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Articles we enjoyed

While working on the Juju GUI project, I was reviewing a pull request when I spotted there were no prefixes on box-sizing. I thought I should check if they needed it before asking the requester to add them. In doing so I was surprised to find that there are a lot more CSS features with global support than I originally thought. So I trawled through the chasms of Can I use and have come out with some gems to share.

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Building Universal Windows Apps for Universal Performance
The Universal Windows Platform has been touted as nirvana for developers wanting to build applications that run anywhere. While it generally holds true that they do, many additional aspects of the build process need to be considered. Often the first point of discussion is how to design applications that scale across the wide variety of target devices. What is often forgotten, at least until very late in the development process, is how to build an application that is going to be both highly responsive and high performing.

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Best practices for private config data and connection strings in configuration in ASP.NET and Azure
A reader emailed asking how to avoid accidentally checking in passwords and other sensitive data into GitHub or source control in general. I think it's fair to say that we've all done this once or twice - it's a rite of passage for developers old and new. The simplest way to avoid checking in passwords and/or connection strings into source control is to (no joke) keep passwords and connection strings out of your source. Sounds condescending or funny, but it's not, it's true. You can't check in what doesn't exist on disk.

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Calling VSTS APIs with C#
In the last API-related article, Personal Access Tokens and VSTS APIs, we looked at how we can use Fiddler, along with a Personal Access Token (PAT), to query the Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) REST APIs. In this post, we’ll take a look at how we can use a 3rd party Fiddler extension, Request to Code, along with the “Paste JSON as Classes” Visual Studio feature to jump start the process of calling VSTS APIs with C#.

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Videos we favorited

Developer’s Guide to Windows 10 Version 1511 Update – new videos now available on Channel 9

We’re happy to announce that the video recordings from last weeks’ Developer’s Guide to Windows 10 live event are now available on-demand on Channel 9. This half day event is an addendum to the existing Developer’s Guide to Windows 10 video series and covers new features for developers in the Version 1511 release and the corresponding Windows 10 Build 10586 SDK.

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Release Management Overview

Learn the fundamentals of Release Management, how it relates to DevOps, and benefits it and continuous deployment bring to any organization.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

WallabyJS is a slick and powerful test runner for JavaScript in your IDE or Editor

Wallaby.js is insanely fast, because it only executes tests affected by your code changes and runs your tests in parallel. Read more

Events/Webinars/Seminars you shouldn't miss

World’s Largest Arduino Maker Challenge

1,000 finalists win newly announced Arduino MKR1000 boards. Top 3 projects win trips to Maker Faires + $500 Adafruit cards! Read more

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