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Daily Digest: Native Apps are better, Slideshow with AngularJS, Azure Storage, and more…


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Malware hides behind JavaScript, PNGs to bypass browser security: 
A newly discovered cross-site scripting attack uses a sly variant on an existing hack to deliver malware in a way that’s so heavily obfuscated, even experts didn’t notice it at first.
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Forrester: HTML5 apps still not as good as native apps: 
The fact that no two mobile devices have the same screen size is one of mobile’s big advantages — and one of its drawbacks.
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PHP The Right Way: The Book: 
PTRW is a community effort, a website built entirely around spreading best up-to-date PHP practices. It’s far from exhaustive – instead, it tries to bullet-list the things you should pay attention to, and links to quality resources where one can learn more about the various aspects it covers.
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Creating a Slide Show Plugin With AngularJS: 
Gone are the days when you used to write hundreds of lines of jQuery to create a custom image slider! It’s time to go Angular and achieve the same goal with smaller, simpler code. This tutorial will show how to create a slide show plugin with AngularJS.
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What’s New with in Azure Storage incl the Import Export Service CORS JSON Read from Secondary: 
Chris Risner and Nick Harris are joined by Jai Haridas, Principal Development Manager and at Microsoft OpenTech and Aung Oo Principal Program Manager Lead.
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Posted by on February 7, 2014 in Good2Know, Good2Read, Good2Watch

 

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Daily Digest: AWS Sales flat, Cisco’s “Fog Computing”, MS IofT, Agile Proj. Manement, Flat Design, and more…


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AWS Sales Appear to Have Risen Sharply: 
Overall, Amazon made a profit, but didn’t meet analyst expectations.
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Cisco Launches ‘Fog Computing’ Initiative: 
Soon network switches and routers could be running apps.
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Microsoft pushes Windows Embedded for the Internet of things: 
Not to be outdone by Java, Linux, or other high-profile technologies, Microsoft is staking its own claim in the connected-device space that is widely becoming known as
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Project Management Is Not Enough: 4 Crucial Agile Techniques: 
Why you need automated testing, continuous integration, test-driven development and — yes — pair programming for agile to be successful.
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Dynamically loading Assemblies to reduce Runtime Dependencies: 
Using a static language like C# tends to work with hard assembly bindings for everything. But what if you want only want to provide an assembly optionally, if the functionality is actually used by the user?
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What is Flat Design (and how do I do it)?: 
Last year saw the emergence of many new and reinvented trends across the world of design. Some trends outshined others, in particular the appealing trend towards flat and almost flat design that made itself apparent in everything from icon design to mobile interfaces to classic web design.
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Getting Started: Siena 101: 
Build your first Project Siena app in under 10 minutes while learning the basic framework of working with Project Siena
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Posted by on February 6, 2014 in Good2Know, Good2Read, Good2Watch

 

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Daily Digest: Free Books by MS Press, IntelliDebugger for VS, Extreme Late Binding in APIs, and more…


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A Couple of Free eBooks from Microsoft Press: 
Microsoft Press and the Microsoft Virtual Academy offer a few free eBooks that are worth checking out!
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Microsoft Announces the Addition of Entity Framework 6 Support for DynamicData and EntityDataSource: 
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Adding to the Open Source Library, IntelliEgg Releases IntelliDebugger v1.2 for Microsoft Visual Studio : 
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Speeding up Windows Phone Application Development Using App Studio: 
Learn how easy it is to make Windows Phone applications using Windows Phone App Studio.
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Batch Processing and Grid Computing – Commercial and Open Source Options : 
Explore four alternatives for Batch Processing and Grid Computing among the many options available from both Open Source and Commercial space.
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Why We Need Extreme Late Binding: 
Even today’s modern APIs are just as inflexible and static as the fixed, early bound APIs of old.
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No empty nesting here, Mads’ File Nesting Visual Studio Extension: 
File Nesting for Visual Studio makes it easy to nest any file under another file in Solution Explorer. You can both nest and un-nest any file with ease.
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Posted by on February 5, 2014 in Good2Know, Good2Read, Good2Watch

 

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Daily Digest: Hybrid IT Roles, Kinect SDK with C++, Keeping ASP.NET Apps Alive, and more…


