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Year:2013
Date:2013-Feb-05
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Articles we enjoyed

Broadcast push notifications to millions of mobile devices using Windows Azure Notification Hubs
Push notifications are a vital component of mobile applications.  They are critical not only in consumer apps, where they are used to increase app engagement and usage, but also in enterprise apps where up to date information increases employee responsiveness to business events. Sending a single push notification message to one mobile user is relatively straight forward (and is already incredibly easy to-do with Windows Azure Mobile Services).  Efficiently routing push notification messages to thousands or millions of mobile users simultaneously is much harder – and the amount of code and maintenance necessary to build a highly scalable, multi-platform push infrastructure capable of doing this in a low-latency way can be considerable.

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Async Causality Chain Tracking
With the advent of C# 5, Visual Basic .NET 11, the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 and .NET for Windows Store apps, the asynchronous programming experience has been streamlined greatly. New async and await keywords (Async and Await in Visual Basic) allow developers to maintain the same abstraction they were used to when writing synchronous code.

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A Deeper Dive into jQuery Mobile: Themes
The first article (Introduction to jQuery Mobile) in this series looked at the subject of themes at a high level and at themes available in jQuery Mobile (jQM). In this, the third of three articles on jQM, I show how to build a custom theme using the Theme Roller, as well as look at some custom themes that allow a mobile Web application to look more like an iPhone, Android or Windows Phone application.

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Developing an end-to-end Windows Store app using C++ and XAML: Hilo (Windows)
The Hilo end-to-end photo sample provides guidance to C++ developers that want to create a Windows 8 app using modern C++, XAML, the Windows Runtime, and recommended development patterns. Hilo comes with source code and documentation.

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Videos we favorited

Share Contract

In Windows 8, we wanted to make it really easy for you to share your favorite things with friends or with other apps on your Windows 8 machine. Sharing is a first-class experience and a natural user expectation. The majority of the apps in Windows 8 will have interesting content to share. Watch this video to learn how the Share Contract works.

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Libraries and Tools for the rescue

Cross Browser Debugging integrated into Visual Studio with BrowserStack

BrowserStack has a cloud of virtual machines with every browser imaginable. You can pick your OS, browser version and screen resolution, then effectively VNC (Remote) into them with their Flash plugin. It's totally seamless and really cool to see. BrowserStack already has a lovely Visual Studio Extension up and ready to go.  It adds BrowserStack as a new browser choice within your Visual Studio 2012 debug dropdown. Read more

Course 20481A: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using HTML5 and JavaScript

Course 20481A: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using HTML5 and JavaScript Read more

Try F#

These F# tutorials cover a wide range of information, tools, and programming techniques. Pick and choose according to your interests, or go through them all. Read more

Resources for iOS developers

Installing Windows 8 and the dev tools on your Mac Getting started with Windows Store apps for iOS developers Windows Store app development: the basics ... Read more

Try F#

Learn key principles in just a few minutes. Read more

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