Web Development


Xamarin.Forms -- Caching for the ListView

Similar to the UITableView in iOS and ListView in Android, the XF version can be used to cache images for use in other locations of an application.

Investigating Exceptions Causing Web Site Havoc

A stepped approach using traditional tools in Visual Studio and third-party solutions to troubleshoot and debug Web application issues.

Checking Up on Your Entity Framework Objects with DbEntityEntry

The Entity Framework DbEntityEntry object lets you do all sorts of things you probably didn't think were possible, including getting the latest data from the database (without losing your current data) and invoking the .NET Framework validation subsystem.

Set HtmlHelpers Parameters Using Anonymous Objects in ASP.NET

If you're passing an anonymous object to an HtmlHelper method (to ActionLink, for example), you might want to consider using that anonymous object to eliminate one of the other parameters.

Revealing Secrets with R and Factor Analysis

Let's use this classical statistics technique -- and some R, of course -- to get to some of the latent variables hiding in your data.

The Key to Cross-Platform Coding is .NET Everywhere

No longer a pipe dream, cross-platform coding has been made fairly straightforward and nearly ordinary with tools from Xamarin and others. At VSLive!, Microsoft's James Montemagno demonstrated the ease with which cross-platform apps can be delivered without venturing too far from the C# space.

All of Visual Studio 2017 Visually In One Suite Release

Nifty, printable info graphic shows everything new and updated in the latest developer suite.

Google App Engine Adds .NET Support

.NET developers now have another option for the streamlined creation of cloud apps, now that Google App Engine has announced support for the Microsoft developer stack.

Efficiently Loading Related Objects in Entity Framework

If you're not using the Entity Framework DbCollectionEntry object when working with an entity class's related objects, then your application is running too slow. Using DbCollectionEntry lets you asynchronously retrieve related objects and get only the objects you want.

Workflow Engine 2.0 Improves UI

Version 2.0 of the business process development tool comes in builds for .NET Core and Java, and sports streamlined UI improvements and a number of new methods.

Customize Browser Window Size When Debugging ASP.NET Apps

If, after pressing F5, you've ever found yourself adjusting the size of your browser window, then this tip is for you. But you shouldn't be surprised if it doesn't work.

Visual Studio Team Services Sprint 114 Delivers

Visual Studio Team Services team are in the midst of rolling out yet another sprint, this one with additional Delivery plans features, a more optimized mobile work item experience, and some other Team features.

Transforming Windows Files on C++: What's Fastest?

We just covered background information on our last file processing foray. Now, what's faster: CRT, Windows API, or something else?

Mimic Lazy Loading with Entity Framework 6 and Entity Framework Core 1.1

Entity Framework Core doesn't have lazy loading (at least, not yet). But you can fake it by using explicit loading, though it doesn't work quite the way you might want. In fact, it's probably a good idea to use this in Entity Framework 6.

Tools, Services Supporting Visual Studio 2017

With Visual Studio 2017 making its debut next week, a number of software and services that comprise its tooling ecosystem have already embedded support for the development platform.

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