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Going Mobile with C++

A survey of the emerging mobile landscape, and how C++ fits in.

Managed Extensibility Framework Improvements in .NET 4.5

One of the most significant updates is the introduction of a convention-based extension model, in which you can configure a set of naming conventions to allow MEF parts to be easily picked up by your application.

Could Chrome Become a Real Threat to Windows?

Microsoft, take note: Chromebooks and Chrome packaged apps, although primitive now, will get better. A lot better.

Strategy, State and Role Patterns in .NET

Implementing design patterns in the Microsoft .NET Framework isn't all that hard to do; understanding what each pattern does for you and picking which one to use is the real issue.

Building Android Apps with MVVM and Data Binding

The Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) pattern is for more than just Microsoft .NET Framework projects. Find out how to apply it to Android development through its open source counterpart, MvvmCross.

ComponentOne Studio for Entity Framework: Intelligent Data Management

SEF provides an additional layer of data management to your forms to improve your application's data-access efficiency.

Building a Chat Web App With Signal R, Part 2

Eric Vogel covers how to create a real-time Web data entry form with ASP.NET MVC, KnockOutJS and SignalR.

C++ Generics: Meta-Programming and Variadic Templates

A meta-program is "executed" as the result of template instantiation (therefore, before compiled code is produced). Meta-program results are then compiled and merged into object code, including any back-end optimization.

Building Web Apps with SignalR, Part 1

In the first installment of app-building with SignalR, learn how to build a real-time chat application.

Windows Workflow and Timeouts

Workflows make it easy to do something that's very hard to do in any other development environment: Take action when something doesn't happen. Here's how to protect yourself when something's isn't happening in your Windows Workflows.

.NET Framework 4.5 Multi-Threaded Globalization

Eric Vogel shows you how to use the CultureInfo API in .NET Framework 4.5 to simplify localization in a multi-threaded application.

How-to: Create an Android Support Package

Google has a set of libraries that allow older versions of Android to get support for newer APIs. Mono for Android provides full support.

Leveling Up Agile Requirements

Not only does backlog management impact product architecture, but full adoption of Experience Leveling can also enable faster time-to-production, higher quality, and better user experience.

Building Apps Across Windows 8 Platforms

Although Windows 8 and Windows Phone share the same core, building an app for both isn't as easy as you might think.

The User Interface Design Process

There's a well understood UI design process that you can use to get to the "right" UI for your application. And it starts by inventing people.

A Lap Around the Windows Phone 8 Platform

Nick Randolph dissects Windows Phone 8 as a platform for application and enterprise developers.

10 More New T-SQL Functions

Part 1 of this article introduced four new T-SQL functions available in SQL Server 2012. Part 2 has the rest.

Integrating SharePoint Web Parts: Providers, Filters and More

Creating connectable Web Parts is a good thing for you and your users -- and the default interfaces that come with SharePoint form the architecture you should use to create those Web Parts.

Data Platform Innovation, Without Disruption

What's next on the data frontier? Microsoft will take us into the world of in-memory transactional databases and big data. And if you know how to write code and queries against SQL Server, then you already have the necessary skills to play there.

4 New T-SQL Functions

The latest version of SQL Server expands its capabilities. Here are four new things developers can do with it.

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