An Interesting List of Development Stuff (November 2014)
Contributing to Open Source (from a ASP.NET Perspective)
In this article, Ghislain Proulx walks through the process of what you need to do if you want to start working on an open source project. He introduces Git and some of the learning curve that it may involve (e.g. forking, branching, cloning, etc.). By the end of it, you should be able to at least pull down a project and get involved.
Firefox Developer Edition
It looks like Firefox began getting a bit jealous from all of the developers that were flocking to Chrome, so it hit the gym, got some new clothes and is back with a vengeance. Firefox recently released it’s Developer Edition browser that not only looks pretty, but features an enhanced set of Developer Tools that aim to put it back on top of the mountain.
An Interesting Proposal for Visual Studio
I stumbled across a proposed idea within Microsoft’s User Voice, which is where possible suggestions and ideas go to incubate, that sounded quite interesting. The idea is to develop a version of Visual Studio that can run entirely off of a thumb-drive on either 32-bit or 64-bit machines (essentially running out of a folder) and would require no installation and could be used from any computer.
Meet Application Insights: Analytics on Crack
In this blog post series, Kevin Green introduces the reader to Microsoft’s Application Insights tool, a powerful telemetry and analytics engine powered by Azure. The series walks through the basics of setting it up on a site and then goes behind the scenes at what kinds of powerful things you can do with it.
The Nobel Prize of Computer Science?
This Forbes piece centers around the Turing Award, long considered the Nobel Prize of Computer Science, and how Google is working to lift the award and bring it into the same prominence as the Nobel Prizes, especially in a financial regard.
How to Git for Dummies
Everyone loves flow charts, at least those that aren’t actually meant to be taken seriously. Justin Hileman apparently shares this same sentiment as he created Git pretty, a chart that lets you know what type of commands you should and shouldn’t be executing based on how messed up your current repository is.