.NET Framework 4.5

Getting Started to become MCSD–Web Application Solutions Developer

March 30, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, ASP.NET, ASP.NET 4.5, ASP.NET MVC, Azure, Certification, Community, CSS 3, HTML, HTML5, IIS, IIS8, JavaScript, JumpStarts, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft Learning, MSDN, SignalR, VisualStudio, VS2012, Web, Web API, Web Services, Windowz Azure No comments

In this article I will introduce you to the necessary requirements for preparing and earning MCSD – Web Apps Solutions Developer certification.

In my previous article Permanent Link to Getting Started to become an MCSD in Windows Store Apps, I have introduced you to the MCSD – Windows Store Apps Developer certification exams and requirements.

Similarity between MCSD – Win Store Apps development using HTML5 and MCSD – Web Apps is that initial exam is same for both the certification titles. 70-480 is the initial exam that is required for earning both the certifications.

Earning an MCSD: Web Applications certification will qualify you for a position as a web developer or web administrator.

Below are the 3 exams required to pass to earn the title MCSD: Web Applications

  1. 70-480 – Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
  2. 70-486 – Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications
  3. 70-487 – Developing Windows Azure and Web Services

Note: This MCSD certification requires you to show continued ability to perform in your chosen solution area by completing a recertification exam every two years.

Online Preparation materials: (Provided to you by Channel9 and Microsoft Virtual Academy)

70-480 – Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start – FREE

70-486 –  Building Web Apps with ASP.NET Jump Start – FREE – by Scott Hanselman and Jon Galloway

70-487 – Developing Windows Azure and Web Services – no jumpstarts available yet.

Know more about MCSD: Web Applications | from Microsoft Learning

Continue your learning and all the best to you – if you are planning to take MCSD on Web Applications.

Getting Started to become an MCSD in Windows Store Apps

March 30, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, Certification, Community, CSS 3, HTML5, JavaScript, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, MSDN, VisualStudio, VS2012, Web, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Store, Windows Store Development 1 comment

Last few years Microsoft Developer Certification Exams progressed forward through two certification tracks or titles MCTS(Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) and MCPD(Microsoft Certified Professional Developer). Earlier Microsoft certification titles been called as MCAD(Microsoft Certified Application Developer) and MCSD(Microsoft Certified Solution Developer), and Since .NET Framework 2.0 to 4.0 certifications – Microsoft renamed the titles as MCTS and MCPD respectively.  Last year onwards Microsoft has decided to return back to old titles once again.

All .NET Framework 4.5 certification series belongs to MCSD(Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer) and MTA(Microsoft Technology Associate)  titles.  Also MCSD titles have a validity of 2 years and developers have to renew their titles in every 2 years, to keep up with latest industry technology standards(earlier there was no expiry for certifications, most of the exams were valid life long) .

What is an MCSD?
The MCSD is a professional level certification that is the latest in Microsofts re-envisioning of their developer exams for the cloud. Rather than be tied to a specific qualification they are tied to the technology and re-certification is required.

What is the recertification period?
Every 2 years

To prove your Windows Store application development skills – Microsoft has introduced the MCSD on Windows Store Apps. 

There is again two tracks depending on the development platform of choice, and each title consists of 3 exams, you will have to pass all these 3 exams to earn the MCSD title on windows store apps.

1. MCSD on Windows Store Apps using HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript

  • 70-480 – Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 ( as a promotional offer, this exam was free until – MARCH 31st 2013, and probably most of you already earned it successfully)
  • 70-481 – Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using HTML5 and JavaScript
  • 70-482 – Advanced Windows Store App Development Using HTML5 and JavaScript

2. MCSD on Windows Store Apps using XAML/C#

  • 70-483 – Programming in C#
  • 70-484 – Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C#
  • 70-485 – Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C#

Note: Exam 480 and Exam 483 validate programming skills in a specific language. By passing one of these exams you will earn a Microsoft Specialist certification.

Microsoft has released a set of FREE JumpStart tutorials/trainings for programmers who would like to study and take these exams.  Going through this online trainings and practicing would be enough for gaining proficiency in passing these exams.

