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Offloading Work from Your Application with a Queue

Sometimes you can improve your application's response time by shunting some activities to offline processing -- sending an e-mail response, for instance. Here's how to use Microsoft Message Queue (available on both your development and production computers) to simplify the process.

Satya Nadella's To-Do List: A 6-Point Plan

Microsoft needs fixing. Here's a list of the first things the new CEO should consider taking on.

Using SQLite with Modern C++

Incorporate the free database library with these easy, step-by-step directions.

Regular Expressions, Part 2: Positioning and More

Like riding a bike, knowledge of regular expressions will stay with you forever, allowing you to manipulate text quickly and easily. In this part of the series, Ondrej focuses in on groups, positioning and tools.

Strategies and Code for Creating Fluent APIs

There are numerous ways to implement a fluent API, depending on the degree of control you want to maintain over the API, how many classes you want to be able to use it with, and how you want to extend your API. Here are your options.

A Matter of Fax

That dinosaur of an office appliance -- the fax machine -- plays an unexpected role in Jason's Web site registration puzzle.

Xamarin How-To: Controls for Navigating Between Screens in iOS

Wally walks you through the two controls you can use to easily navigate your iOS apps.

Integrating the Client and the Server with TypeScript

Peter walks through a simple Web page that retrieves and updates data on the server to summarize his best practices for creating the client-side portion of an ASP.NET application.

Visual Studio Online: What It Is, and Why You Should Care

The introduction of Visual Studio Online doesn't mean the end of Team Foundation Server, but it does change the way Microsoft does application lifecycle management.

Book Review: .NET 4.5 Parallel Extensions Cookbook

Bryan Freeman's book on creating asynchronous applications does a great job of explaining the technology the .NET Framework provides for creating asynchronous applications.

How To Standardize Data for Neural Networks

Understanding data encoding and normalization is an absolutely essential skill when working with neural networks. James McCaffrey walks you through what you need to know to get started.

Picking and Choosing Features in Your Language

Just because your language can do it, it doesn't mean that you should.

Tracking Your Windows Phone App Analytics with VSO's Application Insights

Nick Randolph walks through adding analytics to your Windows Phone application using Application Insights for Visual Studio Online.

January Toolbox Picks: 40+ JavaScript Tools and Resources

Toolbox is a collection of handy tools, libraries, frameworks and information that helps you code. In this installment I've collected some new and popular JavaScript frameworks and testing tools.

Regular Expressions: Not as Tricky as They May Seem

Regular expressions are like power tools: They may look scary, but are easy to use once you understand their basic building blocks.

Best Practices for Designing a Fluent API

You can't "grow" a fluent API; you need to understand how developers will need (and expect) to use your API. Here's a case study of what the design process for a fluent API looks like.

Managing Client-Side Objects Using TypeScript: It's a Breeze

Once you've delivered server-side objects to your client, you're going to need to manage them. Here's how to integrate a powerful client-side (and server-side) object manager into your application using TypeScript.

HTTP Basics for REST-Based App Development

Go inside the protocol that's the backbone for today's modern, cloud-based applications.

Creating Useful Naming Conventions: Business Considerations

Peter continues to look at the value of imposing naming conventions on developers; but this time, he looks at the benefits related to understanding the business problem, as well as why flexibility is crucial.

JavaScript Unit Testing with Visual Studio

Mark Michaelis walks you through the Visual Studio tooling and project setup you'll need to get the most out of your JavaScript unit testing.

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