MSDN Magazine November Issue Preview

The November issue of MSDN Magazine will be hitting the street next week, so it's a good time to offer a preview of what to expect.

Leading things off in the feature well is a Windows Phone 7 tutorial by Microsoft’s Andrew Whitechapel on building effective applications using the Mango update and tooling, with a focus on local databases, live tiles and Silverlight/XNA integration. Going from small to large, Microsoft’s Mike Wade shows how to deploy LightSwitch applications to Windows Azure, eliminating the need to dedicate resources to infrastructure management.

Brandon Satrom offers his next installment of the ongoing HTML5 feature series, this time focused on new input types in HTML5 that make Web forms easier than ever to create. Meanwhile, Phil Haack writes a feature on leveraging the open source NuGet package manager to manage project libraries. There's also a dive into claims-based security in SharePoint 2010, written by Ivory Feng, Patrick Stanko and Shabbir Darugar.

There are a few independent features in November, including “Developing 3D Objects in Silverlight” by Rajesh Lal, and “Embedding RavenDB into an ASP.NET MVC 3 Application,” by Justin Schwartzenberger, which explores the .NET/Windows-centric document data store solution RavenDB. It’s worth noting that Julie Lerman’s Data Points column courts a little NoSQL love as well, with her exploration of NoSQL document databases and their capabilities.

Speaking of columns, Dino Esposito's next Cutting Edge column is titled Design of a Domain Model, and explores Entity Framework Code First and how it encourages domain-driven design principles in the .NET space. Kenny Kerr’s Windows with C++ column continues his dive into the C++ Thread Pool, looking at callback-generating objects, specifically wait objects.

James McCaffrey this month presents a greedy algorithm as a solution to the graph maximum clique problem, which is to find the largest group of nodes in a graph that are all connected to one another. He explains how to design and test these algorithms to solve the problem. Meanwhile, Charles Petzold finishes his Windows Phone 7 e-book reader project with a Web service that gets the catalog file from Project Gutenberg, and a Pivot control to display a search screen and a list of downloaded books.

As ever, David Platt gets the last word with his back page column. He offers a take on the September BUILD Conference, and finds that Microsoft has produced a level of developer excitement that he hasn’t seen in years, dating back maybe to the launch of Windows 3.1 in 1991.

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