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Books we recommend

Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 is the next generation of Microsoft’s information platform, with new features that deliver faster performance, expand capabilities in the cloud, and provide powerful business insights. In this book, we explain how SQL Server 2014 incorporates in-memory technology to boost performance in online transactional processing (OLTP) and data-warehouse solutions. We also describe how it eases the transition from on-premises solutions to the cloud with added support for hybrid environments.

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Articles we enjoyed

Load-Test Your Applications from the Cloud
Check for performance issues on your web site when you expect an increased user load. No need to use resources and set up your own machines; you can use cloud-based load testing to generate the load of many users accessing your web site at the same time.

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The Next Generation of .NET
At Build 2014 this week, we announced the next generation of .NET. The next generation will focus and deliver on two main themes: Core Innovation and cross-device apps. These themes are a direct result of your feedback, asking for new features in .NET and to make it easier to use .NET for all your apps.

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Build 2014: Enabling Developers to Embrace Cloud First/Mobile First experiences
Today, John Shewchuk and I delivered the concluding keynote at Build 2014 in San Francisco.  Our keynote focused on hands-on demos that demonstrate Microsoft’s commitment to helping developers achieve success in the mobile-first/cloud-first world of ubiquitous devices and ambient intelligence.

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Azure Portal Preview and Visual Studio Online: Adding a user
Today at the Build Conference, we showed a preview of the new Azure Portal, and that includes a preview of deep integration with Visual Studio Online. As with any preview, it has some rough edges and limitations. One of the limitations is that you have to create a new Visual Studio Online account through the new Azure Portal Preview. Your existing account will not work right now. All new accounts created through the new portal will be backed by Azure Active Directory. In the near future we will provide an experience to convert your existing Visual Studio Online account.

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Videos we favorited

Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications Jump Start

If you have a basic understanding of HTML, web servers, and programming in C#, this free course will show you how to develop ASP.NETMVC 4 web applications. It's also designed to help you prepare for exam 70-486, toward the MCSD Web Applications certification.

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Watch Build 2014 Conference Sessions

Watch Microsoft's developer conference recorded sessions online, and immerse yourself in what's next for the Microsoft platform. What’s New for Windows and Windows Phone Developers; Building Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox One Apps with HTML/JS/CSS & C++; Getting Started with Visual Studio Online; and more.

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Object Playground: The Definitive Guide to Object-Oriented JavaScript

If you hang around the JavaScript world long enough, you’ll come across a bunch of different recipes for object-oriented programming. The standard way, so much as there can be a standard way, is this. And this is the recipe for inheritance. That’s the standard. But why this? Why this… mess? And why does it work? Hi, everyone. My name is James Shore and this is Let’s Code: Test-Driven JavaScript. I’m here with my Lessons Learned on object-oriented programming in JavaScript.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

Windows Store C++ for C# Developers

This content and code sample article is intended for C# developers who want to tap into the power and performance that modern C++, C++/CX, and the Windows Runtime C++ Template Library offer, and those who plan on leveraging the power of the Microsoft Azure cloud. Read more

Special Offers from Build 2014

Microsoft Visual Studio partners have teamed up to deliver special offers for their products exclusively for Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN subscribers. Enhance your modern ALM and app development with our best partner solutions. Read more

Visual Studio 2013 Extensions for the Windows Library for JavaScript

The Visual Studio 2013 Extensions for the Windows Library for JavaScript contain resources that enable you to more easily build Windows Store apps using Visual Studio 2013 and Blend, such as files to supplement debugging and IntelliSense, templates for projects in Visual Studio, and design-time resources for Blend. Read more

Visual Studio 2013 keyboard shortcuts

Visual Studio 2013 keyboard shortcuts. The complete list Read more

WinJS, now on Github

This project is actively developed by the WinJS developers working for Microsoft Open Technologies, in collaboration with the community of open source developers. Together we are dedicated to creating the best possible solution for HTML/JS/CSS application development. Read more

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