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Volume 16, Number 8 | April 16, 2012

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iOS to IE10 Metro: Building Cross-Browser Plug-in Free Experiences
If you've built a plug-in-free browsing experience for the iPad, a few changes will make it ready for the new IE10 plug-in-free experience on Windows 8.

Using JsRender with JavaScript and HTML
John Papa explores JsRender, the emergent technology poised to replace jQuery Templates.

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ALM Ranger of the Month - Rui Melo

As most of you do, I simply feel repetitive work is a serious waste of time and resources. I don't have a miracle cure, but I do have a couple of what I like to call good practices, that help me reduce repetitive work and thus elevate my productivity levels to a reasonably self-satisfying level. Here are some of them.

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T4 Templates: Lowering the Barriers to Code Generation with T4
Microsoft’s T4 toolkit substantially lowers the barriers for incorporating code generation into your development process.

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MSDN Virtual Lab: SQL Server 2012: Creating SQL Server 2012 Tabular BI Semantic Model with PowerPivot
After completing this lab, you will be better able to import data into PowerPivot, create table relationships, create calculated columns, create hierarchies, hide columns, create measures, create a KPI, create a perspective, and create a PivotTable report.

Easily Integrate Your App with Existing ID Providers
Your users like their current Facebook, Google, or Live ID. They don't want new credentials just to use your fabulous app. Good news: Azure's ACS to the rescue. Learn how from Wade Wegner. Another eye-opening way to use your free MSDN cloud benefits.

Bytes by MSDN Rich Chiodo and Jerry Nixon
Rich talks about Windows PIX, a tool for debugging graphics that DirectX renders. Developers using DirectX will be excited by the tips shared on how the tool can save time with graphic debugging.

Gadgeteer and MIDI: Making Music with Microcontrollers
Learn how you can create music with .NET Gadgeteer using MIDI, thanks to a new MIDI Module. Learn how easy it is to get funky synthesizer beats as Andrew Duthie shows you how he implemented a MIDI arpeggiator in one evening using .NET Gadgeteer.

MSDN Webcast: What's New with LightSwitch in Visual Studio 11
May 11, 2012, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
In this demo-heavy webcast, Senior Program Manager Beth Massi will walk you through several new features and enhanced capabilities in LightSwitch, such as creating and consuming OData services, new controls and formatting, and much more.

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Acceleware is pleased to offer the first C++ AMP training course for creating and optimizing applications on heterogeneous platforms. Delivered by Acceleware's developers, the course is designed for programmers looking to acquire comprehensive skills in accelerating applications through parallel programming.




Bytes by MSDN Interview: Boris Jabes and Jerry Nixon
Join Jerry Nixon, Developer Evangelist, and Boris Jabes, Sr. Program Manager on the Visual Studio team, as they discuss Visual Studio 11 improvements for graphics and game developers. Boris shares information about new features and tools in Visual Studio 11.

MSDN Virtual Lab: SQL Server 2012: Working with SQL Server 2012 Availability Groups
After completing this lab, you will be better able to configure a Windows Failover Cluster, configure a new Availability Group using the Availability Group Wizard, enable a secondary replica in a Availability Group for read-only operations, and more.

MSDN Virtual Lab Express: SQL Server 2012: Exploring SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services PowerView
After completing this lab, you will be better able to use the PowerPivot Gallery to create a Power View report, become familiar with the Power View designer, create a visually compelling Power View report based on various visualization types, and more.

People's Choice: Genius? You Decide.
The world's toughest problems will be addressed one solution at a time. Meet the Imagine Cup 2012 U.S. finalists and vote on which solution should proceed to Australia. Vote today and be entered into a weekly drawing to win great prizes. See the rules.

Free SQL eBook - Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Explore the exciting enhancements and new capabilities engineered into SQL Server, including improvements in operation, reporting, and management.

MSDN Webcast Series: HackReady.Phone
HackReady.Phone takes you from start to marketplace. Whether you are thinking about your first app or well on your way to publishing, these sessions help you get there.

Get Ready for New Microsoft Developer Certifications
To get ready for Visual Studio 11, we recommend earning a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) certification on Visual Studio 2010 today. In most cases, upgrade paths will shorten your path to the new MCSD certifications once they are available.





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Webcast - Agile Dev in Waterfall Government: Introducing GovDev for TFS 2010
April 24, 2012, 8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time
While Federal development teams each have unique challenges, one common question persists: "How can we do iterative development but still provide the appropriate level of status documentation to the program, which runs a Waterfall-based process?"

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