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Sasha Goldshtein09/22/12
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Asynchronous WMI Queries: Stay Away From Them

WMI is known for requiring lots of attention to security. To establish a WMI connection to a remote machine, you need to muck around with registry settings, DCOM configuration, group policy details, and other infernal things which we developers like to defer to someone else.

Den D.09/21/12
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Build Is Coming Up. Here Is An Interview With Rick Barraza @ Build 2011

During the BUILD 2011 conference I got to see Rick Barraza, currently a technical evangelist at Microsoft. Here is what he had to say.

Den D.09/21/12
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Hackathons Make More Sense Than You Think

Hackathons are awesome. In this article I am sharing my experiences attending one and how that made me a better developer.

Den D.09/21/12
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"It’s Expensive Getting Hardware To Test On" Not An Excuse Not To Test

Bart van Zon put together a short blog post describing why some web developers, who chose Mac as their development platform, might attempt to avoid testing their product in Internet Explorer. Here is why the argument is not valid in the modern environment.

Greg Duncan09/21/12
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How To Host A Silverlight App In Dropbox

You're new to Silverlight App development. After struggling for a long time, the time to show it to the world has finally come. But, you don't have any web hosting account. So, what will you do? Host it on Dropbox, of course.

Jeremy Likness09/21/12
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Entity Framework: Expressing the Missing LINQ

In this post, Jeremy focus on two very subtle LINQ problems he sees people run into quite often when trying to leverage the entity access layer.

Senthil Kumar09/20/12
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5 LINQ for JavaScript Libraries

This article has several JavaScript Libraries that allow you to query JSON objects with LINQ.

Toni Petrina09/20/12
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Metro Studio – Your Modern UI Style Icons Paradise

If you ever needed to create those fancy Modern UI style icons for your Windows Phone 7 app, Windows 8 app, for your blog or some marketing newsletter, you will love this tool.

Greg Duncan09/19/12
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The "Windows 8 Store Apps Starter Kit" For VB.NET Released

This sample works with Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8 or higher and targets the Visual Basic programming language.

Mitch Pronschinske09/19/12
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New MissionKit Raises the Bar for Modeling Tools

The 2012 MissionKit was just released today and it has several new features that bolster the toolkit that already has just about everything you might need for easing the process of working with data in XML and relational data stores.

Filip Ekberg09/19/12
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Things In C# That You Might Have Missed

C# comes with a lot of features, some of them not known to the average developer. Here is a list of interesting questions among other interesting things that you might or might not have have used in your day-to-day development.

Sasha Goldshtein09/19/12
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Runtime Representation of Generics — Part 2

After giving ample consideration to the design of Java generics and C++ templates, we can understand better the implementation choice for CLR generics. This article sheds some light on the internal aspect of CLR generics.

Dalip Mahal09/18/12
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Bug Tracker Hell

Whether you call it a defect or bug or change request or issue or enhancement you need an application to record and track the life-cycle of these problems. For brevity, let's call it the Bug Tracker.

Gerard Gallant09/18/12
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Our Experience at the Visual Studio Live NY Conf.

This was a very informative trip with a large amount of information to take in. I will be digging deeper into the information learned for weeks to come :)

Filip Ekberg09/17/12
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Roslyn CTP 3 Released — Breaking Changes

Microsoft has released yet another CTP version of Roslyn and this doesn’t come as a big surprise. Since the previous CTP (CTP2) does not work very well with Visul Studio 2012.

Christophe Geers09/17/12
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Getting Started With GitHub On Windows

GitHub is constantly growing in popularity as a source control and project management system. If you are running a Windows system, you will be happy to find out that you can use GitHub natively on the box.

Toni Petrina09/16/12
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FastSharp – Building A Fast C# Prototyping Tool Using Roslyn And AvalonEdit

LINQPad can be used to test LINQ queries against lots of data sources, but it cannot provide fast code prototyping. The obvious solution is to go and build a custom tool. Open source to the rescue.

Shayne Boyer09/16/12
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SimpleIOC And The Messenger Service In MVVM Light

The SimpleIoc addition in the most recent version of MVVMLight is a great add and really simplified the ViewModelLocator across all of the platforms supported in this framework.

Greg Duncan09/16/12
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Torque3D Is Open Source

The big news coming out of GarageGames today is that Torque 3D will be going open source under the MIT license.

Den D.09/16/12
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Querying Public Content In The Xbox Marketplace

Xbox Live Marketplace features a wide variety of game and media content. Den shows how to leverage the stock query service to get title information.

Greg Duncan09/15/12
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Easy MVVM Examples (In Extreme Detail) Available

This project will give you crash course on WPF MVVM that you can do in your lunch break! Everything you need to know about binding, INotifyPropertyChanged, Dependency Objects & Properites, POCO objects, Business Objects, Attached Properties and much more.

Merrick Chaffer09/15/12
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DataContract Attribute Gotcha

If you annotate a class with the DataContract attribute, then you must also ensure that the members you want to have serialized are also annotated with the DataMember / EnumMember attribute as well.

Toni Petrina09/15/12
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Never Return a Null Collection

The distinction between an empty collection and a non-existent collection is rarely required. However, a null collection might cause more problems than you think.

Greg Duncan09/15/12
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Why You Need To Try TFS Team Project Manager

TFS Team Project Manager automates various tasks across Team Projects in Team Foundation Server. If you find yourself managing multiple Team Projects for an organization and have recurring tasks and questions that repeat themselves over and over again, Team Project Manager probably has some answers for you.

Rob Sanders09/15/12
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AZR331 – Casablanca: C++ on Azure

Casablanca is a Microsoft incubation effort to support cloud-based client-server communication in native code using a modern asynchronous C++ API design.