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Async Processing in EF6 and the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5

The latest version of Entity Framework makes it easier to write asynchronous code. Here's how to write that code, and more important, where you'll actually find it useful.

Microsoft Makes 'Roslyn' Compiler Open Source

Also announced was a new interop organization called The .NET Foundation.

Asynchronous MSMQ Processing

Peter wraps up his look at offloading processing from the mainline of your application in order to improve response time by looking at processing message queues asynchronously.

A Constant Issue

Defining constants in your application is a good thing. But if you understand constants you can also decide when you don't need to use them, how to name them, when to set up exceptions to your names and -- the best thing -- when to replace them with parameters.

.NET Framework Reference Source Updated Via 'Roslyn'

Developers can search for incompatibilities between their own code and .NET more easily than ever.

Picking Up Queue Messages: Strategy and Tactics

If you're using MSMQ to offload work from your Web site, you have a number of ways to pick up those messages, including processing those messages as soon as they turn up.

TypeScript & Visual Studio 2013: Coming of Age

Visual Studio 2013, with the latest version of TypeScript, gives you the same kind of support you've come to expect when writing code in C# and Visual Basic.

Out To Lunch

Why user requests shouldn't always be granted.

Visual Studio 2013 Add-In Allows Code Searching Across Web

With Bing Code Search, Visual Studio developers get context-aware search capabilities from within IntelliSense.

Offloading Work from Your Application with a Queue

Sometimes you can improve your application's response time by shunting some activities to offline processing -- sending an e-mail response, for instance. Here's how to use Microsoft Message Queue (available on both your development and production computers) to simplify the process.

Regular Expressions, Part 2: Positioning and More

Like riding a bike, knowledge of regular expressions will stay with you forever, allowing you to manipulate text quickly and easily. In this part of the series, Ondrej focuses in on groups, positioning and tools.

Strategies and Code for Creating Fluent APIs

There are numerous ways to implement a fluent API, depending on the degree of control you want to maintain over the API, how many classes you want to be able to use it with, and how you want to extend your API. Here are your options.

A Matter of Fax

That dinosaur of an office appliance -- the fax machine -- plays an unexpected role in Jason's Web site registration puzzle.

Regular Expressions: Not as Tricky as They May Seem

Regular expressions are like power tools: They may look scary, but are easy to use once you understand their basic building blocks.

Best Practices for Designing a Fluent API

You can't "grow" a fluent API; you need to understand how developers will need (and expect) to use your API. Here's a case study of what the design process for a fluent API looks like.

Implementing a Fluent Interface

Here's how to implement a fluent API for a single class that supports the goals of fluent interfaces.

Handling Record Contention in Code-First Entity Framework

Peter returns to the topic of managing multiple users accessing the same row in a table using Entity Framework, but this time using code-first development. There are some unexpected issues to deal with.

Snazz Up Your MVC Apps with Twitter Bootstrap: A Get-Started Guide

Creating Web applications with a consistent interface can be time-consuming. Using Twitter Bootstrap, you can quickly scaffold out nice-looking Web applications. Here's how.

Checking Collections and Working with Objects in Visual Studio Test

Peter looks for help in building an extension method that will let him compare two objects in a Visual Studio Test. In return, he introduces the CollectionAssert class.

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.

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