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Books we recommend

Image Cloud Design Patterns – Book Download

This guide contains twenty-four design patterns and ten related guidance topics that articulate the benefits of applying patterns by showing how each piece can fit into the big picture of cloud application architectures. It includes code samples and general advice on using each pattern.

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Articles we enjoyed

Writing a SQLite wrapper component for universal Windows apps
New to Windows Phone 8.1 is the ability to create and run apps written in JavaScript like you can on Windows 8.1. However, there are some differences in the specific APIs available to apps on Windows Phone 8.1. One such difference is that IndexedDB isn’t available on the Phone and thus presents a challenge for developers writing universal Windows apps in JavaScript that need queryable structured storage. In this post we’ll see how to create a Windows Runtime component through which we can use SQLite, a small, fast, and reliable database library that’s freely available and supported in Windows Store apps. We’ve also provided a working sample app.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

Announcing the Release of ASP.NET MVC 5.2, Web API 2.2 and Web Pages 3.2

The NuGet packages for ASP.NET MVC 5.2, ASP.NET Web API 2.2 and ASP.NET Web Pages 3.2 are now live on the NuGet gallery! This release primarily includes great new features for Web API OData v4 as summarized below but has bug fixes and minor features that bring in a lot more goodness to MVC, Web API, and Web Pages Read more

Microsoft acquires SyntaxTree, creator of UnityVS plugin for Visual Studio

Game developers build the apps that hundreds of millions of users play every day across a wide variety of devices, from Xbox and Windows to iOS, Android and the Web. Games are the most popular application type on every major mobile platform, and Windows has long been a great home for desktop gaming. For developers, Visual Studio has been one of the most heavily used tools for game development across the industry, used by big game studios and indie developers alike. Read more

VS/TFS 2013.3 (Update 3) RC

Today we are releasing Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 3. This is a “go-live” release and is expected to be the last preview before Update 3 is released.  It will be supported in production, can be used to upgrade production environments and will support upgrades to the final version when it is available.  We expect the final release to be within the next month or two. Read more

Events/Webinars/Seminars you shouldn't miss

Programming the Kinect for Windows v2 Jump Start

Devs, are you looking forward to building apps with Kinect for Windows v2 this summer? In this Jump Start, explore the brand new beta Software Development Kit with experts from the Kinect engineering team, and see how Kinect v2 enables speech, gesture, and human understanding in applications and experiences. Read more

dotnetConf 2014 Wrapup

Hello again from the dotnetConf team! We just wanted to say thank you for your time attending the dotnetConf in June 2014 where we shared innovation and news about the present and future of .NET, all in a single place focusing on .NET technologies. You may have missed sessions during the streaming delivered on June 25th and 26th, so, for your convenience, we’d like to remind that all the sessions at the dotnetConf were recorded and are available here: The dotnetConf 2014 was a two-day virtual event (June 25th-26th) focused on .NET technologies, covering application development for the desktop, mobile and cloud/server. It is hosted by the MVP community and Microsoft, bringing top speakers and great topics straight to your PC. Read more

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