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Liquid Newsletter Template Week:02
Year:2013
Date:2013-Jan-08
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Windows 8 Books

Windows 8 Secrets, Windows 8 Inside Out, Designing for Windows 8...

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Articles we enjoyed

Reactive Extensions (Rx) is now Open Source
A few years back I did a podcast with Erik Meijer about Reactive Extensions for .NET (Rx). Since then thousands of people have enjoyed using Rx in the projects and a number of open source projects like ReactiveUI (also on the podcast) have popped up around it. Even GitHub for Windows uses Reactive Extensions. In fact, GitHub uses Rx a LOT in their Windows product. My friend Paul at GitHub says they liked the model so much they made a Mac version!

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Security best practices for building Windows Store apps
As part of creating the app platform for Windows Store apps, one of our primary goals was to ensure that customers have confidence in their apps. We want customers to be confident that their apps will work as they expect, co-exist with other apps, and uninstall cleanly. This confidence comes from a variety of sources...

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Optimizing Images for SEO
One of the easiest ways to optimize the content of a page is to focus on the images. Most pages contain images, whether they be photographs, illustrations or icons. With a few simple tweaks they can help your ranking and get you some extra visitors.

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The C# Memory Model in Theory and Practice
This is the first of a two-part series that will tell the long story of the C# memory model. The first part explains the guarantees the C# memory model makes and shows the code patterns that motivate the guarantees; the second part will detail how the guarantees are achieved on different hardware architectures in the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.

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Starting An Open-Source Project
At Velocity 2011, Nicole Sullivan and I introduced CSS Lint, the first code-quality tool for CSS. We had spent the previous two weeks coding like crazy, trying to create an application that was both useful for end users and easy to modify. Neither of us had any experience launching an open-source project like this, and we learned a lot through the process.

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Videos we favorited

Part 3: Introduction to XAML

Now that we have a project, it's time to learn XAML for user interface layout and interaction.  Bob provides a fast but gentle introduction -- as he calls it, the "cheater's guide" -- to learning this declarative language.  He explains what XAML is at a high level and its justification.  He provides hands-on, practical examples of XAML layout controls, attached properties, navigating between the XAML and code-behind files / partial classes and how the XAML and C# is compiled into intermediate language.

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