CSS Frameworks – Bootstrap vs Foundation

If you are building a website or developing a web application, chances are you used a ready made template using your IDE or site editor, with some CSS boilerplate. More experienced developers or web front end developers probably considered one of the available frameworks like Foundation (ZURB) or Bootstrap (Twitter).
While Bootstrap has been since 2011 and is considered more popular, Foundation is a close competitor and may be preferable for some users. This short article will not dig deep into comparing the two framework (such comparison is available in many articles), but will point a few hints to consider for your next web application or website styling needs.
Bootstrap 3.x is usually compared to Foundation 4.x and you need to consider your specific needs and restrictions before deciding on the appropriate framework for the task at hand. Generally, application developers end up using Bootstrap and front end developers prefer Foundation, but there are always exceptions.
For .Net developers, Visual Studio 2013 will have Bootstrap 3.x baked in, so this may be another reason (or excuse) to use Bootstrap, but this does not prevent a .Net developer from using Foundation.
Both frameworks are competitive and capable of assisting in creating good looking and responsive web presence. You just need to acquaint yourself with both and use the one that fits your development environment best. The actual names may also be general indications as to what scenarios fit each.
Happy styling!

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Visual Studio 2013 and MVC5

In less than 2 weeks from now, October 18 to be specific, Visual Studio 2013 (not in RC) will be released as RTM version. The official launch will be November 13, if you are interested.
Visual Studio 2013 brings along with it the new versions of .NET Framework (4.5.1), Entity Framework 6, MVC (5), Razor (3), Web API (2) and SignalR (2). It has restructured the project types in one ASP.Net location (not as in previous versions) and baked in TypeScript and Bootstrap 3 (responsive css).
Both the editor and the TFS have been enhanced with features like XAML Editor, Browser Link, Peek Definition, Code Lens and Work Item Charting.
If you are considering starting a new MVC project, you better start with the new version, not only because of the new features, but also since the upgrade from version 4 is not straight forward. You can find details on upgrading from MVC4 to MVC5 in this blog post.
For additional details on new VS 2013 features, check Somasegar’s Blog post and this Channel 9 interview.
To learn more about One ASP.Net, check this interesting blog post by Scott Hanselman.
Pricing will be similar to the 2012 SKUs except for an offer to upgrade from 2012 Pro for $99 through January 31, 2014 and $299 afterwards. Pricing details can be found in this VS Magazine article.
If you have already installed the preview or RC version of any of the VS2013 SKUs, feel free to check the MS compatibility page for VS 2013 for upgrade paths (toward the end of the article). According to that article, you have to un-install preview express first and no upgrade path from mismatching preview and RTM versions (ex. pro to ultimate).

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Welcome to IT Highlights Blog!

Welcome to IT Highlights!
This new blog replaces the previous one on SharePoint Help.
More to come …

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