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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.

Greg Duncan04/23/14
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Want to be a Microsoft MVP? Here's a Couple What, Where and How's

It happens every three months, Jan 1, April 1, July 1, Oct 1. There's a flood of tweets and posts about how someone is now, or isn't, a Microsoft MVP. So how you do, the enterprising MS Dev, become one? Are there any tips, tricks and information about becoming a MVP? Oh yeah... Here are two.

John Sonmez04/22/14
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The Code Is NOT Greener On The Other Side Of The Cubicle

It’s really easy to become discontented with our current situation and to want to seek greener pastures elsewhere. I’m not saying that there aren’t necessarily better situations you could seek out, but finding a better job may not be your problem.

Greg Duncan04/22/14
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Prism Continues its Windows Desktop/WPF/MVVM Love with v5

Prism version 5.0 for WPF is now available. This version of Prism includes updates to existing and several new NuGet packages.

Jeremy Likness04/22/14
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Learn Angular JS, Explained with Answers, Videos and Fiddles

Having worked on various enterprise Angular projects our teams have been faced with myriad challenges to overcome and has quite a bit of “in the trenches” experience. I share what I can with other developers through my various blog posts, by on StackOverflow and through a large collection of JavaScript fiddles.

Marco Siccardi04/22/14
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How to Detect all URLs in a String to Match Twitter’s Requirements (Windows 8(.1) and Windows Phone 8(.1))

As you might guess, I am still working on that app I mentioned in my last blog post. As I was diving deeper into the functions I want, I recognized that Twitter does a very well url handling server side.

Sasha Goldshtein04/20/14
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Wrapping Up TechDays Netherlands 2014

What a crazy week it was! On Monday evening I was totally stuffed from the traditional Passover dinner at my parents’ house, and on Tuesday morning I was already flying to Amsterdam for TechDays Netherlands 2014 to deliver three talks on Azure Mobile Services and Notification Hubs.

Jonas Gauffin04/20/14
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How to Use CORS Requests in Internet Explorer 9 and Below.

This article explains how you can automatically proxy CORS requests (Cross-origin resource sharing) in jQuery without changing your existing code. The proxy is integrated in ASP.NET and works with all ASP.NET libraries like WebForms, Mvc and WebApi.

Greg Duncan04/20/14
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SQL Server 2014 Secret Killer New Feature, Cardinality Estimator

One of the gems introduced in SQL Server 2014 is the Cardinality Estimator (CE)—new! improved! & now with more cowbell. I'm thrilled to be a Technical Reviewer for a superb MSDN white paper authored by my friend, buddy, & pal Joe Sack (b|t).