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Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013–Blank Template Explorations
What's new in Vs 2013 blank template for Windows Store apps?

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What’s new in T4 for Visual Studio 2013?
Visual Studio 2013 Preview has been out for a while now so I thought I should announce the new goodies in the product for T4 this time around. As the T4 engine is fairly mature now we focused on a couple of scenarios that have been blocked or tricky for customers. I’m sure you’ll agree they are good ones.

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Handling SOAP Exception in WCF Based Applications
This document provides insights into the approach to handle SOAP Exceptions thrown by an external Web service in a WCF based application. It becomes challenging for a WCF application to handle such exceptions from an external SOAP or ASMX based web service, as you don’t have any control over it.

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Claims-Based Authentication and Authorization
The out-of-the-box authentication and authorization mechanisms for ASP.NET are old and haggard. I never really cared for the membership provider. Fortunately, Microsoft has developed an alternative for authentication and authorization, with claims-based security, which is now part of the System.IdentityModel namespace. And there are a few very smart people out there who have developed some open source projects which makes it easy to use claims-aware authentication and authorization.

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.NET Asynchronous Patterns
It is not a new topic, yet it can’t be old. This topic is a very important to know, and the deeper you know about it, the stronger grasp you will have on the .NET platform. Nowadays, and especially after .NET 4.0, I see asynchronous programming has become a trend that everyone is following. If you have built a platform or a framework or even a class library, and you still want to support it, it is highly recommended to create asynchronous counterparts for each and every time-consuming method you have in your library.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

WCF Data Services 5.6.0 Release

Recently we released updated NuGet packages for WCF Data Services 5.6.0. You will need the updated tooling (released today) to use the portable libraries feature mentioned below with code gen. Read more

Interesting Javascript Libraries

Easily intercept and modify XHR request and response => Use to generate documents on the fly (tickets, reports, etc.). Works in IE6+, Firefox 3+, Chrome, Safari 3+, and Opera. => A javascript library for multi-touch gestures. => Organize and simplify your analytics event trapping related code. => Flipping HTML elements to show a loading indicator easily. => Read more

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