Once again, happy Friday!  As is the tradition, here’s a bunch of random useful links I stumbled across in my adventures this week.


Meteor.js is a slick-looking framework.  Anything can be made to look good in a demo, but still, if it works half this well, that’s amazing.

Claims in ASP.NET Identity are a lot more powerful than I understood.  I wish I had paid more attention to them before now. Two great posts by Kevin Junghans:  http://kevin-junghans.blogspot.com/2013/10/improving-performance-of.html http://kevin-junghans.blogspot.com/2013/12/using-claims-in-aspnet-identity.html

Also from Kevin, his Simple Security samples: https://simplesecurity.codeplex.com

Continuing on the ASP.NET Identity front, Ben Foster shows that ASP.NET Identity code doesn’t have to look terrible!  The MVC team needs to make File -> New Project produce something closer to this examples. http://benfoster.io/blog/aspnet-identityipped-bare-mvc-part-1 http://benfoster.io/blog/aspnet-identityipped-bare-mvc-part-2

Want a document DB for your cloud-hosted app?  Azure’s got that now, too: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/documentdb/

Did you know you can have .NET execute code when an assembly is loaded without using something like Web Activator?  C# doesn’t support it, but the InjectModuleInitializer NuGet package makes this functionality available to you! http://einaregilsson.com/module-initializers-in-csharp/

Where was this when I was a CS major? http://www.comp.nus.edu.sg/~stevenha/visualization/index.html 

There’s no shortage of nice-looking client-side tables.  Here’s a new one for AngularJS called Smart Table.

Not being able to render sections from a partial view is a huge oversight in my opinion.  It makes it pretty much impossible to build self-contained widgets.  Fortunately, a complete solution for supporting section-like blocks from partial views is available on Stack Overflow! http://stackoverflow.com/a/18790222/32353

I’m starting to get back in to mobile app development.  After my pains with Xamarin, this overview of Multi-Device Hybrid App building with VS.NET makes that route seem much more appealing: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/dn722381

You can do push notifications to hybrid mobile apps.  Here’s a great tutorial on how to do it: http://devgirl.org/2013/07/17/tutorial-implement-push-notifications-in-your-phonegap-application/

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