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Books we recommend

Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition

This Preview Edition ebook is about writing applications for Xamarin.Forms, the new mobile development platform for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone unveiled by Xamarin in May 2014. Xamarin.Forms lets you write shared user-interface code in C# and XAML that maps to native controls on these three platforms.

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Articles we enjoyed

Universal Windows apps get better with Windows 10
Today Terry Myerson and Joe Belfiore talked about the future of Windows and gave the world its first look at Windows 10. They demonstrated new features designed to make people and businesses more productive and announced that a Technical Preview build of Windows 10 will be available tomorrow through the Windows Insider Program. I know you’re probably wondering what this all means for you.

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Getting started with ASP.Net Web API 2 using CodeFirst
Asp.Net WebAPI is framework for building & consuming Http services to support broad range of devices including browsers, tablet, mobile etc. It provides a content negotiation feature with the help of which the api can give response based on the Content type requested. Most common content types used are JSON and XML. It is built on the top of ASP.NET MVC and contains some of the MVC features such as routing, controllers, action, filter, model binders, IOC container or dependency injection.

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Improving Smashing Magazine’s Performance: A Case Study
Today Smashing Magazine turns eight years old. Eight years is a long time on the web, yet for us it really doesn’t feel like a long journey at all. Things have changed, evolved and moved on, and we gratefully take on new challenges one at a time. To mark this special little day, we’d love to share a few things that we’ve learned over the last year about the performance challenges of this very website and about the work we’ve done recently. If you want to craft a fast responsive website, you might find a few interesting nuggets worth considering. – Ed.

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AngularJS Tutorial: A Comprehensive 10,000 Word Guide
AngularJS is a client-side MVW JavaScript framework for writing compelling web applications. It’s built and maintained by Google and offers a futuristic spin on the web and it’s upcoming features and standards. This tutorial serves as an ultimate resource point to begin learning AngularJS, the concepts and APIs behind it and help you deliver fantastic web applications the modern way.

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5 Array Methods That You Should Be Using Now
When ECMAScript 5 was published in 3rd Dec' 2009, it brought in additional new set of Array methods that seeks to improve upon the existing one. However, these newfangled array methods did not really caught on as the lack of browser support for ES5 at that time kept developers away.

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Videos we favorited

.NET Micro Framework

In this episode, Robert is joined by Olivier Block and Salvador Ramirez, who talk about and show the just released beta update to the .NET Micro Framework SDK, which adds support for Visual Studio 2013. Olivier and Salvador show how easy it is to write C# applications that run on resource constrained embedded devices, including sensors and robots.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

A JavaScript Build System Shootout: Grunt vs. Gulp vs. NPM

Deciding on a technology is always hard. You don’t want to make commitments you won’t be able to back out of, but eventually you’ll have to make a choice and go for something that does what you need it to do. Committing to a build technology is no different in this regard: it’s an important choice and you should treat it as such. Let’s take Grunt for example. Read more

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