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Books we recommend

15 Free Ebooks For Mobile App Developers

Developing mobile apps for smartphones and portable devices can be a very rewarding pursuit, but given the fact that there are so many apps on both Android and iOS markets right now, it’s really inadvisible to just go in blind and start developing without having a solid grasp of the fundamentals. Whether it’s the actual coding itself, monetization or user interface and UX design, it’s always a good thing to get a solid grasp of the basics and the do’s and don’ts before embarking on app development.

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Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks

FREE Microsoft eBooks! Who doesn’t love FREE Microsoft eBooks? Well, for the past few years, I’ve provided posts containing almost 150 FREE Microsoft eBooks and my readers, new and existing, have loved these posts so much that they downloaded over 3.5 Million free eBooks as of last June, including over 1,000,000 in a single week last year (and many, many more since then).

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Articles we enjoyed

Mobile device testing with Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server and Perfecto Mobile MobileCloud platform
Today's mobile-first development requires testing on the wide variety of devices that are in common use by consumers and business users.  To deliver high-quality mobile apps, development teams need robust mobile testing solutions that address the complexities of multi-platform development in a highly fragmented mobile market.

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Get Application Performance Counters of your choice during load runs with Visual Studio Online
Goal of a load testing activity is to identify and fix performance bottlenecks. Visual Studio Online integrates Cloud Load Testing with Application Insights to give deep insights into performance and diagnostics data of your application which dramatically decreases the discovery and resolution of any issues discovered later. This article will walk you through configuring Load Testing to take advantage of Application Insights. With the latest release of Visual Studio Update 3 RC, you will be able to monitor any of the performance counters during the load run.

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ASP.NET vNext and Visual Studio 14 CTP: The Bright Future
Microsoft realizes that its products and the framework have to evolve in order to stay relevant in a world, where apps have to target multiple platforms. At TechEd North America held in May 2014, Microsoft announced ASP.NET vNext, which is built on .NET vNext. The strategy was crystal clear - a mobile-first, cloud-first world!

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Caching: the Good, the Bad and the Hype
One of the more important aspects of the scalability of an ASP.NET site is caching. To do this effectively, one must understand the relative permanence and importance of the data that is presented to the user, and work out which of the four major aspects of caching should be used. There is always a compromise, but in most cases it is an easy compromise to make considering its effects in a heavily-loaded production system

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Videos we favorited

Notification @ the heart of your App

In this session, David is detailing the different ways to send notifications and update live tiles for both Windows and Phone platform. After watching this video, you will know everything to make your App even more appealing by customizing your tile, primary, secondary and live for Phone and Windows devices. Without further ado, here’s David to share his knowledge!

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

Visual Studio “14” CTP 2 and Entity Framework

Today we’re providing a second CTP of the next version of Visual Studio, to gather your early feedback. For more information on this release, see Visual Studio “14” CTPs. This post covers the places that Entity Framework is included in the release and some limitations to be aware of when using it. The EF related information for CTP 2 is very similar to what we provided for the first CTP of Visual Studio “14”. In the next preview of Visual Studio “14” we will be updating the EF6.x components to the latest version. The builds of EF7 will also become more usable in future previews as we round out the implementation of the core pieces of the EF7 code base. Read more

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