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What is MVA?

Successful technologists never stop learning and great technology never stops evolving. Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers online Microsoft training delivered by experts to help technologists continually learn, with hundreds of courses, in 11 different languages. Our mission is to help developers, knowledgeable IT professionals and advanced students learn the latest technology, build their skills, and advance their careers. MVA is free of charge, and the entire service is hosted on Windows Azure.

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Top “Must Know” Frameworks for Web Developers

Great article that lists popular tools used for web development with a short description of each.  Check it out.

http://tostring.it/2014/06/30/top-must-know-frameworks-for-net-web-developers/

Architecture of a Modern Web Application

This is a great article discussing web development technologies and tools that are in use today with examples.  This link is just for part 1 which was just published.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Windows 8 Videos for Developers

Check out the following videos for Windows 8 development.

Introducing Windows 8: Snack-sized introductory videos – 30 videos and 2 hours of content

Build your first Windows Store app: Video versions of the step-by-step tutorials at dev.windows.com – 13 videos and 4.5 hours of content

Build a Windows Store Blog Reader app with C#: Video versions of the Blog Reader step-by-step tutorial atdev.windows.com – 9 videos with 2.5 hours of content

Windows Store app for Absolute Beginners with C#: Video versions of the Contoso Cookbook Hands-on labs, designed for Absolute Beginners – 30 videos with 7.5 hours of content

Migrating apps from Windows Phone to Windows 8: Step-by-step video tutorials of migrating a real-world app (Khan Academy) from Windows Phone to Windows 8 – 5 videos with 1.5 hours of content

 

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http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jonbox/archive/2012/10/28/windows-8-videos-for-developers-from-ch9.aspx

Free Charts for HTML5, jQuery, & Javascript

jChartFX is a set of Javascript libraries providing the most complete collection of charts and graphs for professional and serious business data visualization and analysis.  Includes Bar-Gantt-Cube, Area, Line-Step-Curve, Bubble, Pie-Doughnut-Pyramid, Scatter, Surface-Contour, Radar-Polar, and Hand-Drawn Charts.  Check out the full gallery of charts here.  Looks like there’s a ton of documentation, demos, and a forum to help you get started.  Check it out and download it now for free!

Visual Studio Express 2012 Now Available for Desktop for Free

Visual Studio Express 2012 products provide free development tools for creating modern applications on the latest platforms.  Click here to download now.  Here’s more information I grabbed from the MSDN blog.

“It would be impossible to list every feature in Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop. However, in this post I want to tell you about some of the new tools and capabilities in the product that have not been available in any other Express products in the past. I’d also like to answer some of the questions you’ve been asking about what we’re including in this edition. Unless otherwise mentioned, the features listed are supported for all languages that are included in Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop – C++, C#, and Visual Basic.

Project Types

In Express for Windows Desktop, you’ll be able to create the same projects that you could in Visual Studio 2010 Express, for example, WinForms, WPF, Console and Class Libraries for Visual Basic and C#, and Win32 projects, class libraries, and CLR apps for C++. You can also combine C++, C#, and Visual Basic projects into a single solution, making it easy to write a single application using any of the available languages. Finally, you can round-trip your projects with Visual Studio 2010 SP1.

New Project dialog in Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop

Unit Testing

We wanted to make it easy for you to write and run unit tests for your projects. To make that possible, Express for Windows Desktop includes our existing unit test framework for C# and Visual Basic and the new native C++ unit test framework. This lets you write, run and debug unit tests directly inside Visual Studio. Unit Test project templates are also included so you can start writing unit tests right away.

Unit Testing in Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop

Code Analysis

We added a targeted set of code analysis rules to Express for Windows Desktop, which are the same code analysis rules that we added to Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8. For C++ projects, these rules help detect common coding errors, such as buffer overflows, dereferencing null pointers, using uninitialized variables, or misusing APIs. These errors can potentially lead to security vulnerabilities or application crashes if the errors are not fixed. For managed projects we included rules that help ensure correct object disposal, comparison, and garbage collection performance.

Code Analysis in Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop

TFS Integration

This release, we introduced Team Foundation Server Express 2012, as well as the Team Foundation Service atwww.tfspreview.com. We also included Team Explorer, which allows for integration with your TFS server into all of our Visual Studio 2012 Express products, including this one. We wanted to make it simple for you to use the source code control, work item tracking, and build automation that TFS provides.

Team Explorer in Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop

Dependency Management with NuGet

Express for Windows Desktop includes NuGet, which makes it easier than ever to integrate libraries developed within your organization, or from 3rd parties, into your projects. To add or manage package dependencies for your projects, simply select the “Manage NuGet packages…” option from the project, or from the solution context menu in Solution Explorer.

NuGet in Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop

Language specific features

The new VS 2012 language and library features are available in Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop, including the async and await keywords in Visual Basic and C#, C++ AMP, and improvements to C++ 11 Standards conformance.

You can use Express for Windows Desktop with your Visual Basic and C# applications to target both .NET 4.0 and 4.5.

We also included the C++ 64-bit cross-compiler and libraries, so you can build 64-bit desktop applications without needing to install an older version of the Windows SDK.

Data Connections

In previous Express products, the ability to connect to a data source was limited to Database File. In Express for Windows Desktop, this capability has been extended to support all SQL Server data sources. For example, in Database Explorer, you can connect, navigate, query against and edit database objects through the latest SQL Server 2012 and Windows Azure SQL Databases.”

Check out the blog link below for more information.  And of course, there’s also free express editions for Web, Windows 8, & Team Foundation Server.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2012/09/12/visual-studio-express-2012-for-windows-desktop-is-here.aspx

Over 80 Microsoft Ebooks for Free

 

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