MSDN Magazine June 2012

MSDN Magazine June 2012

CLR:What’s New in the .NET 4.5 Base Class Library

The .NET Framework 4.5 brings a number of improvments, big and small, to the base class library. Immo Landwerth explores these new features. Immo Landwerth

CLR:An Attribute-Free Approach to Configuring MEF

Learn the reasons for using the Managed Extensibility Framework, and how convention-driven configuration can streamline the development process. Alok Shriram

Internet of Things:Using Windows Azure Service Bus for ... Things!

In this second in a series of articles about the Internet of Things, you’ll learn how to leverage the Windows Azure Service Bus, not only to collect information from “things” but also to control them. Clemens Vasters

Building HTML5 Applications:CSS3 Effects, Transitions and Animations

Learn how CSS3 makes Web development a lot easier. With a few new CSS properties and some cool demos, you’ll see how to save countless development hours. Clark Sell

Windows Azure:Democratizing Video Content with Windows Azure Media Services

This article focuses on how to provide a scalable, video streaming service with little or no upfront investment in hardware or infrastructure. We walk through a step-by-step process using Windows Azure Media Services and a Web-based client. For consumers, a Facebook implementation of these technologies will be presented. Bruno Terkaly, Ricardo Villalobos

Windows Phone:Behind the Scenes: A Windows Phone Feed-Reader App

See exactly how a group of Microsoft interns developed a robust Windows Phone feed-reader app with the latest technologies such as local database, background agent, Live Tiles and more. Matt Stroshane

SQL Server:Custom Indexing for Latitude-Longitude Data

Find out how to create custom indexes for geographical data that includes latitude and longitude location information so that you can retrieve real-time data faster than ever. James McCaffrey

ASP.NET:Unit Testing in the Navigation for ASP.NET Web Forms Framework

The article will demonstrate the benefits of having a consistent approach to navigation and data passing in a Web Forms application, showing how this bears fruit when building Single-Page Interfaces. Although all the current buzz is around ASP.NET MVC, it will present a compelling argument for using the Navigation for ASP.NET Web Forms project I host on codeplex together with standard ASP.NET Ajax and DataBinding. Graham Mendick

Kinect:Starting to Develop with Kinect

The first in our series of Kinect-themed features shows how you can use the skeleton-tracking capability of the Kinect in a WPF app without writing a single line of code. Leland Holmquest

Windows Azure:Comparing Windows Azure Queues and Service Bus Queues

Find out whether Windows Azure queues or Service Bus queues are the best choice for the messaging queues in your application. Ricardo Villalobos

Leading Lightswitch:Tales of Advanced LightSwitch Client Customizations

Enjoy these tales of creating custom applications that show off the versatility and ease of use LightSwitch offers. You will also get a glimpse of how a real pro works with clients. Jan Van der Haegen

Web Dev Report:Working with Graphics on the Web: Canvas vs. SVG

In this installment of the Web Dev Report, find out whether to use Canvas or SVG when developing Web graphics. Rachel Appel


Editor's Note:Old Soldiers Never Die

Microsoft has announced that it has extended support for the Visual Basic 6 runtime to Windows 8. What makes classic VB such a compelling development platform?Michael Desmond

Cutting Edge:Mobile Site Development: Markup

This column is the first of a series in which Dino Esposito approaches mobile site development from a perspective that isn’t primarily focused on technology. He says that too often mobile site development is associated with specific frameworks and their solutions without much thinking about use-cases and restructuring of the content. In this colum, he starts from the basics—the mobile markup.Dino Esposito

Data Points:Data Bind OData in Web Apps with Knockout.js

Knockout.js brings many benefits to client side web apps. Julie Lerman looks at leveraging it to perform data binding with OData.Julie Lerman

Test Run:Evolutionary Optimization Algorithms

Why should you be interested in evolutionary optimization algorithms? There are at least three good reasons, James McCaffrey points out, and he shows you how to code them. An evolutionary optimization algorithm is an implementation of a meta-heuristic modeled on the behavior of biological evolution. These algorithms can be used to find approximate solutions to difficult or impossible numerical minimization problems.James McCaffrey

The Working Programmer:Talk to Me, Part 4: Feliza Gets Her Voice

The final installment of Ted Neward's four-part series on creating an F#-based chatterbot modeled on the old ELIZA software. This time, Ted takes Feliza for a spin.Ted Neward

Touch and Go:Getting Oriented with the Windows Phone Compass

Smartphones get lots of input from the world through their sensors, but you can get even more by combining those sensors, as Charles Petzold shows with an example that combines the compass and accelerometer.Charles Petzold

Don't Get Me Started:The Silent Majority: Why Visual Basic 6 Still Thrives

Until and unless Microsoft brings out another tool that does these things, Visual Basic 6 will keep scuttling around.David Platt