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31 Days of Xamarin.Android
I LOVE Android. I really do. There are more than 1 Billion activations of Android, so building apps for Android that has a potential to reach a billion people should be on top of every developers list. In this series of blog posts, I take that journey of building and Android Application and pushing it all the way to Google Play Store and in the process writing about it. Welcome to the blog series of “31 days with Xamarin.Android”. In this series I will go over a lot of features of Mobile Application Building of Android apps using Xamarin as technology.

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Upgrading ASP.NET 5 Projects between Beta Versions
I’ve been trying to keep up with ASP.NET 5 and the various beta releases that have come out over the last months. It looks like we’re in for at least a couple more more beta releases (there are 8 planned and we’re currently on Beta 6 in mid-August). Of all the things that have been frustrating about ASP.NET 5, updating between versions has been the most painful for me.

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Azure Mobile Services – Azure Mobile Services: A Great Back End for AngularJS
AngularJS is a great framework for building JavaScript applications for both Web and mobile. It’s very powerful, but it does come with a bit of a learning curve. To get started, I read blogs and books and watched video courses, which are great for learning client-side features, such as forms, routing and validation. Unfortu­nately, the client-side topics always seem to overshadow back-end concerns. Most learning resources barely touch on these at all.

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Using REST APIs of TFS and Visual Studio Online
Microsoft has been providing APIs for Team Foundation Services (TFS) from the earliest version of TFS (since Visual Studio 2005). Using these APIs, we can create TFS clients and also write event handlers for the events raised by TFS. In the early days of TFS, we were expected to write only Microsoft .NET clients. We could give reference to the components that contained these APIs, and use the referred classes in the code to access various TFS services. Over the years, to facilitate collaboration between different platforms, we are now also expected to create clients in technologies other than Microsoft.NET; like Java, JavaScript and many others.

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Videos we favorited

SQL Generation Improvements in Entity Framework 7

Continuing the interviews on EF7, Rowan takes us through some of the SQL generation improvements being made in the current iteration of Entity Framework. Included in the discussion is batching, raw SQL to query, interleaved client evaluation as well as improvements in fetching related data.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

Replaying IIS request logs using Apache JMeter

How would you validate a new API is compatible with an old API? While upgrading frameworks in a web application we’re building, that was exactly the question we were asking ourselves. Sure, we could write synthetic tests on each endpoint, but is that representative? Users typically find insane better ways to test an API, so why not replay actual requests against the new API? Read more

Automatically Running A Grunt or Gulp Task When Loading a Visual Studio Project

Unless you have been out of the web development space the past 3-4 years you are using Grunt, Gulp or another task running to 'build' your web code. If you are not familiar with Grunt or Gulp please visit their project pages to get a better idea how they benefit your development work flow. Read more

Team Foundation Server 2015 Final Release

Today we released the final version of Team Foundation Server 2015.  TFS 2015 is a major step forward, with tons of improvements throughout the development process but with special emphasis on DevOps capabilities. Read more

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