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Visual Studio Magazine's Top-10 How-To Stories for 2012

These are the articles readers found most helpful in the past year.

With the new year upon us, it's natural to look ahead. But it's also a good time to look back a bit on the just-completed year. Toward that end, here's a list of our readers'10 favorite how-to stories from 2012. If you missed any of these, check 'em out; they may help you with that project you're currently working on, or have been noodling around in your head.Or they may give you new ideas on things to try in 2013.

10) Practical .NET: Powerful JavaScript With Upshot and Knockout
The Microsoft JavaScript Upshot library provides a simplified API for retrieving data from the server and caching it at the client for reuse. Coupled with Knockout, the two JavaScript libraries form the pillars of the Microsoft client-side programming model.

9) On VB: Database Synchronization with the Microsoft Sync Framework
The Microsoft Sync Framework is a highly flexible framework for synchronizing files and data between a client and a master data store. With great flexibility often comes complexity and confusion, however.

8) C# Corner: Performance Tips for Asynchronous Development in C#
Visual Studio Async is a powerful development framework, but it's important to understand how it works to avoid performance hits.

7) 2 Great JavaScript Data-Binding Libraries
JavaScript libraries help you build powerful, data-driven HTML5 apps.

6) On VB: Entity Framework Code-First Migrations
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.

5) C# Corner: The New Read-Only Collections in .NET 4.5
Some practical uses for the long-awaited interfaces, IReadOnlyList and IReadOnlyDictionary, in .NET Framework 4.5.

4) C# Corner: Building a Windows 8 RSS Reader
Eric Vogel walks through a soup-to-nuts demo for building a Metro-style RSS reader.

3) C# Corner: The Build Pattern in .NET
How to separate complex object construction from its representation using the Builder design pattern in C#.

2) Inside Visual Studio 11: A Guided Tour
Visual Studio 2012 (code-named Visual Studio 11 then) is packed with new features to help you be a more efficient, productive developer. Here's your guided tour.

1) HTML5 for ASP.NET Developers
The technologies bundled as HTML5 finally support what developers have been trying to get HTML to do for decades.

About the Author

Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Virtualization Review.

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