Microsoft and Perfecto Mobile announced new features for mobile app testing in Visual Studio and Microsoft Azure.
The final version is expected sometime this summer.
If you're used to ListBox or LongListSelector, find out how the GridView and ListView controls for Windows Phone 8.1 can do it better.
- By Nick Randolph
The UnityVS add-on allows Unity developers to work within Visual Studio.
Navigation in mobile devices is an important consideration. If a user isn't able to navigate an app, he might quickly abandon it. Learn the navigation principles of Android to keep this from happening to you.
- By Wallace McClure
You can completely disconnect your test code from your database with Entity Framework 6 in .NET and Visual Studio. You just need a little bit of custom code for your application, along with some boilerplate code.
It's been made a project on Github.
Are you tired of manually configuring IIS sites (adding Web sites, application pools, virtual directories and so on)? Use C# and the Microsoft.Web.Administration Namespace to simplify your life (or at least IIS configuration).
- By Patrick Steele
An old Silverlight feature is the top vote-getter so far on UserVoice.
Backbone provides an elegant way to encapsulate the code necessary to get your data and HTML onto the page. Peter shows how to make it work in TypeScript.
Ondrej Balas continues his discussion on refactoring your code for dependency injection, this time focusing on the composition root pattern.
- By Ondrej Balas
The feature, which is for code stored in Git, will eventually be added to local copies of Visual Studio.
The open source application packaging platform gets 1.0 support on Microsoft's cloud.
- By John K. Waters
Thinking in terms of layers or tiers really isn't much help to you. Stop doing it: The single responsibility principle and design patterns are all you really need.
The upgrade is made possible by using SQLitePCL.
While this one isn't for use on production servers, the next one likely will be.
Prune your Entity Framework with the help of asynchronous methods.
Remote Desktop App for Windows Phone 8.1 has limitations that rankle some, though.
Go deeper into the Oculus Rift SDK.
MSDN subscribers can try it for free with their Microsoft-supplied credits.