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Volume 15, Number 26 | December 19, 2011

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Get Started with LightSwitch
Beth Massi pulls together a set of entry-level articles to get you started with the most important concepts you need to build any LightSwitch application.

•  Part 1: What's in a Table? Describing Your Data
•  Part 2: Feel the Love - Defining Data Relationships
•  Part 3: Screen Templates - Which One Do I Choose?
•  Part 4: Too Much Information! Sorting and Filtering Data with Queries

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HTML5: Integrating Geolocation into Web Applications
According to the W3C specification, geolocation is an "API that provides scripted access to geographical location information associated with the hosting device." Because geolocation is a built-in API, all you need to get started is a browser that supports it.

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ScottGu Azure Event Follow-up: Get Equipped, Try Out the New Bits
Take advantage of the holidays by 1) getting a free trial account, now with spending caps to ensure no out-of-pocket cost as you learn the cloud, and 2) stepping through terrific sessions with Guthrie, Russinovich, Campbell, and others detailing the December release.

Announcing GoingNative 2012 Conference
February 2 - 3, Redmond, WA
GoingNative 2012 is a 48-hour technical event for those who push the boundaries of general-purpose computing by exploiting the true capabilities of the underlying machine: C++ developers.

Using Lambdas - C++ vs. C# vs. C++/CX vs. C++/CLI
C++ MVP Nish Sivakumar provides a comparative look at lambdas in C++ and C#, focusing on the differences and similarities in lambda usage across the languages and their variants.

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Bytes by MSDN Interview with Scott Guthrie
Learn about the new features in the next release of Visual Studio 11 Dev Preview and Windows Azure. Scott takes us through the many new improvements to Dev 11 which includes the next release of .NET 4.5, and the release cadence of Windows Azure.

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Develop Windows Phone Applications and Games Today
The latest release includes all the necessary tools you to need to develop applications and games for Windows Phone 7.0 and 7.5 devices, and includes productivity enhancements such as an app profiler and an improved emulator.





Hack-Proofing Your ASP.NET Applications
Although some modern attacks can be quite complex, often, the most effective ones are remarkably simple - and have been in use for years. These attacks are usually surprisingly easy to protect against.

Herb Sutter: Compilation Firewalls
What is the Pimpl Idiom, and why is it useful? What is the best way to express the basic Pimpl Idiom in C++11?

Game Debugging in Visual Studio 11
Metro style games and graphics-intensive apps present a huge opportunity for developers on new devices such as tablets.

Bytes by MSDN Interview on Healthcare Solutions with Tony Gerena
Tony discusses software that allows physicians to run their practice in an outpatient setting, and how Microsoft Expression SketchFlow was used in the proof-of-concept stage. Additionally, Tony created a Windows Phone 7 app that allows physicians to refill prescriptions and message patients when they are away from their office.

Compiler Security Enhancements in Visual Studio 11
For the first time, we intend to provide a central mechanism for enabling additional security support via a new /sdl switch, which causes SDL mandatory compiler warnings to be treated as errors during compilation, and enables additional features such as increasing the scope of stack buffer overrun protection and initialization or sanitization of pointers in a limited set of well-defined scenarios.

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Developing and Publishing Applications to Windows Azure Marketplace
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News for Students

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GoingNative 2012
February 2 - 3,
Redmond, WA

GoingNative 2012 is a 48-hour technical event for those who push the boundaries of general-purpose computing by exploiting the true capabilities of the underlying machine: C++ developers.


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