Handling exceptions in the Task-Based Asynchronous Pattern has become much easier with the latest version of the Microsoft .NET Framework.
- By Patrick Steele
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.
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Once Windows 8 tablets are available, how will Microsoft overcome the ironically incumbent status of Apple's competing devices?
- By Andrew J. Brust
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.
- By Readers of Visual Studio Magazine
Writing code for the same mobile app across various platforms gets old in a hurry. Fortunately, there are solutions.
- By Wallace McClure
C++ pointers earned a bad reputation for causing memory leaks, but new smart pointers release memory as it stops being referenced.
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.
All indications now point toward an October release of Windows 8.
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.
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.
Eric Vogel shows you how to simplify the consumption of your API by adding a fluent interface design.
Persisting user settings in Windows Phone is something every mobile developer needs to know how to do. Nick Randolph walks you through the process.
- By Nick Randolph
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.
Talent and great ideas aren't enough. If you want to succeed as an entrepreneur, you gotta have hustle.
- By Patrick Foley
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.
Microsoft System Center 2012 is out, and Microsoft .NET Framework developers everywhere are cheering.
- By Andrew J. Brust
PowerPoint Storyboarding, a new feature of Visual Studio 11, brings new dimensions to UI design.
- By Mark Michaelis