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Dev Disasters -- Why They Happen, How to Overcome Them

Learn lessons about your own code through the errors committed by other developers.

10 Things Silverlight Devs Need to Know About the Windows Runtime

Every Silverlight developer needs to know these differences between Silverlight and the Windows Runtime before starting on a WinRT app.

Visual Studio Magazine 2012 Readers Choice Winners

The readers have spoken, the votes tallied. Which products have been chosen as worthy to take home the gold, silver or bronze? Our annual awards celebrate your most valuable tools.

Priority Queues with C#

A priority queue assigns a priority to each element. Knowing how to build them is important in solving many coding problems.

Good UI Design Is No Longer Optional

In a mobile world, software developers can no longer ignore UI design.

Visual Studio ALM Gets a New Lifecycle

Fewer obstacles, agile improvements and continuous feedback in Visual Studio 2012 with Team Foundation Server remove your team's roadblocks to higher-quality software and maintenance.

Load Testing with Custom Performance Counters

Tracking down performance problems in your application can be a frustrating experience. Reduce your stress levels with custom counters.

Improved Permutations with the BigInteger Data Type

The major challenge when working with permutations is that the factorial function gets very, very large very, very quickly. The BigInteger data type was introduced in the .NET Framework 4.0; it enables the writing of effective permutation code.

Metro Apps with HTML5

If you're an experienced Web developer, you'll love the HTML5/JavaScript/CSS3 options provided by Visual Studio 2012. Here's a step-by-step guide to getting started.

Semantic Zoom with Silverlight 5 PivotViewer

The Silverlight 5 PivotViewer allows you to create unique and interactive data visualizations for your users. Find out how to effectively use this technology and incorporate semantic zoom into your data collections.

New Views on Windows 8 Metro-Style Development

FlipView, ListView and GridView are new controls for Windows 8 Metro-style applications. They'll become key tools for building great-looking UIs.

Improved Combinations with the BigInteger Data Type

If your app requires the creation and manipulation of combinations of objects, the BigInteger structure in the Microsoft .NET Framework can offer huge advantages to combination functions.

Big Data in the Cloud

Microsoft has cooked up a feast of value-added big data cloud apps featuring Apache Hadoop, MapReduce, Hive and Pig, as well as free apps and utilities for numerical analysis, publishing data sets, data encryption, uploading files to SQL Azure and blobs.

Windows Phone App Porting: Bridging the PhoneGap

PhoneGap is used for building mobile applications across a range of devices with JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3. Learn how to use PhoneGap to build a Windows Phone application that can be easily ported to another phone.

Azure Performance Tips, Part 2: Cloud Checks

Visual Studio test tools, profiling, performance counters, and the SQL Azure Management Console provide a snapshot as to how the app performs.

ASP.NET 4.5 Test-Drive

In the upcoming versions of Microsoft Web development tools, ASP.NET makes data binding more flexible while ASP.NET MVC makes creating AJAX applications and building mobile applications easier, among other goodies in both environments.

Plug in to Mono for Android for Lights, Camera and Video Apps

Multimedia is expected in today's mobile applications, and the fun isn't only for smartphone and tablet users. Mono for Android, based on the Mono project's open source implementation of the Microsoft .NET Framework, can help you take advantage of Android Camera APIs in Visual Studio.

Azure Performance Tips, Part 1: Prepping and Testing the Local Development Machine

In this multi-part series, Joseph Fultz will walk you through exactly what you need to know to make sure your Azure deployment performs optimally. First up, the steps you need to take on your local development machine.

Top Tips for Migrating Your Applications to the Azure Cloud

From architecture to security to database compatibility, here's what you need to know to make your Azure cloud migration a success.

An Agile Primer

Agile development is growing in popularity for a reason: It results in faster time to market and, in most cases, better software.

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