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Decorate your tree with XAML
Next week is Christmas. I know most of you are scrambling to find the perfect gift for that special someone. Here’s an idea: a custom app built just for her. What could she love more than vector-based graphics on a touch screen? How she’ll remember this year and bring it up again and again, reminding you of what you gave her. And, what’s better than Christmas leftovers? How about a post-Christmas bug/fix/triage session in the comfort of your own home!

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Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2013
Those following the Visual Studio 2013 launch may have noticed that we've taken your UserVoice feedback seriously and brought more Productivity Power Tools into the core Visual Studio experience. We selected the all-time favorites: Enhanced Scrollbar, Move-line and Brace Completion; polished and improved them for prime-time. Once we wrapped up work on Power Tools 2013, we started discussing what we'd like to deliver in the next round of Productivity Power Tools.

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Investigating Memory Leaks in Azure Web Sites with Visual Studio 2013
One of the cool new features in Visual Studio 2013 is the ability to analyze managed memory issues. Recently, Azure Web Sites added support to programmatically get mini-dumps and “diagsession” files that have heap information from Azure Web Sites in production. In this walkthrough, I’ll show you how to combine these two new features to form a cool end to end scenario for investigating memory leaks in production Azure Web Sites using a little PowerShell.

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Service Providers light up the Cloud OS
Today, Microsoft introduced the Cloud OS Network, a worldwide group of more than 25 leading cloud service providers who have embraced our Cloud OS vision and will deliver hosted services built on the Microsoft Cloud Platform, which includes Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and the Windows Azure Pack. This announcement represents important progress against our goals and strategy for Cloud OS. More importantly, it is great news for enterprise customers across the globe.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

50 Amazing jQuery Plugins That You Should Start Using Right Now

jQuery has a wonderful community of programmers that create incredible things. However, it may become difficult to sift through everything that is released and find the gems that are absolute must-haves. This is why, in this post, you will find a collection of 50 new jQuery plugins and JavaScript libraries that, when applied with good measure, can make your sites a joy to use. The plugins are organized into categories for easier browsing. Enjoy! Read more

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Scott Hanselman’s 2014 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows

Everyone collects utilities, and most folks have a list of a few that they feel are indispensable. Here's mine. Each has a distinct purpose, and I probably touch each at least a few times a week. For me, "util" means utilitarian and it means don't clutter my tray. If it saves me time, and seamlessly integrates with my life, it's the bomb. Many/most are free some aren't. Those that aren't free are very likely worth your 30-day trial, and very likely worth your money. Read more

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