Really Rest: Eliminating Documentation by Implementing HATEOAS

If you want to implement a fully "REST-compliant" application you should address a critical question: How do consumers know what URLs to use? What if all the consumer needed to know was how to use the HTTP protocol and a little common sense?

16 New Code Analysis, Testing and Debugging Tools For Visual Studio 2017

Back in the day, we'd write some code, compile, execute, see what happened and repeat. That was testing. (Sometimes that's still what testing looks like, for better or worse.) Today, we can do a lot better.

Build a Xamarin.Forms Application with MvvmCross

Building cross-platforms applications has never been easier using Microsoft's Xamarin.Forms. In this article Nick introduces v6 of MvvmCross and shows how it can be leveraged to accelerate development and improve the architecture of a Xamarin.Forms application.

Introduction to Keras with TensorFlow

Our data science doctor provides a hands-on neural networking tutorial to explain how to get started with the popular Keras library, a high-level wrapper over TensorFlow.

Build Your First TypeScript Application (2018)

Here's what a real-world "Hello, World" TypeScript application looks like (beginning with a discussion of whether you need TypeScript at all).

Clustering Non-Numeric Data Using Python

The data science doctor explains everything you need to know about clustering data, the process of grouping items so those in a group (cluster) are similar and items in different groups are dissimilar.

Leveraging Raw SQL in Entity Framework Core

The ability to use SQL with Entity Framework Core has always been a cool feature. There's a new feature in Entity Framework Core that opens the door for whole new set of SQL-related functionality.

Setting Up Your TypeScript Application – 2018 Version

If you're wondering how to start integrating TypeScript into your development practices, here's both when to do it and how to do it.

Small Firm Offers Up Homegrown Tools for Creating Web Apps with C#, VB.NET

Proving that Visual Studio tools can come from all manner of sources, a small dev firm in the Canary Islands is offering up its own homegrown toolset -- developed during the creation of an accounting program -- as a commercial product to let C# and VB.NET coders create Web apps without all that JavaScript and CSS stuff.

Sound-Effect Audio with Xamarin.Forms

Wally builds an app prototype and in response to user feedback investigates how to play audio sound effects in response to events such as a button press.

Data Clustering with K-Means Using Python

Our Data Science Lab guru explains how to implement the k-means technique for data clustering, or cluster analysis, which is the process of grouping data items so that similar items belong to the same group/cluster.

High Performance Object-Oriented Data Access with Dapper

Entity Framework is fabulous ... but it does impose some overhead. If you like working with data in an O-O kind of way but feel the "need for speed," then you should be looking at Dapper.

Testing Precompiled Azure Functions Locally with Storage Emulator

If you're coding Azure Functions in Visual Studio 2017 to work with Azure Storage, one tool that can assist when running functions locally is the Microsoft Azure Storage Emulator, as shown in this hands-on tutorial.

Copying Classes in TypeScript

If you need to create a version of a class from several sources or just want to merge default values with a user's input, object spreading solves your problem. JavaScript won't let you do this (yet) but TypeScript will.

Supporting Developers with JSON Schema

If you're building services it's critical that you support the developers who will create and read your service's messages. JSON Schema lets you support the three principles of good message design in a way that supports developers.

Managing and Enforcing Message Formats for Services

You can dramatically simplify life for developers creating services and their consumers by following three rules for designing messages and then enforcing your message formats with JSON Schema.

Neural Network Dropout Using Python

Go hands-on with data scientist Dr. James McCaffrey as he explains neural network dropout, a technique that can be used during training to reduce the likelihood of model overfitting.

Designing Service Messages for Optimal Performance

If you're building services, then getting your message formats right can be the difference between success and failure. Here's an example of what can go wrong and how it could be fixed.

Invoking and Sharing View Components in ASP.NET Core

View components let you create reusable chunks of business logic coupled with a UI in multiple places in your application ... and then let you share that logic across multiple projects. Here's how to invoke them and share them.

Creating Reusable View Components in ASP.NET Core

ASP.NET Core lets you bundle up business functionality along with its related UI into a view component that you can reuse in throughout your application.

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