MSDN Magazine August 2012

MSDN Magazine August 2012

C++:Functional-Style Programming in C++

The new C++ 11 standard greatly improves the language's suitability for functional-style programming, particularly with its support for lambdas. Learn how you can use functional-style programming in your C++ code. David Cravey

Windows Azure:Windows Azure Comes to the Rescue

What do you do when marketing comes to you needing a fully functional conference registration system for a show just a month away? You leverage Windows Azure, Silverlight and Windows Phone to build an app with all the social media trimmings, as Microsoft's Mark Kromer details here. Mark Kromer

Windows PowerShell:Build User-Friendly XML Interfaces with Windows PowerShell

Joe Leibowitz explores a way to make reading and editing XML files easier and more convenient, even for nontechnical users, using algorithms that can parse the structure of any given file. Joe Leibowitz

Building HTML5 Applications:A History (API) Lesson

Don’t know much about history? Clark Sell shows you how to access and manage session state using the new HTML5 History API. Clark Sell

ALM Rangers:Using the Team Foundation Server Client Object Model

The Visual Studio ALM Rangers introduce the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) client object model and create the foundation for a new series of articles focused on practical guidance and common coding scenarios with TFS. Willy-Peter Schaub, Brian Blackman

Windows Azure:CyberNanny: Remote Access via Distributed Components

What do you do when you’re a new dad and want to keep track of your baby at home? You use the Kinect sensor, C++, Windows Azure, and local and cloud-based components to get e-mailed photos upon request, wherever you are. Angel Hernandez Matos

CLR:.NET Development for ARM Processors

Coding in the .NET Framework means that you don’t normally have to worry about the many differences between ARM and x86-based processors. But there are a few fundamental design differences that may affect your code, as CLR team insider Andrew Pardoe explains here. Andrew Pardoe

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Editor's Note:On Point with Julie Lerman

Michael Desmond profiles Data Points columnist Julie Lerman.Michael Desmond

Cutting Edge:Mobile Site Development, Part 3: Routing Requests

Dino Esposito explains how to route Web site visitors between the desktop and mobile versions of a site so they can easily jump between the two.Dino Esposito

Windows with C++:Lightweight Cooperative Multitasking

Kenny Kerr describes a technique—ideal for very lightweight concurrency—to write asynchronous code in C or C++ without the use of a runtime (such as those provided by Visual C++ and Windows).Kenny Kerr

Data Points:Pitfalls and Pointers for a Base Logging Class in EF Models

An unfortunate use of a base class to provide logging data for all classes in an Entity Data Model creates chaos in the database. Learn why this happens and how to avoid the problem.Julie Lerman

Forecast: Cloudy:Decoupling the Cloud with MEF

Learn how to use the Microsoft Extensibility Framework to make a cloud deployment a little more manageable and flexible.Joseph Fultz

The Working Programmer:Cassandra NoSQL Database: Getting Started

Ted Neward explores Cassandra (the NoSQL database software, not the figure from Greek mythology), which is “an open-source, distributed, decentralized, elastically scalable, highly-available, fault-tolerant, tuneably consistent, column-oriented database that bases its distribution design on Amazon’s Dynamo and its data model on Google’s Bigtable.”Ted Neward

Touch and Go:Viewing a Virtual World from Your Windows Phone

Although we no longer believe that celestial spheres surround the Earth, that’s still a handy concept for programs that let you use a smartphone to view a virtual world. Such a program needs to determine its orientation in 3D space, and Charles Petzold explains how to accomplish this using the horizontal coordinate system.Charles Petzold