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Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 is ready to download

This Update 2 will replace the Update 2 RC you have been using. I have had a number of problems with Update 2 RC and it is time to look at this Update.

The new capabilities mentioned with this update are:
  • Universal Apps. With this release you can now build universal apps that can run on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 while sharing code and assets through shared projects.
  • TypeScript. The TypeScript language is a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript. As a typed language you can define classes, modules and interfaces that compiles to JavaScript and runs in any browser.
  • Web Tool. Our web development tools have many new features like SCSS support, a new JSON editor, updated ASP.NET templates, and an improved URL picker.
  • Azure tools. It’s easier to take advantage of Azure with options to create websites and SQL Azure databases directly on Azure for simpler deployment to a development / testing environment.
  • Diagnostics. Our diagnostics tools also got some enhancements. Performance events now let you navigate to user code for MVC Methods or jump to the SQL command for database queries. It is also possible to view the Windows Store diagnostics tools at the same time to see all your diagnostics information on a shared timeline.
  • Slipstream install. You can download Visual Studio with all its latest features from one install that includes Visual Studio 2013 RTM and Update 2 for Visual Studio.
This is where you download this update from:
http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/downloads/download-visual-studio-vs#d-visual-studio-2013-update
I removed Update 2 RC to install Update 2

Some quick checks on the User Interface:
1. For both Windows and Windows Phone projects (individual) the designer throws an exception. In the case of Windows App the deployment hangs.. hangs...



The Windows Phone app does work although the designer cannot load, you may have to just work with XAML. The intellisense is Kaput in XAML.

2. In the case of Store Apps (Windows and Windows Phone) only the Windows Phone can be deployed and it takes too long if you choose an emulator with higher resolution.
3. The section leak mentioned in an earlier post continues.
http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/05/fixing-bleeding-from-neigboring-section.html
Perhaps this is the quirk of the emulator and may be better when deployed on a device (which I have not done yet).
Well, I am still testing....

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Jayaram Krishnaswamy is a technical writer, mostly writing articles that are related to the web and databases. He is the author of SQL Server Integration Services published by Packt Publishers in the UK. His book, 'Learn SQL Server Reporting Services 2008' was also published by Packt Publishers Inc, Birmingham. 3. "Microsoft SQL Azure Enterprise Application Development" (Dec 2010) was published by Packt Publishing Inc. 4. "Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Business Application Development [Paperback] "(2011) was published by Packt Publishing Inc. 5. "Learning SQL Server Reporting Services 2012 [Paperback]" (June 2013) was Published by Packt Publishing Inc. Visit his blogs at: http://hodentek.blogspot.com http://hodentekHelp.blogspot.com http://hodnetekMSSS.blogspot.com http://hodnetekMobile.blogspot.com He writes articles on several topics to many sites.