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Visual Studio Code Webinar

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Mac OSX, Linux, or Windows … pick your OS! I recently co-presented the launch of Visual Studio Code (aka Code) at //Build with Erich Gamma and Chris Diaz, and on May 26th, 2015 at 10 PT you can join me for a live presentation of Code as a cross-platform editor followed by an interactive Q&A. Whether you are on a Mac or Windows and into Angular, TypeScript, JavaScript, Node.js and/or C#/ASP.NET there’s something here for you! Just some of the topics discussed include getting started, editing, refactoring, debugging, running tasks, and what’s coming down the road. Visual Studio Code Series

How to Convert a string to a stream in C# ?

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Do you want to convert a string to a stream in C# ? . Below is a sample code snippet that demonstrates how to do it. How to Convert a string to a stream in C# ? using System; using System.IO; namespace GKApp { class Program { static void Main(string[] args) { string input =......(Read whole news on source site)

How to use RelativeSource with WPF Binding in XAML?

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When working with the WPF application , you might sometimes want to use the relative source with the bindings in WPF (Windows Presentation foundation) . How to use RelativeSource with WPF Binding in XAML? You can do that by setting the RelativeSource attribute of the Binding property in XAML as shown below. {Binding Path=PathToProperty, RelativeSource={RelativeSource...

Automatically Restarting ASP.NET on OSX with DNXMON

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Write some code, see it run, refactor the code, see it run, refactor … you get the idea. This is what I do all day long. Notice I didn’t say “write code, refactor, stop server, start server, write code …”. Why? Because I prefer my server to detect the code changes and auto-restart. This works great in Node.js with nodemon, so this post shows one option to do that for ASP.NET on OSX. Learn how to get started with ASP.NET 5 on OSX here Add this script to your ~/.bash_profile. Then when you type dnxmon . kestrel your ASP.NET app

Getting Started with ASP.NET 5 on OSX

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ASP.NET 5 is something special. We can build cross platform Web apps using .NET Core that run on OSX, Linux and Windows. But how do you get started on OSX? This post shows how quickly you can get up and running. Dan Wahlin, Ward Bell and I are hosting an ASP.NET 5 workshop at DevIntersections / Anglebrackets in Las Vegas in November. Use promo code PAPA to get $50 off the event and come visit us. Registration will open in early June. Here are some commands you should get familiar with: dnvm is the .NET version manager. You’ll run this

Are You an Integration Specialist?

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Some people specialize in a narrow domain.  They are called specialists because they focus on a specific area of expertise, and they build skills in that narrow area. Rather than focus on breadth, they go for depth. Others focus on the bigger picture or connecting the dots.  Rather than focus on depth, they go for breadth. Or do they? It actually takes a lot of knowledge and depth to be effective at integration and “connecting the dots” in a meaningful way.  It’s like being a skilled entrepreneur or a skilled business developer.   Not just anybody who
wants to generalize can be effective.   True integration specialists are great pattern matchers and have deep skills in putting things together to make a better whole. I was reading the book Business Development: A Market-Oriented Perspective where Hans Eibe Sørensen introduces the concept of an Integrating Generalist and how they make the world go round. I wrote a post about it on Sources of Insight: The Integrating Generalist and the Art of Connecting the Dots Given the description, I’m not sure which is better, the Integration Specialist or the...(Read whole news on source site)

Strictly Testing

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With TDD, BDD and tools providing code coverage, automated checking, continuous integration, continuous delivery, one could argue that testers are no longer needed. A developer can do both, can’t they? Whilst I’d love to believe that every developer working on an application took time to look over the whole application after delivering some functionality, within large scale agile enterprise development, given tight timescales, this is unlikely. Even testing their area rigorously enough in a way that pushes the boundaries would be a novelty for some. Automating various checks will validate positively and provide confidence that the software works as intended, but
plenty of bugs will slip through. This, in part is due to attempting to write down your thoughts whilst solving problems. You won’t get the coverage required to find every issue. So having someone dedicated to looking for problems reduces the number of unknowns considerably, but can also provide product owners with the confidence that they are getting the software they expect. Liz: What do I want? I’ll tell you what I want! I want Ken Railings to walk in here right now, and say 'Pam Shortt’s broken both her legs, and I wanna dance with YOU!'
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It’s Microsoft TechDays next week. Where? The Hague!

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Thursday and Friday next week (that’s the 28th and 29th May to you), DevExpress will have a booth at Microsoft TechDays at the World Forum in Den Haag. We were there last year as well and liked it enough to come back this year as a Silver Sponsor! Present will be Don Wibier and myself doing the technical stuff – essentially a repeat of the Techorama dynamic from last week – and John Martin will be in charge of giving out the swag. And, well, in charge of us two also. Seriously, it was great fun
last year and we’re excited to be back! So, if you’re going to be there in The Hague, please do come over to the DevExpress booth. We’ll be happy to talk about our current product line and show off what’s coming up in v15.1. Also, given the recent news out of Build, you’ll get an excellent opportunity to ask us what we think about the possibilities for new features that face us in the second half of the year. You know: Windows Universal Apps, Windows 10, Visual Studio 2015, ASP.NET 5, etc, etc. Plus, remember that Don can speak...(Read whole news on source site)

Why Apps Need A New Data Center Stack | TechCrunch

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Huge, engineer-rich companies such as Google and Microsoft solved (or
largely solved) this problem for themselves with systems like Borg and Autopilot,
respectively. The systems automatically manage resource allocation and
high availability for the services and applications that run across
their millions of servers. Algorithms, not developers or software
architects, determine where things run and on how many machines.

Why Apps Need A New Data Center Stack | TechCrunch

Microsoft's new services are built on Service Fabric (

which Microsoft released the other week (for Windows - Linux apparently
coming "soon"). Fabric handles deployment, high availability,
resource-aware load balancing, replication, etc.

rather than deploying machines for Hadoop, Cassandra, etc, you deploy
Service Fabric and let it manage your services. Your services have to be
written with Fabric in mind to take full advantage of it, but you can
get the high availability & deployment system by writing a Fabric
host for it (eg: Any exe can be used, just like in Autopilot.