your coding on!

Visual Studio Community 2013 with Update 4

Download Visual Studio Community for a free, full-featured IDE with powerful coding productivity features, cross-platform mobile development tools for Windows, iOS and Android, and access to thousands of extensions. This edition of Visual Studio is available at no cost for non-enterprise application development.

Sign in to Visual Studio within 30 days with your Microsoft account to synchronize your settings across multiple machines and register your product.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Visual Studio Online RESTs, crosses the Pond and gets Hooked...

Visual Studio - European Datacenter & REST 1.0

European Datacenter

By popular demand, with today’s update, you can now create VS Online accounts in the Azure “West Europe” region, based in the Netherlands. You can get started by going to http://visualstudio.com and creating a new account. The account creation page will auto detect the data center that’s nearest to you, or you can click the “change options” link to override the choice

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Visual Studio Online REST API version 1.0 is here

In May, we announced the public preview of a new set of REST APIs for Visual Studio Online. Today, we are happy to announce that these APIs have graduated to 1.0 release status. This marks an important milestone in our journey to support easier integration between Visual Studio Online and other services, including your own custom tools and services.

The 1.0 designation means we have locked these APIs from any breaking changes going forward. As a developer, this means you can bind your app to the 1.0 API version and sleep well at night knowing future Visual Studio Online deployments won’t break your app.

Although the 1.0 set is locked from a breaking change standpoint, it is not locked from a feature standpoint. New APIs can be added to the 1.0 set and nonbreaking enhancements may even be introduced to APIs already released. A few existing preview APIs (like Git Pull Requests) remain in preview today, but will eventually graduate into the 1.0 set (this is mainly due to significant changes coming soon).

To learn more about how to use the APIs, check out Get started with the REST APIs.

To explore the available APIs, see the Visual Studio Online REST API Reference.

Developers with existing apps using the 1.0 preview APIs: you should start migrating to the release 1.0 APIs as soon as possible.

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Service hooks is out of preview

I am also happy to announce that the service hooks features is out of preview and is a fully supported feature of Visual Studio Online. Service hooks let your app or service get notified instantly when an event happens in Visual Studio Online. With service hooks your app or service can avoid continuously polling to check for changes, such as completed builds, commits or check-ins, or work item changes.

Visual Studio Online supports 14 services out of the box, including ...

Not to be lost in the TechEd Europe news stream, VSO has rolled out two important updates, the REST API v1 and Service Hooks. I love me my official API's! :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hey, it's everyone's favorite topic! Licensing VS and MSDN... :|

Microsoft Downloads - Visual Studio and MSDN Licensing White Paper

Version:  1.0

File Name:

Visual Studio 2013 and MSDN Licensing Whitepaper - October-2014.docx

Visual Studio 2013 and MSDN Licensing Whitepaper - October-2014.pdf

Date Published:  10/8/2014

This white paper provides an overview of the Visual Studio product line and the licensing requirements for those products in common deployment scenarios. For a definitive guide to licensing terms and conditions for products licensed through Microsoft Volume Licensing, see the Microsoft Licensing Product Use Rights (PUR) document and applicable licensing agreements. For retail customers the license terms are specified in the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) included with your product or with your MSDN subscription.

Okay, so we all pretty much try to ignore this and hope it goes away, every so often this comes up, so it's good to have the latest version of this available (or at least the link to it ;)

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It's only 36 pages, so stop your whining (Greg, yes, I'm looking at your reflection in the notebook...)

 

Related Past Post XRef:

Visual Studio 2013 and MSDN Licensing Whitepaper
"Visual Studio 2012 and MSDN Licensing White Paper"
Visual Studio 2010 and MSDN Licensing Whitepaper Updated
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Thursday, October 09, 2014

"The ALM Rangers with Willy-Peter"

I've already tweeted about today's recording and posting of this RadioTFS session, yet it's easy to miss a tweet. While all of our shows are good (well we try at least) and all are fun to be part of, this one just seemed to come together and record smooth as silk. Everything really just clicked.

RadioTFS - 82 // The ALM Rangers with Willy-Peter

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In this show special guest Willy-Peter Schaub joins us to talk about the ALM Rangers as well as helping us round up this weeks news and information.

