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Entity Framework Code-First Migrations

Code First Migrations allow for database changes to be implemented all through code. Through the use of Package Manager Console (PMC), commands can be used to scaffold database changes.

The Command Pattern in .NET

In Part 1 of this series, Eric Vogel walks you through a software design pattern that is commonly used to handle UI interactions.

Adding Client-Side Validation in ASP.NET MVC 3

By having your Data Annotations implement the IClientValidatable interface, you can make it easy for developers to integrate your client-side validation into your Views.

Write Faster Code by Adding VIM to Visual Studio

VIM is a text editor with a Visual Studio extension. Its time-saving power is well worth the learning curve.

Using Aspect-Oriented Programming to Initialize and Connect WPF Commands

See how a simple interceptor can help reduce the amount of coding needed to initialize your Windows Presentation Foundation ICommand properties.

Integrating Validation with the Entity Framework

Validation should begin as close to your database as possible: in your Entity Framework entities. Here's how you can integrate validation code into both the entities the Entity Framework generates and the ones you write.

The Business of Pricing Your Product

Figuring out how much to charge for your product is surprisingly challenging. Arm yourself with knowledge of basic pricing options, then make your best guess about what price will bring you the most profit.

Code Reuse with External Templates and Knockout.js

External templates allow you to reduce the code in your main HTML page, and reuse it in multiple places.

Working with ListBoxes in a Windows Phone Application

By overriding templates, you can modify the look and feel of the ListBox without changing the underlying behavior.

Reverse Psychology

Everything at Henry's company revolved around contracts with vendors. The IT department had relied on the aptly named Contract Manager -- the sole remaining Visual Basic 6 client-server application -- to support that business for the past 12 years.

Microsoft, the MVP Summit and the New Normal

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

Visual Studio Agility

Our cover story this month on Agile development comes at a good time, coinciding with the recent release of the Visual Studio 11 beta.

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.

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