April 16, 2014
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Architecture & Design Section Index

Overview of the Roles Within an Azure Application

Before writing applications targeting the Windows Azure platform, you should understand the various roles within a hosted service.

Inside Facebook's Open Source Infrastructure
How does Facebook deliver social networking to 500 million people? It takes a whole lot of storage and some open source goodness.

Fat Models and Skinny Controllers Bring Out the Best in Your MVC Framework
Using an MVC framework? Pack the model with as much data-related logic as possible while maintaining a streamlined controller. You'll produce cleaner, more maintainable code.

Spruce up your next application with the WPF Ribbon
Is it time to give your next application a major user interface face lift? Try the WPF Ribbon as used in Microsoft Office 2007.

Rapid UI Prototyping with Microsoft Expression Blend 3
In today's environment prototyping your UI can be paramount. This article will show users how to use the Microsoft Expression Blend 3 prototyping tool and discuss the differences between static, interactive and convertible prototypes.

Dynamic Language Support in the .NET 4.0 Framework
The focus of this article will be on the dynamic language support (DLR) that will be released as a part of the upcoming 4.0 version of the .NET Framework.

Declaring Anonymous Types in VB
Using an anonymous type in VB, which is essential for technologies like LINQ, means that the compiler will generate a class for you based on context and named initializers saving you time and effort. To learn more read on.

Putting Architecture Principles into Practice
Learn how to explicitly define the principles upon which your IT organization stands and practical advice for putting them into practice.

Dynamic Programming with Lambda Expressions
Add ultimate flexibility and power to your programs with function parameters and Lambda Expressions.

Managing User Accounts with the Zend Framework
The Zend_Auth component, part of the Zend Framework, provides a mechanism for authenticating users in your web apps. Jason Gilmore will show you how use this robust component to give users the ability to create their own accounts.

Why Code Coverage Tools Should Be in Every Developer's Toolbox
Explore the world of code coverage tools that help developers create better code in less time.

Setting Up Azure and Deploying Your First Application
Learn how to use Windows Azure to setup and deploy your first application hosted in the "cloud."

Top Ten Tips for Presenting Architecture Information
Have you ever struggled to communicate architectural information with stakeholders? Do you recognize that presenting data and information is a core competency of an architect? Consider putting these proven principles and patterns to use in your next presentation.

Understanding and Benefiting from Code Contracts in .NET 4.0
One of the fundamental programming challenges is managing state. Chances are you have written dozens and dozens of methods that at the beginning check that certain conditions are met, and that another set of conditions is met when the method returns. With Code Contracts in .NET 4.0, you can make things considerably easier. Read on to learn how.

Architectural Layers and Tips on how to Achieve Architecture Consistency
Architectural roles can make a project great or set you back to the drawing board. Read on to discover the many architectural roles in your project life cycle and how to achieve consistency throughout.

Performance Improvement: Bigger and Better
What do you do when a system or application performance problem just can't seem to be fixed?

Performance Improvements: Caching
Caching can greatly improve performance but it can also lull you into a false sense of security. In some cases it can even make the performance worse. If you haven't already, then now is the time to learn the issues and limitations of caching so that you can truly improve performance.

Assembling "New" Service Based Solutions from Existing Services
This article demonstrates how an enterprise can improve time to market without sacrificing quality when offering new services: by leveraging investments made in existing services, incorporating best practices, and adopting a level of standardization.

Performance Improvement: Session State
Performance is critical to today's successful applications and web sites. If you design with an awareness of the session state management challenges you can always change your strategies to match your performance needs.

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