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Liquid Newsletter Template Week:41
Year:2013
Date:2013-Oct-08
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Articles we enjoyed

Build Windows Phone Apps using Windows Azure Mobile Services from Ground Up
Windows Phone 8 works really well with Window Azure Mobile Services. Windows Azure portal gives us the startup apps, however you can also build from ground up.

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Looking into Fluent API in an ASP.Net MVC 4.0 Code First application
In this post I will demonstrate with a hands-on example how to use the Fluent API to map  POCO classes (set configurations) to SQL Server tables without using the set of conventionsEntity Framework Code First expects.

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Creating Facebook Template in Visual Studio 2013 RC
This Article explains you to how to develop a web project using Facebook Template. This Facebook template will help you with authentication, permissions and accessing Facebook data

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Videos we favorited

Top 5 reasons to use Team Foundation Service

Hi! My name is Brian Keller. I'm a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, and today I'm going to give you my Top 5 Reasons to Use Team Foundation Service When Building Your Next Software Project.

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Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases Jump Start

IT Pros, take this course if you’re already familiar with database fundamentals and working with SQL Server and you’re ready to take your skills to the next level. If you just want to understand the process better or you want to be able to retrieve, insert, or update your database information, this is the course for you. You’ll learn about data manipulation statements and how to alter tables – and you’ll see it all put into action in the demos. This course will help you prepare for Exam 70-461.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

Using WCF Data Services 5.6.0 with Entity Framework 6+

And now for some exciting news: you can finally use WCF Data Services with Entity Framework 6+! Today we are uploading a new NuGet package called WCF Data Services Entity Framework Provider. This NuGet package bridges the gap between WCF Data Services 5.6.0 and Entity Framework 6+. We were able to build this provider as an out-of-band provider (that is, a provider that ships apart from the core WCF DS stack) because of the public provider work we did recently. Read more

Hands-On Labs for Microsoft Enterprise Library 6

Use this comprehensive set of Hands-on Labs as a guide to learn about the application blocks included with Microsoft Enterprise Library 6 and practice how to leverage their capabilities in various application contexts. It includes Data Access, Exception Handling, Transient Fault Handling, Logging, Semantic Logging, Validation, Unity and Interception Hands-on Labs. Read more

How to use an HTML/JavaScript client for Windows Azure Mobile Services

This guide shows you how to perform common scenarios using an HTML/JavaScript client for Windows Azure Mobile Services. The scenarios covered include querying for data, inserting, updating, and deleting data, authenticating users, and handling errors. If you are new to Mobile Services, you should consider first completing the Mobile Services Windows Store JavaScript quickstart or HTML quickstart. The quickstart tutorial helps you configure your account and create your first mobile service. Read more

C#: Query Excel and .CSV Files Using LinqToExcel

In my quest to get a rather hack-ey work project DONE and off my machine, I discovered a couple exceptionally useful OSS tools for working with MS Excel data, and at the same time, I also found a handy library, DocX, for working with MS Word files which not only spares one the issues of Interop/COM, but in fact does not require Interop assemblies at all. In fact, it doesn't even require that Word be installed on your machine at all. Read more

Events/Webinars/Seminars you shouldn't miss

Administering SQL Server 2012 Jump Start

Are you a SQL Server professional looking to cement your understanding of key concepts in SQL Server administration? Take this Jump Start, which focuses on security, data management, and disaster recovery/high availability and its implications for the configuration of the enterprise. Watch the live demos to learn about storage design and capacity configuration, security configuration, optimization of the instance, and automation. Read more

Spend the day with Windows Azure.

Join a Microsoft Developer Camp and learn critical skills all modern developers need to know. Available in select cites, these free, one-day instructor-led workshops let you roll up your sleeves and get hands-on with Microsoft’s latest development tools and technologies. Read more

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