MSDN Magazine May 2013

JSON: Parse JSON Strings in Windows Runtime Components

Some aspects of working with managed code in Windows Store apps may surprise traditional .NET developers. One way to support structured messaging between the JavaScript layer and managed code is to rely on JSON objects. This article shows how to read JSON objects and hydrate strongly typed objects with the incoming values. Craig Shoemaker

ASP.NET: Leverage Multiple Code Frameworks with One ASP.NET

Jeffrey Fritz demonstrates how you can use all four major ASP.NET code frameworks -- ASP.NET Web Forms, MVC and WebAPI, and SignalR -- together to create a cohesive solution. Jeff Fritz

Microsoft .NET Framework: Migrating Legacy .NET Libraries to Target Modern Platforms

.NET libraries that have served you well for years can prove equally useful in today’s new environments—provided you’re willing to expend the migration effort needed. Using the Sterling NoSQL OODB, Josh Lane looks at forward migration patterns and best practices that minimize potential difficulties and maximize opportunities for reuse across platforms. Josh Lane

Windows Phone: Windows Phone Video Capture: A Best-of-Breed Approach

Learn how to maintain your Windows Phone 7.5 project while giving a richer experience to your Windows Phone 8 users. The techniques discussed here go beyond video capture to apply to any of the APIs reinvented for Windows Phone 8. Chris Barker

SharePoint 2013:Understanding and Using the SharePoint 2013 REST Interface

The SharePoint 2013 REST interface is extensive and powerful enough to provide most of what Web and mobile app developers will want to do. This article shows you how you can integrate SharePoint into your applications using the REST interface. Jim Crowley

CLR: Shortest-Path Graph Analysis Using a CLR Stored Procedure

Graph analysis is becoming increasingly important in software applications, and this article shows how to perform shortest-path analysis with techniques that can also be used for many other data-access programming tasks. James McCaffrey


Editor's Note: Design Matters

In the era of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, developers can't afford to ignore the importance of design anymoreMichael Desmond

[Cutting Edge:](" title="Cutting Edge)Social Authentication in ASP.NET MVC 4

ASP.NET MVC 4 now includes an ad hoc framework to authenticate users via a number of social networks, and Dino Esposito shows you how.Dino Esposito

[Windows with C++:](" title="Windows with C++)Introducing Direct2D 1.1

Direct 2D has taken a major step forward, and is now supported on Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8 and, now, Windows 7. Kenny Kerr explains how D2D 1.1 works and how to get started using it.Kenny Kerr

[Windows Azure Insider:](" title="Windows Azure Insider)Geo-Protection for Video Blobs Using a Node.js Media Proxy

Windows Azure blobs are very useful for storing video assets, but sometimes different levels of access are required based on location or domain. This article shows you how to manage these requirements by creating a reverse proxy server in Windows Azure.Bruno Terkaly, Ricardo Villalobos

[Test Run:](" title="Test Run)Data Clustering Using Category Utility

James McCaffrey presents a powerful new clustering algorithm that is relatively simple to implement, has worked well in practice, can be applied to both numeric and categorical data, and scales well to huge data sets.James McCaffrey

DirectX Factor: Exploring Filters in XAudio2

Charles Petzold explains how you can alter the harmonic composition of sound through the use of filters and he shows how to accomplish this using XAudio2 in Windows 8.Charles Petzold

Don't Get Me Started: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

When Microsoft ignores its own UI design guidelines in Windows 8, it can only sow confusion.David Platt