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Do You Polish And Shine What You Have, Or Build More?

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“I have so many things I want to do. But I’m constantly torn: should I polish the things I have in place, already? Or should I build new features that will be more attractive?” – me (basically), talking to my friend and coworker, Justin Gregory, at lunch. It’s a constant struggle with me. I see […]
S3 Data Transfer, Per Bucket 
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Hybrid Apps in Xamarin??

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Today I begin a new series of blog posts on creating Hybrid Applications in Xamarin. This material will excerpted from the presentation I’ll be making at Evolve 2014, though I confess I’ll be holding back some cool stuff for the … Continue reading → For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at

New Course on Pluralsight (Mobile Web Forms)

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Hello Everyone, I am pleased to announce that I have a new course on Pluralsight! Building Mobile Web Sites Using Web Forms, Bootstrap, and HTML5 Most of us build typical business web sites using ASP.NET Web Forms. We are now being asked to build these as mobile-aware web sites. Using Bootstrap is a great place to start and Web Forms can do all of this - without having to learn MVC. This course will teach you how to build business applications using Web Forms, Bootstrap, HMTL5 and CSS3. You will be shown how to create standard business pages such as a Member Log
In, Forgot Password, Member Sign Up, About, Contact Us, Address, Member Profile, Credit Card, and many others. You will also learn how to create navigation for your business application. Check it out!   While you are there, be sure to check out all of my other courses as well. How to Start and Run A Consulting Business Have you ever wanted to break out of the corporate life and be your own boss? Many people have this dream. In this course you will learn what it takes to start and be successful in your own consulting business. Throughout this course you will learn how...(Read whole news on source site)

How Google can really help news & media | Om Malik

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How Google can really help news & media | Om Malik

Google is good at one thing — software — and instead of trying to do
crazy things, why not build tools that help the news ecosystem? Why not
create tools that help data novices make sense of information? Or how
about a smarter, simpler and more nimble analytics tool just for
reporters? (Or simply buy Chartbeat!) 

Google-powered search tool that allows reporters to see in real-time past stories from across the web.

Data-driven feature
pieces (they used to call them infographics) were
commonplace in technology and business magazines like Wired and Red
Herring. ...(Read whole news on source site)

SideWaffle Visual Studio Extension

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SideWaffle is a free Visual Studio extension that adds a bunch of useful Snippets, Project and Item Templates to Visual Studio. The purpose is to make your daily work in Visual Studio a richer and more productive experience.
SideWaffle Project templates in Visual Studio

SideWaffle Item templates in Visual Studio

Create your own template
Cool thing is SideWaffle is not only a template pack, it also allows you to create your own templates.
Here is a tutorial on how to do this:

Random Link Roundup–8/29/2014

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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: Also from Kevin, his Simple Security samples: 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. Want a document DB for your cloud-hosted app?  Azure's got that now, too: 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! Where was this when I was a...(Read whole news on source site)

Foyer Screen Slideshow - 2014 Intern Project

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Introduction As an Intern in the Edinburgh office I have been involved in creating a slideshow that conveys interesting information about the company, something useful and entertaining to catch the attention of visitors in the waiting area. The project is essentially a web application built with JavaScript, HTML5 and...

#1,147 – Converting from Polar Coordinates to Cartesian Coordinates

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You can represent a two dimensional point as either a cartesian coordinate (X,Y) or a polar coordinate (r,theta).  Conversions between these two coordinate systems are shown below. From polar coordinates to cartesian: To convert from cartesian coordinates to polar, the following formula works, as long as the X value is positive. If X is 0 or negative, […]