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Announcing new Web Features in Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 RTM

Today, the Visual Studio team announced the release of RTM version of Visual Studio 2013 Update 3.  Our team added a few useful features and did some bug fixing in this update to improve the web development experience.

Our team also released Azure SDK 2.4 SDK today, you can read the detail here.

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I was assisting someone recently who was trying to setup a wildcard certificate on their Windows VPS. Their server was running Windows Server 2008 R2 with IIS 7.5. They had enough technical savvy to configure their own sites with IIS Manger and install SSL certificates. However, they hit road block trying to get their new wildcard certificate properly installed on multiple sites.

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Leverage output caching with IIS7.X and IIS8.X
Caching is one of key items that is being discussed whenever we talk about the performance of a web application. We always to use caching as a primary tool while designing and development of a web application. ASP.NET itself supports different kind of caching for handling various scenarios. Although we talk about it a lot, but I have seen that it is not implemented properly at most of the applications

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Profile and Time your ASP.NET MVC app all the way to Azure
Successful web app dev teams generally consider performance a requirement from the beginning,  not an afterthought. Performance should be considered in all phases of a project, from design and into production, including updates to the app. That's not to say you should try to optimize code before you've measured it, you really don't know what needs to be optimized until you measure perf. This tutorial will primarily use a modified version of Tom Dykstra's EF6/MVC 5 Contoso University app to introduce you to measuring and monitoring performance.

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Cross Platform Mobile Development with Visual Studio
One of the key goals for today’s developers is how to build an app or game and get it on as many platforms in the short most cost effective way. However building rich applications targeting multiple mobile platforms and a variety of devices up to now hasn't been an easy task but with In case you haven’t heard yet, the final release of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 is also now available. This update brings many new features, including tools for Windows Phone 8.1 and universal Windows apps. We now make it easier for developers to undertake a multi-device development in a mobile-first world with the technology of their choice – whether .NET, C++ or JavaScript.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

Azure: Virtual Machine, Machine Learning, IoT Event Ingestion, Mobile, SQL, Redis, SDK Improvements

This past month we’ve released a number of great enhancements to Microsoft Azure.  These include:

  • Virtual Machines: Preview Portal Support as well as SharePoint Farm Creation
  • Machine Learning: Public preview of the new Azure Machine Learning service
  • Event Hub: Public preview of new Azure Event Ingestion Service
  • Mobile Services: General Availability of .NET support, SignalR support
  • Notification Hubs: Price Reductions and New Features
  • SQL Database: New Geo-Restore, Geo-Replication and Auditing support
  • Redis Cache: Larger Cache Sizes
  • Storage: Support for Zone Redundant Storage
  • SDK: Tons of great VS and SDK improvements
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Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 now available

With around 60 new features Visual Studio Update 3 has value through the entire development process from the new SDKs and emulators for Windows Phone and Windows Store development to the ~20 new features for Web developers including updates to ASP.NET Identity and Entity Framework.  For team members focused on Application Lifecycle workflows there is a ton of new value for you too!  If you are in a rush to get started you can skip directly to: Download Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 (also available on MSDN subscriber downloads).  Read more

Logstalgia is a website access log visualization tool. (for fun)

Logstalgia is a website traffic visualization that replays or streams web-server access logs as a pong-like battle between the web server and an never ending torrent of requests. Requests appear as colored balls (the same color as the host) which travel across the screen to arrive at the requested location. Successful requests are hit by the paddle while unsuccessful ones (eg 404 - File Not Found) are missed and pass through. Read more

Visual Studio 2013 Update 3, Azure SDK 2.4, Windows Phone 8.1 Update and Apache Cordova Tools CTP 2

Today I am excited to announce the release of three important updates for Visual Studio developers. Together, these releases reflect our focus on continuously delivering great new features and improvements for Visual Studio 2013 users and on continuing our investment in Visual Studio’s tools for mobile-first, cloud-first application development. Read more

Visual Studio Tools for Unity 1.9

Today we released the Visual Studio Tools for Unity add-on (formerly known as UnityVS). VSTU is Microsoft’s free Visual Studio add-on that enables a rich programming and debugging experience for working with the Unity gaming tools and platform. This is our first release since the acquisition of SyntaxTree, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to reach to the Unity community with Visual Studio. Read more

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