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WPUG London Mar 21st meeting: A touch of Mono

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by WindowsPhoneGeek The next WPUG meeting is coming. Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (GMT) London, United Kingdom You can register for FREE here: Event Details "Continuing with our theme from last month, we'll be continuing to look beyond Windows Phone and the lessons we can learn from other platforms and the lessons, knowledge and experiences we can take with us if we take Windows Phone apps to other platforms too. Some WPUG regulars will be sharing their experiences: Stuart will be talking
about his experiences with creating an MVVM solution that also works with MonoTouch & MonoDroid Paul will be talking about his experiences of porting applications between iPhone and Windows Phone and vice versa. Dominique and Dean will be talking about MonoGame and bringing the joys of XNA to other platforms too." ...(Read whole news on source site)

How to help Microsoft donate exam vouchers to aspiring technology professionals

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Since 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of Microsoft Certification, Microsoft is currently on a year long journey to not only help you grow your career, but also to provide opportunities for the next generation. Here is one of the ways that Microsoft is providing an opportunity for you to participate by helping us donate exam vouchers to students around the world, giving them an opportunity at a better career and a better life. From now through April 15, 2012, when you register for one of the qualifying exams below, Microsoft will provide an opportunity to someone less fortunate than
yourself by giving them an entry level exam. Qualifying Exams: Exam 70-583: MCPD: Windows Azure Developer Exam 70-640: MCITP: Server Administrator Exam 70-659: MCITP: Virtualization Administrator Exam 70-662: MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010 Exam 70-664: MCITP: Lync Server 2010 Administrator Exam 70-573: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development Exam 70-599: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Phone Applications To participate in this...(Read whole news on source site)

SharePoint Server 2010 MSDN Virtual Labs Available To You Online, plus more SharePoint 2010 resources

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SharePoint Server 2010 is one of the hottest products around. Talk with a Microsoft SharePoint partner and ask them about how the SharePoint business is going, and you are bound to hear a ton of excitement, opportunity and success. In fact, if you recall, the exact statement used in the SharePoint Server 2010 launch press release was, “SharePoint Server is one of the fastest-growing products in Microsoft’s history.” Now that’s some great success! Whether you are already offering SharePoint Server as one of your key solutions for your clients today, or if you are looking to bring SharePoint Server
into your portfolio of solutions, we have a collection of free SharePoint Server 2010 MSDN Virtual Labs available to you online that you can and should be taking advantage of, so I am pointing them out to you here so you too can take advantage of them and share them with your colleagues and peers. SharePoint Server 2010 Virtual Labs MSDN Virtual Lab: SharePoint Server 2010: Introduction MSDN Virtual Lab: Getting Started with SharePoint 2010 MSDN Virtual Lab: SharePoint 2010 User...(Read whole news on source site)

Spring Forward with Windows 8 Developer Camps

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On February 29th, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released to the world for everyone to try! Windows 8 represents an entirely new way of computing.  It is a new platform full of new opportunities (more on that in a bit). The first thing you’ll notice about Windows 8 is that it’s different.  VERY different.  It’s the most radical overhaul to the Windows user interface since Windows 95 introduced the Start menu and taskbar.  Much of this change is exciting.  It will make doing various tasks easier, especially if you’re using a touchscreen device.  To learn how
the navigate the new Windows 8 user experience, check out my colleague Dr. Z’s most excellent “How To” series for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview that I referenced last week. Get Started Developing Windows 8 Apps Now, back to that bit about it being a “platform of new opportunities”…    if you’re a developer, it’s time to get in on the fun.  The time to build apps for Windows 8 is NOW! At the //build Windows conference in September 2011, the new developer story was revealed.  All the existing developer stuff works...(Read whole news on source site)

Free eBook on Security for Office 2010 and Office 365

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If you work on Office 2010 and/or Office 365 then there’s a free eBook you might find useful. Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office 2010 Users (ISBN 9780735668836), by Mitch Tulloch, offers concise, how-to guidance and best practices to help protect your documents and your ideas. • Get practical, proactive guidance for using the security and privacy management features in Office 2010 and Office 365 • Walk through everyday scenarios, and discover everyday techniques that help you take charge • Understand common risks and learn best practices you can apply right away Download a free copy of the eBook

Client side support with the ASP.NET Web API

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With REST there is not a lot required on the client as far as sending requests goes. As long as you can send HTTP GET requests you are good to go and there are very few programming stacks that don’t allow for some form of doing that. Of course just doing an HTTP GET is going to give you some data back and you still have to understand that data but that is an application specific issue. In order to make life even easier the ASP.NET Web API adds some client support in the form of the
HttpClient class. But first lets see what happens if we just hit an ASP.NET Web API endpoint with a simple client. I am using Entity Framework Code First here and the model and context look like this:
1: public class Product 2: { 3: public int ProductID { get; set; } 4: public string ProductName { get; set; } ...(Read whole news on source site)