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Now 5 bodies in the Solar System with rings!

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Originally posted on: some years we have known that Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune all have ring systems but recently one of the asteroids, Chariklo, was found to have a ring system as well! Details are at “The discovery of rings around asteroid Chariklo last year - depicted in this artist’s impression - drove home the important message that the solar system is still full of plenty of surprises. (Image credit: ESO/L. Calçada/M. Kornmesser/Nick Risinger)”

Be-Aware of differences in explicit and implicit deserialization with DCS

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DataContractSerializer (DCS) is the class that is used by WCF to serialize and deserialize messages when you make service calls. It is also sometimes used on its own to read and write objects to a stream, such as inside the WinRT SuspensionManager class. It works great and is very powerful, even being able to handle … Continued

Code from your fellow developers

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It's almost a law: whenever you take over code from another developer, you start to moan and complain about the state of that code. It's awful, terrible, the worst piece of code you've ever seen. I am no exception. However, when I took over some code from a colleague who left the company I found this gem. I think I am right in complaining about this piece of code. (FYI this is almost an exact copy of what I found in the codebase, except for it being an console application and the classnames…) namespace ConsoleApplication9 {     class Program     {         static void Main(string[] args)         {             Customer customer = new Customer();             customer.Id = 42;              Order order = new Order();             order.Id = 64;              customer.Save(order);         }     }      public class SaveableEntity     {         public int Id { get; set; }          public void Save(SaveableEntity entity)         {             entity.Id = Id;             SaveService.Save(entity);             this.Id = entity.Id;         }     }     public class Customer : SaveableEntity     {         //...     }      public class Order : SaveableEntity     {         //...     } }  Now, please tell me what you think of

The Morning Brew #1704

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Software ODataLib 6.8.0 Release – layla liu announces the release of the ODataLib 6.8.0 which adds support for Metadata Annotations, support for TimeOfDay and Date, entities as parameters, and more, along with 2 bugfixes. LONG LIVE The Ajax Control Toolkit – Open Source and now maintained by DevExpress – Mehul Harry shares the news of […]

Windows Phone 8.1 Email Compose - What’s changed for #WPDev?

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Who don’t want to put a link in the apps/games to provide feedback directly to the developer via email? To do this in Windows Phone Silverlight applications was pretty easy. We just had to create the instance of the EmailComposeTask and call the Show() method. But this has been changed a bit in Windows Phone 8.1 RT applications. In this post, we are going to discuss this along with comparison to what has been changed.   You might already know that, many APIs have been changed in Windows Phone 8.1 if you compare them with it’s previous version

APress Deal of the Day 29/September/2014 - BizTalk 2013 Recipes

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Originally posted on:’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at is BizTalk 2013 Recipes. “BizTalk 2013 Recipes provides ready-made solutions to BizTalk integration and communications problems, helping you get work done quickly and correctly.”