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The .NET Languages
By Lars Powers, Mike Snell
Sep 10, 2015
In this chapter from Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Unleashed, 3rd Edition, Lars Powers and Mike Snell focus on the foundations of .NET programming in C# and Visual Basic. They start by highlighting new features of the languages for those who are already familiar with C# and VB. They then include a language primer as a review of some basic .NET programming tasks. They then cover some more in-depth programming features, enhancements to C# 6.0 and VB 14, and language-related IDE enhancements. The chapter concludes with an overview and map of the .NET Framework class library.
Creating MVC 4 Apps in Visual Studio
By B.M. Harwani
Dec 2, 2013
Bintu Harwani guides you step by step through the process of creating an MVC 4 application. Learn how Visual Studio's scaffold templates can dramatically simplify the process, supplying the essential blocks of code for building many apps.
A Primer on Object-Oriented Concepts
By Jesse Smith
Jul 8, 2013
Programming Expert Jesse Smith shows you how valuable understanding object oriented concepts are to facilitate good code design.
Getting Started with the Visual Studio 2012 IDE
By Alessandro Del Sole
Jan 28, 2013
Although the Visual Studio IDE is a complex environment, this chapter provides you with an overview of the most common tasks you will perform from within Visual Studio 2012 and the most important tools you will utilize so that you can feel at home within the IDE.
Scrum, Agile Practices, and Visual Studio
By Sam Guckenheimer, Neno Loje
Oct 11, 2012
This chapter covers the characteristics of software engineering and management practices, the “situationally specific” contexts to consider, and the examples that you can apply in Visual Studio (VS). In this chapter, you learn about the mechanisms that VS (primarily Team Foundation Server [TFS]) provides to support the team enacting the process.
Your Data Everywhere, Part 3: Consuming LightSwitch's OData Services from Windows Phone Apps
By Alessandro Del Sole
Jul 19, 2012
Alessandro Del Sole, author of Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Unleashed, concludes his three-part series on the usefulness of the new support for Open Data Protocol in the latest version of LightSwitch. You've learned how to work with OData services from your LightSwitch apps and experienced the power of exposing data sources in your clients to OData services. He wraps up the discussion by stepping through the creation of a Windows Phone app that can work with OData feeds from LightSwitch.
Your Data Everywhere, Part 2: Exposing LightSwitch Data as OData Services to Other Clients
By Alessandro Del Sole
Jul 10, 2012
Continuing his three-part series on LightSwitch support for Open Data Protocol (OData) in Visual Studio's 2012, Alessandro Del Sole, author of Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Unleashed, demonstrates the power you gain by being able to expose data sources to OData services in a wide array of clients.
Your Data Everywhere, Part 1: OData Support in Visual Studio LightSwitch
By Alessandro Del Sole
Jun 28, 2012
In part 1 of a three-article series, Alessandro Del Sole, author of Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Unleashed, describes a useful addition to LightSwitch: support for Open Data Protocol (OData) data sources. Learn how to work with OData services from your LightSwitch apps.
Tracking Users' Activities with Custom Logs in LightSwitch
By Alessandro Del Sole
Mar 13, 2012
Alessandro Del Sole, author of Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Unleashed, explains how to use LightSwitch to implement a very common requirement in business applications: generating logs when users perform an activity, so that administrators or supervisors can keep track of what happens during the application's lifetime.
Building Data-Centric Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch
By Alessandro Del Sole
Mar 8, 2012
In this chapter, you will learn to create a simple application based on a single data source. This is enough to understand how LightSwitch works and how you can take advantage of all its features to create high-quality, professional business software quickly.
Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most Out of Screens in Visual Studio LightSwitch
By Alessandro Del Sole
Feb 27, 2012
Alessandro Del Sole describes how to enhance screens in LightSwitch applications with images, informative messages, and custom buttons.
LightSwitch: Implementing Custom Paging with Search Screens That Use Custom Controls
By Alessandro Del Sole
Feb 13, 2012
Alessandro Del Sole describes how to use custom paging in Visual Studio LightSwitch to supply functionality while simplifying your coding. In this example, he walks you through replacing the built-in Data Grid with custom controls and a page navigation mechanism for faster and more efficient data access.
Windows Phone 7 Game Programming: Printing Text
By Jonathan Harbour
Dec 15, 2011
This lesson covers creating a new Windows Phone project in Visual C# 2010 while learning about fonts and text drawing code.
Scrum, Agile Practices, and Visual Studio
By Sam Guckenheimer, Neno Loje
Oct 5, 2011
This chapter covers the characteristics of software engineering and management practices, the "situationally specific" contexts to consider, and the examples that you can apply in Visual Studio (VS). In this chapter, you learn about the mechanisms that VS (primarily Team Foundation Server [TFS]) provides to support the team enacting the process.
Software Testing with Visual Studio 2010: Planning Your Testing
By Jeff Levinson
Feb 28, 2011
In this chapter from Software Testing with Visual Studio 2010, Jeff Levinson covers how to create a Test Plan with Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) and the various options that the Test Plan provides to you. More important, this chapter covers what to test and how to get involved as a tester early in the development process.
The Visual Studio IDE
By Mike Snell, Lars Powers
Aug 10, 2010
Mike Snell and Lars Powers cover the basics of Visual Studio installation; configuration; booting up the IDE; and getting to know the layout of the tool in terms of projects, menus, tools, editors, and designers.
Managing Leads in Microsoft Dynamics CRM
By Anne Stanton
Nov 18, 2009
This chapter dives into the world of leads and the meaning of leads in the world of Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
Extending Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0
By Marc J. Wolenik, Rajya Vardhan Bhaiya
Nov 17, 2009
This chapter reviews what it means to extend Microsoft Dynamics CRM and examines factors to consider before performing the included customizations.
Working with Outlook Form Regions
By Eric Carter, Eric Lippert
Mar 18, 2009
With the new form region feature in Outlook 2007, developers have a powerful new way to customize the Outlook UI.
A Quick Tour of Visual Studio 2008
By Lars Powers, Mike Snell
Jun 17, 2008
Here's what to expect as a first encounter with Visual Studio 2008.

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