Bad news this morning in the form of the Google Announcement that they will be discontinuing Google Reader in July. Google Reader is an essential part of my Morning Brew production process, and, judging from my feed stats, the single biggest means of people consuming The Morning Brew. Finding a replacement is going to be hard, and I encourage any of you who have a suggestion to let me know.
- Preview of the new Managed Client for Windows Azure Mobile Services – Johan Laanstra highlights the news of a new preview release of the Windows Azure Mobile Services Managed Client library which adds support for Windows Phone 7.5 and portable class libraries along with a number of other additional features.
- Azure Mobile Services managed client – portable libraries and breaking changes – Carlos Figueira also discusses the increased platform support of the Managed Client for Windows Azure Mobile Services in the latest pre-release along with looking in detail at the various breaking changes introduced in this release
- Wrap inserts in a transaction for faster performance – SQLDenis shares a useful performance tip for any code which is executing multiple insert statements – wrapping them all in a single transaction will significanlty increase the performance of the insert versus implicit transactions round each insert.
- Learn CSS Layout – ‘Learn CSS Layout’ is a nice tutorial which covers all the key aspects of using CSS for layout, going right from the basics all the way through to the use of media queries and frameworks for responsive design.
- Using PowerShell to automate the build process of your Windows Phone app – Jeremy Alles explores the use of PowerShell scripts to automate the build process of a Windows Phone application, sharing an implementation he uses to build 2Day his Windows Phone application
- Globalization: Know Your Enemy – Guy Smith-Ferrier will be presenting his latest presentation ‘Globalization: Know your Enemy’ for the first time at the Gloucestershire.NET User Group on Wednesday 8th May. The session will explore all of the important cultural differences to consider in software which are becoming increasingly important as the world shrinks (technologically speaking).