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Liquid Newsletter Template Week:36
Year:2014
Date:2014-Sep-02
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Articles we enjoyed

How to run Background Tasks in ASP.NET
A few years back Phil Haack wrote a great article on the dangers of recurring background tasks in ASP.NET. In it he points out a few gotchas that are SO common when folks try to do work in the background. Read it, but here's a summary from his post.

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Creating Custom HTTPClient Handlers
HTTPClient is an object used for accessing request and response messages to and from Web APIs. Like traditional client-server calls, the HTTPClient calls the server using a specific URI, waits for the result, then returns a response object to the caller. As with everything else in software development, a need will eventually arise for custom development. Luckily, the HttpClient class allows for that. A single message handler, or a number of handlers, can be created and added in a specific order to the call stack using the HttpClientFactory.Create method.

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Using WCF in .NET Native
In our previous post, we mentioned that some of the client components of Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) had been made available for .NET Native Windows Store apps in Visual Studio "14" CTP3. In this post, I will describe how to build a sample WCF Windows Store App using CTP3 and make it run using the .NET Native compiler.

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Data-Driven Load Tests using Visual Studio Online and SQL Azure
Almost everyone who IT Operations for a large company can tell you war stories about apps whose performance died within 18 mths of going live. Many don't even last 6 mths. Nearly everyone in corporate IT can tell you war stories about some application whose performance died within 6 - 18 mths of going into production.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

CHARTIST – SIMPLE RESPONSIVE CHARTS

You may think that this is just yet an other charting library. But Chartist.js is the product of a community that was disappointed about the abilities provided by other charting libraries. Of course there are hundreds of other great charting libraries but after using them there were always tweaks you would have wished for that were not included. Read more

Events/Webinars/Seminars you shouldn't miss

Developing 2D & 3D Games with Unity for Windows Jump Start

Whether you're a beginner or an established indie game developer, if you want to ramp up your skills, join the always-entertaining Adam Tuliper (of DinoBurger fame) and a team of industry experts for this informative Jump Start. They take you on an awesome, two-day journey using Unity, one of the most popular game development tools available. Read more

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