Daily Digest: Decoupling with Service Gateway, C++ REST SDK, Mobile Optimized Views, Learning from healthcare.gov debacle and more…


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Amazon Plans to Use Drones to Deliver Packages: 
The futuristic service will cut delivery time to 30 minutes or less, according to Amazon
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Bitcointalk.org Warns Passwords in Danger After DNS Attack: 
Some users are advised to change their passwords
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App Helps Lowe’s Shoppers Find Products Without Asking: 
Lowe’s Companies has upgraded its main shopping app to help customers find products once they are inside a store.
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Cloud Traffic Poised to Quadruple by 2017, Challenge CIOs: 
A recent report from Cisco Systems suggests that global cloud traffic will reach 5.3 zettabytes in 2017. That’s more than four times the traffic seen in 2012. Analysts and vendors say this will have far-reaching implications for enterprise IT.
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Learning From Healthcare.gov: 4 Lessons in Choosing a IT Vendor: 
The vendor chosen in a no-bid process to build Healthcare.gov was fired from a similar project after missing deadlines and suffering security lapses for three years. Such obvious mistakes are unfortunately all too common in the private and public sector. Here are four simple ways to make sure you choose the right vendor for your IT project.
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Call Centers Suffer From Big Data Overload: 
Nearly half of all contact centers consistently collect and report on metrics that they never use to improve the customer experience, according to a new survey.
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How Analytics Helped Ford Turn its Fortunes: 
Ford is using big data to drive virtually every aspect of its global turnaround.
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Creating Mobile-Optimized Views in ASP.NET MVC 4, Part 2: Using WURFL: 
Dino Esposito follows up on how to serve up ad hoc Web site markup to different classes of devices by using server-side device and feature detection with the Wireless Universal Resource File.
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10 Wildly-Unconventional Web Designs: 
There’s a big difference between following best practices and following conventions. Best practices align your design work with business and branding goals while still allowing for distinctiveness and creativity. Following conventions, however, often yields ordinary results that fail to provide unique appeal — the designer’s main responsibility.
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Using the C++ REST SDK in Windows Store Apps: 
Learn how to use authentication while uploading a file to Dropbox, using as much portable C++ code as possible, and interfacing with the Windows Runtime only when necessary.
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Decoupling Large Applications with the Service Gateway : 
The Service Gateway is a project build within DPE to help Cloud developers take back agility and maintainability of their large application deployments by adding the ability to decompose applications into many components instead of creating one monolithic application.
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​Building Connected & Integrated Business Applications Using Office 365 Cloud Business App Project: 
With Cloud Business App projects, Visual Studio 2013 streamlines the process of building modern business applications for Office 365. In this video, you will see how developers can build social, touch-centric, cross-platform SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 business applications that run well on all modern devices.
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Daily Digest: C++ Refactoring, Cloud Certifications, Approaches For AI Apps, and more…


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Microsoft Releases New Windows 8 API for Facebook Login: 
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LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 API Released for Windows 8: 
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Which Certifications Can Help You Land a Cloud Job?: 
These ten cloud computing certifications are worth checking out.
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90% of Enterprise Mobile Apps Have Security Vulnerabilities: 
Most of the problems were on the server side.
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Best Approaches for AI in Game Development: 
When artificial intelligence (AI) is mentioned, it is widely believed that the computers really have the ability to think. However, the truth is a little bit different – computers just execute complex mathematical models and algorithms that are created to simulate thinking and decision making. This article, covers the most popular artificial intelligence algorithms used in game development.
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Windows Phone App to App Communication Best Practices: 
the show as they talk about application data for your Windows Phone 8 apps. Tune in as they dive deep into best practices for how applications can interact with data on devices, how apps deal with data in the cloud and how apps can move data back and forth amongst themselves.
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“Rename” Refactoring for Visual C++: 
The C++ language is large and complex with context-sensitive syntax subtleties that make it difficult to create a reliable and fast rename refactoring tool.
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Daily Digest: JQuery Confirmation, IE11 Developer Tools, The Future of C++ and more…


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What’s New in IE11′s Developer Tools:
With the release of IE11 coming up, one of its most anticipated features is better developer tools. View article…

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jQuery confirmation in ASP.NET GridView:
This code is useful when want to use a custom confirmation in an ASP.NET GridView. View article…

Why, Where, and How of .NET Configuration Files:
A very good explanation of configuration files in .NET. View article…

Data Points: Behavior-Driven Design with SpecFlow:
Julie Lerman demonstrates how behavior driven development focuses on building up logic and tests around user stories, helping to ensure that your software actually meets the required specifications. View article…


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The Future of C++ | Build 2013:
This talk will give an update on recent progress and near-future directions for C++, both at Microsoft and across the industry, with some announcements of interest in both areas. The speaker is the lead language architect of Visual C++ and chair of the ISO C++ committee.
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Daily Digest: Eclipe gets a Cloud update, C++ enhancements in VS2013 and more…


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Oracle Updates Developer Tools with Cloud Capabilities:
The company is issuing new releases of Oracle Application Development Framework, JDeveloper, Coherence and Enterprise Pack for Eclipse. View article…

Software Purchases to Dominate Tech Spending:
The research firm predicts $2.1 trillion in global tech spending this year. View article…


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Top 6 Common Language Runtime Features in Windows Phone 8:
Windows Phone 8 introduces some very hot features from Common Language Runtime that provide tremendous benefits to Windows Phone application developers. Read on for one man’s list of top 6 CLR features. View article…

Visual Studio 2013 Gets Better Exception Reporting:
It should become easier to find errors in C++ apps. View article…

Getting Tangled in the Cloud:
Don’t buy into the sometimes useful fiction that Cloud is only one thing. You will fritter away precious IT dollars. View article…

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The Future of C++ | Build 2013:
This talk will give an update on recent progress and near-future directions for C++, both at Microsoft and across the industry, with some announcements of interest in both areas. The speaker is the lead language architect of Visual C++ and chair of the ISO C++ committee. View article…

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MS Virtual Academy to participate in the initial #DevChat by @msdev

MS Virtual Academy to participate in the initial #DevChat by @msdev

On Tuesday the 14th, MS Virtual Academy will be doing a follow up to their Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C# Jump Start, with Jerry Nixon back online to take your follow-up questions. Jerry has a tremendous wealth of knowledge in programming in C# and XAML, and this is a great chance to pick his brain in real time and for you to share what you know and help other developers.

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