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Articles we enjoyed

Using Portable Class Libraries in iOS and Android Apps
In the past, sharing code across different platforms typically involved multiple projects, one for each target platform, all of them linking to the same set of source files. This works, but also results in much more overhead in maintaining those linked projects as the main project changes over time.

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Learn MVC (Model View Controller) step by step in 7 days – Day 1
As the article name says, learn MVC; so the agenda is simple, we are going to learn ASP.NET MVC in 7 days. The way we will learn MVC in this series of articles is by doing labs, looking at detailed steps of how to achieve those labs, and also looking at demonstrative videos.

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JavaScript – The Right Way
Hey, you! This is a JavaScript guide intended to introduce new developers and help experienced ones to the JavaScript's best practices. Despite the name, this guide doesn't mean exactly "the right way" to do JavaScript. We just gather all the stuff from top developers and put here. Since it come from exceptional folks, we could say that it is "the right way", or the best way to do so.

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Videos we favorited

Building Modern Web Apps with ASP.NET – A new day of free ASP.NET Training for 2014

Today we've got 7 all-new segments for you, each recorded live at the MS Studios. 1: What's New in Visual Studio 2013 for Web Developers 2: Upgrading Applications 3: ASP.NET Identity 4: Web Essentials and the Client Side 5: Entity Framework 6: Katana Project 7: ASP.NET "Project Helios"

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JavaScript Fundamentals for Absolute Beginners

Want to learn a different language? Over the course of 21 episodes, our friend Bob Tabor, from, teaches you the fundamentals of JavaScript programming. Tune in to learn concepts applicable to web-based video games, enhanced user interfaces, and dynamic webpages. We walk you through getting the tools, writing code, and much more! Each concept is broken into its own video so you can search for and focus on the information you need.

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Building Windows 8 Applications with HTML5 and Web App Template

This week Cory is joined by fellow Technical Evangelist, Jeff Burtoft. Jeff has something really interesting to show to web developers who would like to create a mobile application. Jeff introduces the answer, the Web Application Template for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, and how you can get started today with your existing web site or web application.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

Need help cleaning up your code? CodeMaid to the rescue!

We're continuing with our Visual Studio Extension Monday series today, with an extension that I came across this week. Today's extension is by Steve Cadwallader and even though it's only officially v0.7.0, it's still very complete and feature rich. And of course, the source for it is available too! Looking for a little help understanding your code? Looking for a little help formatting or reorganizing your code? Looking for a little help cleaning up your code? Then you might be looking for..CodeMaid Read more

New UI and capabilities for Windows Phone App Studio Beta developers

We created Windows Phone App Studio Beta as a powerful but easy-to-use tool to help hobbyists, enthusiasts and new developers create content-based apps from end to end, all within a web UI. To date 350,000 developers of all skill levels have used Windows Phone App Studio Beta, resulting in 300,000 projects and 20,000 apps published to Windows Phone Store. We look forward to more. And we thank you for all the great suggestions you’ve made along the way. Read more

HTML5 Video and History: Features Users Can Really See

Who hasn’t started looking at the mobile Web and HTML5—features like the viewport, new HTML5 controls, geolocation and many others that are part of smartphones, tablets and advanced browsers? With these features, developers have started to provide users with fairly common, new input controls; jQuery Mobile features; location and mapping; and much more. In this article, I describe two features that you might not be familiar with: the video tag and Web history. The video tag lets you display video without the need for plug-ins like Flash. Web history allows users to use the Back button to return to the previous page in an AJAX application. Read more

SocialGoal – ASP.NET MVC 5, EF 6 Code First, AutoMapper, Autofac, TDD and DDD Sample Site

Today's Web Wednesday project from Shiju Varghese and team is one that brings together a pretty darn big number of different technologies together into a pretty complete "Social" sample reference site. Here's a list of just some of that tech;

  • EF 6 Code First
  • AutoMapper
  • Autofac
  • Twitter Bootstrap
  • NUnit
  • Moq
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Generates a sprite file and the propper css file out of a directory with images. It can also generate style files with base64 encoded images. Read more

Events/Webinars/Seminars you shouldn't miss

ALM Wednesdays

If you’re looking for creative problem-solving solutions to streamline the development pipeline and create a culture of continuous improvement, join us for this new series, “ALM Wednesdays.” Get practical tips you can implement right away, and break free of rigid, process-oriented lifecycles. The sessions are led by seasoned professionals who have been in your shoes, including Steven Borg, Co-Founder of Northwest Cadence. They explore the technology, solutions, and mindset behind application lifecycle management (ALM). Read more

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