July 28, 2014
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Cartoon of the Week: Going Full Agile

In this week's cartoon by David Blazek, you visit Agile Valley where they are going full agile.

Cartoon of the Week: Are You an Agile Developer?

This cartoon addresses the question of "are you an agile developer?"

Cloudy with a Chance of .NET

If you're looking for a strategy to follow to cloud enlightenment; you're reading the right article. Developers are in a unique position to educate and to capitalize on cloud opportunities.

Why Your API Strategy Requires Lifecycle Thinking

Executing an API strategy isn't as simple as hanging a shingle on the web; however, it has the potential to link you to vast new user communities for building brand, driving usage, transacting business, and more!

Even Web Developers Need a Super Hero

Creating a website from scratch can be a daunting task for even the best of teams to accomplish on their own. This is where having a super hero comes into play.

The 8 Principles of Great User Interface Design

Have you created an application, marketed it, and been disappointed by the market response? Here's the low down on the best practices to follow to make your user interface as amazing as your application.

Architectural Considerations for SQL Azure

When designing applications for SQL Azure, it is important to consider the architectural impact to achieve the best performance. In this article, we discuss some of the architectural considerations for an SQL Azure application.

Java Cloud Development: What Developers Need to Know

If you are a Java developer and your organization is jumping on the cloud computing bandwagon, here's what you can expect.

Creating a Simple Windows Azure Application

To get on the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud computing bandwagon, you need to understand how to develop applications targeting the platform. Discover how to create your first “Hello World” cloud application.

Explaining Cloud Computing to Your Pointy Haired Boss

Any day now your pointy-haired boss is going to ask you about this cloud stuff. Do you have a strategy? Can you even define it? Discover how easily it is to explain the cloud to your boss, and begin to start a longer discussion on all aspects of cloud computing.

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.

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