Earlier this month, Microsoft announced an updated version of Visual Studio. For those of you unfamiliar with the platform, Visual Studio allows users to create apps for different operating systems, including the cloud. Personalized extensions and code can be added into the Studio as well. There are 10 big changes that have been released in this update.
First, some of the new app building features include the following: live architectural validation, code navigation, and refactoring. These will allow users to access the system more easily and make changes when needed.
Second, Visual Studio has improved their debugging testing for more immediate results.
Next, the platform is now compatible to connect with the cloud, meaning information can be accessed across different applications.
Visual Studio has also made it easier to work in team settings. Now, managers can type in any group code to access what’s going on within a specific team in their division.
Fifth, the actual process of building apps in Studio has become more sophisticated and advanced. A wider variety of tools are now available to users.
Sixth, more programming languages have been added. The platform even supports third-party languages, as well as the more common C#, C++, and F#.
There have been many more performance enhancements added since the last update as well. This includes items such as better startup time, lower amount of battery power and memory used, and the system being more responsive to a user’s commands.
Eighth, the Integrated Development Environment boasts various enhancements that include conflict resolution, generating overrides, creating new arguments, and removing unused variables.
The customized software can be sent to any platform of the user’s choice. It also allows you to tests apps on almost any physical platform before making them live.
Finally, the new update provides users with free training and software programs from partners. These will be available to both Enterprise and Professional clients.
To learn more, check out: https://www.visualstudio.com/vs/whatsnew/ and https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/visualstudio/ide/whats-new-in-visual-studio
On April 3rd, 2017, Google launched a certification program for mobile site developers. The certification requires passing an examination and allows developers to be accredited for their services and knowledge regarding mobile site design. This new program is an addition to the Google Partnership Program, which also includes an examination and certification of Google AdWords. Thus, in order to complete the process and gain the certification, a Google Partnership membership is required.
Google exclaims on their website that the examination mainly covers topics including;
The Google Sites examination does not include any material regarding iOS or Android mobile operating systems, rather, it covers Google accelerated webpages. Nevertheless, the accreditation still provides developers with a certification and badge stating Google recognizes them as an expert in mobile sites development.
With the constantly evolving world of technology, more and more people have been using their mobile devices for business use. This trend is only rising, so if your website isn’t mobile friendly yet, you should definitely consider making the change.
Personally, I find it super irritating when I have to use my fingers to zoom in and look around a webpage, especially when I am trying to click on something. A responsive web design means that your website is optimized to be used and viewed on various mobile devices without any additional actions on the part of the viewer to see or interact with the page. Take a look at our website for example; the picture above is what someone viewing on their phone will see, and on the below is the view from a computer.
In addition to looking better and providing easier usability, there are some other reasons why you should consider making your website mobile friendly if it isn’t already which are provided below.