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Simplifying Cross-Platform Mobile App Development with Xamarin.Forms

Lots of decisions go into creating cross-platform apps. Without Xamarin.Forms, the decision process is almost too unwieldy. Here's how it can simplify your mobile development.

SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 Is Last One You'll See

Microsoft makes good on commitment to continue improving older solutions, but the support will eventually end for this version as a newer, cloudified version 2014 takes over.

Any Way the Wind Blows

With the rate of turnover for developers of Ventozoom's flagship application, some part of the system must be cursed. After Robert joined the team, and seeing how his predecessor handled dictionaries, he can understand.

Xamarin.Forms: What Developers Make of It

Developers tell us why they use it and what benefit they derive from the tooling, and Xamarin developer Craig Dunn goes over the decisionmaking process when choosing between Xamarin.Forms, Xamarin.iOS or Xamarin.Android.

How To Refactor for Dependency Injection, Part 5: A Look at 5 DI Containers

DI containers all serve a similar purpose, but with some differences in syntax and functionality. Ondrej Balas explains the differences between Ninject, Castle Windsor, Unity, StructureMap and Autofac.

Xamarin Test Cloud Now Available

Xamarin Test Cloud integrates with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server to natively automate testing of mobile apps across thousands of devices and OSes.

Improving Mobile App UI Design, Collaboration with Kony Visualizer

Kony Visualizer 2.0 targets collaborative teams developing mobile app user interface design across platforms.

Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 CTP2 Adds Visual C++, Testing Improvements

Lots of goodies packed into this release: improved Visual C++ solution browsing and GPU performance diagnosis, TFS work item performance improvements, support for Eclipse 4.4 with Team Explorer, more.

Azure Adds VM Sizing Options

Microsoft adds a new series of VMs to its Azure cloud service for companies running big data, analytics or data-intensive applications.

Splitting Tables To Improve Performance: A Designer-Based Solution

Peter returns to improve performance by splitting a single table into multiple entities, but this time, he implements his solution using the Entity Framework 6 designer.

Creating Neural Networks Using Azure Machine Learning Studio

Dr. McCaffrey walks you through how to use the Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio, a new front-end for Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, to get a neural prediction system up and running.

Windows Library for JavaScript 3.0 Debuts

Microsoft's open source JavaScript library debuts with version 3.0 of the JavaScript library for building cross-platform/cross-browser-enabled apps.

Devs To Blame for Mobile App Privacy/Security Failures?

It's a sad state of affairs for mobile app privacy and security, and some of the blame is on developers, says one study.

Splitting Tables in Entity Framework 6 to Improve Performance

There are some occasions when using Entity Framework can really hurt you: When you have tables with hundreds of columns or tables with large payloads. Here's how to get EF6 to do the right thing.

SQL Server Still on Top

Microsoft's venerable relational database management system remains on top with a regular pattern of updates and enhancements to ensure its continued strength in the market.

Azure API Management Service Now Available to Developers

API developers can now use Azure API Management Service to publish APIs for others to use, as well as programmatically monitor usage and health of APIs.

Web API Documentation Tools

A look at some of the tools available to automate the creation of documentation for your Web API.

Visual Studio TFS Among Leaders in Gartner's Test Suites Report

Microsoft's "team sport"-style integrated development suite makes it among leaders on Gartner's 2014 Magic Quadrant report.

Enterprise Distribution of Windows Phone Applications

Nick Randolph discussed how Windows Phone applications can be deployed within a company using enterprise distribution.

Splunk Extends Data to .NET Developers

The data analytics company adds new tools for .NET developers who want to tap the vast information stores to customized apps.

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