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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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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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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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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Daily Digest: Mobile Cloud Services, Google Cloud Hadoop Connector, Twitter Cards, and more…


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Twitter Cards launch for Channel 9: 
These days, Twitter is one of the big social media channels for people talking about development, including Channel 9. Recently Twitter added a new feature, Twitter Cards, and it seemed like a perfect fit for our content … especially the ‘Player Card’, which is designed to display video content.
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Google Cloud Storage Launches Hadoop Connector: 
The tool simplifies the process of deploying Hadoop on Google’s cloud computing services.
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Cloud Services for Mobile Developers: Google vs. Amazon vs. Azure vs. Parse: 
Cloud-based back ends for mobile applications combine key services with varying degrees of complexity.
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A Broader and More Flexible Approach to Mobile Development: 
Today’s emphasis on responsive web design (RWD) brings many benefits, but can also gloss over important differences in how people actually use different types of devices. Are there lessons from our not-so-distant past that can help us avoid such pitfalls?
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Working with images in Web Essentials 2013: 
This is a demo of a typical workflow for working with image files in Visual Studio. Web Essentials adds a lot of tools that makes this workflow easier than ever.
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Daily Digest: XP Hangs On, Big Data’s Best Language, Rules for Hiring Great Developers, and more…


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U.S. Firms Struggling with Windows XP End of Life Deadline: 
A surprising number of US firms will continue running Windows XP after the end of life (EOL) cut-off this April, a survey for cloud services firm Evolve IP has found. Some planning upgrades will use the cloud and virtualisation to rationalise their PC infrastructure going forward.
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Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Microsoft’s Office Blogs Site: 
After hijacking several of Microsoft’s Twitter accounts and compromising its official blog over the past two weeks, the Syrian Electronic Army hacked into the Microsoft Office Blogs site Monday.
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Azure Receives PCI Certification and a Host of Improvements: 
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5 Reasons Why Your IT Job Search is Getting Harder: 
The IT job market is slowing down, use of contingency workers is picking up, and Congress has an unfinished fight ahead on the H-1B visa. These factors and others are making the IT hiring trends to expect in 2014.
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Which Language Is Best for Big Data?: 
Big Data is a field where even a single millisecond loss can be significant over billions of events. Yet, languages often regarded as slow like Python have gained a lot of popularity in the past year. Recent articles and discussions in the Big Data community have started reigniting the debate around the choice of a programming language for data science and Big Data.
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7 simple rules for hiring great developers: 
The war for programming talent is full bore. Here’s how to hire the best coders when competing with the big boys
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Project Manager Personal Branding: 
Like it or not, people have opinions of you …how you dress, your performance, stature, dress smell and everything else about you.
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Linux Integraton Services for Hyper-V: 
In this episode, Rick interviews Abhishek Gupta – a program manager in Microsoft Open Source Technology Center who works on the Linux Integration Services team. He goes through the new release functionality, availability for various distributions as well as previewing the new Generation 2 VM capabilities for Linux Guests. Some great reference information as well as demos showing off Linux Integration Services 3.5 goodness.
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Daily Digest: Surface Pro Firmware Upgrade, Java and Cyberattacks, Agile and Lean, and more…


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Spammers Buy Chrome Extensions and Turn Them Into Adware: 
Two developers who sold their popular Chrome extensions saw them misused for aggressive advertising
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Microsoft Releases Update to Fix Surface Pro 2 Firmware Problems: 
Microsoft has issued a Surface Pro 2 update to fix glitches introduced by a December firmware release, which reduced battery life and changed how the device went into or out of sleep mode.
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Java Implicated in 91% of Cyberattacks, Says Cisco: 
2013 was the year of the Java exploit.
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Combining an Agile and Lean Approach: 
Several approaches exist to improve software development, among them are agile and lean. Managers have to decide which approaches to deploy in their organization. Approaches can also be combined depending on the problems that need to be solved.
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A Practical Guide to AngularJS Directives: 
This is a great series on the very popular topic of Directives.
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Beyond Bootstrap and Foundation: Frameworks You’ve Never Heard Of: 
While Bootstrap and Foundation are two of the more well-known front-end frameworks, there are other great frameworks available that many of you probably haven’t heard of. In this article I’m going to list some of these so you can consider giving them a try.
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10 HTML Tags You May Not Be Using: 
As a front-end developer you no doubt use HTML constantly and probably feel it doesn’t have any more unknowns. Nevertheless, the way it has evolved (in particular with the advent of HTML5) may surprise you at times.
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Java on Windows Azure: 
In this episode Nick Harris and Chris Risner are joined by Martin Sawicki, Program Manager at MS Open Tech where he focuses on Java on Windows Azure. In this episode Martin gives an overview on how to use Java with Windows
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