: Understanding Your Language Choices for Developing Modern Apps
When creating Windows Store and Windows Phone apps, you have a variety of choices in languages for every project scenario. Rachel Appel explores which languages go best with different development scenarios.
Using the C++ REST SDK in Windows Store Apps
Learn how to use authentication while uploading a file to Dropbox, using as much portable C++ code as possible, and interfacing with the Windows Runtime only when necessary.
Getting Started with Debugging Windows Store Apps
Modern compilers can do only so much to protect your projects from faulty runtime behavior. Here’s a quick look at some of the tools and techniques you can use to debug your Windows Store apps.
Upgrading Windows Phone 7.1 Apps to Windows Phone 8
Migrating your projects to Windows Phone 8 can help you take advantage of the advanced features in the new mobile operating system. Michael Crump explores the new tooling and templates, as well as several new must-have features for your apps.
Coding for Domain-Driven Design: Tips for Data-Focused Devs, Part 2
In the second column in her series on Domain Driven Design, Julie Lerman shares more tips for data-first developers who are interested in benefiting from some of the coding patterns of DDD.
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Hadoop and HDInsight: Big Data in Windows Azure
This month’s column explores Hadoop, the standard for distributed data crunching today, and HDInsight, the Microsoft service that brings Hadoop to the cloud. Learn how they can help you take advantage of your company's big data.
Multi-swarm optimization, a technique for estimating the solution to difficult or impossible numerical problems, may be simpler to implement and easier to customize than other general-purpose numerical optimization approaches, as James McCaffrey explains.
The Working Programmer
Regardless of your feelings in the Test-Driven Development (TDD) versus Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) debate, Ted Neward shows you why the open source NSpec testing tool from the BDD camp is worth a look.
Direct2D Geometries and Their Manipulations
Charles Petzold explores the ID2D1Geometry interface and some of the intriguing methods it defines for manipulating geometries to create different geometries.
Don't Get Me Started
Every generation, at the height of its powers, needs to step aside for the next one, says David Platt. But first, we all have to survive the absurdity of our teenage children.