|The Microsoft journal for developers||NOVEMBER 2012 VOL 27 NO 11|
Microsoft Azure MobileServices
**Based on open standards and supporting multiple types of devices and operating systems, WAMS automates the creation of a robust backend for your device applications.
Windows Phone: Speech-Enabling a Windows Phone 8 App with Voice Commands
In Windows Phone 8 apps, developers can use two new features to delight their users: voice commands to launch the app and execute commands, and a flexible API for speech recognition and synthesis to interact with the app by voice.
C#, Visual Basic and C++: Managing Memory in Windows Store Apps, Part 2
In the second of our two-part feature on identifying, diagnosing, and repairing memory leaks in Window Store apps, Chipalo Street and Dan Taylor focus on C#, VB, and C++ optimizations.
Team Foundation Service: Implementing Build Automation with Team Foundation Service Preview
Team Foundation Service Preview provides the ability to run builds entirely in the cloud. Here, the Visual Studio ALM Rangers show how to set up build automation on-premises for scenarios where the development team needs more control of the build machine than is available on Azure.
Entity Framework Designer Gets Some Love in Visual Studio 2012
The new Entity Framework Designer in Visual Studio 2012 delivers an enhanced user experience thanks to improvements both big and small.
Touch and Go
Assembling Bing Map Tiles on Windows Phone
Getting a map on the Windows Phone screen is easy, but rotating it so that north on the map is actually pointing north is another matter entirely.
Windows with C++
The Evolution of Synchronization in Windows and C++
Some excellent synchronization primitives in Windows and the state-of-the-art C++ compiler make a compelling toolkit for lightweight and scalable concurrency-safe programs.
The Working Programmer
Cassandra NoSQL Database, Part 3: Clustering
Talk about big data, this database can scale to “ridiculous” sizes, says Ted Neward. Learn how clustering makes it happen.