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The Brave New World of Windows 8

Windows 8, unveiled in September, will change the way Microsoft-focused developers build applications.

Multilevel Sorting with IComparable and IComparer

IComparable and IComparer sound the same and work in similar ways, but there are important differences you need to know.

Building Great HTML5 Apps

HTML5 is a key part of Windows 8, and web development, going forward. This series will show you how to build great HTML5 applications.

Windows 8 Reactions from Build: Dev Experts Weigh In

What will Windows 8 really mean for the future of .NET developers? Four industry experts share their insights.

HTML5 for ASP.NET Developers

The technologies bundled as HTML5 finally support what developers have been trying to get HTML to do for decades.

Scale ASP.NET Apps Through Distributed Caching

High-transaction environments can use distributed caching to boost performance without major code changes.

Tips for RIA Security

Securing Rich Internet Applications requires an understanding of their vulnerabilities.

Deep Dive: Task-Based Asynchronous Pattern

This article introduces the TAP and the associated .NET language changes that streamline asynchronous programming and extend the multithreading enhancements in the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.

Tear-Off ToolStrips in Windows Forms

Starting with Microsoft Office, users have been able to double-click or drag a toolbar and have it become a floating window that can be moved or docked to the side of the application window. Here's how to implement a basic version of this behavior in C# Windows Forms applications.

Levels of TFS Build Automation

Your team won't achieve automated build nirvana overnight. Here's how to break down the process and adopt the changes in the Microsoft build system.

Application Analytics: Why Is the Developer Always the Last to Know?

A look at how developers can use the integrated application analytics capabilities of Visual Studio 2010 to improve software quality.

Parallel Programming: The Path from Multicore to Manycore

Lots more cores are coming -- but don't panic. Look for abstract programming methods pioneered by the MIT Cilk project to span to the future to address task parallelism, data parallelism and safety for multicore and manycore development.

17 Free Tools for Visual Studio

We look at 17 of the best free Visual Studio and .NET tools and add-ins.

New Migration Paths to the Microsoft Cloud

Will emerging developer tools and hybrid Platform as a Service features ramp up project and data deployments to Windows Azure?

Not Just a Designer: Code First in Entity Framework

Code First is a new development approach in the Entity Framework 4.1 stack that can simplify the understanding and maintenance of your domain model.

Silverlight Code: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

A developer's guide to unlocking the power of code reusability.

Visual Basic and C# at the Crossroads

How the Microsoft co-evolution strategy has shaped the two flagship languages of the .NET Framework, and what it means for developers going forward.

6 MVVM Tips: Leverage ViewModel and Unit Test Silverlight and WP7 Apps

The Microsoft Model-View-ViewModel pattern is an indispensable tool for developing applications for Silverlight, Windows Phone 7 and Windows Presentation Foundation. Benjamin Day helps you avoid architectural pitfalls and create unit-testable and maintainable applications.

Improve Authentication with Windows Identity Foundation

Windows Identity Foundation turns authentication over to token servers, reducing demands on developers while preparing the way for a service-oriented world. It also integrates with the authorization mechanisms you're already using.

Build Big-Data Apps in SQL Azure with Federation

Get ready to scale out SQL Azure databases beyond today's 50GB limit with the Transact-SQL and ADO.NET elastic sharding features, which are coming in the 2011 SQL Azure Federation Community Technology Previews.

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