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Improving C++ Encapsulation with the Pimpl Idiom

.NET and Java developers are perplexed about the indiscreet way C++ discloses private class details. Pimpl (pointer-to-implementation) solves this problem by keeping secrets hidden from peepers.

.NET 4.5 TypeInfo Reflection

The .NET 4.5 Framework includes some changes to the typical reflection use cases. Most importantly, the Type object has been split into two separate classes: Type and TypeInfo. Find out how and when to use each.

A Lap Around the Windows Phone 8 SDK

Nick Randolph looks at the tools that make up the new Windows Phone 8 SDK.

Exploratory Testing in TFS 2012

Learn how Visual Studio 2012 makes exploratory testing quick and easy.

Full-Text Search in SQL 2012 with Custom Proximity

Custom proximity search, a new feature in SQL Server 2012 Full-Text Search, is facilitated using the NEAR operator.

Faking the Rest: Detouring Properties, Shimming Parameters and More

Peter finishes up his discussion of using the Fakes Framework with TDD in Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate by looking at mocking properties and why you'd want to pass a shim as parameters.

Azure Mobile Services, Part 3

In Part 3 of this series, Eric Vogel covers how to implement user-level authorization and push notifications using an Azure Mobile Service.

What's New In Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)?

With the new version comes a flurry of changes, ranging from a significant performance overhaul under the hood, to plenty of new APIs made available to application developers.

Unleash the Power of Story Points

Story Points are a crucial aspect of agile development, as they help quantify workload and job estimates. If you're not using them, you're missing out.

Faking it Well: Effective Mocking with the Fakes Framework

Using shims in Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate lets you easily bypass code—no matter how deeply buried—to test just the parts of your application that you want to test.

Local Workspaces in TFS 2012

A new feature in TFS 2012, Local Workspaces allows edits, renames and deletes to be done locally without any communication to the server.

Reader Feedback: Design a Path to Better UX

Readers had mixed reactions to "Good UI Design Is No Longer Optional."

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.

With TypeScript, Microsoft Embraces and Augments

TypeScript is designed to make JavaScript development scalable, something Microsoft clearly needs if it's to use JavaScript in its own work.

Microsoft's Big Product Year

We're almost at the end of 2012, and it's been an amazing year for Microsoft product releases.

Build an ASP.NET JavaScript Generator

ASP.NET provides a wealth of options for dynamically integrating JavaScript into your client-side pages. And by adding T4 into the mix, you can generate, at runtime, exactly the client-side code that your page needs.

Windows Phone Navigation with the LongListSelector

Use the LongListSelector control to conveniently display large amounts of data in your mobile apps.

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.

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