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Books we recommend

Free ebook: Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, Second Edition (second preview)

Microsoft Press is pleased to offer the second preview of Kraig Brockschmidt’s in-depth ebook on writing Windows Store apps using HTML, CSS3, and JavaScript within the Windows 8.1 platform.

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Articles we enjoyed

Avoiding and fixing unexpected memory issues in .NET applications
Working in .NET certainly does simplify memory management, but it doesn’t remove the problem entirely. At minimum, an understanding of garbage collection and the object heaps helps you avoid nasty performance overheads from managing memory. But you’re also likely to encounter issues with unmanaged memory, which you may not realise you’re using.

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Shoot’em Up .NET
I know that many programmers would love to write games. I myself started to program computers because I wanted to create games and, even if I already wrote some games, I've spent most of my time dealing with systems and solving problems related to database connectivity and better caching mechanisms. My idea on writing games without using XNA or Unity is to show that you can use normal UI technologies to write games, which in many cases simplify the job as you don't need to care about how to render things to the screen or to recreate layout controls.

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MVC using Web API and JQuery to GET or POST Data
In this tip, you can learn about how to use WebApi with MVC and jquery. I have defined get, post, put and delete methods using model class to use it in jquery at client side and MVC controller.

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Team Explorer Everywhere 2013 is Available
Among the deluge of Visual Studio 2013 releases in October, we shipped the 2013 release of Team Explorer Everywhere – updating the experience for team members working in Eclipse and/or on non-Windows environments.  Team Explorer Everywhere includes an Eclipse plug-in, a cross-platform command line client, and a Java SDK for building custom tools that access TFS.

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Single-Page Applications: Build Modern, Responsive Web Apps with ASP.NET
Single-Page Applications (SPAs) are Web apps that load a single HTML page and dynamically update that page as the user interacts with the app. SPAs use AJAX and HTML5 to create fluid and responsive Web apps, without constant page reloads. However, this means much of the work happens on the client side, in JavaScript. For the traditional ASP.NET developer, it can be difficult to make the leap. Luckily, there are many open source JavaScript frameworks that make it easier to create SPAs.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

Windows Azure: Import/Export Hard Drives, VM ACLs, Web Sockets, Remote Debugging, Continuous Delivery, New Relic, Billing Alerts and More

Two weeks ago we released a giant set of improvements to Windows Azure, as well as a significant update of the Windows Azure SDK. This morning we released another massive set of enhancements to Windows Azure.  Today’s new capabilities include:

  • Storage: Import/Export Hard Disk Drives to your Storage Accounts
  • HDInsight: General Availability of our Hadoop Service in the cloud
  • Virtual Machines: New VM Gallery, ACL support for VIPs
  • Web Sites: WebSocket and Remote Debugging Support
  • Notification Hubs: Segmented customer push notification support with tag expressions
  • TFS & GIT: Continuous Delivery Support for Web Sites + Cloud Services
  • Developer Analytics: New Relic support for Web Sites + Mobile Services
  • Service Bus: Support for partitioned queues and topics
  • Billing: New Billing Alert Service that sends emails notifications when your bill hits a threshold you define
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Events/Webinars/Seminars you shouldn't miss

Developing Windows Azure and Web Services Jump Start

Web developers, are you looking for ways to increase your reach and reduce your work? Do you want to find out how to build Web API or WCF services that can access data and are hosted in Windows Azure? If you want to build services that can be accessed by apps across multiple devices, then this is the Jump Start for you. You’ll get the end-to-end scenario for building the entire application. Read more

Designing Your XAML UI with Blend Jump Start

Whether you’re a developer familiar with XAML, a designer without coding experience, or a developer preparing for your first XAML-based project, this is the Jump Start for you. Learn how to create a XAML-based application using Blend, which supports WPF, Silverlight, Windows Phone, and Windows Store development. This course focuses on Windows Store-specific features, while touring the new features Visual Studio 2013 includes for all XAML developers. Learn about this new version of the tool from the people who know it best. And get your specific questions answered in the Q&A. Read more

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