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


good2know_banner

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.
View article…


good2read_banner

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.
View article…

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.
View article…

Why Isn’t PaaS More Popular?: 
Analysts have various theories on why cloud development platforms have become the ugly stepchild of cloud computing.
View article…


good2watch_banner

Visual Studio 2013 Update 1, ASP.Net MVC 5.1, Web API 2.1 all RTW and more: 
The week’s top development news
View article…


Follow-me-on-twitter

Daily Digest: Cross Platform for Android and iOS, RWD Responsive Images, CORS Support on ASP.NET Web API 2.0 and more…


good2know_banner

Announcing E-book version of Scott Guthrie’s “Building Real-World Cloud Apps with Windows Azure”: 
Along with the e-book they published the code for the Fix It application that Scott developed to demonstrate many of the recommended cloud development patterns.
View article…

Windows 9 ‘Threshold’ could be released as early as April 2015: 
Microsoft is currently working on the next version of the Windows operating system and has a tentative release date of April 2015 for the general public
View article…


good2read_banner

How Cross-platform Tools Make It Easier to Develop for Both iOS and Android: 
If you’re building applications for Android and iOS, cross-platform mobile development tools can make you more productive. Just don’t expect the results to look pretty.
View article…

Responsive Images: Using srcset: 
Annarita Tranfici gives some new food for thought on an aspect of Responsive Web Design (RWD) that is very popular right now: responsive images. RWD is not a new topic but its approach is not always easy and free of pitfalls. Especially when it comes to images, there are many unresolved issues.
View article…

ASP.NET Web API: CORS Support in ASP.NET Web API 2: 
The long-requested support for cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) is now built into ASP.NET Web API 2. Brock Allen, the original developer of the CORS framework, shows how to configure policy to allow JavaScript clients to access APIs from a different origin.
View article…

Visual Studio 2013: Cross-Browser, Coded UI Testing with Visual Studio 2013: 
Learn how new testing features in Visual Studio 2013 let you not only test your UI against all modern browsers, but also search for specific UI elements. In the past few years web based applications become most wanted solutions in the IT market. New approach for modern web based solutions required modern techniques for testing it in fully automated way. Visual Studio 2013 meets market needs by offering end-to-end framework to make UI test automations in kind and understandable way.
View article…


good2watch_banner

Thinking about building your own Tower Game? Start with TGSK (Tower Game Starter Kit): 
This isn’t some kind of app generator, wizard, framework, thing. This is a complete and working set of projects that you can use as your game development starting point, that you can tweak and modify to make your own, without having to write everything from scratch.
View article…


Follow-me-on-twitter

Daily Digest: VS Unit Test Generator, Scaling Azure Sites, Cloud for Dev and Test, ASP.NET MVC SAPs, and more…


good2know_banner

Google App Translation Service Now Available to Android Developers: 
Google has made its app translation service available to all Android developers to enable them to offer their apps in different languages.
View article…

Netflix, YouTube traffic on the rise, while peer-to-peer file sharing nears extinction, Sandvine finds: 
YouTube continues to be the largest source of Internet traffic worldwide
View article…


good2read_banner

iOS Application Development: 
A great six-part series in developing on the iOS platform.
View article…

Single-Page Applications: Build Modern, Responsive Web Apps with ASP.NET: 
Learn how to create modern HTML5 Web apps using ASP.NET Web API combined with open-source JavaScript frameworks.
View article…

Secure ASP.NET Web API with Windows Azure AD and Microsoft OWIN Components: 
Learn how to take advantage of new Visual Studio 2013 features to create a simple Web API protected by Windows Azure AD, and how to create a test client so you can see the API in action.
View article…


good2watch_banner

How Azure Web Sites Scale: 
How do Web Sites scale? What happens when the underlying Operating System takes a patch? Stefan explains how Web Sites stay up 24/7.
View article…

Using the Cloud for Dev and Test: 
Windows Azure has evolved over the years, and now with the Infrastructure Services (VMs) offered, it makes a lot of sense to leverage Azure for creating development environments and running testing scenarios.
View article…

The Unit Test Generator for Visual Studio: 
Brian Keller interviews Joshua Weber about the new Unit Test Generator which just shipped for Visual Studio 2012 and 2013. The Unit Test Generator brings back a scenario which existed in Visual Studio 2010 that allows you to generate unit test stubs from your application code.
View article…


