Microsoft has released update 3 for Visual Studio 2013. The new update includes the latest software updates, feature additions, and bug fixes.
For more detailed information about the new changes and the current known issues visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2933779#MT4.
You can download the ISO file directly (4.0GB) from Microsoft’s website. I would recommend using the online installer instead if you have limited bandwidth as it will simply download only the information you will need instead of just everything.
Firebug v2 has been released. The new Firebug version adds support for Firefox 30 and up to Firefox 32.
Firebug 2 introduces a few new features, such as:
- Syntax Highlighting
- Pretty Print
- DOM Events Inspector
- Searching in the HTML Panel
- Code Auto Completion
- Console Log Grouping
- Show/Hide Firebug Panels
- Displaying Original CSS Color Values
- Quickly create new HTML attribute
- Inspect Registered Mutation Observers
You can download Firebug 2 by clicking the button bellow.
Microsoft has released a CTP (Community Technology Preview) version for their Visual Studio software.
This version is intended only for people that want to have access to the early stages of the new Visual Studio version and want to give their feedback to Microsoft. Since this is an early state of Visual Studio 2014 is it recommended to install the software in a virtual machine to avoid conflicts with any other versions of Visual Studio you might already have installed.
For more information check out the release notes for Visual Studio 2014 Preview.
I’ve been asked recently by a few people how to convert Unix time to DateTime format (and the other way around) so I decided to make a post about it explaining how Unix time works and provide a snippet to help people that want to convert DateTime to Unix time or vise versa.
Unix time is basically the number of seconds that have passed since 1/1/1970 00:00:00 (UTC). In order to convert a specific date and time to a Unix time value we will need to subtract the date above from the date we want to convert to Unix time.
/// Convert a date time object to Unix time representation.
/// <param name="datetime">The datetime object to convert to Unix time stamp.</param>
/// <returns>Returns a numerical representation (Unix time) of the DateTime object.</returns>
public static long ConvertToUnixTime(DateTime datetime)
DateTime sTime = new DateTime(1970, 1, 1,0,0,0,DateTimeKind.Utc);
return (long)(datetime - sTime).TotalSeconds;
Now if we want to convert a Unix time value to a DateTime object the the principle is the same. We take the 1/1/1970 00:00:00 (UTC) date and add the value of the Unix time as seconds to that date. The result would be the actual DateTime of the Unix time stamp.
/// Convert Unix time value to a DateTime object.
/// <param name="unixtime">The Unix time stamp you want to convert to DateTime.</param>
/// <returns>Returns a DateTime object that represents value of the Unix time.</returns>
public static DateTime UnixTimeToDateTime(long unixtime)
DateTime sTime = new DateTime(1970, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, DateTimeKind.Utc);
Microsoft has released update 2 for Visual Studio 2013. The new update contains various fixes that address bugs, performance and reliability improvements.
With the new update Microsoft also created an iso image that contains Visual Studio 2013 as well as all the updates up to and including the update 2. The iso file is 3.5GB and can be downloaded from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=393220.
Here are some of the new capabilities that are part of this update:
- 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.
- 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.
You can download the new Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 using the download button below.