.NET Framework


Infragistics Extends Mobile App Dev Tools

Infragistics' UI component development tools for .NET Framework has updated its developer toolkit with new functionality including increased support for building cross-platform mobile apps.

Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 Nears Completion

A release candidate that rolls up the most recent features -- work item tracking improvements, addition of the Stakeholder license, Git-based pull requests/code reviews -- bug fixes, and issues is a prelude to the final version expected in the coming months.

New Python Tools for Visual Studio Aims for Web

Python 2.1 for Visual Studio adds templates for working with Python-based Web frameworks from Django, Bottle, and Flask.

Neural Network Training Using Simplex Optimization

Simplex optimization is one of the simplest algorithms available to train a neural network. Understanding how simplex optimization works, and how it compares to the more commonly used back-propagation algorithm, can be a valuable addition to your machine learning skill set.

Microsoft Cozies Up To Docker

Microsoft and Docker will work on integrating Docker's open source container technology with Windows Server, with native deployment and management from any Azure cloud.

Azure Improves Table Storage Paging

Incremental improvement to Azure Mobile Services .NET Backend Azure Storage Extension and Windows Azure Mobile Services will ease table navigation pain with Web apps.

Building a Useful HTML Helper for ASP.NET MVC Views

Creating a full-featured extension for the ASP.NET MVC HtmlHelper class sounds like a lot of work. But, because of the way the Microsoft .NET Framework works, it's almost trivially easy. To show that, here's an EditBlockFor method that adds a label, a textbox and a validation message to your ASP.NET View.

Add Azure Active Directory Support to Azure Mobile Services-Enabled Windows Phone Apps

Windows Phone applications can use Azure Active Directory to authenticate users and authorize access to Azure Mobile Services. Nick Randolph walks through the process, step by step.

Visual Studio 14 Update: CTP 4 Slims Down

Fourth in line of public previews comes with improvements to ASP.NET vNext, the Common Language Runtime, and C++ debugging and C# language constructs.

Azure Improves Auditing, Previews PowerShell 0.8.9

Microsoft adds Azure SQL Database auditing improvements, an Azure Websites support extension, and a cloud-based PowerShell in preview.

Xamarin Evolves, Adds to Its Mobile App Solution Offerings

The mobile apps company continues to add to its growing suite of tools, with the introduction of new tools and features for mobile app monitoring and testing. These were announced at its conference in Atlanta this week.

vNext: What's in It for You?

Here's a grab bag of what you might find useful in the next version of the .NET Framework. It's good news for everyone but ASP.NET Web Form developers.

Splunk Simplifies System, Mobile App Health

Splunk announced updated Splunk Enterprise 6.2 and debuts cloud-based Splunk MINT at its user confab in Las Vegas.

Responding to Events with TypeScript and Backbone

Peter upgrades his Backbone/Typescript to respond to the event raised when the user selects an item in a dropdown list by retrieving related data from a Web API service.

Making Windows 10 Continuum Mode Work for Developers

Continuum mode takes developers to the next evolutionary step, but Microsoft has to offer developers a more universal approach to developing Windows 10 apps for the various devices and form factors.

SQL Server 2008 SP4: Really, That's It This Time

The differences between this release and the SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 release from last week are distinct enough to warrant separate releases.

Compiler Basics How-To, Part 4: Improving the Parser

Now you have compiler fundamentals down pat, let's move on to some of the techniques you can use to improve the parser's design and performance.

Simplifying Cross-Platform Mobile App Development with Xamarin.Forms

Lots of decisions go into creating cross-platform apps. Without Xamarin.Forms, the decision process is almost too unwieldy. Here's how it can simplify your mobile development.

SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 Is Last One You'll See

Microsoft makes good on commitment to continue improving older solutions, but the support will eventually end for this version as a newer, cloudified version 2014 takes over.

Any Way the Wind Blows

With the rate of turnover for developers of Ventozoom's flagship application, some part of the system must be cursed. After Robert joined the team, and seeing how his predecessor handled dictionaries, he can understand.

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