October 03, 2011 - Volume 15, Number 17

Hansjörg Scherer

Dear readers,

We were all eagerly awaiting the sold-out //build conference in mid-September in the USA. Now we finally know more about how a developer’s day-to-day work with Visual Studio and the Team Foundation Server (TFS) will look in future:

  » From the viewpoint of Visual Studio 11 users, all the key work steps will be simplified with TFS and integrated into the Team Explorer.
» For developers who have been annoyed by the currently limited offline support, Visual Studio 11 and the Team Foundation Server 11 will come up with a greatly improved offline experience.
» Development and operations are growing closer. IntelliTrace in operations allows you to monitor productive applications and provide the developer with the information gathered ...
» … and you do not need to install anything on the productive system to do this. You simply have to start a service via a USB stick from a Power Shell console.
» If you do not wish to install your own Team Foundation Server, you will have the option of using a TFS based on Windows Azure in future.

The conference presentations can be viewed on the conference page. If you want to find out more about the topic, you can download the Visual Studio 11 developer preview and gain an initial impression. To help you get started, 6 hands-on labs with a completely virtual machine are available to download. And don’t forget, there will be also numerous sessions on the topic at the upcoming TechDays 11 Bern, so come and visit us on the October, 20th and 21st in Berne.


Have fun coding with the next generation of Visual Studio!

Hansjörg Scherer
Technical Solution Professional - Developer Platform, Microsoft Schweiz GmbH

Top News

Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” & Windows Phone SDK 7.1
Last week was an exciting week for Windows Phone users and developers. We started rolling out the Mango update to Windows Phone customers and shared lots of developer goodness. We are also pleased to announce that the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 RTW release is now available on the Microsoft Download Center for immediate download, so developers can take full advantage of the Mango features. For all full review of the latest Windows Phone, make sure to check Engadget’s Mango-review.

New Windows Dev Center
Download the Windows Developer Preview and developer tools from the new Windows Dev Center. You'll also find the Windows Developer Preview guide, samples, forums, docs, and other resources to build on Windows 8.

A Lap Around DirectX Game Development Tools
Visual Studio 11 brings the most significant set of improvements for developing graphics-intensive apps in over a decade. Whether you are just getting started or a self-proclaimed "guru," there's something for you in this talk. We will walk through a slew of new tools integrated into Visual Studio that will make your life better.

C++11 Features in Visual C++ vNext
There's a new C++ standard and a new version of Visual C++, and it's time to reveal what features from the former we're implementing in the latter.

Windows Phone 7 Code Name "Mango" Tutorials Live
The newly released tutorials on .toolbox illustrate how Silverlight and Expression Blend can help you build stellar apps on Windows Phone using the new "Mango" features and capabilities.

Using Streaming Notifications with Exchange 2010
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Developer Resources
Swiss Events
TechDays 11 Bern Agenda Live
20.10.2011 - 21.10.2011 | Bern
A detailed TechDays 11 Bern agenda is now available online. As previously announced, the 8th Edition of TechDays Switzerland offers a separate full-day program for each audience, 20th October for IT Pros and 21st October for developers. The Developer Day will focus on the latest news on the Visual Studio 11, Windows Azure, ASP.NET MVC 4, Windows Phone “Mango”, SQL Azure and SQL Server “Denali”, Visual Studio Lightswitch, HTML5 and more. View the program details online and register today!
DotNetNuke 6.0 launch party
26.10.2011 | Wallisellen
DotNetNuke Version 6.0 in C# has been available for download for a few weeks now and is performing reliably in initial tests. This is the perfect opportunity for the Swiss DotNetNuke user group to hold a launch party for all DotNetNuke users and experts. The event will present informative sessions on the innovations, DotNetNuke 6.0 with SharePoint, DotNetNuke for mobile devices, and much more.
Microsoft Cloud for Startups
27.10.2011 | Wallisellen
Microsoft and the IFJ Institut für Jungunternehmen have been committed to supporting Swiss ICT startups for a number of years. At this event, we will demonstrate the new possibilities of cloud computing, and also the offering that Microsoft and IFJ are providing specifically to Swiss startups.
Klaus Aschenbrenner Consulting: SQL Server Performance Tuning and Troubleshooting Workshop
07.11.2011 - 09.11.2011 | Zurich
This 3-day SQL server workshop with Klaus Aschenbrenner will introduce you to a whole range of useful tools which provide efficient SQL server troubleshooting and which enhance server performance. Find out how to eliminate the biggest performance bottlenecks and monitor them transparently. An early bird discount is also available until 11 September!
MSDN Workshop: Agile Software Development with Scrum and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010
28.11.2011 – 29.11.2011 | Wallisellen
Agile software development methods and the Scrum Framework, in particular, are enjoying increasing popularity. In a two-day event, find out up close how to develop software iteratively and incrementally in a team using modern software development practices – the Scrum Framework and Visual Studio & Team Foundation Server 2010.Participation fee: CHF 950 incl. VAT

Swiss Team Blog News
Particle Swarm Optimization
Particle swarm optimization (PSO) is an artificial intelligence (AI) technique that can be used to find approximate solutions to extremely difficult or impossible numeric maximization and minimization problems. The PSO technique is loosely modeled on group behavior, such as bird flocking and fish schooling.

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