MSDN Magazine October 2012

TPL:Horizontal Scalability for Parallel Execution of Tasks

The Task Parallel Library (TPL) provides all the necessary infrastructure to achieve optimal utilization of CPU resources within a single multicore computer. Now you can also implement an approach that scales across computer’s boundaries--useful for workload automation and batch processing scenarios. Jesus Aguilar

OData:OData, the Entity Framework and Windows Azure Access Control

When Sean Iannuzzi was asked to secure a Web service for an existing database and Web application, he saw the benefits of using OData, but he didn’t think it was secure enough. See how he developed his own custom implementation with extra security. Sean Iannuzzi

Windows Phone:Building an App for Both Windows Phone and iOS

Find out how you can create an app from scratch that targets both Windows Phone and iPhone, while staying true to the design philosophy and UX features of each platform. Andrew Whitechapel

Windows Phone:Tombstoning and the Zen of Async for Windows Phone

Ben Day walks you through some of the architectural decisions and mistakes he made in his first Windows Phone application, and shows how you can avoid them in your own Windows Phone apps. Ben Day

Numerics:Testing Math Functions in Microsoft Cloud Numerics

Suppose you are writing a computer program that calls a library to compute sin(x). You'll get a numeric answer containing up to 16 decimal digits, but how do you know the answer is correct? Learn how the math functions in the new Microsoft Cloud Numerics math library are tested. Stuart Brorson, Alan Edelman, Ben Moskowitz


Editor's Note:Cutting Edge

Dino Esposito has been writing for MSDN Magazine and its predecessors since 1996. Michael Desmond talks with the popular Cutting Edge columnist.Michael Desmond

Cutting Edge:Mobile Site Development, Part 5: jQuery Mobile

Dino Esposito dives into the HTML5-based jQuery Mobile UI technology for popular device platforms. Is it all you need for mobile development?Dino Esposito

Windows with C++:Back to the Future with Resumable Functions

Kenny Kerr concludes his three-part series on concurrency in C++, and explores an even more fluid approach to writing efficient and composable asynchronous systems.Kenny Kerr

Forecast: Cloudy:Windows Azure In-Role Caching

Joseph Fultz shows how you can weather high demand on your site and services using dedicated and co-located roles for caching in the Windows Azure Caching (Preview).Joseph Fultz

Test Run:Neural Network Back-Propagation for Programmers

Back-propagation is a complex, but tricky to code, algorithm that can be used to train a neural network. James McCaffrey explains how to implement back-propagation.James McCaffrey

The Working Programmer:Cassandra NoSQL Database, Part 2: Programming

Ted Neward explains how to connect to the Apache Cassandra NoSQL database from the Microsoft .NET Framework, how to read and write data to it, and more.Ted Neward

Touch and Go:Viewing the Night Sky on Your Windows Phone

Charles Petzold concludes his four-part exploration of motion sensors in the Windows Phone platform, building an application that lets users interact with planets and constellations in the night sky.Charles Petzold

Don't Get Me Started:Brain Droppings

Have you ever wondered what grinds David Platt's gears?David Platt