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Books we recommend

Image The REST API Design Handbook

A small book that will teach you everything you need to know on REST services. This book, is theoretical but not to the extent that it will bore you. It just summarizes the minimum knowledge you need in order to build really RESTful services. This book is the "additional" thing for you to build functional and high quality REST services with the ASP.NET MVC4 WebAPI.

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Image Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (Second Preview)

We’re happy to release the Second Preview of our free ebook Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, by Kraig Brockschmidt, today.

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Articles we enjoyed

What is the easiest way to generate HTTP requests?
Some prefer Fiddler. But this is more for monitoring (plus you have to write the Header parameters on your own). Others prefer curl. Scott provides a very interesting and easy to use alternative (HTTPIE - IE does not stand for Internet Explorer :))

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Moving existing projects to EF5
You have embraced Entity Framework as your ORM 1 or 2 years ago. You have always wanted to have enum support or cached queries and felt glad that EF 5 supports all of those. But now you are faced with the problem of migrating your project to EF5. Julie Lerman has done that for you!

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Do you really know what a REST service is?
The ASP.NET WebAPI enables you to build REST services very easily. But do you know what really makes an XML/JSON service being RESTful and what's the difference? Kellabyte's blog clarifies that for us.

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Almost two years ago, we set out on a path towards building a flavor of Blend that allowed you to seamlessly craft HTML, CSS, and JavaScript into Metro style applications. We are thrilled to announce that the final, released version of Blend is available for you to try out. As in previous releases, there is no more need to download Blend separately. It is now part of every VS download that targets any of the supported platforms. You can learn more from our launch blog post.

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ASP.NET Frameworks and Raw Throughput Performance
A few days ago I had a curious thought: With all these different technologies that the ASP.NET stack has to offer, what's the fastest technology overall to return raw data for a server request? When I started this it was mere curiosity rather than a real practical need or result. Different tools are used for different problems and so performance differences are to be expected. But still I was curious to see how the various technologies performed relative to each orher just for raw throughput of the request getting to the endpoint and back out to the client with as little processing in the actual endpoint logic as possible (aka Hello World).

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Libraries and Tools for the rescue

WebMatrix 2 is Released! + New Windows Azure Features

You may remember this blog post about WebMatrix, Windows Azure Web Sites and PHP back in June. Well, we’re excited that WebMatrix 2 just shipped! This post covers a quick highlight of the top features, especially the integration with Windows Azure. WebMatrix is a lightweight web development tool that lets you quickly install and publish popular open source applications or built-in templates. It bundles a web server, database engines, top programming languages and publishing capabilities into one tool - whether you use ASP.NET, PHP, Node.js or HTML5. Read more

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