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Books we recommend

Free ebook: Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Web Apps for Developers

We're happy to announce the release of our newest free ebook, Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Web Apps for Developers (9781509300594), by Rick Rainey. This is the fourth ebook in Microsoft Press’s free Microsoft Azure Essentials series.

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Articles we enjoyed

Getting ready for Windows 10 – SDKs, compatibility, bridges
We are working to deliver the Windows 10 developer tools for Visual Studio 2015 with the release of Windows 10. This will allow you to build your Universal Windows Platform apps and submit them to the Windows Store.

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Big Data – MapReduce Without Hadoop Using the ASP.NET Pipeline
Have you ever wanted to add the power of MapReduce over Big Data to your smartphone apps or rich data analytics on your tablet or other small device, but thought it would be too difficult? Have you ever wanted to transform your existing single-node application into a distributed system quickly and easily, without having to re-architect the entire application? These questions are what prompted us to embark on an adventure to create an extremely easy to set up and use RESTful MapReduce component.

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Resume Parser – An example of Design Patterns in practice
When I started learning design patterns, I was pretty excited at the beauty of design patterns and how applying design patterns correctly can make the application flexible, extensible and maintainable. I was so eager that I browsed codeproject almost everyday to look for new articles on design patterns. And soon I realized most of them explain design patterns individually and not many articles demonstrate usage of design patterns in a complete application.

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Videos we favorited

Designing IOT Solutions using Microsoft Azure: An Overview

What does the Internet of Things (IOT) mean for your enterprise? Watch this Microsoft Enterprise Services strategic briefing session to learn the fundamentals of Microsoft's IOT story and how you can apply these fundamentals to a range of key scenarios for your business industry such as Manufacturing, Operations, Retail, and Healthcare. This is a 200 level session will converge business applications and Internet of Things technologies by providing Internet of Things demonstrations and high-level reference architectures.

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Hello Visual Studio Code (with Node JS)

Watch for your first look at Visual Studio Code with NodeJS. Dig into IntelliSense for JavaScript using TypeScript definition files, configuring the launch settings and debugging the NodeJS application in Visual Studio Code.

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Large Web Applications Challenges

With the inexorable rise of native apps, users’ minimum expectation is now for a slick, frustration free experience whenever they’re using their mobile phones or tablets. But as a web community, we continue to struggle to match the experience of using well designed native apps. This talk looks into why that’s the case, separating genuine problems from myths by looking at things such as: how much slower are mobile devices really are, whether JavaScript execution really is a bottleneck, and the limitations current client-side storage technologies (is AppCache really that bad?) and how developers can look to mitigate the real issues involved in the development of large web applications.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

Entity Framework Profiler

A wonderful tool for improving your application's performance. Optimize your database queries and your usage of Entity Framework. The Entity Framework Profiler can evaluate your project from behind the scenes, inspect queries and data access patterns and point you toward problematic spots. The Entity Framework Profiler can link a specific line of code to an expensive query and help time and a lot of cursing. Read more

Save the Date: Visual Studio 2015 RTM on July 20th

Today, I’m happy to share that the final releases of Visual Studio 2015, Team Foundation Server 2015 and .NET Framework 4.6 will be available for download on July 20thVisual Studio 2015 is a big release.  We are opening up Visual Studio to developers targeting new platforms – from cross-platform mobile development targeting iOS, Android and Windows, to game development targeting Unity, Unreal, Cocos and more. Read more

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