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I lost 55lbs using these two amazing simple steps–you can too!

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TL;DR – I got off my butt, started eating better and lost 40lbs in ~100 days.  You can too. UPDATE: As of NOV-2014 I’m down 55lbs since this timeframe.  Feel amazing, found new hobbies that are active and loving life again. This year started very depressing personally as each look in the mirror showed another chin growing under the previous.  I weighed the most I’ve ever weighed in my life and it just kept getting away from me.  My move to Redmond brought back a different office life for me from my previous role at Microsoft and I
became much more sedentary than before.  Now, this doesn’t mean I was a triathlete before, but I certainly didn’t sit in an office as much as I have in the past 4 years.  I really put myself fully into work and nothing else…and it showed physically. As my kids got more active (I have two kids; 8 and 12) I participated more with their activities.  I realized how out of shape I was when I couldn’t ride a bike like my kids, couldn’t run around the baseball field to help with Little League practices without being out-of-breath, etc.  I...(Read whole news on source site)

Unit tests that require the STA Thread

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If you've ever written a unit test that instantiates a WPF control, you might have run into one of the following errors: The calling thread cannot access this object because a different thread owns it. or The calling thread must be STA, because many UI components require this. Prior to xUnit 2.0, we used a little hack to force a test to run on the STA Thread. You simply set the Timeout to 0. XUnit 1.9
[Fact(Timeout=0 /* This runs on STA Thread */)] public void SomeTest() {...}
But due to the asynchronous all the way down design of XUnit 2.0, the Timeout property was removed. So
what's a WPF Testing person to do? Well, I decided to fix that problem by writing two custom attributes for tests: STAFactAttribute STATheoryAttribute STAFactAttribute is the same thing as FactAttribute but it makes sure the test runs on the STA thread. Same goes for STATheoryAttribute. It's the same thing as TheoryAttribute. For example,
[STATheory] [InlineData(1)] [InlineData(-1)] public async Task SomeTest(int someValue) { ... }
I contributed this code to the xunit/samples repository on GitHub. There's a lot of great examples in this repository that demonstrate how easy it is to extend XUnit to provide a nice custom experience. STA Thread So you might be curious, what is an STA Thread?...(Read whole news on source site)

K2 Workflow: Apply HTML formatting on email events

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For a novice, it would seem that applying HTML formatting would be straightforward with the HTML option that is provided in the Email event (or Client event) wizard, for ex: However, when I saw the output, I was stumped. The output was something like this: ——————————————- Dear XYZ, Please assign a name for task 123. Use […]

PostSharp 4.1 Preview 1: Support for Xamarin & Visual Studio 2015

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Just one month after we published PostSharp 4.0 RTM and one week after Visual Studio 2015 Preview went out, we’re excited to release PostSharp 4.1 Preview 1 today, introducing support for Xamarin and Visual Studio 2015. PostSharp 4.1 is all about adding support for new platforms. We want to make PostSharp the number-one extension for pattern-driven programming – not only for desktop and server applications, but also for mobile devices.PostSharp 4.1 Preview 1 is available for download from our web site and from NuGet as a pre-release package. Note that this is still an early preview, and needless to
say PostSharp Tools for Visual Studio 2015 are particularly experimental.If you have 7:47 minutes to spare, look at this video, which shows the new user experience of adding INotifyPropertyChanged and undo/redo to a simple WPF app: Support for XamarinA few years ago, PostSharp had an ambiguous relationship with Mono. Technically, it was possible to run PostSharp on Mono, and there were even a few classes written specifically for this use case. However, we didn’t have any significant testing with Mono. So  even if we said we “supported” it, the idea was really just: use PostSharp with Mono at your own risks....(Read whole news on source site)

DevExpress v14.2 beta 1 is now ready for download

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Just in time for the weekend and all that spare time you thought you’d have, we have released beta 1 of Universal v14.2. The beta is open to all active DXperience and Universal subscribers. To get it, all you need to do is login to, click on the Download Your Products link at the top of the page, and look for and click Universal Subscription. Cunningly we present the latest released version by default, so click on the down arrow to select the version you’d like to download and the beta is shown in red
in the dropdown list. Although I drew the short straw to write this blog post – just kidding! – I was allowed to choose the most significant features in this beta that I felt had the most bang for the buck. So here goes for a baker’s quartet: WinForms, ASP.NET  & WPF Grid Controls: New Excel Data Export – this is HUGE. An completely rewritten Excel export engine that has more features and is, like, 10 times faster than before. I doff my hat to...(Read whole news on source site)

Xamarin for Visual Studio 2015 preview

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As part of the Connect() event Microosft released Visual Studio 2015 preview. It is an awesome version of Visual Studio with lots of new exiting features. Building cross platform apps is now integrated deeply into Visual Studio giving even more focus on Xamarin as solid cross platform technology. For period we have begun looking at […]

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