Online Preparation materials: (Provided to you by Channel9 and Microsoft Virtual Academy)

70-480 – Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start

70-481 – Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 Jump Start and prep materials

70-482 – Advanced Windows Store App Development with HTML5 Jump Start

70-483 – Programming in C# Jump Start

70-484 –Developing Windows Store App Essentials using C# (484) Jump StartLIVE – May 2nd 2013 REGISTER TODAY

70-485 – Not available yet

Also try these free eBooks from Microsoft Press

Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

Once you complete through corresponding JumpStart materials, you will have sufficient knowledge and confidence to appear for the associated exams. Remember practice is the key, and through practice you can gain more knowledge as well.

All the best for your exams, any doubts or helps write to me.

Learn more about MCSD Windows store developer certifications:  visit MCSD: Windows Store Apps Certification | Microsoft Learning

Coding4Fun Toolkit v2.0.3 for Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps

March 21, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, Codeplex, Community, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, MSDN, Third-Party-Libraries and Frameworks, ToolKits, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows 8, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7.1 SDK, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Phone Store, Windows Store, Windows Store Development No comments

Coding4Fun team has released a new updates for their Windows Phone and Windows 8 controls. There are some interesting controls available for free through codeplex.com.

Coding4Fun team are major contributors to .NET community including Channel9 video series etc. They always brings up innovation in whatever they do, including set of Kinect based tutorials and sample codes available on Channel9 and Codeplex.

Here is the list of controls and converters available with this toolkit set provided to you by Coding4Fun Team.

Controls
Converters

The new release includes certain enhancements and bug fixes: (details given below)

New/Adjustments

  • PreventScrollBinding is included, this will prevents pivot / panorama movements on slider, prompts, …
  • Forced old nuget packages onto new system
  • Slider property change
    • Fill property -> Foreground property
    • Step property -> StepFrequency property

Bug Fixes

  • Toast Prompt would fail if you had two toasts active at the same time and swiped one away

You can download and try the latest release bits either through direct download from codeplex or through NuGet package installs.

Downloads:

Coding4Fun.Toolkit (Windows Phone 7).zip

Coding4Fun.Toolkit (Windows Phone 8).zip

Coding4Fun.Toolkit (Windows Store).zip

NuGet installs:

Documentation: http://coding4fun.codeplex.com/documentation

Microsoft ASP.NET and Frameworks 2012.2 – a.ka.–ASP.NET Web Tools – final Released

March 20, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, ASP.NET, ASP.NET 4.5, ASP.NET MVC, Community, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, MSDN, SignalR, VisualStudio, VS2012, Web API No comments

Microsoft has released ASP.NET and Frameworks Update 2012.2, also known as ASP.NET Web Tools 2012.2. This will provide updates to the web frameworks that shipped with Visual Studio 2012.

For more information see instructions in the release notes at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=275132.

Download: AspNetWebTools2012Setup.exe

Kinect for Windows SDK v1.7 released

March 19, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, Community, Kinect Development, Kinect SDK, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, MSDN, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8 No comments

Microsoft has released the latest version of Kinect for Windows SDK – v1.7 with cool features for developers.

The key features introduced are:

  • Kinect Interactions –  Kinect Interactions are designed to let users intuitively do things like press their hand forward a few inches to push a button, or close their hands to “grip and pan” as seen here. Now you can untether yourself and move around a conference room naturally.
  • Kinect Fusion –  a tool included in Kinect for Windows SDK 1.7, can create highly accurate
    3-D renderings of people and objects in real time.

For more details read the Kinect for Windows team announcement blog and view release notes

Download Kinect for Windows SDK v 1.7   | Updated March 18, 2013, 228 MB

Download Kinect for Windows Developer Toolkit | Updated March 18, 2013, 378 MB

Download Kinect for Windows Runtime v1.7   ( the runtime is required to run Kinect for Windows applications on a production environment. )

Courtesy Microsoft Download Center

Introduction to The One ASP.NET Platform/Ecosystem

December 25, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, ADO.NET, All, ASP.NET, ASP.NET 4.5, ASP.NET AJAX, ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET MVP, C#.NET, Community, HTML, HTML5, IIS, JavaScript, JavaScript, jQuery, JQuery Mobile, KnowledgeBase, LINQ, Microsoft, MSDN, SignalR, Updates, VB.NET, VisualStudio, VS2012, WCF, Web, Web API No comments

Introduction

ASP.NET has travelled a long way through evolutions. Earlier when ASP.NET 1.0 was released as part of .NET Framework 1.0 in Jan 2002, there was only ASP.NET – a framework for building dynamic web applications and it provided lots of flexibility web developers in building robust, dynamic web applications.  ASP.NET was and is the successor to Microsoft’s Active Server Pages (ASP) technology.

