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Talk Back: Voice Response Workflows with Speech Server 2007

Speech Server 2007 lets you create sophisticated voice-response applications with Microsoft .NET Framework and Visual Studio tool integration. Here’s how. Michael Dunn

Performance: Scaling Strategies for ASP.NET Applications

Performance problems can creep into your Web app as it scales up, and when they do, you need to find the causes and the best strategies to address them. Richard Campbell and Kent Alstad

Silverlight: Building Advanced 3D Animations with Silverlight 2.0

Animating with Silverlight is easier than you think. Here we create a 3D app that folds a polyhedron using XAML, C#, and by emulating the DirectX math libraries. Declan Brennan

Interview++: Bjarne Stroustrup on the Evolution of Languages

Howard Dierking talks to the inventor of C++, Bjarne Stroustrup, about language zealots, the evolution of programming, and what’s in the future of programming. Howard Dierking

Office Development: Manage Metadata with Document Information Panels

Here the author uses Document Information Panels in the Microsoft 2007 Office system to manipulate metadata from Office docs for better discovery and management. Ashish Ghoda

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Editor's Note: A Service-Oriented Editor's Note

Here is what Howard Dierking has to say about the differences between services and distributed applications and how he has approached services in his projects.Howard Dierking

Toolbox: Logging Web App Errors, Learning LINQ, and More

See how to log Web application errors for better health monitoring, what to read if you’re thinking about LINQ, and which blog Scott recommends reading this month.Scott Mitchell

Sustainable Computing: Imagine Cup 2008: Competing for Change

For the 2008 Imagine Cup, students have been challenged to use technology to enable a sustainable environment. Finalists in the U.S. competition recently presented their solutions in Los Angeles, and MSDN Magazine was there to see the innovative ideas participants have come up with.Mitch Irsfeld

CLR Inside Out: Measure Early and Often for Performance, Part 1

In this month’s column, get the inside scoop on how to build performance into your apps from the start, rather than dealing with the fallout after you deploy them.Vance Morrison

Basic Instincts: My Namespace Extensions with My Extensibility

In this month’s column, learn how to integrate your own My Namespace extension into the Visual Basic development environment using the My Extensibility feature.Matthew DeVore

Cutting Edge: ListView Tips and Tricks

This month, use nested ListView controls to create hierarchical views of data and extend the eventing model of the ListView by deriving a custom ListView class.Dino Esposito

Foundations: Code Access Security in WCF, Part 1

Here we discuss code-access security in Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and present a solution for enabling partially trusted clients for WCF services.Juval Lowy

Test Run: Testing SQL Stored Procedures Using LINQ

Language Integrated Query makes lots of things easier. Here we put LINQ, or more specifically the LINQ to SQL provider, to use testing SQL stored procedures.Dr. James McCaffrey

Service Station: Building a WCF Router, Part 1

Here we take a look at WCF clients and services, and explain how to tweak the addressing and message filtering behaviors so you can route services between them.Michele Leroux Bustamante

Windows with C++: Windows Imaging Component Basics

Windows Imaging Component (WIC) is an extensible framework for encoding, decoding, and manipulating images. See how to use WIC to encode and decode different image formats.Kenny Kerr

Going Places: Provisioning Mobile Devices

Learn how you can set up every mobile device in your company with a few lines of code and some XML--thanks to the provisioning APIs in the Windows Mobile SDK.Mike Calligaro

{ End Bracket }: The Magic of Software

Are the transparent computer screens in the movie Minority Report or the flashy fingerprint analysis software programs used on CSI closer than we think? Maybe so.Julia Lerman