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Microsoft Mobile App Camp in Bangalore on July 24 , 2014

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Microsoft is hosting the Microsoft Mobile App Camp in Bangalore on July 24 , 2014 at Microsoft India Private Limited,  Signature Building, MPR Hamilton, 4th Floor, Embassy Golf Links Business Park, Domlur,  Bangalore. If you are a developer and want to learn on how to build and publish beautiful apps across Windows devices , it is one of the events to be in . You will know more about porting or migrating your existing mobile applications to Windows platform , Some of the sessions planned on 24th July includes Introduction to Universal Windows App Windows Phone 8.1 App & Game
Development Background Tasks – In the realm of Device & Cloud Session by Intel Power your apps with Microsoft Azure Hands-on-Lab Know more about the event , timings and registration at Microsoft events page...(Read whole news on source site)

Agile and the Definition of Quality

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“Quality begins on the inside... then works its way out.” -- Bob Moawad Quality is value to someone. Quality is relative. Quality does not exist in a non-human vacuum. Who is the person behind a statement about quality? Who’s requirements count the most? What are people willing to pay or do to have their requirements met? Quality can be elusive if you don’t know how to find it, or you don’t know where to look.  Worse, even when you know where to look, you need to know how to manage the diversity of
conflicting views. On a good note, Agile practices and an Agile approach can help you surface and tackle quality in a tractable and pragmatic way. In the book Agile Impressions, by “the grandfather of Agile Programming”, Jerry Weinberg shares insights and lessons learned around the relativity of quality and how to make decisions about quality more explicit and transparent. Example of Conflicting Ideas About Software Quality Here are some conflicting ideas about what constitutes software quality, according to Weinberg: “Zero defects is high quality.”
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Visual Studio Toolbox: XamlBoard

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In this episode, I am joined via Lync by Thomas Immich of Centigrade GmbH. Thomas shows XamlBoard, a resource management tool for WPF applications. XamlBoard shows all your WPF resources in a visual way. You can tag resources, making them easier to find in the future. You can merge resources into a single XAML file. And you can turn your resources into XAML snippets in Visual Studio. This makes it easy to reuse styles, colors, fonts or content in other applications. You can download XamlBoard here and get the XamlBridge Visual Studio extension Thomas shows here.

The fallacy of distributed transactions

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This can be a very short post, just: See CAP. Unfortunately, we have a lot of people who actually have experience in using distributed transactions, and have a good reason to believe that they work. The answer is that yes, they do, as long as you don’t run into some of the interesting edge cases. By the way, that is not a new observation, see The Two Generals. Allow me to demonstrate. Assume that we have a distributed system with the following actors: This is a fairly typical setup. You have a worker that pull
messages from a queue and read/write to a database based on those messages. To coordinate between them, it uses a transaction coordinator such as MSDTC. Transaction coordinators use a two phase commit (or sometimes a three phase commit protocols) to ensure that either all the data would be committed, or none of it would be. The general logics goes like this: For each participant in the transaction, send a prepare message. If the participant answered “prepared”, it is guaranteeing that the transaction can be committed. If any of the participants failed on prepare, abort the whole transaction....(Read whole news on source site)

#1,116 – An Example of Output that Obeys CurrentCulture

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The first step in internationalizing an application is to respect the current regional settings when outputting numeric, date/time, or currency values. Below is an example of an application that displays numeric and date/time values, using the ToString method for instances of double and DateTime. In the Click event handler, we set the labels’ content. With regional settings set to English (United States), […]

O’Reilly Deal of the Day 17/July/2014 - Instant Windows PowerShell

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Originally posted on: half-price deal of the day from O’Reilly at is Instant Windows PowerShell. “Get to grips with a new technology, understand what it is and what it can do for you, and then get to work with the most important features and tasks. A practical, hands-on tutorial approach that explores the concepts of PowerShell in a friendly manner, taking an adhoc approach to each topic.”