Ignore the Myths About C++ And Read This

Online book from C++ expert Andrey Karpov aims to explain away the myths of C++ programming by way of example.

Initialize Member Variables in the Order You Declare Them

In part 4 of this series on the C++ Core Guidelines, Kate Gregory reminds you of an oddity in C++ when it comes to initializing member variables, and shows you a best practice that will make sure this oddity never hurts you.

Silver Anniversary for Visual Basic

A belated 25th birthday to Visual Basic. Yes, 25 years ago, this language transformed the Windows app market in ways even Microsoft could not have imagined.

Integrating ASP.NET MVC, React and JSX with TypeScript

Creating a form with TypeScript, React and JSX lets you generate the HTML for your form dynamically, at runtime, and on the user's computer. Here's how to integrate a data- driven form into ASP.NET MVC.

How To Programmatically Customize iOS Keyboards with C#

Developers will always look to customize everything, and keyboards aren't out of bounds. Here's how to customize the iOS keyboard that pops up in your mobile apps to address any shortcomings.

Simplifying Data Retrieval with CQRS in ASP.NET MVC

Data retrieval and updates are very different activities so the CQRS pattern says that the smart thing to do is treat them differently. Here's a variety of solutions for the retrieval side in an ASP.NET MVC application.

Generate TypeScript Classes from C# with TypeScriptSyntaxPaste

When working with TypeScript it's not unusual to need a class that matches an already existing server-side class written in C#. Here's one way to get from C# to TypeScript by doing what you normally do.

Build Interactive Tiles for Microsoft Band

Now that you know how to communicate with the Band apps, here's another twist. Let's get interactive.

Choosing the Right Constructors to Write

In part 3 of this series on the C++ Core Guidelines, we explore constructors and why, rather than writing a default constructor, you should use in-class member initializers, a feature added in C++ 11.

Simplify Code with the Visitor Pattern

You can't make a complicated problem simple. But, by leveraging the right tools in your language (and the Visitor pattern) you can ensure that your code doesn't get as complicated as your problem.

Classic Stats, Or What ANOVA with R Is All About

New to this type of analysis? It's a classic statistics technique that is still useful. Here's a technique for doing a one-way ANOVA using R.

Logic Is Your Enemy

Leveraging the right combination of object-oriented tools can keep your code simple, even as the problems you solve get more complicated.

14 Tools For Microsoft Azure Development

Microsoft Azure has become one of the top cloud computing environments and we've got 14 essential tools for integrating Azure right into your development environment.

Pressure Is On with 3D Touch in iOS Apps

Add pressure-based interactions in your apps in just a few minutes.

Don't Cast Away Const

Too few C++ developers use const properly, or enough. A seemingly-strange guideline, suggesting you never use a particular language feature, leads to some insight about const and some good practices for you.

Eliminate the Barrier Between JavaScript and HTML (or Anything Else)

The JSX tool lets you describe your page as a set of custom elements that you define in TypeScript classes. Those elements then add to the page whatever text or code makes sense to you.

Exploiting the ConcurrentDictionary in Asynchronous Applications

The ConcurrentDictionary provides the most efficient (and safest) way to shared named values between asynchronous processes with several powerful methods. But the best advice might be to avoid ever needing them.

Introducing the C++ Core Guidelines

Whether you're new to C++ or a seasoned C++ coder, there are times when deciding how to do something seems arbitrary. The C++ Core Guidelines have been written to guide developers of all experience levels through some of the choices we make to help us write code that is fast, readable, maintainable, and sensible.

Stack Up the Stream Objects to Combine Functionality

Using the Stream objects correctly can speed up your I/O, protect your files and simplify your code.

Build 2016, One Last Time

My colleague at MSDN Magazine, Michael Desmond, covers Build 2016 with an eye on the message Microsoft is pushing across development platforms.

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