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Books we recommend

Learning JavaScript Design Patterns

Hey guys. Today I'm happy to announce the release of a free book I've written called 'Essential JavaScript & jQuery Design Patterns For Beginners'. Design patterns are reusable solutions to commonly occurring problems in software development and are a very useful tool to have at your disposal. I wanted to write this mini-book was because I felt that patterns were an area a lot of new and intermediate JavaScript developers may not have had a chance to explore just yet and I'm hopeful my book will encourage you to check them out as they can be quite powerful.

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Articles we enjoyed

What’s New in Entity Framework 6.0 RC1
Entity Framework 6, Microsoft’s primary data access platform in the .NET Framework, is the first open source release of Entity Framework being developed in CodePlex. In this article, we will explore some new features introduced in Entity Framework 6.0 RC1.

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Visual Studio 2013 RC for Web Developers – One ASP.NET, Browser Link, and our Direction
ASP.NET and Web Tools for VS2013RC is out today. You can feel free to install it over the top of VS2013 Preview if you like. That's what I did.

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Delivering push notifications to millions of devices with Windows Azure Notification Hubs
Push notifications are a vital component of connected apps. They allow back-end services to send frequent and timely updates to specific users and devices that can then appear as tile updates, toast notifications, badge updates, and more. (See the three-part series, Alive with Activity for more background.) As such, push notifications are perhaps the most powerful customer engagement mechanism available to app developers across phones, tablets, and PCs.

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Videos we favorited

Windows Store Apps with HTML5 Refresh

This course builds on everything you've already learned about developing apps in these HTML5 courses: Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 Jump Start and Advanced Windows Store App Development Using HTML5 and JavaScript Jump Start. This fast-paced refresh course filled with real-world scenarios shows you how you can make your apps richer and more integrated, using the new features available in Windows 8.1. This course is targeted at anyone making apps or aspiring to make apps for the Windows 8 platform using HTML and JavaScript. It will help you prepare for Microsoft exams 70-481 and 70-482.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

Some Visual Studio 2013 IDE Enhancements

Visual Studio 2013 builds on the powerful tools and services delivered in Visual Studio 2012 and helps you create a new modern applications. Read more

Notifications in Visual Studio 2013

One of the benefits to having a connected IDE is that your environment can be kept up to date easily by presenting you with notifications of updates and relevant account information. Visual Studio will not only keep your environment up to date but also keep you in control of your preferred configurations. Read more

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