7/1/2012

Big Data Traffic Control

Microsoft is producing a host of cloud-based solutions for managing the data explosion, starting with Apache Hadoop on Windows Azure. Find out what your options are.


In-Depth

Big Data in the Cloud

Microsoft has cooked up a feast of value-added big data cloud apps featuring Apache Hadoop, MapReduce, Hive and Pig, as well as free apps and utilities for numerical analysis, publishing data sets, data encryption, uploading files to SQL Azure and blobs.


Code Focused

Build a More Powerful CRM System with Visual Basic .NET Extensions

Accessing a customer relationship management system with a custom .NET application can add important functionality.


Frameworks

Developers as Designers? It Needs to Happen

It's time to stop thinking of "design" as a dirty word, and UI as the sole domain of the folks at the other end of the cubicle farm.


Letters from Readers

Readers Respond: Write Android Apps in C#, Visual Studio Keyboard Shortcuts

A skunkworks project by Xamarin, the developers of Mono for Android and Mono Touch, machine-translated millions of lines of Java in Android to C#.


Papa's Perspective

3 Things You Need to Learn About CSS Selectors

If you haven't checked out CSS, understanding the most often used core selectors is a good place to start.


Practical .NET

Creating Modularity with WPF, Prism and Unity

If you're building Windows Presentation Foundation applications that will change over time or have some combination of complex workflows, rich user interaction, and significant presentation or business logic, Microsoft recommends that you add Prism and Unity to your toolkit. That's good advice.


Redmond Review

Windows Azure: The Loose Ends Come Together

On June 7, Microsoft introduced its revamped Windows Azure cloud computing platform to the world.


UI Code Expert

Putting Metro Style Design Principles to Work

"Metro" is the term for apps running on Windows 8/ARM. But what does it mean in terms of design?


Product Reviews

Building Mobile UIs Just Like Windows Forms

The Gizmox Enterprise Mobile development package is a clever -- perhaps brilliant -- hack that lets you create mobile Web-based applications in a Windows Forms-like IDE.


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