TL;DR; Enroll here to get free stuff to dev on any platform for any type of developer – all from one portal
At Microsoft, I work with a lot of developer types. Cross Platform developers, web developers, app developers, game developers, and more. One of the challenges I see is in just getting the various tools and services a developer needs to do a task. They are never in one place. Take Apache Cordova. It’s an awesome tech for cross platform development but there’s like 12 different installs to get a complete tool set. This extends across every developer type. Enter in Visual Studio Dev Essentials.
Visual Studio Dev Essentials is a program and portal that gives you access to software, services, free training from industry leaders on virtually any tech, and priority support.
Who can benefit?
If you touch any of these techs, then yes – you. It’s free.
- Windows (Raspberry Pi, Phone, Desktop, Server, HoloLens, XBox, SurfaceHub, Laptop, Data)
- IoT (Internet of Things)
- Data Scientist – Machine Learning
- Anyone doing cross platform development either writing native apps or Apache Cordova apps
- Visual Studio Community Edition
- Visual Studio Code
- Windows VM for Windows Universal Development for 60 days
- Parallels & Parallels Access – 90 day trial (only 14 on their site)
PS – If you don’t develop for Microsoft Tech, that’s OK – read below for how this can help you on other tech. Our dev tools are some of the best on the planet for other tech too – like any web developer, Node.js, Python, Android, and cross platform development with Apache Cordova and Xamarin.
- Visual Studio Team Services for five users (exclusive)
- App Service Free Tier- Backend data and auth services for mobile and web (used by NBC, 3M and even used for the Super Bowl)
- HockeyApp Free Tier (Haven’t heard of this? Cross platform beta/feedback/crash reporting – more below though!)
- Coming Soon – Azure $25 Credit (exclusive)
- There are presently many free Azure services available too
- Pluralsight for three months (if you activated by Dec 31st its 6 months while supplies last)
- PS ever hear of codeschool.com or digital-tutors.com? They are all part of Pluralsight
- HackHands $25 credit with expert live help for coding via video conf and screenshare
- Psps This is also a Pluralsight company 🙂
- Xamarin University (coming very soon) – Classes and Certification for one of the best cross-platform technologies on the planet
- WintellectNOW for three months
- Priority support in MSDN Forums
- No community reply after 48 hours? A Microsoft Engineer will address
Highlights for devs that don’t use Microsoft Tech
Microsoft or not – Cross Platform Developers
HockeyApp – The name may be misleading. Hockey you say? Nope. Even better (and I like Hockey). This service provides cross platform beta distribution, crash logging, and live real user feedback capturing in your app for – get this – Android, iOS, OSX, Windows, Unity, and Xamarin. There’s also mobile dev-ops and team management to round out an enticing service for near any app dev. You may have heard of TestFlight, which killed Android support over a year ago. No worries there’s a solution for all platforms – try HockeyApp!
The Good Web Peoples
- Integrated support for Grunt, Gulp, NPN, and Bower
- Integrated GIT support
- Live Cloud debugging on Azure (yes – a cloud deployed web app can be debugged locally)
Azure also has cool features to deploy web apps like
- Automatic deploy when you commit to GitHub
- DropBox deployment
- Data storage/retrieval from any web app with about three lines of code (including script reference!)
- Multi platform push notifications (iOS, Android, Windows)
- Integrate automatically with many providers like Twitter, Facebook, Office 365, SalesForce, Dynamics, OneDrive, Box, DropBox, Twilio, Facebook, Marketo, and more
If using VS with Bower, NPM. Grunt, or Gulp piques your interested, check out my recent MSDN articles on using Bower, Grunt, and Gulp integrated right into Visual Studio
Visual Studio – Bower: Modern Tools for Web Development
Go. For. It.
Hopefully something caught your eye as we really have something for near every developer type – even if Microsoft isn’t your development platform (like using Visual Studio Code on OSX!).
If you haven’t yet – head right on over to enroll for free now.
Any questions? Reach out to me @AdamTuliper
Source: Adam Tuliper