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John Sonmez05/05/14
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How Should Software Developers Prepare For The Future?

The field of software development is somewhat like the stock market. It can feel like you have to anticipate where things are going if you don’t want to end up in the street begging for change.

Greg Duncan05/04/14
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The XAML Illustrated Timeline

It’s an interactive history of 11 years of XAML development at Microsoft, from a .Net developer point of view (me!). Remember Avalon ? Longhorn ?

Greg Duncan05/04/14
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Web Camps Training Kit, March 2014 Edition

The kit includes all the content presented around the world at the recent Web Camps events; presentations, demos, labs and more.

Greg Duncan05/04/14
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"Deploying Windows Azure Pack" Series

The sixth and final article in this series completes the walkthrough of the express deployment of Windows Azure Pack.

Prashant Khandelwal05/04/14
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JSON Based Document Storage Using Biggy In ASP.NET MVC

While working with a small web based project many developers will take advantage of web.config and XML files to read settings for the application.

Sundararajan Na...05/04/14
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Deploying SharePoint 2013 on Microsoft Azure using IAAS – Part 3

This post is continuation to my previous post Deploying SharePoint 2013 on Azure using IAAS – Part 2. In this article, we’ll see how to install SQL 2012 RTM.

Ayobami Adewole05/02/14
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How To Add Search Capability To .NET Applications Using Lucene.net

One of the key factors in determining if a software application is usable is if the users can navigate around it easily, while at the same time finding relevant information and resources through the provision of a search functionality.

Greg Duncan05/02/14
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Nine to Mine - Nine free Data Mining/Analysis eBooks

Data mining, data analysis, these are the two terms that very often make the impressions of being very hard to understand – complex – and that you’re required to have the highest grade education in order to understand them.

Christian Helle05/02/14
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My Future is Xamarin

I have been creating software for handheld devices for over a decade now. I’ve seen interesting things come and go and also witnessed a couple of failures. A great part of my mobile development career involved consulting and I had loads of fun working with some very smart people doing all sorts of interesting stuff.

Greg Duncan05/02/14
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Prism 5.0 for WPF eBook (EPUB, MOBI, PDF)

Prism provides guidance designed to help you more easily design and build rich, flexible, and easy to maintain Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) desktop applications.

Jiri Cincura05/02/14
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NuoDB for .NET Takes Another Step

We will soon be releasing NuoDB 2.0.4 and this release will include support for the latest ADO.NET provider. As the ADO.NET world evolves, especially the Entity Framework (EF), we here at NuoDB are not standing by but are moving the driver forward as well.

Sasha Goldshtein05/01/14
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Identifying Specific Reference Type Arrays with SOS

When you’re looking for arrays of a specific type using SOS, you might notice a weird phenomenon. Value type arrays (such as System.Int32[]) will be shown properly regardless of which command you use, but reference type arrays (such as System.String[]) exhibit some weird behavior.

Greg Duncan04/29/14
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Azure Cloud App Discovery Preview - See The Cloud Apps Your Users are Using

Today I have the privilege to announce the preview of our new Cloud App Discovery features. These new features give IT visibility into which cloud apps are in use within the organization. You can try it for free here.

Filip Ekberg04/29/14
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Universal Windows and Windows Phone Apps

As I’m down in Melbourne for a Readify Dev Breakfast Xamarin talk, why not visit the local .NET User Group and have a chat about Universal Apps for Windows and Windows Phone?

Jalpesh Vadgama04/28/14
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Enum Support for Views in ASP.NET MVC 5.1

Recently before some time Microsoft has announced release of ASP.NET MVC 5.1. It’s comes with tons of features and Enum support is one of them.

Greg Duncan04/28/14
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A Quick Guide to Getting Going with Roslyn

It’s not as though it’s new; Roslyn CTP was announced in the fall of 2011, and people have been able to play with it since then. Roslyn is a quietly ground-breaking concept — a set of compilers that exposes compiling, code modeling, refactoring, and analysis APIs.

Dror Helper04/27/14
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What to Do When FakeItEasy Throws System.BadImageException

Today I had a weird problem at work. I’ve been working with a new team and they’ve been writing unit tests using FakeItEasy when they got a strange error message.

Ravi Kiran04/27/14
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Basics: Benefits of Writing Unit Tests

Quite often people ask the reasons of writing unit tests for their code. There are several benefits of writing unit tests that add value to the code as well as the developers writing the tests. I am listing a set of points here that came to my mind while thinking about the benefits of Unit testing.

Greg Duncan04/27/14
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NuGet, OneGet and MyGet is YourGet

At the Build conference, Microsoft announced the Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview which includes Windows PowerShell 5.0, updates to the PowerShell ISE, Network Switch Cmdlets and ... OneGet!

Greg Duncan04/27/14
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Building Brokered LOB WinRT App's, a Quick Guide and a Few Tips to Help You Keep Your Hair

This article shows step by step how to connect a side-loaded modern app to a legacy component via the “Brokered Windows Runtime Components for Side-Loaded applications” feature.

Erik Ejlskov Jensen04/25/14
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“Shop Talk” with Eric Sink, Zumero for SQL Server Founder

In my last blog post I introduced you to Zumero, an Enterprise solution, that allow you to replicate and sync SQL Server data across all your team's mobile devices. I had the pleasure of meeting up with Zumero founder, Eric Sink, @eric_sink at the recent SQL Saturday event in Copenhagen.

Greg Duncan04/25/14
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LOB Help in the WinRT World - "Brokered WinRT Component Project Templates"

This package contains project templates used to created Brokered Windows Runtime Components and their Proxy Stubs, which enables side-loaded modern applications to communicate with pre-existing desktop components.

Greg Duncan04/24/14
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"Windows Phone 8.1 for Developers" - Series With 19 Posts So Far

We will, during the next few weeks, together with Microsoft evangelist Peter Bryntesson post a series of blog posts regarding the new Windows Phone 8.1 platform.

Marco Siccardi04/24/14
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How to Send Mail From Your Windows Phone 8.1 App

Sometimes, we need to pass some values to a newly generated E-Mail. In Windows Phone, we always had the EmailComposeTask for that. This way was pretty straight forward. It will work in a Windows Phone 8.1 Silverlight app, but not in a WINPRT app.

Daniel Mohl04/23/14
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F# Support for Web Projects

In December of last year, I announced a few templates that made it easy to create pure-F# MVC 5 and Web API 2 projects in Visual Studio 2012 and 2013. In a parallel stream, the F# team was working closely with the F# community to improve the F# web development experience by adding features such as publish-to-web.