Dev Workflow with AI

A colorful drawing of people getting on and off a boat.

AI is about empowering your workflow, not about taking over your work. Let’s take this blog to look at that statement. “Empowering your workflow” means that AI augments your abilities. It means we can focus on the code that only we can write and let AI deal with the boilerplate code. It’s about using tools to speed up onboarding and setup. Finally, it’s about moving the security needle towards the developer.

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Build 2023

A colorful view of the Seattle skyline

It’s that time of year. The most wonderful time of year. The time of year for Microsoft’s Build developer conference. This year was the rising of the computers. That is the emergence of the age of AI is upon us and peeking behind the curtains of copilots that have been dropped on us we find OpenAI’s ChatGPT plastered across everything. I’d say I’ve done a good job of a avoiding it up to now by not reporting on all the copilot type announcements. This cannot be avoided any longer. AI is here and it’s time we have a frank conversation about it.

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Print Screen

Snipping Tool
Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25330 was released this afternoon. One of the changes in this build is that the Snipping Tool will open when the Print Screen button is pressed. Previously it would take a full screen copy of your monitor(s) and save it to the Screenshots folder in Pictures. I will still use the Win-Shift-S method of taking screen shots as it is flexible and suits my needs, but many people swear by the full functionality of Snipping Tool so this change will be good for them.
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Phone Link iPhone Link is Here!

Phone Link now allows you to link an iPhone.
On February 28th Microsoft announced the Moment 2 release. Part of that Moment was an announcement that Phone Link would work with iPhone. At the time only a small select group of people had access to it, and that made me sad. But today they widened the net and I (along with all the insiders) got access to it. As soon as that button appeared on the connect page I clicked on it and scanned the QR Code.
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TypeScript 5.0

The TypeScript Logo
Last Thursday Microsoft announced a new version of TypeScript has been released. TypeScript 5.0 brings with it a faster, smaller, and simpler programming language while still managing to bring some new features. Some of the new features introduced are support for the new decorators standard, simplified configuration, and expanded JSDoc functionality. TypeScript is a superset of JavaScript aimed at making developer’s life a little easier. It adds strong typing to JavaScript and helps flush out bugs at compile time rather than run time.
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