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Initial thoughts on Raspberry Pi 2

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When the Raspberry Pi first came out a few years back, it seemed like a very interesting idea in theory. A tiny computer for $35, completely self-contained, with built-in Ethernet, HDMI and a couple of USB ports. It peaked my interest briefly, but I never got around to trying it out. Fast forward to 2015 […]

The Morning Brew #1827

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Software Announcing the new Azure App Service – Scott Guthrie announces the launch of the Azure App Service, a new offering built upon Azure Websites and Azure Mobile Services which aims to bring together the mobile and web worlds whilst offering easy connectivity and integration with SASS services such as Office 365, Salesforce, Dynamics, OneDrive, […]

Management Bullshit

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A lot of the advice you see about management is bullshit. For example, I recently read some post, probably on some pretentious site like medium.com, about how you shouldn't send emails late as night if you're a manager because it sends the wrong message to your people. It creates the impression that your people should be working all the time and destroys the idea of work-life balance. Don't get me wrong, I get where there coming from. The 1990s. For some reason, this piece of management advice made me angry. Let me describe my team. I have one person in San Francisco,
two in Canada, one in Sweden, one in Copenhagen, a couple in Ohio, one in Australia, and I live in Washington. So pray tell me, when exactly can I send an email that won't be received by someone out of "normal" working hours? I believe the advice is well meaning, but it's severely out of date with how distributed modern teams work today. I also think it mythologizes managers. It creates this mindset that managers wield some magical power in the actions they take. True, there's an implicit power structure at work between managers and those they manage. But healthy organizations understand...(Read whole news on source site)

Rx Challenge #3 (solution)

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the last challenge was to apply suspend / resume behavior. for example we might want to suspend the input stream when itbecome to intense. you can read more on the challenge post the solution for this post is not so easy, and it’s using the Scan operator. at the heart of this solution I was […]

Updated DeleteFiles Utility now on Chocolatey

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Last year I posted about a small DeleteFiles utility I created that once and for all solved my problem of recursively deleting files and folders down a Windows folder hierarchy from the command line. On my server I constantly need to delete backup database and log files and other temporary file junk that piles up as part of 20 odd Web sites running their thing. On my local machine today I frequently need to clean out development package management folders for NPM or NuGet with specific folder specs. On my server I have scheduled tasks that fire batch files
running DeleteFiles to clean out temp folders and backup folders. So for me deleting files based on a file spec is a common occurrence and DeleteFiles has been a really handy tool to make this easy with a simple single file executable. Features On the previous post there were a number of comments on how to accomplish this sort of thing just with the Windows command prompt using various helper tools or some goobledygook Powershell, but for me personally I prefer a simple solution that has a clearly defined purpose and syntax that is easily remembered without going on...(Read whole news on source site)

Download Windows 10 Technical Preview tools (SDK)

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Microsoft released Windows 10 Technical Preview tools (SDK) for developers on 23rd March. Once installed, you will be able to try out the new bits and start learning Windows 10's adaptive UI, application programming interface and the new controls part of this bit. In this post, sharing the link of the web installer along with the ISO image of the SDK. Make sure that, you read the instructions before installing the SDK.   The Windows 10 Developer Preview tools provides an early look of the tools and features coming with the Windows universal app platform (UAP). Take advantage of new
Windows capabilities and social integration to create an unique experiences for your customers, whether they’re running on a phone, tablet or PC. Download and InstructionsFollow the below steps to install the tools and start building apps for Windows universal app platform (UAP):Sign up for the Windows Insider Program, if you haven't already. Install or upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10 Technical Preview (current build: 10041) to best support Windows Universal App Platform development. Run Windows Update to check for the latest updates, if any. If you're running Visual Studio 2015 CTP5 or earlier, uninstall your...(Read whole news on source site)

Windows Phone Dev Center financial reporting enhancements

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Good news for Windows Phone App developers…the Dev Center will soon (March 27) add new reporting features (an area it was lacking a bit…):Cleaner, data-rich interface Proceeds by market for app and in-app purchase Transaction-level payout export
In an ongoing unification effort those changes will roll out later to Windows Dev Center as well!Get all the details here:
http://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2015/03/24/new-windows-phone-dev-center-financial-reporting/

Introducing the Azure API Apps Tools for Visual Studio 2013

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With the Azure SDK 2.5.1 Release we took the opportunity to combine existing Web Publishing techniques with the new Azure Resource Management APIs to support Azure’s newest feature for Web, Mobile, and API developers – Azure App Service. We’ve added Azure API Apps as a publishing target for the ASP.NET developer, so you can make use of concepts like Resource Groups and App Hosting Plans in the new Azure portal, right within Visual Studio. Enable Developers with One-click Strongly-typed REST API Clients For developers who consistently need to consume REST APIs from various vendors or services, a component of the
Azure App Service – Azure API Apps – exposes metadata formats like Swagger and WADL to describe REST API endpoints. Included is a new Azure API App template that provides dynamic Swagger generation from ASP.NET Web API controllers. Additionally, there is a new consumption system in Visual Studio that provides one-click C# code generation features to make it easier than ever to consume REST APIs without needing to write repetitive HTTP calls or JSON or XML parsing. The generated client code is also supported in Portable Class Library projects, so you can use them from any platform supporting...(Read whole news on source site)

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