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May 2011 issue

May 2011


Learn about Visualizing Bing Routes on Windows Phone 7.



Business Connectivity Services: Consuming External OData Feeds with SharePoint BCS

Business Connectivity Services: Consuming External OData Feeds with SharePoint BCS
Business Connectivity Services (BCS) for Microsoft Office and SharePoint helps you bring external data sources into your SharePoint apps. We'll show you how to write a custom .NET Assembly Connector for BCS that lets you read from and write to an OData feed.
Eric White

Debugger Engine API: Writing a Debugging Tools for Windows Extension, Part 2: Output

Debugger Engine API: Writing a Debugging Tools for Windows Extension, Part 2: Output
Continuing to work on his Debugger Engine extension, Andrew Richards shows you how to avoid all the dangerous traps you might find as you enhance the tool’s output.
Andrew Richards

Web Migration:Introducing the Windows Azure AppFabric Caching Service

Web Migration:  Moving Your Web App from WebMatrix to ASP.NET
The Web Pages page-centric programming model supported by WebMatrix is a great way to get Web apps up and running. If you later decide that embracing ASP.NET MVC would give you more flexibility, you're covered. We’ll explain why you might choose to migrate and show you how to do it.
Brandon Satrom

Windows API Wait Functions: DynWaitList: ID-Based Windows Event Multiplexing

Windows API Wait Functions: DynWaitList: ID-Based Windows Event Multiplexing
Event signals are identified by indexes into an array of object handles, which is problematic with dynamic arrays where events are added or removed from the middle of the list. Here’s a container class to solve the problem.
Alex Gimenez

Location-Aware Programming: Visualizing Bing Routes on Windows Phone 7

Location-Aware Programming: Visualizing Bing Routes on Windows Phone 7
Learn how to bring location-aware features into your Windows Phone 7 applications and visualize routes and locations in different ways as you build an app that shows you the location of nearby restaurants.
Sandrino Di

Entity Framework: Code First in the ADO.NET Entity Framework 4.1

Entity Framework: Code First in the ADO.NET Entity Framework 4.1
The latest version of the Entity Framework includes two new main features: the DbContext API and the Code First development pattern. We show you how to use these to develop applications, starting with the basics and moving on to more advanced techniques.
Rowan Miller


Editor's Note:
Staying Put

You don’t have to move to the “hot” areas of development. Old school still has its place.
Keith Ward

Don't Get Me Started:

Digital Equipment Corporation was an industry pioneer. Its eventual demise doesn't change that fact.
David Platt

UI Frontiers:
Silverlight Printing Basics

Get a handle on the nuts and bolts of adding printing capabilities to your Silverlight apps as Charles walks through programs to print an ellipse, an image and a calendar.
Charles Petzold

Cutting Edge:
Code Contracts Settings in Visual Studio 2010

Code contracts in the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 rely on a few features in Visual Studio 2010. We'll review the project options for code contracts, how they affect the rewriter tool and some best practices for argument validation.
Dino Esposito

Data Points:
Demystifying Entity Framework Strategies: Model Creation Workflow

The Entity Framework now includes more ways than ever to create a conceptual model, starting first with just your code, a model created with the visual designer, or a legacy database. We help you choose which one’s right for you.
Julie Lerman

Test Run:
Super-Simple Mutation Testing

Mutation testing is known for being difficult and expensive, but we’re here to show you a real-world system you can build in just a few hours with a little C# code and Visual Studio.
James McCaffrey

The Working Programmer:
Multiparadigmatic .NET, Part 7: Parametric Metaprogramming

In this series we've examined procedural and structural programming, objects, and metaobjects. Now let's take a look at generics and put them to work as an example of parametric polymorphism in action.
Ted Neward

Forecast: Cloudy:
Load Balancing Private Endpoints on Worker Roles

A client needed to load-balance private service endpoints on Azure Worker Roles without taking on the latency of a queuing operation. I'll walk you through one possible solution to this problem.
Joseph Fultz

Mobile Matters
Windows Phone 7 Tombstoning

Windows Phone 7 deals with memory and resource constraints through feature called tombstoning. We'll discuss the role tombstoning plays in the application lifecycle and demonstrate how you can implement it in your own apps.
Jaime Rodriguez