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Books we recommend

Image Free book on Twitter Bootstrap

Twitter Bootstrap (TWB) is a free front-end framework built by Twitter developers to ensure visual and functional consistency across websites and applications. In Twitter Bootstrap Succinctly, Peter Shaw walks you through the basics of using TWB Version 2 CSS classes to add beautiful, user-friendly components to your projects. You'll learn how to add TWB to an existing project, and use it to customize attractive buttons, tabs, breadcrumbs, dropdowns, and more. There are even chapters dedicated to optional JavaScript and TWB extensions for when you're ready to take your UI's appearance a step further.

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Articles we enjoyed

Writing C# Code Using SOLID Principles
Most of the modern programming languages including C# support objected oriented programming. Features such as encapsulation, inheritance, overloading and polymorphism are code level features. Using these features is just one part of the story. Equally important is to apply some object oriented design principles while writing your C# code. SOLID principles is a set of five such principles--namely Single Responsibility Principle, Open/Closed Principle, Liskov Substitution Principle, Interface Segregation Principle and Dependency Inversion Principle. Applying these time proven principles make your code structured, neat and easy to maintain. This article discusses SOLID principles and also illustrates how they can be applied to your C# code.

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Videos we favorited

INTRODUCING: The Future of .NET on the Server

Join the Lesser Scotts, Hunter and Hanselman, as they introduce you to new thinking around ASP.NET and the .NET Framework. What does ASP.NET look like in 2014 and beyond? In a world of NuGets and modular frameworks, of lightweight VMs, how could ASP.NET change and get faster, leaner, meaner, and more.

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Stream Hundreds of Sessions from TechEd North America 2014

TechEd North America is provides technical education, product evaluation, and community resources to plan, architect, deploy, manage and secure a connected enterprise. The brightest and most skilled technology professions meet to increase their technical expertise through deep hands-on technical learning, sharing of best practices and interaction with Microsoft and a variety of industry experts and their peers.

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10 Angular Tips from TechEd 2014

Getting started with AngularJS is smooth sailing. But once you master the basics, you begin to realize there are things you wish you knew before you started. This session shares 10 such tips that go beyond the fundamentals.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RTM

We’re happy to announce the availability of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2, the latest developer tooling for building great apps. This release includes many new features (as described below) such as targeting the new Windows Phone 8.1 platform or building universal Windows apps that can target multiple Windows form factors from a single solution. Read more

EF7 – New Platforms, New Data Stores

At TechEd North America we were excited to announce our plans for EF7, and even demo some very early features. This post will cover the announcements we made during the session. You can also watch the recorded session from TechEd (the EF7 content starts at 46:40). When watching the demos please bear in mind that this is a very early preview - not all the features shown are even submitted into the main code base yet. Read more

Developer’s Guide to Microsoft Prism Library 5.0 for WPF

Prism provides guidance in the form of samples and documentation that help you easily design and build rich, flexible, and easily maintained Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) desktop applications. Using design patterns that embody important architectural design principles, such as separation of concerns and loose coupling, Prism helps you to design and build applications using loosely coupled components that can evolve independently but which can be easily and seamlessly integrated into the overall application. In short, these applications are "built to last" and "built for change." These types of applications are known as composite applications. This topic provides a brief overview of the Prism concepts with links to associated source code and documentation. If you are considering upgrading from Prism 4.1 to Prism 5.0 we include a "What’s New" and "Upgrading from Prism 4.1" topic that you should read. Read more

A C# 6.0 Language Preview

By the time you read this, Build—the Microsoft developer conference—will be over and developers will be thinking about how to respond to all that was presented: embrace immediately, watch with slight trepidation or ignore for the moment. For .NET/C# developers, the most significant announcement was undoubtedly the release of the next version of the C# compiler (“Roslyn”) as open source. Related to that are the language improvements themselves. Even if you don’t have plans to immediately adopt C# vNext—which I’ll refer to henceforth and unofficially as C# 6.0—at a minimum, you should be aware of its features and take note of those that might make it worth jumping right in. Read more

Microsoft’s Special K – An Introduction to ASP.NET vNext

At TechEd, Microsoft took the wraps off of the new ASP.NET server-side components in a package they’re calling ASP.NET vNext. Formerly, this was called Project K, and you’ll see some insiders use both of these terms for the next few months. This project contains some very exciting capabilties for web developers, and the promise within the coming changes is impressive. Read more

Events/Webinars/Seminars you shouldn't miss

Development and Testing in the Cloud with Azure

Creating a new machine for development or testing is often a time consuming and frustrating process in large organizations. In some cases it can take weeks to get a new environment created. Using Windows Azure you can have pre-approved virtual machine images from IT or create new ones in a matter of minutes. This session shows you how to leverage virtual machines in the cloud, to reduce the overhead and increase the agility of creating and managing developer and test environments. Read more

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