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Bdotnet – Visual Studio 2013 Community Launch

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This Saturday (14-December-2013) I was privileged to attend my 1st Bdotnet event in Microsoft office Bangalore. I had started exploring VS 2013 from the RT build and every time it gave me new stuffs to rejoice. So was I exited to hear more from experts on various new features, tips and tricks.

First session was by Tejasvi Kumar who made official community launch of Visual Studio 2013. He introduced few exiting features of VS 2013, including Visual Studio Online and CodeLenses. Just before this session, filler by Lohith was awesome. I would love to be part of such discussion. Many a times we try to discover new stuffs, advanced stuffs but start to forget basics. Lohith touched basics of web request response.

Later session was by Vic Parmar, who took us through new features introduced in VS 2013. One of the feature was Synchronized settings with which one can take his settings across devices. Those settings include, user preferences such as chosen color schema, text editor settings etc. I would expect much more from this sync settings such as synching of extensions and add-ons added. So that once you setup your environment, wherever you go and login to VS, sync will bring those settings to you and you will get homely feeling.

Next sessions were by Rajasekharan Vengalil and Karthikeyan Anbarasn on developing cloud based applications and Windows Azure applications. Since I had to rush for some other appointment, I could not attend rest of the sessions, but I am sure, I missed the session by Lohit on MONACO.

Overall the event was well organized. Thanks to the entire BDotnet team.

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Visual Studio Online

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Wow!! This the word I exclaimed when I first saw Visual Studio Online. This is combination of collaboration, planning, version control tools and over cloud. Exciting??!!   Actually this is not something new, Microsoft has renamed their existing Team Foundation Service as Visual Studio One.

As soon as I installed Visual Studio 2013, it asked me to create http://___.visualstudio.com profile. That’s it!!! I am now ready with all above said combination of tools to start.

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You can choose among TFS and Git as your version control system and this gets integrated with your Visual Studio IDE. So as you create the project, you can start collaborating with your team members. Also there are various out of box agile/scrum templates to manage your epic, stories and iterations. In addition to these, VSO (Visual Studio Online) has quality related tools integrated. You can do code reviews, build, test plans, test case execution etc.

Advanced VSO even provide lighter version of Visual Studio to edit code, automated builds, load tests, etc. With Visual Studio Online, Microsoft is offering broad range of tools and services that support the different kinds of development code named “Monaco” specifically designed for building and maintaining Windows Azure Websites.