NOVA Code Camp 2014

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Visual Studio 2013 for ALM and .NET Development
Saturday 10/11 @ 2:25pm

Visual Studio 2013 is a monumental leap forward for Microsoft development. There are so many useful enhancements and features that each could be their own session. This session will give an overview of the new features, then focus on those related to Application Lifecycle Management, Mobile, Team Foundation Server 2013, and .Net Development. From project planning, to mobile testing, to inline enhancements via CodeLens and Peek, this session will show developers and team leads why Visual Studio 2013 is worth upgrading to immediately!

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SharePoint Saturday DC Chevy Chase 2014

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Visual Studio 2013 is a monumental leap forward for Microsoft development. There are so many useful enhancements and features that each could be their own session. This session will give an overview of the new features then focus on those related to Application Lifecycle Management, Mobile, Team Foundation Server 2013, and SharePoint. From project planning, to mobile testing, to inline enhancements from CodeLens, this session will show developers and team leads why Visual Studio 2013 is worth upgrading to immediately!

Microsoft Releases Visual Studio 2013 Update 1

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On January 20th, Microsoft released Update 1 for Visual Studio 2013. It is mainly minor updates and bug fixes with no update to TFS (Full details here). According to Somasegar (Corporate Vice President of the Developer Division at Microsoft):

This is a targeted update, addressing some key areas of customer feedback since the Visual Studio 2013 release. For example, we heard your feedback about running Visual Studio in environments without IE10+, and have made several improvements to this experience in Update 1.

So what about TFS and Update 2? According to Brian Harry, Microsoft Technical Fellow working as the Product Unit Manager for Team Foundation Server:

Update 2 is very close behind Update 1 and there will be a new version of TFS released for Update 2.

He went on to say:

We’re just wrapping up feature work on Update 2 this week and will soon be releasing our first CTP. We’re just beginning the process of polishing, bug fixing, etc. to release a solid Update.

So what is coming out with Update 2? Brian gave a sneak peek at that as well saying:

Our two biggest areas of investment in this release (2013.2) have been Agile Project Management (and general work tracking) and the next increment of Git tooling.

There you go developers! All the latest regarding Visual Studio 2013 Update 1 and 2

Tim Ferro

Visual Studio 2013, TFS 2013, and CodeLens

Source: http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Visual-Studio-Toolbox/Visual-Studio-2013-Preview

I cannot remember the last time I saw enhancements to Visual Studio that made me think “Wow that’s amazing”, but this video from Microsoft’s Channel 9 showing off the enhancements to Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2013 made me think that! I embedded the video but honestly you should click the above link, go to the site, read the blurb, and watch the video. There are so many great enhancements that I wouldn’t be able to do them justice trying to explain them all. This video is a MUST WATCH for all Microsoft developers.

Of all the improvements, my favorite is the new CodeLens feature.

“Understanding what a line of code does is only part of your challenge as a developer. You must also understand its history, who worked on it, what code references it, and more. This becomes especially challenging in team-oriented projects. CodeLens (Code Information Indicators) in Visual Studio 2013 Preview uses information from both your project metadata and Team Foundation Server 2013 preview to place decorators on each of the methods in your code that show information such as what changesets led to the creation or recent change, who was the last person to work on the code, what unit tests cover the method (including the latest pass/fail state), and what code references exist. You can also quickly jump into that data, such as an associated changeset or referenced code file with just a click.”

Source: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/eng#2013-preview+story-2013preview

To watch just the CodeLens part of the video, use this link: http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Visual-Studio-Toolbox/Visual-Studio-2013-Preview#time=17m00s

Tim Ferro