GETTING A GAME RATING CERTIFICATE FOR WINDOWS STORE AND WINDOWS PHONE
If you've written a game for the Windows Store or for Windows Phone, you may have noticed that some markets require the use of game rating certificates. If you're like me, your initial reaction may have been "that looks hard" and as a result just skipped the process and only published where certificates aren't required (for example, here in the United States, ESRB certification is optional).
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Creating LINQ-Enabled Frameworks
Many developers use LINQ without fully realizing the power at their fingertips. The features of the language enable queries of in-memory collections or external data sources, and Microsoft has extended those queries to events and other observable sources via Reactive Extensions (Rx). With the exception of query expressions, many LINQ-supporting language features of C# 3.0 are now commonplace.
Windows Azure: Major Updates for Mobile Backend Development
Windows Azure Mobile Services provides the ability to easily stand up a mobile backend that can be used to support your Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS, Android and HTML5 client applications. Starting with the first preview we supported the ability to easily extend your data backend logic with server side scripting that executes as part of client-side CRUD operations against your cloud back data tables.
This is the first of a three-Jump Start series tailored for architects and seasoned developers interested in a demo-heavy learning experience introducing Microsoft’s Big Data solution set. Microsoft Technical Evangelist Saptak Sen will start with setting up and loading data into Windows Azure storage and a Windows Azure HDInsight cluster.