Evolution of Visual Studio, a lot to love about!

A pleasant thing I noticed in the last few years regarding Visual Studio is it’s attitude towards supporting various open source languages and platforms. You would have felt the same if you were looking to improve your IDE experience when trying to work on projects not based on the Microsoft .NET family. It may have been PHP or Python (with Django) or the D Language. It is quite nice to have the option to use a single IDE which you are familiar with to work on various language and platforms. [Read More]

Cmder and Visual Studio 2013 (Developer Command Prompt)

I am a regular user of Cmder, a very nice command line emulator for Windows. Cmder is internally using ConEmu for the command prompt emulation and has a very beautiful Monokai color scheme. Since Cmder uses ConEmu internally, we can setup custom Tasks (like loading PowerShell and Visual Studio developer command prompt) for adding additional functionality to the command shell. The below is the my Task setup for loading Visual Studio 2013 Developer command prompt from inside Cmder: [Read More]

Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks

From Eric Ligman (Microsoft): FREE Microsoft eBooks! Who doesn’t love FREE Microsoft eBooks? Well, for the past few years, I’ve provided posts containing almost 150 FREE Microsoft eBooks and my readers, new and existing, have loved these posts so much that they downloaded over 3.5 Million free eBooks as of last June, including over 1,000,000 in a single week last year (and many, many more since then). Get a free list of Microsoft eBooks at http://blogs. [Read More]

Nostalgic stories from the IT industry

One of the problems Microsoft foresaw was getting new users to join Messenger when so many people already used the other chat programs. The trouble was that the programs, then as now, didn’t talk to one another; AOL didn’t talk to Yahoo, which didn’t talk to ICQ, and none of them, of course, would talk to Messenger. AOL had the largest user base, so we discussed the possibility of adding code to allow Messenger to log in to two servers simultaneously, Microsoft’s and AOL’s, so that you could see your Messenger and AIM buddies on a single list and talk to AIM buddies via Messenger. [Read More]

.Net Runtime Web and Standalone files

Microsoft .NET Framework Web and Standalone(Offline) installation files: .Net Version Mode Link 3.5 SP1 Online (Web) dotnetfx35setup.exe Offline (Standalone) dotnetfx35.exe 4.0 Online (Web) dotNetFx40_Full_setup.exe Offline – Client Profile (Standalone) dotNetFx40_Client_x86_x64.exe Offline – Full (Standalone) dotNetFx40_Full_x86_x64. [Read More]