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C# 5.0: More Than Just Async

Much emphasis has been placed on the new async capabilities in C# 5.0. However, there are smaller smaller -- but still useful -- features of which you may not be aware.

Data Binding 101: Expression Syntax

Data-binding parameters that you can use when wiring up the contents of your Windows Phone application.

Azure Mobile Services, Part 2

In Part 2 of this series, Eric Vogel covers how to implement authentication and basic authorization with an Azure Mobile Service-backed Windows Store application.

Using FileTables in SQL Server 2012

FileTables, a new feature introduced in SQL Server 2012, is a unique table that reflects metadata of files in a specified folder.

Introducing TDD With The Microsoft Fakes Framework

One of the major reasons that developers don't like TDD is because, inevitably, it leads to mocking—which can be time consuming. Microsoft has created the Fakes Framework just to simplify the whole process.

Weak Pointers and Circular References in C++ 11

In both .NET and Java, the garbage collector is smart enough to detect and release circular references. Dealing with circular references in C++ isn't as simple.

Location in Mono for Android

Learn about Android's sensors by building a simple compass application.

Why I Pre-Ordered a Surface Tablet

Visual Studio Magazine Contributing Editor Joe Kunk explains why he thinks his Surface tablet will kick his iPad's butt.

Data Binding 101: The Converter Attribute

The Converter attribute can be added to the binding syntax to augment the data at the point it's data bound.

Agile Bug Management: Not an Oxymoron

An agile team's goal is to eliminate bug debt. These techniques can help.

Azure Mobile Services, Part 1

Eric Vogel covers how to create an Azure Mobile Services-backed Windows Store application.

What's Important in UI Design

The key decisions -- the "architectural" decisions -- in user interface design aren't technical ones. The good news? Just two principles that drive those decisions. The bad news? You won't like either of them.

A Data Binding Primer

Data binding is central to Windows Phone Development. Here's a refresher for old pros, and an introduction for newbies.

Reader Feedback: Visual Studio 2012 Arrives

Microsoft released Visual Studio 2012 and the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 during the final month of the summer, providing developers with the next wave of tools designed for building Windows 8 applications.

Apps for Office 2013: Software plus Services, Indeed

The new "Apps for Office" model allows developers to build add-ins for Office that are implemented with HTML5 and JavaScript.

Windows 8 Questions That Need Answers

Microsoft's Build show is just around the corner, and developers need to know the future of Windows 8.

The T-SQL Trick

When fewer SQL Server columns does not mean better performance.

.NET Framework Parallel Dataflow, Part 3

How to implement a custom Task Parallel Dataflow block.

Use Structs Instead of Classes to Pass Data Uniquely

The difference between Structs and Classes isn't about data vs. code: it's about what happens when you move the data around. And sometimes you want a Struct, not a Class.

Getting Started with Windows Azure Mobile Services

Set up and use create a simple Windows Phone program that connects to Azure Mobile Services.

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