Willy-Peter Schaub is a Senior Program Manager with the Visual Studio ALM Rangers at the Microsoft Canada Development Center. Since the mid-1980s, he’s been striving for simplicity and maintainability in software engineering. His blog is at blogs.msdn.com/b/willy-peter_schaub, and you can also find him on Twitter @wpschaub.

Paul also joined us in between Code Camps. If you want to catch him in person then he’ll be at the following events over the coming weeks:

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The Xamarin.Forms excitement continues to build, getting broad third party support and more...

Like I said here, Cool Preview eBook of the Day: "Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms" by Charles Petzold (Yes, that one), Xamrin.Forms is generating allot of excitement in the .NET/Xaml space and the excitement continues to build with the announcement of top tier third party support. Infragistics and Syncfusion both just announced support for Xamarin.Forms, among other top tier vendors, Enterprise Component Vendors Join Xamarin.Forms Ecosystem. Heck, even Microsoft is getting into the game!

Infragistics - Announcing Infragistics Xamarin.Forms!

I am very excited to announce a new partnership with Xamarin and our newest product release to compliment our Native Mobile story with Visual Studio – Infragistics Xamarin.Forms.

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Over the last few years we have invested heavily in the native UI controls - we have an iOS control set, Android control set and Windows Phone control set.  Up until now, the target developer for these control sets were your objective-C, Java or Windows Developer.  Now with Infragistics Xamarin.Forms, the market is super-expanded - any Visual Studio, C#, XAML Developer can now write once, a single codebase, and then take our new Xamarin.Forms product with Xamarin’s product and ship native apps that target each major platform in no time..

There are a ton of reasons why this is so exciting, but from a pure cost perspective, using the technology from Infragistics & Xamarin, a company does not need to invest in the training and time loss of learning a new platform – using current C# & XAML skillsets native apps can be churned out in no time compared to building a native experience from scratch on each major mobile platform.  Add the long-term maintenance costs of bug fixes, feature changes, UI updates and more, and you are looking at a significant cost savings if you have a single code base to maintain while still having the benefit of native apps on each major platform.  Pretty cool!

So what exactly are we shipping today?

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Syncfusion - Essential Studio for Xamarin has Arrived

As part of our participation in the Xamarin Evolve 2014 conference this week, Syncfusion is excited to reveal a new control suite for cross-platform mobile development: Essential Studio for Xamarin. We’ve incorporated some of your favorite data visualization and file-format components from Syncfusion with Xamarin.Forms, an API that enables developers to use a single C# codebase to build UIs for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone apps.

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Native apps built with Essential Studio for Xamarin

Essential Studio for Xamarin is MVVM-compatible and includes a total of six Syncfusion controls. The Chart, TreeMap, and Gauge UI tools provide enterprise-grade processing and interactive visualization for your business data. File-format APIs XlsIO, DocIO, and PDF allow users to easily read, write, and edit Excel, Word, and PDF files on any device.

With Essential Studio for Xamarin, you can:

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Multilingual App Toolkit's blog MAT v4.0 Technical Preview adds Xamarin support

The Multilingual App Toolkit v4.0 Technical Preview adds support for VS + Xamarin based iOS and Android projects.  We are super excited (just had to say it) about adding MAT’s localization workflow for developers using Visual Studio and Xamarin to create great cross-platform apps! You can download it here

I am fortunate enough to be in attendance at Xamarin Evolve 2014 this week. On Monday I attended a training session presented by Craig Dunn on Xamarin localization.  Craig did a great job covering localization in general, then focused on iOS and Android projects specifics as well as RESX with Xamarin Forms.  Craig’s demo code is available on GitHub.  So of course I wanted to see how the v4.0 technical preview would handle the code.  The demo is pre-populated with the target RESX files, so I simply removed them before using MAT v4.0 preview to add Japanese (JA) and Arabic (AR).  After generating translating using the default translation providers.  As you can tell from the images below everything worked as expected.

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Given Xamarin Evolve 2014 still has a couple days to go (ends on the 10th), and given all the other announcements Xamarin have made, such as Xamarin Platform Previews, Introducing Xamarin Insights: Real-time Monitoring for Your Apps and New Xamarin Test Cloud Features I wonder what else we'll hear and see?

