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Exceptional Async Handling with Visual Studio Async CTP 3

Handling exceptions in the Task-Based Asynchronous Pattern has become much easier with the latest version of the Microsoft .NET Framework.

Powerful JavaScript With Upshot and Knockout

The Microsoft JavaScript Upshot library provides a simplified API for retrieving data from the server and caching it at the client for reuse. Coupled with Knockout, the two JavaScript libraries form the pillars of the Microsoft client-side programming model.

Database Synchronization with the Microsoft Sync Framework

Use the Microsoft Sync Framework to synchronize data changes between SQL Server 2008 Standard, SQL Server 2008 Express and SQL Server Compact Edition 3.5.

JavaScript Libraries: Picking the Right One for You

As more JavaScript libraries spring up and battle to survive, developers stand to benefit from great solutions that fit a variety of needs.

Online Explosion

We consider our online content every bit as important as the print magazine content.

Can Microsoft Really Compete with Apple on Tablets?

Once Windows 8 tablets are available, how will Microsoft overcome the ironically incumbent status of Apple's competing devices?

Windows Phone Moves to the Front of the Store

During a trip to a local retailer, VSM Editor in Chief Keith Ward noticed dramatic improvements in Windows Phone merchandising and the salesperson's knowledge of the latest devices.

Cross-Platform Development With Mono for Android

Writing code for the same mobile app across various platforms gets old in a hurry. Fortunately, there are solutions.

C++ Pointers Get Smart

C++ pointers earned a bad reputation for causing memory leaks, but new smart pointers release memory as it stops being referenced.

Writing a WCF 4.5 WebSocket Service

Peter Vogel continues his exploration of WCF 4.5's support for WebSockets by writing the code to accept data from the client and then return data to the client whenever that data becomes available.

Windows 8 Will Succeed, Even If It Fails

All indications now point toward an October release of Windows 8.

The .NET Framework 4.5 Gets ZIP

On VB columnist Joe Kunk shows you how to create and extract "almost" .ZIP files in .NET Framework 4 and standard .ZIP files in .NET Framework 4.5.

Giving Back to the OSS Community

While we often talk of how we can leverage OSS to deliver a higher-quality product, rarely do we talk about how we can give back to the OSS community.

Fluent Interface Design in .NET

Eric Vogel shows you how to simplify the consumption of your API by adding a fluent interface design.

Storing Windows Phone User Settings

Persisting user settings in Windows Phone is something every mobile developer needs to know how to do. Nick Randolph walks you through the process.

Implementing WebSockets in WCF 4.5

Peter introduces WCF 4.5's support for WebSockets first by describing why you care and then by setting up to build a bi-directional service using Windows Server 8, and Visual Studio 11.

To Build Your Startup, Do the Hustle

Talent and great ideas aren't enough. If you want to succeed as an entrepreneur, you gotta have hustle.

Changes Large and Small: WCF 4.5 and the ASP.NET Web API

While Windows Communication Foundation 4.5 has lots of little improvements, the ASP.NET Web API is a very big change. You'll probably end up taking advantage of both, so here's what's in the pipeline for you.

What System Center Can Do for Developers

Microsoft System Center 2012 is out, and Microsoft .NET Framework developers everywhere are cheering.

Richer UI Design with PowerPoint Storyboarding

PowerPoint Storyboarding, a new feature of Visual Studio 11, brings new dimensions to UI design.

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