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Articles we enjoyed

Code Refactoring (Software Gardening – Pruning)
Code refactoring isn’t code rewriting. Refactoring is the process of restructuring existing computer code without changing its external behaviour. This Software Gardening article talks about what is refactoring, why to refactor your code and the built-in refactorings in Visual Studio.

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A Deep Dive into the ASP.NET 5 Runtime
Since that last look at ASP.NET 5 in December there have been two more preview releases of ASP.NET 5: Beta2 with Visual Studio 2015 CTP 5, and Beta3 with Visual Studio 2015 CTP 6. With each release, the framework continues to evolve and improve. In many cases, these improvements were generously contributed by the .NET community through the public ASP.NET project on GitHub ( In this article, I’ll take a deeper look under the hood of the new ASP.NET 5 runtime to see what’s changed in the most recent release.

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Videos we favorited

Developer’s Guide to Windows 10 Preview

Join experts Jerry Nixon, and Andy Wigley, as they introduce the Windows 10 developer platform, give guidance on developing Windows universal and web apps, and take a look at some of the interesting new features for developers in Windows 10

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“Always keep learning:” new Microsoft developer courses at EdX

Our edX courses, taught by Microsoft experts, let you learn through hands-on experience with broad reach, cutting-edge technologies in areas including cloud services, mobile development, and data sciences. Whether you’re a student or a seasoned technologist, we can empower you to build innovative applications, services, and experiences on the Microsoft platform that will help you make a meaningful impact in today’s interconnected world. Welcome to the world of Microsoft technology – choose a path and make your mark.

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The .NET Voyage into Open Source

At BUILD 2014, we announced the newly formed .NET Foundation with the goal of fostering a vibrant and healthy ecosystem around .NET. In this presentation, we will share the overall open source strategy for .NET, our progress so far including what we have learned as well as where we think .NET is heading as far as open source is concerned.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

Visual Studio Tools for Windows 10 Technical Preview

Today we are making available a first preview of the Visual Studio 2015 tools for building Windows 10 applications.  Windows Insiders can get access to the Windows 10 Technical Preview tools now, and use them with Visual Studio 2015 CTP 6 and the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Windows 10 will be an exciting release for developers, with support for Windows universal apps that run across all Windows 10 devices and improved tooling for every Windows application type. Read more

TypeScript <3 Angular

Three years ago, we introduced TypeScript, a typed superset of JavaScript for application development at scale offering compile-time type checking and richer tooling integration. Since then, we’ve seen great adoption and usage of TypeScript across a wide range of projects and applications – from Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite to Mozilla’s Shumway project and the great Asana web application. Read more

Windows 10 developer tooling preview now available to Windows Insiders

I’d like to point out that this is a preview. Our goal with this release is to give you the opportunity to experiment with the cool new platform capabilities while we continue working to finish Windows 10. As you go through what’s new I’d invite you to explore some key aspects in this preview release: Read more

Microsoft Open Sources MSBuild Build Engine

The Microsoft Build Engine is a platform for building applications. This engine, which is also known as MSBuild, provides an XML schema for a project file that controls how the build platform processes and builds software. Visual Studio uses MSBuild, but it doesn’t depend on Visual Studio. By invoking msbuild.exe on your project or solution file, you can orchestrate and build products in environments where Visual Studio isn’t installed. Read more

Events/Webinars/Seminars you shouldn't miss

Fundamentals of Application Lifecycle Management

Would you like to see how a productive, effective, and successful (real-world!) software development team works, from code to customer? Join Northwest Cadence experts Steven Borg and James Tupper as they focus on getting to production faster, creating quality software, and understanding the big picture, in this in-depth, demo-rich, and end-to-end look at application lifecycle management, including prioritization, commitment, implementation, deployment, testing, and (finally) release. Read more

ALM webinars, conferences and events

After my last post on upcoming ALM Webinars i received a bunch of emails about other great ALM and DevOps events…So i spent some time putting them in chronological order. Hope this helps next time you are considering re-watching an old series on Netflix or increasing your knowledge about emerging trends in the DevOps space. Read more

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