.NET Framework


An API for Simple HTTP Requests

Yes, sometimes you need sophisticated libraries that handle HTTP requests asynchronously, but in other situations that can be overkill. An old Internet Explorer API may have a solution.

.NET Portable Class Libraries Made Available for Non-Microsoft Platforms

The libraries are also included in the upcoming release of Visual Studio 2013.

The Adapter Pattern in the .NET Framework

The Adapter Pattern allows incompatible interfaces to communicate. Learn how it works by building an application that calculates prime numbers.

Asynchronous Operations with Xamarin

Your guide to all aspects of how Xamarin has implemented .NET 4.5/C# 5's support for asynch operations in Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android.

The Visual Studio Magazine 2013 Reader's Choice Awards Are Out

More than 400 products were voted on, to find the best.

Visual Studio 2012.4 Release Candidate Available

It's the last upgrade before Visual Studio 2013 hits the streets.

Windows Phone Dev 101: A Get-Started Guide for Pros

From project templates to themes to testing to authentication and much more, Nick Randolph looks at some of the tools, technologies and techniques you'll need if you want to become a professional Windows Phone developer.

Microsoft's New 64-Bit Compiler Speeds Up .NET Program Starts

The JIT compiler will also be the new codebase for future compilers across platforms.

Create Windows Services Easily with Topshelf

Creating a Windows Service is trivial using Topshelf, a freely-available library that converts a console application to a Windows Service. In this article, you'll create a simple notification app and integrate Topshelf.

Calling Web Services with TypeScript

Peter starts integrating a TypeScript client-side object with a server-side Web API service. Along the way, he looks at method overloading (not good), making JSON calls (good), testing asynchronous methods in Visual Studio (mostly good) and being a "TypeScript programmer."

Web API 2 Routing Attributes, Part 2

Create a Windows Store app that consumes a Web API service.

Team Foundation Server Team Rooms

Think of a Team Room as a collaborative chat workspace that records everything that happens on your team. In addition to being a real-time chat room, it also integrates with TFS to display data and interactions.

Microsoft Announces Visual Studio 2013 Pricing

A special upgrade price for Visual Studio 2013 Professional saves $200 over regular upgrade price.

New Microsoft Tool Monitors .NET App Performance

New Monitoring Agent uses IntelliTrace capabilities.

Going Beyond Usernames and Roles with Claims-Based Security in .NET 4.5

Claims-based security lets you manage your site's authorization process using any criteria that makes sense to you. And the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 provides some performance support for you once you start using claims-based security.

Updated: Cloud-Based iOS and Android Tool Gets Visual Studio Extension

Telerik's Icenium compiles HTML/JavaScript/CSS programs into their iOS and Android counterparts.

Are You Faking? Dynamically Generate Test Data at Run Time

Quickly populate your applications with fake names, addresses, phone numbers and much more with freely available libraries.

Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools Released

Best Practices Analyzer, command-line tool among new functionality.

Building and Testing a Web API Service

As part of building a client-side application in a test-driven way and using TypeScript, Peter creates a Web API service and writes a test that proves he can access it from JavaScript code -- though there are some "wrinkles" in making this work. Along the way, he has an insight about TypeScript versus other, first-class .NET languages.

Resource Management in the Windows API

The use of constructor/destructor pairs for resource management is the most important feature that distinguishes C++ from its predecessor.

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