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Use IIS Application Initialization for keeping ASP.NET Apps alive: 
Ever want to run a service-like, always-on application inside of ASP.NET instead of creating a Windows Service or running a Console application? Need to make sure that your ASP.NET application is always running and comes up immediately after an Application Pool restart even if nobody hits your site? The IIS Application Initialization Module provides this functionality in IIS 7 and later, making it much easier to create always-on ASP.NET applications that can act like a service.
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5 Hybrid IT Roles Your Business Needs to Succeed in 2014: 
This year, the ability to simply configure and run a server or develop software in isolation won’t be enough. Employers will aggressively pursue workers with multi-dimensional talent — combinations of technology, domain, business, process and people skills.
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Kinect for Windows SDK C++ Samples: 
Today’s post is a reminder about all the available C++ Kinect for Windows SDK samples and examples…
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Posted by on January 28, 2014 in Good2Read

 

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Daily Digest: ASP MVC 5.1, ASP Web API 2.1, PaaS Slow Adoption, Google Maps API, and more…


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Amazon and Microsoft Drop Cloud Storage Prices By Up to 50%: 
First, Amazon dropped the price of its S3 cloud storage service by 22%. Now, Microsoft has followed suit by cutting the price for Azure by up to 50% to keep up.
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Is an MBA Worthwhile or Worthless for Tech Pros?: 
Once seen as a valuable differentiator for career advancement, the intrinsic worth of an MBA degree is now a hotly debated subject in the enterprise.
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Implement Google Maps API on PhoneGap Using the Device API: 
Explore how to use Google Maps API together with PhoneGap to create an interactive map.
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Why Isn’t PaaS More Popular?: 
Analysts have various theories on why cloud development platforms have become the ugly stepchild of cloud computing.
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Visual Studio 2013 Update 1, ASP.Net MVC 5.1, Web API 2.1 all RTW and more: 
The week’s top development news
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Posted by on January 27, 2014 in Good2Know, Good2Read, Good2Watch

 

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Daily Digest: Barracuda Firewall With Azure, IOT In Sports, Amazon Big Hiring Effort, and more…


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Amazon Improves Performance and Cuts Cost of Data Warehouse Service: 
Amazon Web Services has improved the performance of its Redshift data warehouse with new SSD-based nodes, which can also lower the cost of the service as long as storage capacity needs are also low.
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CNN’s Twitter and Facebook Accounts Hacked: 
A group styled as the Syrian Electronic Army claimed credit
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Salesforce.com Courts Microsoft .NET Developers with New Tools: 
New toolkits go further than the existing API access Salesforce.com had provided
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Neiman Marcus Says ‘Complex’ Malware Defeated its Security: 
Neiman Marcus was unaware attackers had harvested payment card details until six weeks after the activity had ended, when its merchant processor zeroed in on a fraudulent spending pattern.
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Amazon Posted 16,100 IT Job Ads Last Year, Tops in U.S.: 
The employer with the most IT job postings last year was Amazon.com, with 16,146 ads, exceeding most other IT firms by a wide margin, according to a new report.
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Punish Careless Employees to Reduce Security Breaches, Vendor Says: 
Security could be vastly improved by holding employees accountable for carelessly clicking on emailed links and attachments that lead to malware being downloaded to a corporate network, an awareness-training vendor says.
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The Internet of Things for Sports is Quickly Taking Shape: 
Jason Fass, the CEO of Zepp Labs, imagines a future for sports where sensors are everywhere: in balls, bats, footballs and in a player’s clothing. It’s hard not to get caught up in this vision.
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Using the Barracuda Web Application Firewall on Windows Azure: 
The Barracuda Web Application Firewall (WAF) provides a comprehensive Solution for application security including constant protection from evolving threats, scalable application security and granular identity and access management. Key use cases include application security for web applications, securing and scaling elastic applications and providing a TMG replacement for publishing SharePoint in Windows Azure
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Posted by on January 24, 2014 in Good2Know, Good2Read, Good2Watch

 

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Daily Digest: Wearable Devices, Entity Framework 6, Cybercrime and more…


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Global Cybercrime Dominated by 50 Core Groups, Crowdstrike Report Finds: 
Cybercrime in 2013 was dominated by a core of around 50 active groups, including Russian and Chinese ‘threat actors’ whose activities are only now coming to light, a report from monitoring firm CrowdStrike has found.
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Target Breach Notifications Are a Perfect Example of What Not to Do: 
Hopefully your company will never be the victim of a massive data breach. If it is, though, and customer data is compromised, make sure you don’t follow Target’s lead when it comes to notifying customers. Target’s customer notification efforts are wrong on almost every level.
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Code First Goodies in Entity Framework 6: 
Julie Lerman rounds out her coverage of Entity Framework 6 with a discussion of new Code First features relating to mappings and migrations.
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As Wearable Devices Hit the Market, Apps Are Sure to Follow: 
If there’s to be an explosion of wearable devices and smartwatches in 2014, as analysts forecast, the bigger question becomes when more apps will emerge that work with such devices.
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Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Good2Know, Good2Read

 

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