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Microsoft, the MVP Summit and the New Normal

The MVP Summit, from which I've just returned, is a very important event.

Reader Feedback: Inside Visual Studio 11, MIX Nixed, More

Our March 2012 cover story, "More Power," offered a tour of the productivity tools in Visual Studio 11 (still a code name) just in time for the release of the beta previews. Readers share their initial reactions to the updated beta tooling.

Working with the Windows Phone Application Bar

Nick Randolph shows how to create and work with the Application Bar in your Windows Phone application.

Analyzing the Windows Phone Upgrades

What does the recent Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh and associated Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 update mean for developers?

How Should Agile Respond to Customers?

Why it's both necessary -- and dangerous -- to listen to your customers.

The Product Owner's Dilemma

Agile Advisor columnist Aaron Bjork talks about why it’s both necessary and dangerous to listen to your customers.

Using Push Notifications in Windows 8

Eric Vogel walks through how to send and receive push notifications in a Windows 8 Metro application.

Separating Validation Code from Business Objects Using DataAnnotations

While you can create classes that contain their own validation code, there are scenarios where it makes sense to separate validation code from the properties it validates using DataAnnotations.

10 Questions, 10 Answers on Roslyn

10 questions and answers to help understand the Roslyn complier-as-a-service project for Visual Basic and C# developers.

Roslyn CTP Custom Refactoring

Learn how to extend Visual Studio 2010 by creating code issue providers with the Roslyn CTP.

A Primer on Microsoft Build Automation

If you've got a strong version-control system, implementing an automated build process is the next logical step.

Incremental Validation in WPF

WPF provides the richest environment for developers to incorporate standalone validation classes into their user interfaces—and for business object developers to support an application's user interface.

An EF Code First Tutorial

Code First frees you up from the chore of creating databases for your project. Here's a primer on how to do it.

Developer Impacts 2012

2012 is barely underway, yet some of the technology that may shape this year is already starting to emerge. Which ones will have the largest impact?

5-Minute Tour of CSS3 Background Gradients

Major browsers support CSS3 gradients (including Internet Explorer 10), but with different rendering engines, it's still good to have fallbacks.

Find Your Business Niche

Instead of building a generic, do-everything product, find a niche that fits your personal and business goals.

The Survival of Microsoft's Fittest

A certain Darwinian evolution is taking place at Microsoft. Some product species are more fit, with better chances for survival. You can understand and work with Microsoft's changes, rather than being passively impacted by them.

Exploiting the .NET Validation Frameworks

Implementing one of three interfaces can turn your business classes into self-validating components that seamlessly integrate into WPF, Silverlight and ASP.NET MVC applications -- and can be easily extended to other environments.

An Epic FAIL for this Web Service

The office where Peter L. works was abuzz with excitement one morning a few months ago when the familiar, bland corporate art was missing from the wall opposite the elevators.

Readers React: Silverlight's Future

Readers react to a column discussing the future of Silverlight.

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