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Visual Studio Extensions, DevIntersection, #MSFTConnect();, and #CodeParty will all rock your world

Posted by John Browne on Nov, 19, 2018 @ 14:11

Recently at a Microsoft event, I heard that there are still over two million desktop application developers--that is, currently writing or maintaining Windows desktop apps, whether written in C++ or .NET. And regardless of your tool lashup--be it Winforms and C#, or WPF or UWP, Visual Studio is the IDE of choice. (VS Code is great, it's awesome, I use it myself--just not for pure Windows desktop development. For that I want the full meal deal.)

And one of the things that makes VS2017 such an amazing IDE is its extensibility, which has allowed an entire vast ecosystem of add-ins to flourish. You can find them in the Visual Studio Marketplace, or by searching from inside VS: Just go to Tools.Extensions and Updates... and select the "Online" option:

You may not remember the days before there were add-ins, but let me tell you they were bleak. Nowadays, if you have a specific need for functionality, there's a nearly 100% chance that someone else has the same need and has written an add-in that more than adequately addresses what you might want to do. In fact, here at Mobilize, we're big geeks and are always looking for ways to make our developers more productive. In the spirit of sharing (and Thanksgiving, right?!) here are some of my favorite tools for making your programming more productive:

Progress

The creator of Telerik .NET and Kendo UI JavaScript user interface components/controls, reporting solutions and productivity tools, Progress offers all the tools developers need to build high-performant modern web, mobile, and desktop apps with outstanding UI. In addition to tools for creating web, mobile and desktop apps efficiently, Progress also enables developers to create modern chatbot experiences in their apps.

LEADTOOLS

LEADTOOLS Imaging SDKs help programmers integrate A-Z imaging into their cross-platform applications. The comprehensive toolkits offer powerful features including OCR, Barcode, Forms, PDF, Document Viewing, Image Processing, DICOM, and PACS. Whether you're building an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solution, zero-footprint medical viewer, or audio/video media streaming server, LEADTOOLS has something for every developer with native libraries for .NET, Apple, Android, and Linux, as well as a newly released consumption-based Web API in LEADTOOLS Cloud Services.

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Topics: developers

Did you miss .NET Conf 2018? Here's a recap!

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Sep, 17, 2018 @ 17:09

Last week was a great week for software developers - on Monday, Sept 10th, Microsoft announced Azure DevOps which is a culmination of 15 years of work and provides the full lifecycle of tools to support Visual Studio developers. Not resting on their laurels, Microsoft then hosted .NET Conf 2018 on Sept 12-14 for three glorious days of technical demos, tons of coding, a bunch of product announcements and even a virtual attendee party hosted by none other than your friends here at Mobilize.Net. 

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Topics: .NET Core, .NET, ASP.NET/MVC, ASP, code, DevOps, #dotNETconf, developers, cloud, Web Development, Visual Studio, Microsoft

Everything you wanted to know about .NET & more at .NET Conf

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Aug, 14, 2018 @ 06:08

Save the date(s) for .NET Conf - Sept 12-14. Virtual conference includes technical sessions and how-to's, demos and much more. #dotNETConf is the place to be starting Sept 12. 

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Topics: .NET, .NET Core, Visual Studio, developers, IoT, DevOps, Web Development, mobile, Azure

We did it! Microsoft Inspire Twitter Party and more #MSInspire #MSInspireDev

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Jul, 19, 2018 @ 15:07

Another great Microsoft event in the bag. This week Richard Campbell (of ".NET Rocks!" fame), Sara Faatz of Progress Software and I headed to Las Vegas to hang out with 14K other Microsoft partners and to host a developer-focused Twitter party. Check out Richard Campbell's Twitter feed to see all of the posts - lots of great technical content plus we shot some great video as well. Companies like Docker, GrapeCity, Infragistics, LEADTOOLS, Syncfusion, Progress and many more contributed content and prizes. If you didn't attend Inspire, check out my favorite developer session "DevOps on Azure: loved by developers, trusted by the enterprise". There's some great stuff on open source investments, customer insights and partner opportunity. 

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Topics: .NET, #Inspire, developers, Twitter, Web Application Development, desktop apps

Best of Build 2018 #MSBuild

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on May, 22, 2018 @ 21:05

It's been a couple of weeks and now we're fully recovered from the massive information dump we received at Microsoft Build 2018. Between tons of technical sessions, lots of new announcements, reconnecting with old friends, attending lots of parties and best of all, getting to hang out with bunnies and small horses (yes, Build had a petting zoo this year...), we had another great show. We have a yearly tradition of picking out our favorite sessions from Build so without further ado... 

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Topics: #MSBuild, Build, developer productivity, cloud, Azure, IoT, Visual Studio, developers, code