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Microsoft Compiler Platform aka Roslyn
A bit over a year ago I wrote and talked about Roslyn a fair bit, a lot has happened in this last year both in terms of the progression of the C# language and the compiler platform itself. Most notably is probably the decision to make the compiler platform open source which happened earlier this year. With the decision to open source the compiler platform, it meant that the community could take part of what is the next version of the languages, what the compilers looks like under the hood and most interesting of them all: the decision making behind language features and directions of the project. - See more at:

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Build a simple email application and learn core AngularJS concepts. By the end of this tutorial you'll be able to see (fake) emails, search by subject line and read/delete emails. Check it out here!

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Mobile Web Sites vs. Native Apps vs. Hybrid Apps
One question routinely surfaces in today’s modern development landscape—whether to build a mobile Web site versus a native app versus a hybrid app. As a developer, you need to take the time to think through a few considerations before running off to develop software. One such consideration is determining your target audience. To a large degree, this will determine your target platforms.

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Upcoming Changes in Visual Studio Architecture and Design Tools
This post explains some of our plans for evolving our architecture and design tools in Visual Studio, including new capabilities and changes to existing capabilities that we will be delivering in the next major release and subsequent updates. Although these plans have already been informed by an analysis of usage data and talking extensively with customers, with this post we hope to spread the net even further and ask that you send us feedback on the overall direction and specific changes we are making so that we can affirm (or not) the direction we are taking and figure out how to solve any unmet need.

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Reuse Code Assets with Universal Windows Apps
A lot has changedsince I wrote my July 2013 article, “Building Apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8” ( Today, developers with experience building apps for Windows 8.1 can reuse code and share assets to build new experiences for Windows Phone 8.1. Windows Phone 8 developers can also maximize the same code base when targeting Windows Phone 8.1. Visual Studio 2013, together with a unified Windows Runtime, makes it possible to develop apps that target Windows Phone 8.1 and other Windows devices from one Visual Studio solution. This new approach allows developers to significantly broaden the user base of their apps while maximizing code reuse.

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Cloud-based Load Testing REST APIs are here
Many of you are looking at being more agile when it comes to testing, and with increased focus on automation, there are quite a few who wants to integrate Load Testing as a regular test practice. This could be either for those validating performance of their nightly/weekly builds or those that just does not want to wait for big milestone releases to validate performance but instead do it as part of a more frequent Automated Testing. This is more of a “culture” thing and one that is catching up fast.

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Videos we favorited

Building Web Apps Using ASP.NET and Visual Studio 2013

Learn about the latest features in Visual Studio 2013, including dozens of tips and tricks for building web applications using ASP.NET and Visual Studio 2013. Learn about the new HTML5 editor, new powerful CSS3 features, great new innovations in publishing and Microsoft Azure integration, and much more. We also push the new Browser Link technology to its limits and beyond, explore what mobile and multi-browser development looks like with Visual Studio 2013, as well as look at new ways to run Web API or SignalR that use significantly less memory.

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Building Universal Apps Using the Patterns & Practices Prism Framework

Microsoft Patterns & Practices has published best practices to build maintainable Universal Apps. This includes prescriptive guidance around common scenarios, code samples demonstrating solutions, and a framework called Prism enabling MVVM and lighting up some core Windows Runtime features. Come get an introduction to Prism.

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Events/Webinars/Seminars you shouldn't miss

MVP Showcase at the MVP Summit

What has quickly become a favorite among attendees at the MVP Global Summit is gearing up for its third installment. The MVP Showcase, happening this Sunday from 16:00-19:00 at the Hyatt in Bellevue, gives MVPs the opportunity to share their current projects, network and discuss new technological trends. Read more

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