What Redmond needs to do in the new year to build on the momentum of the raft of 2012 product releases.
Eric Vogel covers how to use the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) to extend a Windows Store application.
How can Agile teams put price tags on features? Gregg Boer covers two methods that teams can use to estimate costs.
Diego Dagum provides an overview of C++ templates, and how its generics differ from C# and Java.
Peter returns to creating a provider WebPart, but this time passes SharePoint list data from one WebPart to another.
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.
- By Wallace McClure
A free tool to reduce coding for developers who like to surface T-SQL database recordsets in a simple collection of customized POCO objects.
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.
Learn how to effectively create UI automation tests that verify whether a Windows application is performing as expected.
- By Mark Michaelis
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.
Readers share opinions about Priority Queues and the Surface tablet.
- By Readers of Visual Studio Magazine
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.
.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.
- By Andrew J. Brust
How to use the new Windows Phone 8 SDK to build applications across both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8.
- By Nick Randolph
.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.
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.
Nick Randolph looks at the tools that make up the new Windows Phone 8 SDK.
- By Nick Randolph
Learn how Visual Studio 2012 makes exploratory testing quick and easy.
- By Mickey Gousset
Custom proximity search, a new feature in SQL Server 2012 Full-Text Search, is facilitated using the NEAR operator.
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.