• Connection Strings

    What's in WWDC 2017 for Microsoft Stack Devs?

    Apple uses the conference as a launch point for its products and services, and it behooves Microsoft developers, especially cross-platform app builders, to pay attention to new capabilities of the Apple platforms. 06/07/2017

  • Practical .NET

    Reduce Overhead When Retrieving Objects with Entity Framework

    If you're only retrieving an object so that you can read its data, you can reduce your costs by turning off Entity Framework tracking. Which is exactly what you want to do in ASP.NET MVC, as long as you're careful. 06/07/2017

  • Visual Studio Toolbox

    Q&A: Visual Studio Extensions Developer Mads Kristensen

    Mads has written dozens of essential Visual Studio extensions. Terrence Dorsey sat down to talk about his background, development process and favorite extensions. 06/06/2017

  • Practical .NET

    Leverage Global Filters and the HandleError Attribute in ASP.NET MVC Apps

    Here's how to combine adding HandleError attributes to your ASP.NET MVC application both through Global Filters and adding them directly to your Action methods. 06/02/2017

  • Connection Strings

    Random Finds Friday: Electron Supports TypeScript, MCSA Exam Name Changes

    Electron now includes TypeScript support with a TypeScript definition file that's included automatically in all installs. And several developer-related certifications are renamed to highlight Microsoft-specific technologies. 06/02/2017

  • News

    Azure Cosmos DB Is Out of This World

    Microsoft dubs it the "first globally distributed, multi-model database service delivering turnkey global distribution with guaranteed uptime and millisecond latency at the 99th percentile." Also announced: Azure DB for MySQL and PostGreSQL previews. 06/01/2017

  • Code Focused

    The Fraternal Twins of Equals and GetHashCode

    Lots of searching through lots of data means potential app performance degradation. Hash codes can speed things up. 06/01/2017

  • In-Depth

    Breathe New Life for Your ASP.NET Apps with Docker, Part 2

    Last time, we used Docker to modernize an ASP.NET WebForms app. In this second part, we take a feature-driven approach to extending it and improving performance. 05/31/2017

  • Connection Strings

    Xamarin University To Host Free Webinars in June

    C# developers can dive into the basics of Xamarin.Forms, and go beyond with customizing them, learning how to target game development for various mobile platforms, and integrate it with Azure Machine Learning to build "smart" apps. It's all free in this once-weekly webinar series. 05/30/2017

  • Practical .NET

    How I Approached Gaining Microsoft Certification

    If you’re thinking about pursuing a Microsoft Certification, here’s how and why Peter went through the certification process for the second time, including his feedback on some of the resources available to you. 05/30/2017

  • Practical .NET

    Exploiting Partial and RenderPartial in ASP.NET MVC

    If you're wondering what the difference is between the HtmlHelper Partial and RenderPartial methods, then here's why Peter, at least, uses Partial. 05/26/2017

  • News

    Entity Framework 6.2 Emerges Out of Preview

    This more fully-fledged version of Microsoft's object relational/mapper is now at the initial beta testing stage, with quicker startups and a number of fixes from the preview, but there's also more work to do to resolve some issues that can impact EF providers. Also: a list of new features of the EF Core 2.0 preview released at Build. 05/25/2017

  • In-Depth

    Use Docker To Breathe New Life for Your ASP.NET Apps

    Using Docker's lightweight containerization technology, you can modernize and extend ASP.NET WebForms app quickly and safely on the Microsoft Azure cloud. In this first of a two-part series, we show you how. 05/25/2017

  • The Data Science Lab

    Neural Networks Using Python and NumPy

    With Python and NumPy getting lots of exposure lately, I'll show how to use those tools to build a simple feed-forward neural network. 05/24/2017

  • News

    Azure Database Migration Service in Limited Preview

    With previews announced at Microsoft's Build Conference, the database migration service will allow developers to migrate on-premises databases to the cloud without so much as a hiccup. 05/23/2017

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