ASP.NET is built on the Common Language Runtime (CLR), allowing programmers to write ASP.NET code using any supported .NET language. The ASP.NET SOAP extension framework allows ASP.NET components to process SOAP messages.

From that, today we reached ASP.NET 4.5 and platform/web framework has changed a lot through the 10 years of journey.

Before going further lets go through a quick summery of additions in each releases:

ASP.NET 1.0 (January 16, 2002)

  • Object-oriented Web application development supporting inheritance, polymorphism and other standard OOP features
  • Support for generic HTML controls and ASP.NET dynamic web controls
  • Event based programming
  • The developer can make use of DLL class libraries and other features of the Web server to build more robust applications that do more than simply rendering HTML.
  • Integrated development support using Visual Studio .Net 2002

ASP.NET 1.1 (April 24, 2003)

  • With ASP.NET 1.1 – an update to .NET framework 1.0 called as .Net framework 1.1 – we received support for Mobile Web Controls, Automatic input validation
  • Integrated development support using Visual Studio .Net 2003

ASP.NET 2.0 (November 7, 2005)

ASP.NET 2.0 introduced major updates to ASP.NET framework with introduction of Master pages and new data controls.

The interesting features included in this release were:

  • Integrated development support using Visual Studio 2005
  • New data controls (GridView, FormView, DetailsView)
  • New technique for declarative data access (SqlDataSource, ObjectDataSource, XmlDataSource controls)
  • Navigation controls
  • Master pages
  • Login controls
  • Themes
  • Skins
  • Web parts
  • Personalization services
  • Full pre-compilation
  • New localization technique
  • Support for 64-bit processors
  • Provider class model
  • Web Sites projects are introduced. An alternative to Web Application project model in earlier versions.
  • ASP.NET AJAX has been introduced as a separate installer. Included ScriptManager, UpdatePanel etc.

ASP.NET 3.5 (November 19, 2007)

This was an incremental update to ASP.NET 2.0 and .NET Framework 2.0. Base level the Runtime was depending on .NET Framework 2.0 and set of additional runtime extension components been introduced in this release.

The interesting features included in this release were:

  • Integrated development support using Visual Studio 2008
  • New data controls (ListView, DataPager, LinqDataSource)
  • ASP.NET AJAX included as part of the framework
  • Support for HTTP pipelining and syndication feeds.
  • WCF support for RSS, JSON, POX and Partial Trust
  • All the .NET Framework 3.5 changes, like LINQ etc.

With .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1, some more features been introduced

  • Integrated development support using Visual Studio 2008 – Service Pack 1
  • Incorporation of ASP.NET Dynamic Data
  • Entity Framework support
  • Support for controlling browser history in an ASP.NET AJAX application
  • Ability to combine multiple JavaScript files into one file for more efficient downloading
  • New namespaces System.Web.Abstractions and System.Web.Routing
  • JQuery is included as part of the template.
  • ASP.NET MVC is born

Now ASP.NET framework is spitted in to three based on the purpose

ASP.NET Core Services – all the major ASP.NET runtime components has been built in to this and will act as a base layer for all other ASP.NET components such as Web Forms, MVC, Dynamic Data etc.

Now we have three Presentation Frameworks/Components that utilizes the ASP.NET Core runtime components

  1. ASP.NET Web Forms – based on traditional ASP.NET web application model – dynamic *.aspx pages with code behind file.
  2. ASP.NET MVC – based on MVC model – *.aspx pages for View, no code behind file. Simply depended on Controller and model.
  3. ASP.NET Dynamic data – the quick and easy – rapid application development model with help of LINQ and Entity Framework. ASP.NET Dynamic Data helps you quickly build a fully customizable, data-driven application without writing code. Dynamic Data provides a rich scaffolding framework that is easily extensible by using the traditional ASP.NET programming model.

