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Create Object Clones Through the Prototype Pattern in .NET

The Prototype Pattern involves cloning objects. Learn how to create both deep and shallow clones for instances in your program where creating a new object won't work.

Winds of Change: Azure Is Breaking Through

Windows Azure may have been slow out of the gate, but Microsoft's efforts to make it more of an Infrastructure as a Service platform is starting to pay off.

The Decorator Pattern in .NET

The decorator pattern is a good way to add extensibility to an application, as it follows SOLID design principles. Learn how to use it by adding validation logic to a form.

Defining Entity Objects in TypeScript

The first step in building an object in TypeScript is defining the objects with which you'll be working. I'll show you how to do that, as well as look at some of the TypeScript support for the latest versions of JavaScript.

Integrating iOS Apps with Twitter and Facebook

Use the Apple iOS 6 social framework to deliver a compelling experience to your users.

Use Predicate Methods to Stop Writing For...Each Loops

Predicate methods allow you to separate the criteria you're using to test items in a collection from the code that processes the collection. You may never write a For...Each loop again.

Moving from Partial Views to AJAX Calls

Use AJAX and some JavaScript libraries to decouple your data and presentation logic.

The Neural Network Input-Process-Output Mechanism

Understanding the feed-forward mechanism is required in order to create a neural network that solves difficult practical problems such as predicting the result of a football game or the movement of a stock price.

Creating Sortable Objects with IComparable and Planning Your Interface Strategy

The IComparable interface lets you create objects that know how to sort themselves correctly. This interface also provides an example of a high-level strategy for building and extending your classes.

Creating Secure .NET Applications

An overview of the Microsoft .NET Framework application security utilities SN.exe, Dotfuscator and SignTool.exe.

To Build a Great UI, Test the Experience, Not the Code

Your UI could work exactly the way you intended it to work and still fail during usability testing.

Use Code Maps to Understand Code Relationships

Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 (Ultimate Edition) includes a new tool to help visualize code relationships, and it's worth your time to learn.

Understanding .NET Using Read-Only Collections

Even if you're not working in the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5, .NET provides you with a way to create a read-only collection or to convert an existing List into a read-only collection.

Introducing: Practical JavaScript

In the first installment of Practical JavaScript, Peter Vogel describes how a client-side skeptic evolved into a JavaScript fan thanks to several tools and a book. He also shares why he's concerned about TypeScript and where he's going to take this .NET-oriented JavaScript column over the next few months.

Recording Media in a Windows Store App Part 3: Video Capture

Eric Vogel covers how to capture video in a Windows Store app by using the MediaCapture API.

iOS Development with Xamarin.iOS and Visual Studio

Xamarin, which specializes in building tools that let developers build mobile apps in C#, has taken that idea one step further with Xamarin.iOS.

SOLID Agile Development

Agile development is about more than churning out code quickly; it also forces you to think about writing software that's more extendable, robust and maintainable.

Classification Using Perceptrons

Learn how to create a perceptron that can categorize inputs consisting of two numeric values.

Unity vs. MEF: Picking the Right Dependency Injection Manager

Peter Vogel compares both of the Microsoft dependency injection managers/inversion of control containers and comes up with a decision tree for picking the correct one.

Recording Media in a Windows Store App Part 2: Photo Capture

Eric Vogel covers how to capture a photo in a Windows Store App by using the MediaCapture API.

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