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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.

Exploring .NET 4.5 Parallel Dataflow - Part 2

In Part 2 of this three-part series on dataflow programming with the Task Parallel Library, Eric Vogel shows you how to create a Windows 8 application that uses a composite parallel data flow.

Resource Management in C++

RAII, or "Resource Acquisition Is Initialization", has become a standard C++ coding practice. Here's why.

How Windows 8 Changes the Game

Traditional software company Adage Technologies adapts to the sea change that is Windows 8.

Databinding a ListView with Mono for Android

How do we as developers present data to a user? In Android, we use the ListView in its various forms.

Putting the 'Team' in Team Foundation Server 2012

TFS 2012 has improved on the team concept to create logical teams, or groups, of members for different projects.

Posting Data to ASP.NET Sites with the ASP.NET Web API

Peter returns to the ASP.NET Web API in Visual Studio 2012 to use it with ASP.NET. And this time, he's moving complete objects from the client up to the server in an HTTP POST.

Readers React: Agile Development, Design with Mono for Android

In a recent blog post, "Is Agile Really a 'Developer Rebellion Against Unwanted Tasks'?", Data Driver blogger David Ramel wrote about the mixed reaction from developers to his article about a controversial report on Agile software development from analyst firm Voke Inc.

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