Follow-me-on-twitter

Daily Digest: Secure ASP.NET API, Control Windows with Kinect, Agile tools and more…


good2know_banner

Tech Industry Calls for ‘oversight and Accountability’ of NSA Surveillance:
Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and other Internet companies had so far asked for permission to reveal data requests to the public
View article…

New Malware Variant Suggests Cybercriminals Targeting SAP Users:
The malware checks if infected systems have a SAP client application installed, ERPScan researchers said
View article…

FAA to Allow Use of Electronics for Entire Flights:
Each airline will need to get FAA approval before offering their passengers gate-to-gate use of their portable electronics
View article…


good2read_banner

7 Top Tools for Agile Software Development:
Project managers and developers cited these tools as among their favorites.
View article…

Working with the CommandBar in Windows 8.1:
Vipul Patel walks Windows Store developers through the basics of creating properly designed app bars using the CommandBar control.
View article…

Developer’s Guide to Marketing an App — How to Name an Application:
Naming your application can be one of the hardest things to do and uninspired names are pretty hard to hide. So much is dependent on a name, if it does not inherently suggest what the application or game is about, it has to be intriguing enough that the lack of association won’t matter.
View article…


good2watch_banner

Window to the Kinect, Kinect to Windows…:
Today’s inspirational post from The Verge and Tom Warren shows off how Microsoft is thinking about some ever more wild ways to use the Kinect…
View article…

Securing ASP.NET Web APIs:
This week is a long awaited show for many ASP.NET Web API Developer out there, Daniel Roth joins Channel 9 for the feature show on how to secure your ASP.NET Web API.
View article…


Follow-me-on-twitter

Daily Digest: Jelly Bean, Microsoft Office Store, ASP.NET Web API and more…


good2know_banner
Jelly Bean Overtakes Gingerbread as Top Android Version:
The latest major version of Android, known as Jelly Bean, is now the most widely used variant of the platform, according to new statistics from Google. View article…
Microsoft brings the Office Store to 22 new markets and adds intelligence tool Power BI to Office 365:
Fresh off of the Build developer moot with its Windows and Azure focus, Microsoft today announced at its Worldwide Partner Conference that it will bring the Office Store and SharePoint to 22 new markets, and add a new business intelligence tool to its Office 365 service. View article…

good2read_banner
Which Responsive Framework is Right for You?:
It’s pretty much impossible to find a mobile website discussion today that doesn’t include Responsive Design. Responsive Design ensures the pages of a website adapt to the size of any device that a person might use to browse that site. Instead of displaying a specific web page based on the device, the web page adapts and optimizes itself based on the devices capabilities.
View article…
Using Custom Action Names in ASP.NET Web API:
By default Web API action methods use the same HTTP method name that they are serving. There are several ways in which you can customize these action method names. Read on to learn more. View article…

good2watch_banner
Asynchronous Debugging in Visual Studio 2013:
In this episode, Robert is joined by Brad Sullivan, who shows us asynchronous debugging in Visual Studio 2013. This enhances your debugging experience in both .NET and Windows Store apps. Previously, it could be very difficult for a developer stopped at a breakpoint to know the asynchronous sequence of calls that brought them to the current location. Now in Visual Studio 2013, the Call Stack window surfaces this information, factoring in new diagnostics information provided by the runtime. View article…

Follow-me-on-twitter

Daily Digest: ASP.NET Web API, Continous Integration, DevOps and WCF

Continuous Development Leads to Big Changes for Microsoft: The company is rolling out new software faster than ever before.  View article…

Atlassian Improves DevOps Features in Bamboo 5: The CI tool aims to provide more visibility across build and deployment processes.  View article…

ChannelFactory Caching in WCF 4.5: Arun Karthick walks you through   the ChannelFactory caching feature introduced as part of WCF 4.5, providing   insight into the various caching modes available, along with suitable source   code samples.  View article…

DataGrid View with “CRUD operations”: Using Dojo DataGrid, JsonRest Store, Entity Framework, SQL Server, ASP.NET MVC Web API.  View article…

Windows 8.1 for Developers: VP of Windows Development Ales Holecek and Windows Architect John Sheehan join us to talk about Windows 8.1 for developers.  View article…

What’s New in .NET Development: The latest version of .NET delivers a number of new innovations while maintaining a high compatibility bar. In this presentation, we will walk through the latest features in .NET that focus on  Developer Productivity, Application Performance and Continuous Delivery. Examples will include diagnostics improvements, library enhancements and new features in Windows Store development.  View article…

Follow-me-on-twitter