ASP.NET 4.0 (April 12, 2010)

The .NET Framework version 4 includes enhancements for ASP.NET 4 in targeted areas. Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft Visual Web Developer Express also include enhancements and new features for improved Web development.

The interesting features included in this release were:

  • Integrated development support using Visual Studio 2010
  • jQuery Included with Web Forms and MVC
  • Content Delivery Network Support
  • Setting Meta Tags with the Page.MetaKeywords and Page.MetaDescription Properties
  • ASP.NET MVC 3.0 with Web Pages and razor support
  • IISExpress Support through Service Pack1
  • and more… You can read about it in detail on the MSDN page What’s New in ASP.NET 4 and Visual Web Developer

 

ASP.NET 4.5 (August 15, 2012)

This was a long awaited release since ASP.NET 4.0, which includes the new improved support for Web Pages, MVC and new Web API support. With the release of .NET Framework 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012, decided to go away from Service Packs and release incremental updates whenever available.

The interesting features included in this release were:

  • Async support – HttpRequest, Response, HTTP Modules and Handlers are capable of handling Async request and responses.
  • AntiXSS library is integrated
  • WebSockets protocol support
  • Lazy request validation
  • ASP.NET Web Forms – Model binding similar to ASP.NET MVC
  • HTML5 support
  • ASP.NET MVC 4, Web Pages 2.0, Web API, ASP.NET MVC 4 – Mobile Web Templates using jQuery Mobile
  • and more… You can read about it in detail on the MSDN page What’s New in ASP.NET 4.5 and Visual Web Developer

ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 update

This .2 update adds a number of new templates and features including:

  • Enhancements to Web Publishing
  • New Web API functionality
  • New templates for Facebook Application and Single Page Application
  • Real-time communication via ASP.NET SignalR
  • Extensionless Web Forms via ASP.NET Friendly URLs
  • Support for the new Windows Azure Authentication
  • and more… You can read about it in detail on the MSDN page What’s New in ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 Update

SignalR

SignalR is a new member of the ASP.NET family that facilitates adding real-time functionality to web applications using WebSockets and other down-level transports. SignalR is a self-contained library installed via NuGet that is targeting a 1.0 RTW as part of the Fall Update. This will include item templates for adding SignalR connections and hubs to an ASP.NET application as well as a full project template that integrates with ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET Web API.

[ Quoted from http://aspnet.codeplex.com  ]

THE ONE ASP.NET PLATFORM

Now the ASP.NET ecosystem would look as in the image, with 2012.2 release: Single platform – multiple, extensible solutions

All the parts of ASP.NET, all the subsystems are all part of the larger ASP.NET community 

[Image courtesy Scott Hanselman’s blog]

Scott Hanselman of Microsoft Quotes:

The idea behind One ASP.NET is that we want folks to be able to make apps that have real-time components with SignalR, clean, simple APIs with Web API, all in one pages with KnockoutJS, pages with MVC, Web Forms or Web Pages, as well as existing ASP.NET systems like OData, ASMX, and more.

We want open source projects like JSON.NET, KnockoutJS, SignalR, Backbone, MongoDB, Scaffolding, NHIbernate, Ninject (and the list goes on) to all play in the same ASP.NET LEGO sandbox.

We’ll put all these subcomponents on NuGet and they’ll live alongside community components and you’ll be able to build ASP.NET applications starting from some base template and add just the pieces you want. We are getting there. We want folks to use the parts they want, and swap out the parts they don’t. Everything should work together.

ScottGu Quotes
The new runtime functionality is delivered to ASP.NET via additional NuGet packages. This means that installing this update does not make any changes to the existing ASP.NET binaries, and thus does not cause any compatibility issues with existing projects. New projects will contain the new functionality and existing projects can be updated with the new NuGet packages.

You can further read about it through Scott Hanselman’s article and ScottGu’s blog 
 

Conclusion

Now with ASP.NET 4.5 and Updates we reached a place where we have a vast variety of technologies to choose from, to develop rich, dynamic web applications for Desktop browsers as well as for mobile browsers.

ASP.NET Ecosystem is growing and is moving in the right pace with the release to open source development of most of the components through http://aspnet.codeplex.com/ 

It is challenging and interesting for ASP.NET developers to be able to develop using such cutting edge technologies.

Information Sources & Courtesy: Wikipedia, MSDN and Microsoft Developer blogs