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Hello Dotnetweeklyteers, This is a new category introduced to broadcast messages. Want to let you know that all of the content shared from this newsletter is carefully selected by us not some heartless bot! So, just to give you a heads up of what is happening with our newsletter. We are now at 160 subscribers and very happy about it. Our open-rate is about 40% and from those 35% click on a link. This newsletter started actually as an internal thing to keep links and resources in one place. Bookmarks are good however after a while they may become very clustered and chaotic. So organizing links in a blog-like site so we can categorize findings and query them easily made sense. Also, sharing them with everyone is an extra bonus! Comparing our newsletter with others (VisualStudioMagazine, JavascriptWeekly) which have 40-50K subscribers sounds small however have to start from somewhere. We hope that our findings are also useful for all of you and hope that we can grow our group gradually in the future. You can contact us at

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Books we recommend

Image Free eBook: Better Unit Testing with Microsoft Fakes guide

We are pleased to announce v1 of the Better Unit Testing with Microsoft Fakes guide, under Visual Studio Test Tooling Guidance, which allows you to get familiar with the Microsoft Fakes framework, to be in a position to promote, position and use it effectively.

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Articles we enjoyed

Windows Store app support in jQuery version 2.0
If you’ve already done some web development, it’s likely you’ve used the open source JavaScript framework jQuery. And if you’ve tried building Windows Store apps using jQuery, you might have run into errors related to JavaScript runtime or dynamic content. With the upcoming release of v2.0, the jQuery team has addressed these concerns. The jQuery v2 beta now supports development in HTML5/JS for Windows Store apps. As a web developer, you can use your existing skills and assets to build awesome apps for Windows 8.

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Tracking your Blood Pressure with help from HealthVault and this Windows Phone 8 app
Today's Mobile Monday project is one that's kind of cool, in a weird "track your health stat's via a Windows Phone 8 Health Vault enabled app" kind of way.

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Congratulations to the New and Renewed MVPs!
Today, 885 exemplary community leaders around the world were notified that they have received the MVP Award! These individuals were chosen because they have demonstrated their deep commitment to helping others make the most of their technology, voluntarily sharing their passion and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with the community.

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Managing Windows 7 and Windows 8 Side-by-Side
This white paper discusses the planning, line-of-business application compatibility, imaging, security, and backend system considerations and experiences of the Microsoft IT team when managing desktop and laptop machines running Windows 8 and Windows 7 within the same corporate network.

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Visual Studio 2012 Tips Part 6 – Browse Web App With IE (No Add-Ons)
The last two weeks I have been developing an application that creates Sales Orders from a web interface. The application is used to return damaged watches and sunglasses to the repair centre. It creates a Sales Order entry in SYSPRO and makes use of various custom fields to store data not available in SYSPRO. The application wasn’t very complicated, but did take a few days to complete. During this development, I came across a nice quick tip (see reference below) when browsing ASP.NET pages in Visual Studio that allows you to specify that you need to browse with a Browser (IE in this case) sans the add-ons. I wanted to share this here.

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Videos we favorited

Building Apps for Windows Phone 8 Jump Start: (01a) Introducing Windows Phone 8 Development Part 1

After some brief introductions and a detailed overview of the agenda, expert instructors Andy Wigley and Rob Tiffany kick off the course with an information-packed introduction. This is the first part of a two-part module and covers the new app platform in Windows Phone 8, application development models, the Windows Phone 8 version of WinRT, supported application models and a "getting started with WP8 app development" section.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

Discrete Event Simulation in JavaScript

SIM.JS (project website) is a general-purpose Discrete Event Simulation library written entirely in JavaScript and capable of running on a web browser. SIM.JS is a library for modeling discrete time event systems: The library provides constructs to create Entities which are the active actors in the system and encapsulates the state and logic of components in a system.
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Chrome Extensions for knockoutjs

The source code for the chrome dev tools extension that allows you to easily debug knockout js apps. Read more

Getting Started Managing Client-Side Data with the Breeze JavaScript Library

If you work with JavaScript a lot then you know that there’s no shortage of script libraries being released. New scripts come out on a daily basis providing UI functionality, data binding support, form validation, framework functionality and more. With all of the scripts in circulation it feels like nearly every aspect of client-side development has been covered. However, there’s one area that has seen precious few scripts – the area of client-side data management. Read more

DevTools Extensions For Web App Developers

The past year has seen many leaps made to improve developer productivity through better tooling. We're paying increasing attention to our workflow and many of us have spent time optimising our usage of tools like Grunt, Bower, Yeoman and the terminal. Another important area worth spending time on is your debugging workflow – if you're like me, this starts with the Chrome DevTools. When building an application with a specific framework or language abstraction, there's actually some additional tooling available to you in the form of recent DevTools extensions. In this post, I'll share a quick summary of the latest developments in this area, ranging from the recent Ember extension Yehuda Katz presented at EmberCamp through to less well known extensions for Backbone and KnockoutJS developers. Read more

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