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Cool Preview eBook of the Day: "Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms" by Charles Petzold (Yes, that one)

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

BKVM, to the cloud! "Creating training virtual machines in Azure" using the BKVM (VS 2013 HOL/ALM VM)

Naked ALM - Creating training virtual machines in Azure

I am teaching the Managing Projects with Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 class next week in Cheltenham and for that I need 16 VM’s based on the Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 ALM Virtual Machine. To make life easier I will be creating training virtual machines in Azure.

If you have ever had to teach a training course, especially a technical one, it’s the equipment that is the most painful thing to configure. Azure has matured a lot over the last few years and although I have configured training in Amazon’s AWS service I wanted to go all Microsoft.

The kind of tough thing is that the virtual hard disk (VHD) used by the virtual demo machine form Brian Keller is 80GB. And yes, I have to upload that beast to Azure.

Uploading your Hyper-V virtual machine

The first task is to download and install the Azure PowerShell using the web platform installer. This will get all of the pre-requisites and install them for you.

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While I've highlighted the BKVM (aka VS 2013 HOL/ALM VM ) a number of times (as you can see below), as well as Azuring it, but this post by Martin Hinshelwood is one of the most complete I think. Plus I think this is the first time I've seen it used this way, as an Azure training room. If you are thinking about using the BKVM on Azure (or other VM's) you owe it to yourself to check out this book (I mean post... ;)

 

Related Past Post XRef:
VS 2013 HOL/ALM VM now with Update 3 (VS 2013.3)

24! [Hands-on-Labs and Demo Scripts now available in the big BK Visual Studio 2013 ALM VM] + [Bonus: Azure'ing it too...]
Happy VM Day! The Visual Studio 2013 RTM ALM Virtual Machine is now available
The HOL "Building a Release Pipeline with Team Foundation Server 2012" thing
Featuring Agile Planning and Portfolio Management with TFS2013 in these Hands On Labs
Visual Studio 2013 ALM and HOL VM now available...
VS2012 Update 1 ALM VM and HOL / Demo Scripts now available
The VS 2012 ALM Virtual Machine and VS 2012 Update 1 (In short, there's an updated VM coming, don't install it on this VM if you don't have too)
The big BK has updated the Visual Studio 2012 RC ALM Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs
VS 11 ALM DemoMates updated for the Beta
Visual Studio/TFS11 ALM Demo's... Mate! See the VS/TFS 11 ALM's hands-on-labs in DemoMate form
Visual Studio 11 ALM VHD's, VirtualBoxed (and even on x86 hosts too)
Want to play with Visual Studio 11 & TFS 11 Dev Preview but don't want to install it (and have access to a Hyper-V server)? Here's a VHD just for

Visual Studio CodeLens Tweets of the Day('ish)

Mathew Aniyan's Blog - Tweet Series on Visual Studio CodeLens [11-20] & Tweet Series on Visual Studio CodeLens [1-10]

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Sign of the times? Visual Studio CodeLens Tweet of the Day? While cool, I miss the Visual Studio Tips of the Day... :(

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

.NET Micro Framework gets VS 2013 support and more!

.NET Framework Blog - .NET Micro Framework now supports Visual Studio 2013

Today the .NET Micro Framework team is releasing a beta update of the .NET Micro Framework SDK that adds support for Visual Studio 2013. The release also contains other improvements that will benefit developers and hardware partners, making the install and update experience better.

Check out the .NET Micro Framework Team blog, and the Netmf.com site to learn more about .NET Micro Framework and this release. Read the Microsoft Open Technologies blog to learn more about this open source project and community engagement.

You can download the .NET Micro Framework SDK 4.3.1 (SDK R2 Beta) update from our Codeplex site. Please try it out, provide feedback and start contributing to the open source project.

Supporting for Visual Studio 2013

The .NET Micro Framework SDK now supports Visual Studio 2013. That’s welcome news, since ...

The new approach also helps hardware partners. .NET Micro Framework hardware vendors can now support multiple Visual Studio versions with a given piece of hardware and firmware. That also streamlines the overall experience for app developers, too.

A first glimpse at the upcoming support for Visual Studio “14”

The .NET Micro Framework team is looking ahead and has already started to enable support for Visual Studio “14”....

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.NET Micro Framework is Open Source

The .NET Micro Framework is an open source project from Microsoft, licensed as Apache 2. It is developed by Microsoft engineers assigned to Microsoft Open Technologies and by others in the maker community. Hardware makers are able to use the .NET Micro Framework code from the Codeplex project without any additional license or paying any fee to Microsoft.

