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Git Cheat Sheet for TFS Users

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More and more of my TFS consulting customers are interested in Git.  If you’re used to a centralized version control system like Team Foundation Server Version Control (TFVC), it can be a little tricky to make the move to Git — not because it’s all that hard — mostly because the terminology is completely different.  So, [...]

The Morning Brew #1975

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Software Azure PowerShell 1.0 – David Justice announces the release of Azure PowerShell, available for install from the Web Platform Installer and featuring a number of improvements and new features across the whole Azure stack. Latest Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2015 – Nicole Bruck highlights the release of Update 1 for the […]

Azure SQL Database - Transparent Data Encryption

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Transparent Data Encryption offers the ability to encrypt content of the database, its transaction logs, as well as backups while at rest. Encryption and decryption are performed in real-time, at the individual page level, as the database is being written to and read from storage, without necessitating changes to applications accessing their data. Marcin Policht reviews the feature.

Microsoft Developer Roadshow Sweden with Active Solution

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Originally posted on:   This december we at Active Solution team up with Microsoft Sweden to deliver a full day of Azure and Internet of Things (IoT) goodness in 4 different cities around Sweden: Malmö – Dec 1 Göteborg – Dec 2 Umeå – Dec 8 Stockholm – Dec 9
This is a unique opportunity for devlopers, startups and students that want to learn more about what Microsoft Azure has to
offer and how you can implement IoT solutions together with Azure. The day will be a mixture of sessions, discussions and hands-on labs where you will have the chance to try out these technologies in practice, just bring your Windows 10 laptop with Visual Studio 2015 and the Azure SDK installed,
and make sure that you also have an active Azure subscription (an evaluation subscription will be fine) From Active Solution, myself and Robert Folkesson will host the second part of the day, where we will guide you through the hands-on labs....(Read whole news on source site)

West Wind Html Help Builder Beta 3 released

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 West Wind Technologies has released an updated beta of West Wind Html Help Builder 5.0. Help Builder is a documentation solution that makes it easy to create any kind of documentation for applications, FAQs, references and more. You can generate CHM Help files, MS Word and PDF files as well as HTML based online documentation you can easily publish to the Web. Version 5.0 is a major update that introduces a brand new text editor and a much richer editing experience as well as-you-type spell checking. Help Builder also adds the popular Markdown format for quicker text input and the
ability to share text more easily. There are also new, cleaner and simpler templates for output creation and an overall overhaul of the user interface. Help Builder is available as shareware, and registered users can upgrade to the new version....(Read whole news on source site)

SQL SERVER – How to Create Linked Server to PostgreSQL?

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The databases world is expanding and I have been fortunate enough to learn and share my experiences around databases like MySQL, PostgreSQL apart from working with SQL Server. I always try to expand my horizon and try various database products. In case you don’t know, I have course on Pluralsight about PostgreSQL It is […]

How to check whether Microsoft Word is installed in user machine?

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If you are building add-ins for Microsoft Word, at the time of add-in installation you might want to check whether user has installed MS Word on his system or not. Based on that, you might want to show a message to the user or take proper action as per your business need. In this small blog post, we will learn what needs to be done using C# to find out whether the said Microsoft Office product is installed or not. Continue reading to know about this coding tricks.   It’s easy to check manually whether any Microsoft Office product is installed
or not. But this does not work all time. If you are building an add-in, you must ship the DLL as an installer and in that case, it is require to check the availability of the office app just before the installation. There are various ways to do so and one of the trick is to play with the Windows Registry to find out whether it is installed. We will not go in this way as that is little more lengthy. Why to go in a difficult way, when we already have a simple coding trick. Click to know...(Read whole news on source site)

Aabaco Small Business is Here, Powering Your Small Business Through the Holidays

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By Amer AkhtarHead of Aabaco Small BusinessThis week is a time to give thanks and express gratitude, and we couldn’t be more appreciative of you, our customers. We know that the holiday season is a critical time for your business, and our number one priority is to ensure you have a successful and profitable time. We are thrilled to share that last week, Yahoo Small Business successfully completed the technical migration and rebrand of our services before your busiest shopping days. We are now Aabaco Small Business, a name which aligns better with our soon-to-be parent company, Aabaco Holdings.
Most of you have already received an invitation to establish your new Aabaco Small Business credentials in order to manage your account. If you haven’t yet received this email, you will this week. Additionally, we encourage you to use this helpful Aabaco Small Business question and answer document for more information on the transition. While you will notice the domain for several months in URLs and email addresses, our name and branding has been changed to Aabaco Small Business throughout our website and product experience. Our transition to Aabaco Small Business is a unique opportunity for our...(Read whole news on source site)

Latest Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2015

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We’re pleased to announce that Update 1 for the Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2015 is ready for you to install! This update includes a vocabulary change in our tools, Apps for Office and SharePoint are now known as Office and SharePoint Add-ins, and bug fixes, such as the Office/SharePoint node not appearing under Visual C# in the New Project dialog. Second, we have also released a preview of the next round of improvements to these tools. We invite you to shape their future by giving us your feedback through Send-A-Smile or Microsoft Connect.
You can start by trying out the new project types that you’ll see in this Preview release, as I’ll highlight in this post. Follow these steps to install the Preview: If you don’t already have Visual Studio 2015, you can install Visual Studio Community 2015 at Go grab the latest version with Head to the Download Center and install the Preview. Make sure you have Outlook 2016 installed. New: Add-in Commands In our Preview, we’ve added a new project type called Outlook Add-in with Commands to show off the new features in Office Add-ins. Add-in commands let you add a button...(Read whole news on source site)