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52 Weeks of Xamarin: Week 4 – Binding A List of Data

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This week we’ll save the Tasks in memory, in coming weeks we’ll review databinding and we’ll review the tasks in a bound list. NB: We’re moving very quickly through the preliminaries, so please do use the comments to ask questions … Continue reading → For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at

Design time preview for your multi devices apps in Visual Studio 2015

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The Universal Windows Platform project templates for Visual Studio 2015, allows us to create and run app on a  Windows 10 Phone Devices,  Windows 10 Desktop / Tables, on an Xbox or even on an IoT devices. When we develop an app in Visual Studio which is targeted for multiple devices, we can take help of  List of [...]

Windows 10 maps part 5 - styles and 3D

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In part 5 of this series I will show two seemingly unrelated things - the map "styles" and 3D maps. From a code perspective this is, just like last time, a post that is pretty light on code, but it contains some of the most exiting new features of the Windows 10 map control. Styles? What Styles?
Map data differs from ordinary tabular data in the sense that it needs reference data - a backdrop map - to make it intelligible. A map of parking garages on a otherwise black screen is almost totally useless - a map of
parking garages on top of a topographical map makes it possible for the human eying it to connect the data to the real world (and decide the trip is too far or not). This is where the map's Style property comes in. Personally I fear the word "style" when used in a map context will not immediately conjure up the right image in the uninitiated developer's mind. 'Styling' usually refers to changes to the layout of some screen element  -think of inline CSS styles, or the XAML Style element. Styling in the context of the Windows 10 UWP map refers...(Read whole news on source site)

Mark the date: #AzureCon, a free virtual event on 29th September

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Do you want to be the first to hear about the latest innovation on Azure platform and want to find the way to address your IT challenges? Microsoft came up with a free, virtual event named “AzureCon” and scheduled for Tuesday, the 29th September 2015. If you work on Azure or interested to learn about it, don’t miss this opportunity. More than 50 technical sessions are planned for this event to accelerate your journey to the cloud. Join the live Q&A sessions and interact with the architects and engineers who are building the latest features.   AzureCon event
is scheduled to be happen on 29th September 2015, organized by Microsoft, virtually hosted with 50 Technical sessions and above all free! Join the event from 9 AM (PDT) / 12 PM (EDT) to get unfiltered access to top Azure engineers and community members. Also hear the latest from Scott Guthrie, Jason Zander, Bill Staples, Mark Russinovich, Scott Hanselman and other experts. Apart from this, hear from startups and enterprises who are accelerating, differentiating and transforming their business with the cloud. See what they are up to with Azure and see what you can do next. To know further about the event...(Read whole news on source site)

Production postmortem: The industry at large

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Learning Cycle.js

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Cycle.js is clearly React inspired, but it attempts to fix some areas where React is deficient, or weird. It also advocates (forces?) a functional style, composing immutable state via observables. Even with a React background the learning curve is steep. I started to see how it is possible to reason about Cycle.js applications when I saw the refactoring to the Intent-Model-View pattern. See jsbin. This post includes graphics and code samples from the Cycle.js website. Intent Intent is typically a function from sources of input (drivers) (DOM, HTTP, etc) to a set of observables, named according to the user’s intent
(e.g. changeHeight$, receiveUserDetails$). function intent(DOM) { return { changeWeight$: DOM.get('#weight', 'input') .map(ev =>, changeHeight$: DOM.get('#height', 'input') .map(ev => }; } Model Model is a function from intents (produced by the Intent function) to a state$ observable. The latest value of the state$ observable is the current state of the component. state$ is observed by the view, so changes to state$ cause changes to the view. Earlier examples had the state spread across multiple observables (e.g. one for the DOM, one for each possible HTTP...(Read whole news on source site)