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Greg Duncan04/13/14
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[Book Review] Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook

The team at Packt have given me another opportunity to review one of their just released titles, Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook. As I usually do, I'm not going to give you a chapter-by-chapter review or rundown. Instead I'm going to give you my overall feelings and impressions about the book, what I liked and didn't and why you might want to check it out yourself.

Bruno Terkaly04/13/14
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How to Create Universal Applications with Azure Mobile Services That Leverage Push Notifications and Database Insertion and Data Retrieval

A universal application allows you to share code between tablet and phone applications. Visual Studio solution contains three projects. One project is for Windows 8 desktop, notebook, or tablet-based applications. The second project is for phone applications. the third project is the shared code base between the other two.

Gil Fink04/12/14
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Upcoming Front-End.IL Event – TypeScript and WebGL

In one month, we are having our ninth Front-End.IL Meetup. In the upcoming Meetup, we are having two one hour sessions about TypeScript and webGL.

Daniel Mohl04/11/14
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TypeScript in First-Class F# Web Projects

I was recently asked about how best to use TypeScript within a pure F# web project. Currently, there are two steps that are needed to make this happen.

Filip Ekberg04/11/14
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Xamarin and REST APIs

I was invited to the Brisbane C# Mobile Developers by Glenn, a tutor I met during my first Xamarin University course. He’s a great tutor and the Xamarin University lectures are of really high quality, if you can I’d really advice you to join the program!

Greg Duncan04/11/14
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Roslyn Gets Mono

Last week, Microsoft open sourced Roslyn, the .NET Compiler Platform for C# and VB.

Toni Petrina04/11/14
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MVP Status, Build, Conferences

It was April 1st, but the mail was real – I was re-awarded the MVP status for Visual C#. It was about time I replace the stickers on my devices anyway I hope that this year will be filled with more C# development now that Roslyn is officially available.

Greg Duncan04/08/14
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Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 Lets You Build Your Own Scaffolder

With the release of Visual Studio 2013 last October, we introduced the concept of Scaffolding to Web Application projects. Scaffolding is the framework on which code generation for MVC and WebAPI is built.

Greg Duncan04/08/14
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Mads Must Have Web Dev Visual Studio Extensions List

This year at the //build/ conference I gave a session on Visual Studio Web Tools and Web Essentials. It’s now online on Channel 9 in case you want to watch it.

Gil Fink04/07/14
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DevWeek 2014 Experience Summary

I’ve arrived back home a few hours ago after a great week in DevWeek 2014. This year DevWeek location was Central Hall in Westminster, London. What a great location for a conference!

Dror Helper04/07/14
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Faking a Long Running Asynchronous Call

A few days ago I needed to make sure that a specific method would only get called once no matter how many times it’s caller is invoked.

Filip Ekberg04/06/14
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Microsoft Open Sources C# Compiler

This is truly an extremely exciting time, Microsoft is Open Sourcing the C# Compiler (Roslyn). Even without being open source, the new C# (and VB) compiler have had some proven potential. We have seen some exciting things such as semantic merge and powerful plugins for Visual Studio.

Joost Van Schaik04/06/14
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Code Sharing Strategies Between Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 with the New Universal Windows Apps

With the announcement of the new SDK for Windows Phone Microsoft now really starts to stress the companionship of Windows and Windows Phone, and makes it a lot easier to build apps that run on both platforms.

John Sonmez04/05/14
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How To Get Started Programming

Breaking into the software development industry can be rather difficult. It is difficult to get a job without experience and it is difficult to get experience without a job.

Filip Ekberg04/05/14
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Cross-Platform Development Using C# and Xamarin Studio Australia Tour

Are you keen to learn more about Cross-platform development using C# and Xamarin Studio? I have had a lot of interest in my Xamarin Introduction video, which was released in March, and I am very happy to announce that I will be doing a Xamarin tour in Australia!

John Sonmez04/05/14
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Get Up And Code 048: Brian Lagunas: XAML and Oats

In this episode, I got to talk to my hometown buddy, Brian Lagunas. Brian is a Program Manager for Infragistics and a former bodybuilder.

Jalpesh Vadgama04/05/14
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Converting a C# Object Into JSON String

Some people might think why I am writing so much about basics but the things but in reality I got lot of questions through email and other communities about very basic things. So I thought instead of replying them into single thread. It is a good idea to write blog post about it and as a result I am writing this blog post.

Mike Hadlow04/03/14
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A Docker ‘Hello World' With Mono

Docker is a lightweight virtualization technology for Linux that promises to revolutionize the deployment and management of distributed applications. Rather than requiring a complete operating system, like a traditional virtual machine, Docker is built on top of Linux containers, a feature of the Linux kernel, that allows light-weight Docker containers to share a common kernel while isolating applications and their dependencies.

Michael Crump04/03/14
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Easily Update to Windows 8.1 Update 1 without Installing all the MSUs Manually

If you are upgrading an existing Windows 8.1 installation to Windows 8.1 Update 1 through your MSDN account then you will need to find the following .zip package for x64.

Chip Bates04/02/14
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ConverterTechnology and CU2 Global Announce Partnership to Streamline Access to SQL Migrations

ConverterTechnology, data risk management experts, today announces a partnership agreement with CU2 Global, developers of 2SQL – the only “silver bullet” technology for automating the conversion and migration of Microsoft Access data and applications to Microsoft SQL.

Sony Arouje04/01/14
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Bind JSON REST result using Knockout

Last couple of hours I was trying to bind json data from a WCF service to a simple HTML UI using Knockout js. This is a very simple application I created to learn Knockout.

John Sonmez04/01/14
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My Views On Test Driven Development

I used to be a huge supporter of TDD, but lately, I’ve become much more pragmatic about it. In this video, I discuss test driven development and what my current views on it are.

Greg Duncan03/31/14
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Jetting to The New Home of ManagedEsent, a New v1.9 and MSDN Doc's Too!

The Extensible Storage Engine (ESE/ESENT), also known as JET Blue, is an Indexed Sequential Access Method (ISAM)data storage technology. Its purpose is to allow applications to store and retrieve data via indexed and sequential access.

Greg Duncan03/31/14
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Search SQL Scripts Simply With the SQL Scripts SSMS Plugin

Developers strive to write well-tested, reusable code with well-defined interfaces so that when they need to update the functionality, they need do so in one place only. It is the principle of ‘Don’t Repeat Yourself’ (D.R.Y.).

Greg Duncan03/30/14
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JustMock Lite - Free and Open Source Too

For developers who practice unit testing and want to deliver exceptional software, JustMock Lite is the superior free mocking framework that makes unit testing simpler for SOLID testable projects.