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Making Websites Location Aware With HTML5 Geolocation
Assumption can be a risky business in the world of UX, but some assumptions can enable you to deliver a more tailored user experience to your visitors. We’re going to look at enhancing user experience by making your websites location aware.

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Exploring the New JavaScript API for Office
This article is the first in a series of in-depth looks at the JavaScript API for Office, newly introduced in Microsoft Office 2013.

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Building a Simple Comet Application in the Microsoft .NET Framework
Comet is a technique for pushing content from a Web server to a browser without an explicit request, using long-lived AJAX connections. It allows for a more interactive UX and uses less bandwidth than the typical server round-trip triggered by a page postback to retrieve more data. Although there are plenty of Comet implementations available, most are Java-based. In this article I’ll focus on building a C# service based on the cometbox code sample available at

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Bundling and minifying in ASP.NET MVC
Bundling and minifying in ASP.NET is powerful feature that helps you to optimize your web sites and save some expenses on traffic. As any other machinery in this world, bundling and minifying is not silver bullet and it has it’s own limitations. In this posting I will show you how bundling and minifying works in ASP.NET MVC.

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Walkthrough: Publishing an F#/C# MVC Application to Windows Azure
In this walkthrough and its accompanying sample, you’ll use C# and F# to start developing web applications and cloud services that are hosted in Windows Azure. By following this walkthrough, you’ll get a web application, the WordGrid sample, running in Windows Azure as a cloud service. You can use that sample to explore how to integrate F# with a C# web application and, in general, how to use the power of F# in Windows Azure. The sample uses the ASP.NET Model View Controller (MVC) 4 framework, which provides a powerful and versatile library for web applications. By using this framework, you can separate the application’s layout and UI (the "View" in MVC) from its program logic (the "Model"). MVC applications also include controllers that handle and route incoming requests. For each request, the controllers determine which view to render with which model.

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Videos we favorited

Video: Effectively Managing Your Personal Brand Online

The things I've learned - largely by making many mistakes - in the last 10+ years of blogging apply not just to the technical world, but to anyone with an online presence.

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Libraries and Tools for the rescue

Web Essentials 2012

Adds many useful features to Visual Studio for web developers. Read more

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