Next Steps

The .NET Micro Framework SDK 4.3.1. (R2 Beta) release brings key improvements and updates. ..."

This is very welcome news! In one of my not-so-secret lives, you know I'm a blogger for Microsoft Channel 9's Coding4Fun blog, where every Friday I do a Hardware Friday post (to give everyone something fun to build on the weekend of course!). One of my pet peeves when highlighting .NET Micro Framework projects was the lack of VS 2013 support. One peeve crossed out now. :)

 

Here are some more links of interest;

Monday, September 22, 2014

VS 2013 HOL/ALM VM now with Update 3 (VS 2013.3)

Brian Keller - Now Available: Update 3 refresh of Visual Studio 2013 ALM Virtual Machine

I’m pleased to announce that today we’ve published the Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 ALM Virtual Machine. This includes several updates to the hands-on-labs / demo scripts to show off some of the new capabilities which have been added in Updates 1 – 3.

With the continuous stream of great updates coming to Visual Studio every few months I haven’t been able to update the virtual machine with each new update, so I didn’t publish a new VM for Updates 1 or 2. But with Update 3 we hit critical mass of some great ALM capabilities which demanded an update.

For people who are interested in this level of detail, I’ve included a high-level changelog below which details the updates we’ve made in this version of the VM and labs. You can download the latest version of the VM and corresponding hands-on-labs / demo scripts at http://aka.ms/vs13almvm. You can find a list of our other ALM VM’s at http://aka.ms/ALMVMs. As always, we love hearing your feedback.

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Virtual Machine

  • Upgraded to Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Applied all recent Windows Updates
  • Increased the size of the VHD file to account for the updates
  • Added TFS 2013 Power Tools
  • Other smaller fit-and-finish fixes and updates based on user feedback

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Want to play with the latest production release (for now) of VS 2013 and TFS, with a ton of great HOL's, with everything all setup for you to learn and explore, data and all? You know the drill, head over to http://aka.ms/ALMVMs and get your download on...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
24! [Hands-on-Labs and Demo Scripts now available in the big BK Visual Studio 2013 ALM VM] + [Bonus: Azure'ing it too...]
Happy VM Day! The Visual Studio 2013 RTM ALM Virtual Machine is now available
The HOL "Building a Release Pipeline with Team Foundation Server 2012" thing
Featuring Agile Planning and Portfolio Management with TFS2013 in these Hands On Labs
Visual Studio 2013 ALM and HOL VM now available...
VS2012 Update 1 ALM VM and HOL / Demo Scripts now available
The VS 2012 ALM Virtual Machine and VS 2012 Update 1 (In short, there's an updated VM coming, don't install it on this VM if you don't have too)
The big BK has updated the Visual Studio 2012 RC ALM Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs
VS 11 ALM DemoMates updated for the Beta
Visual Studio/TFS11 ALM Demo's... Mate! See the VS/TFS 11 ALM's hands-on-labs in DemoMate form
Visual Studio 11 ALM VHD's, VirtualBoxed (and even on x86 hosts too)
Want to play with Visual Studio 11 & TFS 11 Dev Preview but don't want to install it (and have access to a Hyper-V server)? Here's a VHD just for

VS 2013 Update 4 CTP2, TFS 2013.4 CTP2, Team Explorer Everywhere 2013 Update 2 and VSTU 1.9.1

The Visual Studio Blog - Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 CTP 2 (And More) Available

We have four releases today. First, Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 CTP 2 is available, including a few features (e.g. performance improvements for the Visual C++ browsing experience) and some bug fixes. Second, there’s also a CTP available for Team Foundation Server. The release notes have the complete list of features and fixes for both these releases.

Third, we also released Team Explorer Everywhere 2013 Update 2, which, among other things, improves how TEE stores credentials (making sign on to Visual Studio Online much easier) and adds the capability to browse Git repositories within TEE. Will Smythe has a full post here.

Finally, we released the Visual Studio Tools for Unity (VSTU) 1.9.1 on the Visual Studio Gallery: VSTU for VS 2013, VSTU for VS 2012, and VSTU for VS 2010. This release fixed many of the issues you reported on Connect in version 1.9.

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I wonder if we'll see more CTP's this week? Seems like a while since we got a VS "14" CTP... :P