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How to use the bash command line history

By Andrew Mallett on July 23, 2014

The bash history mechanism is persistent and remains with us even after reboots, so we want to ensure that it contains information that is relevant to our use of the command line. Here’s how it works and how you can manage its contents.

Understanding object-oriented programming in C#

By Deborah Kurata on July 21, 2014

Object-oriented programming (OOP) is much more than you think. The more you know about these concepts, the more you can leverage the features of OOP languages, such as C#, to build well-crafted and testable applications. Here are four key techniques for building great object-oriented software.

How to create games with Digital-Tutors

By Grant Boudon on July 14, 2014

Here’s the full rundown on how you can use your Digital-Tutors access to start creating games right now.

How to set up and managing OneDrive for Business

By Mary Branscombe on July 9, 2014

Did you know that you don’t need Office 365 or SharePoint Online to get Microsoft’s business cloud storage service? There’s actually a standalone subscription that lets you buy cloud storage for your users and link it to your existing on-premise SharePoint 2013 setup. Here’s how it works.

Here’s the latest on OpenStack

By Marco Shaw on July 8, 2014

Over the last six months, we’ve seen Icehouse come out of the gates, along with a very successful summit in Atlanta. Here’s a quick recap to see where OpenStack stands now.

Everything you need to know about Xamarin

By Jim Wilson on July 1, 2014

Have a question about Xamarin? We round up everything you need to know in this Q&A.

How to use Prism 5’s InvokeCommandAction behavior

By Brian Noyes on June 25, 2014

Here’s how Prism 5′s InvokeCommandAction behavior can help you extend the functionality of your XAML without needing to include a ton of repetitive code.

Taking Windows Phone apps from App Studio to Visual Studio

By Mary Branscombe on June 20, 2014

Here’s how you can create apps even faster with Windows Phone App Studio and Visual Studio.

Make cross-platform mobile apps a reality with Xamarin and C#

Make cross-platform mobile apps a reality with Xamarin and C#

By Sonal Amin on June 19, 2014

Mobile development veteran and Plurasight author Jim Wilson shows you how to create cross-platform mobile apps using Xamarin and C#.

What you should know about storage and Linux

By Nigel Poulton on June 16, 2014

Data has never been more important than it is right now, and important data needs serious storage and protection. Here’s how you can build a resilient IT infrastructure on top of which businesses can operate and thrive.

5 reasons why you need to learn WebRTC right now

By Lisa Larson-Kelley on May 28, 2014

Web Real-time Communication (WebRTC) is so much more than you think. Here are five good reasons why you should start exploring it today.

Everything you need to know about Known Error Database (KEDB)

By Abhinav Kaiser on May 20, 2014

Here’s everything you need to know about KEDB, and why you need it.

How to prepare for Microsoft’s Lync-Skype integration

By Mary Branscombe on April 30, 2014

Now that Microsoft owns both Skype and Lync, you’ll need to be prepared for a few big changes. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming integration.

.NET on iOS really is as good as it sounds

By Jim Wilson on April 29, 2014

.NET on iOS is easier than you think. Here’s how Xamarin makes writing iOS apps much faster than you ever thought possible.

Which cloud service is best for your mobile office?

By Jack Wallen on April 28, 2014

Choosing the right cloud for your mobile office can be tough. Here are the top three services that you should consider.

Why your ASP.NET MVC Application needs its own framework

By Matt Honeycutt on April 25, 2014

Here are some tips and examples you can use to start growing your own framework right now.

How can I become a Microsoft MVP?

By Mike McKeown on April 21, 2014

Do you have what it takes to become a Microsoft MVP? Here are some practical tips to help you guide you along the way.

7 reasons why you should learn PowerShell

By Michael Bender on April 18, 2014

PowerShell gets plenty of pushback, but that doesn’t mean you should write it off. Here are seven solid reasons to begin adding this skill to your toolkit right now.

How to unit test databases

By Dave Green on April 11, 2014

So you already know that you should be unit testing your databases, and now you’re ready to start. But the problem is you aren’t entirely sure how to. Use these answers to common questions about unit testing databases to learn how you can get started with performing them yourself.

How to control Windows Azure with Python

By Richard Conway on April 1, 2014

Linux developers regularly use Python for small pieces of work because you can script situations very easily. It’s become a popular way to enable small tasks of configuration and deployment. Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud, is no different. Python is a first class citizen in Windows Azure with the availability of the Python SDK. Let’s take a look at how we can deploy an image from the vmdepot to Windows Azure programmatically using Python with nothing other than a Windows Azure subscription.