September 2015
Volume 30 Number 9

Cloud-Connected Mobile Apps - Build a Xamarin App with Authentication and Offline Support

In the second article in their series, the authors discuss how they use Xamarin to target multiple mobile client platforms, and show how to implement authentication and maintain a synchronized client-side cache of the data.

Upstart - Radio Free Internet

Internet streaming radio got its start in 1994 at a tiny college radio station at Western Washington University. MSDN Magazine Director Keith Boyd describes how he helped a media revolution get its humble start.

Microsoft Azure - Fault Tolerance Pitfalls and Resolutions in the Cloud

Microsoft Azure offers several instruments to help achieve high availability. Understanding fundamental concepts like fault domains is critical to establishing an effective architecture for those instruments. This article explores the working of these fundamental concepts and helps developers adjust the internals to enable true, highly-available applications.

Cutting Edge - Event Sourcing for the Common Application

Event Sourcing is a relatively new storage architecture. It’s not just about auditing and recording business relevant events in a persisted domain. It’s about using a lower abstraction level for saving your data and using ad hoc tools and patterns to create multiple data projections.

Azure Insider - Creating Unified, Heroku-Style Workflows Across Cloud Platforms

With this installment of Azure Insider, the series moves on to examine real-world projects and deployments. This month, Bruno Terkaly explores how a number of related technologies came together to help Gabriel Monroy produce Heroku-style developer workflows on multiple cloud platforms.

Windows with C++ - Classy Types in the Windows Runtime

COM is all about interfaces, and while the Windows Runtime is built on COM, it's able to present a classy type system. How is this possible? Kenny Kerr explains.

Compiler Optimizations - Streamline Code with Native Profile-Guided Optimization

Profile-Guided Optimization (PGO) is an important type of optimization supported by the Visual C++ compiler. Although it requires some effort to use, PGO almost always results in significant reductions in the size of the generated executable and improved performance.

Data Points - Revisiting JavaScript Data Binding -- Now with Aurelia

Julie Lerman has long been a fan of the Knockout JavaScript framework and its data binding talents. Here she explores the new Aurelia framework, which is quickly gaining momentum with Web developers, and finds that it offers a lot to like for data-oriented programmers.

Cloud Security - Protect Sensitive Information with Azure Key Vault

With the rise in security vulnerabilities and data breaches, managing and securing sensitive information has become more critical than ever. The Microsoft Azure Key Vault service helps safeguard your cryptographic keys and other sensitive information in the cloud.

Test Run - Computing with Artificial Spiking Neurons

James McCaffrey discusses artificial spiking neurons—small software components that model the behavior of biological neurons and just might lead to a fundamentally new approach to computers and programming

DevOps - Enabling DevOps on the Microsoft Stack

There are many technologies and tools that can help with DevOps. These tools and processes support rapid release cycles and data collection on production applications, and are essential aspects of a successful DevOps strategy.

The Working Programmer - How To Be MEAN: Node.js

The MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, Node.js (MEAN) stack is quickly becoming a key player in the new technology world. It’s a favored development software stack for the Node.js platform. This installment takes the Node.js aspect a bit further.

Modern Apps - Usability Practices for Modern Apps

Usability is an essential aspect of application development. Keeping in mind a few simple practices and exercising good judgement can go a long way to ensuring your apps are accessible and therefore usable.

Don't Get Me Started - Darwin's Camera

Seflies used to be considered harmless fun, until so many citizens started dying taking increasingly bold snapshots that the Russian government launched a campaign to encourage safe photography.

Editor's Note - The Internet of Car Wrecks

A pair of hackers recently demonstrated how they could remotely hijack--via cellular links--the controls of a new Jeep Cherokee using Chrysler's UConnect infotainment system. How is stuff like this even happening?

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