MSDN Magazine July 2012

MSDN Magazine July 2012

Windows Phone:Pragmatic Tips for Building Better Windows Phone Apps

Andrew Byrne has had his coding ups and downs, but when he has stumbled, he has picked himself up and continued. Here, he points out some Windows Phone programming techniques to make your own road a little smoother. Andrew Byrne


Learn best practices and techniques for enhancing the testability of your ASP.NET MVC applications. Keith Burnell

Windows Phone:Writing a Compass Application for Windows Phone

Windows Phone now exposes sensors such as the accelerometer, GPS and compass (magnetometer). Here, Donn Morse walks through the creation of a compass app to demonstrate how developers can interact with that sensor. Donn Morse

Windows Azure:Hadoop on Windows Azure

What’s all the buzz about Hadoop? Find out as you learn how to set up a cluster on Windows Azure, how to run a Map/Reduce job using Java, JavaScript and C# Streaming, how to run queries in HIVE, and more. Lynn Langit

ASP.NET:How to Handle Relational Data in a Distributed Cache

Iqbal Khan discusses how developers handle data relationships while caching data, and shows through source code examples how those relationships can be mapped. The net effect is that the application doesn’t have to keep track of those relationships in the cache. Rather, the cache is aware of them and handles them correctly. Iqbal Khan

Internet of Things:A Smart Thermostat on the Service Bus

We continue our series on the Internet of Things by building a connected device—a smart thermostat—and wiring it up to the Windows Azure Service Bus. Clemens Vasters


Editor's Note:The Long Test Run

Over the years, McCaffrey has proposed, written and reviewed innumerable article concepts. And, no surprise, he has some pointed thoughts on what makes an idea worthy of publication.Michael Desmond

Cutting Edge:Mobile Site Development, Part 2: Design

Dino Esposito debunks some mobile site development myths as he explains how to present users with Web pages designed to work best with their individual devices.Dino Esposito

Data Points:Create and Consume JSON-Formatted OData

JSON is an increasingly important format for application development. Make sure you know how to consume OData in JSON format and create WCF Data Services that return JSON.Julie Lerman

Forecast: Cloudy:Mixing Node.js into Your Windows Azure Solution

Node.js is generating lots of buzz, and Joseph Fultz explains how he incorporated it into an existing Windows Azure solution.Joseph Fultz

Test Run:Classification and Prediction Using Neural Networks

In the May issue, James McCaffrey explained the basics of neural networks. Now he shows you how to use neural networks to classify existing data into groups, and to predict the group membership of new data.James McCaffrey

The Working Programmer:The Science of Computers

Our columnist enlists the help of a bona-fide computer scientist to explain how developers can make their lives a little easier by understanding the theories behind certain parts of computer science.Ted Neward, Joe Hummel

Touch and Go:Windows Phone Motion and 3D Views

When a Windows Phone program knows the orientation of the phone in 3D space, the phone can provide a portal into a 3D world. The new Motion class makes it possible, as Charles Petzold explains.Charles Petzold

Don't Get Me Started:The Patient Knows What’s Wrong with Him

It's hard to create an effective user experience when your users struggle to tell you what they need. David Platt says good designers know how to gain actionable insight from their users.David Platt