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Using Buddy with Windows Phone 8
Buddy is a Backend as a Service (BaaS) platform designed to do two things. First, it's designed to free mobile app developers from needing to build a backend service for their mobile app. Most mobile apps do a set of standard things: they create and manage users, save photos, create contact connections between users, and send push notifications, for example.  We designed the Buddy platform to replace the work of building those back-end tasks, with just a few easy API calls. Using Buddy, you can focus on writing great mobile apps and not on managing servers.

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Enabling IntelliSense for Mobile Services JavaScript in Visual Studio
In a previous post, we shared the new Windows Azure Mobile Services integration and capabilities in Visual Studio 2013. These include the ability to edit your Mobile Services table scripts. In this post, we describe how you can enable IntelliSense on your server side scripts in Visual Studio. This is a capability that isn’t integrated in Visual Studio 2013 Preview, following the steps below will help you turn it on.

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Async Actions in ASP.NET MVC 4
The .NET 4.5 Framework introduced the new async/await asynchronous programming model. With ASP.NET MVC 4 comes the application of the async/await model to controller actions. A traditional ASP.NET MVC control action will be synchronous by nature; this means a thread in the ASP.NET Thread Pool is blocked until the action completes. Calling an asynchronous controller action will not block a thread in the thread pool.

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Videos we favorited

New Features in Visual Studio 2013 for Web Developers

In this episode, Brady talks to Sayed Hashimi and Mads Kristensen about some of the new features that will be available in Visual Studio 2013 for web developers. Mads shows off some even newer features of BrowserLink, Sayed shows some awesome new features that will be available for Windows Azure Web Sites deployment and management, and the guys have a good time with a few jokes and surprises for one another and for our audience.

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