A new IDE, Xamarin Studio, is also part of the release.
- By Katrina Carrasco
One of the most significant updates is the introduction of a convention-based extension model, in which you can configure a set of naming conventions to allow MEF parts to be easily picked up by your application.
Mickey Gousset introduces you to unit testing SharePoint 2010 applications using the SharePoint Emulators.
- By Mickey Gousset
Implementing design patterns in the Microsoft .NET Framework isn't all that hard to do; understanding what each pattern does for you and picking which one to use is the real issue.
The Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) pattern is for more than just Microsoft .NET Framework projects. Find out how to apply it to Android development through its open source counterpart, MvvmCross.
- By Greg Shackles
For the first time, Git support and integration are baked in.
Eric Vogel covers how to create a real-time Web data entry form with ASP.NET MVC, KnockOutJS and SignalR.
A meta-program is "executed" as the result of template instantiation (therefore, before compiled code is produced). Meta-program results are then compiled and merged into object code, including any back-end optimization.
In the first installment of app-building with SignalR, learn how to build a real-time chat application.
The contest was based on the growth in the number of searches from the previous year.
Workflows make it easy to do something that's very hard to do in any other development environment: Take action when something doesn't happen. Here's how to protect yourself when something's isn't happening in your Windows Workflows.
Our second annual salary survey indicates that experience pays off for Microsoft software professionals.
- By Kathleen Richards
Eric Vogel shows you how to use the CultureInfo API in .NET Framework 4.5 to simplify localization in a multi-threaded application.
Developers continue to show gains in salary and have better job security than most others, according to Visual Studio Magazine's second-annual salary survey.
Not only does backlog management impact product architecture, but full adoption of Experience Leveling can also enable faster time-to-production, higher quality, and better user experience.
There's a well understood UI design process that you can use to get to the "right" UI for your application. And it starts by inventing people.
Creating connectable Web Parts is a good thing for you and your users -- and the default interfaces that come with SharePoint form the architecture you should use to create those Web Parts.
What's next on the data frontier? Microsoft will take us into the world of in-memory transactional databases and big data. And if you know how to write code and queries against SQL Server, then you already have the necessary skills to play there.
- By Andrew J. Brust
A useful set of tools for creating PDF documents dynamically from code.
We rounded up readers' development misadventures for the December 2012 cover story, "Dev Disasters -- Why They Happen, How to Overcome Them".
- By Readers of Visual Studio Magazine