Before writing applications targeting the Windows Azure platform, you should understand the various roles within a hosted service.
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How does Facebook deliver social networking to 500 million people? It takes a whole lot of storage and some open source goodness.
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.
Is it time to give your next application a major user interface face lift? Try the WPF Ribbon as used in Microsoft Office 2007.
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to explicitly define the principles upon which your IT organization stands and practical advice for putting them into practice.
Add ultimate flexibility and power to your programs with function parameters and Lambda Expressions.
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.
Explore the world of code coverage tools that help developers create better code in less time.
Learn how to use Windows Azure to setup and deploy your first application hosted in the "cloud."
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.
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 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.
What do you do when a system or application performance problem just can't seem to be fixed?
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.
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 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.