Live Tiles are images that update a pinned tile (icon) on the start screen of Windows Phone. They're used to offer updates to a user browsing the start screen, without having to open the application completely.
The operating system will release to manufacturing in August.
C++ does things differently than C# or Visual Basic, especially when it comes to class construction. Take this tour to learn about the differences.
WPF with Prism and Unity allow you to create loosely-coupled applications that assemble themselves at run time. Here's how Prism and Unity allow you to dynamically integrate business logic into your application.
Accessing a customer relationship management system with a custom .NET application can add important functionality.
ASP.NET Web API allows you to write a service once and provide different output formats with little effort on the developer's side.
The company is bringing back free tooling for Windows desktop apps after developers expressed frustration over the Visual Studio 2012 Express lineup.
- By Kathleen Richards
The second hands-on look at Microsoft's upcoming compilers-as-a-service technology is now available to developers in a June 2012 Community Technology Preview.
- By Kathleen Richards
Use the Microsoft Sync Framework to synchronize data changes between SQL Server 2008 Standard, SQL Server 2008 Express and SQL Server Compact Edition 3.5.
Peter Vogel continues his exploration of WCF 4.5's support for WebSockets by writing the code to accept data from the client and then return data to the client whenever that data becomes available.
Moving property values from one object to another can be tricky; DevTrends has a set of extensions that can help.
On VB columnist Joe Kunk shows you how to create and extract "almost" .ZIP files in .NET Framework 4 and standard .ZIP files in .NET Framework 4.5.
Visual Basic 11 contains many enhancements you may not have noticed.
Code First Migrations allow for database changes to be implemented all through code. Through the use of Package Manager Console (PMC), commands can be used to scaffold database changes.
Validation should begin as close to your database as possible: in your Entity Framework entities. Here's how you can integrate validation code into both the entities the Entity Framework generates and the ones you write.
Everything at Henry's company revolved around contracts with vendors. The IT department had relied on the aptly named Contract Manager -- the sole remaining Visual Basic 6 client-server application -- to support that business for the past 12 years.
While you can create classes that contain their own validation code, there are scenarios where it makes sense to separate validation code from the properties it validates using DataAnnotations.
10 questions and answers to help understand the Roslyn complier-as-a-service project for Visual Basic and C# developers.
WPF provides the richest environment for developers to incorporate standalone validation classes into their user interfaces—and for business object developers to support an application's user interface.
Code First frees you up from the chore of creating databases for your project. Here's a primer on how to do it.