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Reader Feedback: Dev Disasters, Extend Classes

We rounded up readers' development misadventures for the December 2012 cover story, "Dev Disasters -- Why They Happen, How to Overcome Them".

Microsoft Recommendations for 2013

What Redmond needs to do in the new year to build on the momentum of the raft of 2012 product releases.

Using MEF in a Windows Store App

Eric Vogel covers how to use the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) to extend a Windows Store application.

The Cost of Stories

How can Agile teams put price tags on features? Gregg Boer covers two methods that teams can use to estimate costs.

C++ Templates: Not a General Case of Generics

Diego Dagum provides an overview of C++ templates, and how its generics differ from C# and Java.

Implementing the Default SharePoint Interfaces with Lists

Peter returns to creating a provider WebPart, but this time passes SharePoint list data from one WebPart to another.

Android 4 and Fragments

Learn how to use the Fragments API in Mono for Android to create an application UI for multiple screens, such as a handset and tablet.

Generating .NET POCO Classes for SQL Query Results

A free tool to reduce coding for developers who like to surface T-SQL database recordsets in a simple collection of customized POCO objects.

Passing Selected Data Between WebParts in SharePoint

The IWebPartParameters interface provides a flexible way for one WebPart to select the data it wants from another WebPart. And, since implementing that interface doesn't require much code, you should consider using it on all your WebParts.

Automated UI Testing with Visual Studio 2012

Learn how to effectively create UI automation tests that verify whether a Windows application is performing as expected.

SharePoint Web Part Default Interfaces

Because SharePoint lists are automatically turned into connectable Web Parts, you can integrate your own Web Parts with any existing SharePoint list by implementing the default interfaces provided by SharePoint.

Reader Feedback: The C# Priority Queue

Readers share opinions about Priority Queues and the Surface tablet.

BUILD Sets the Windows 8 Table

The Build event last year was really just a sneak-peek of this year’s show; the promise of Windows 8, hinted at then, became the reality of Windows 8 now.

Will Big Data Be Big with Developers?

.NET developers are database developers. Whether using ADO.NET, the Entity Framework or data binding, .NET devs work with transactional data as a matter of course.

Integrate Windows Phone 8 Functionality Into Windows Phone 7 Apps

How to use the new Windows Phone 8 SDK to build applications across both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8.

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.

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