Month: November 2012

BugSense is back with the support of Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, HTML 5

BugSense

I already talked about BugSense, this company that provides to the developers of mobile apps the power to track crashes and problems in their applications (way better than the solution provided by the Microsoft marketplace). They are constantly evolving, adapting to the new market, the new technologies and today they announced the Windows 8 SDK for C# and JavaScript!

If you are familiar with NuGet, it has never been so easy to integrate a third-party library in your current project. Right click on you project, then Manage NuGet Packages…

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Team Foundation Service available for free

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Eclipse or Visual Studio users, Windows 8, WPF, Web, Windows Phone, iPhone or Android developers, where do you keep the source code of your applications? Do you have a versioning of your projects? Are you working in a small team? Do you follow Agile development methodologies? Or maybe you would like to do it but you don’t know where to do that for free.

There are several free websites (free or cheap) that can help you to answer to one or many of this need like Codeplex, GitHub, AnkhSVN, TortoiseSVN… After months of testing with public (and non-public) access to TFS Preview, Microsoft has announced at Microsoft BUILD in Redmond, WA that TFS Preview is now tfs.visualstudio.com and is free for a team access (up to 5) and fully free for the next few months.

I’ve been using it for almost a year now and it is very powerful. You can do basically everything you can do with a TFS on premise, but, as every service on the cloud, you don’t have to worry about any IT stuff like size your servers, backup the SQL Server… Focus on your job! I really like services like Codeplex or GitHub but for public projects. I’m using Team Foundation Service (not Team Foundation Server) for the applications I develop for Windows Phone or some other personal projects.

Try it today for free: http://tfs.visualstudio.com

Windows Phone 8 SDK is available

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Back from Microsoft BUILD in Redmond, WA, Microsoft released the newest version of its mobile operating system: Windows Phone 8. You can download the SDK right away: Windows Phone 8 SDK. In order to use (and abuse) of all new features of this OS, I recommend you to watch the videos of the BUILD sessions about Windows Phone 8 on Channel 9.

To run the emulator you’ll need those two requirements:

  • Windows 8 Pro edition or greater
  • A processor that supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) (which my computer doesn’t have because it seems too old, only two years old)

See what’s new in Windows Phone 8. I’ll publish some article soon about how to use the new features like the NFC.