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Learn Visual Studio special offers

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Originally posted on: now to Monday night (1/December/2014), Learn Visual Studio is offering a substantial discount off 1-year and lifetime membership at 1-Year membership is $49 instead of $75 and lifetime membership is $139 instead of $200.

The Morning Brew #1747

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Short edition today as I think most blog authors have been taking Thanksgiving off – have a great weekend everyone. Software OmniSharp – Making cross-platform .NET a reality, and a pleasure – Scott Hanselman highlights the OmniSharp project which he is involved with which is aiming to bring smart intellisense features to your .NET (C#/ […]

O’Reilly Cyber Monday Sale

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Originally posted on: 05:00 PT 2/December/2014, O’Reilly are offering 50% off all E-books and Videos at (Discount is 60% if buying over $100.) “” p.s. APress are also going to have a Cyber Monday sale but that sale does not start until Monday!

APress Deal of the day 28/November/2014 - .NET IL Assembler

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Originally posted on:’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at is .NET IL Assembler. “Advanced .NET IL Assembler drills down into the internal structures and operations of the .NET common language runtime and teaches you how to master the IL assembly language, ILAsm. These skills will allow you to write tighter, faster code for all versions of the .NET Framework.”

Style recommendation for writing CAML in C#

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  I came across some sample CAML code a while back, and have been following their way of defining CAML in C# Today a colleague commented on my code and I thought, hey, I should write this down.   Use string.concat   var query = new SPQuery()
    Query = string.Concat(
                                    "", id, "",
var items = list.GetItems(query);   Benefits   You don't have to bury the CAML in one crazy line or block of text. I can arbitrarily indent my XML elements and the code doesn't see it at all.  You almost always...(Read whole news on source site)

Happy Thanksgiving wishes to you all

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  (Click to enlarge) As we celebrate this Thanksgiving day here in the U.S., it is a time to reflect on all that we are thankful for and offer up our thanks for these things. As I have shared with this community for so many years in the past, I am once again coming to you all to offer my thanks to each and every one of you. To our partners around the world who make the world a better place and change people’s lives every day through Microsoft technology, a sincere thank you to you for
your continued partnership, for your ongoing passion, the amazing work you do, and to the many I’ve had the pleasure to meet over the years and get to know personally, your friendship. To my colleagues at Microsoft, both current and past, my thanks to all of you for the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of people each and every day. Although my current role is much more behind the scenes focused than publicly facing as my prior roles have been, know that each and every day my focus and efforts continue to center around our partners...(Read whole news on source site)

Emaroo 2.0.0 Released

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Emaroo is a free utility for browsing most recently used (MRU) lists of applications like Visual Studio, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more. Quickly open files, jump to their folder in Windows Explorer, copy them (and their path) to the clipboard - all with just a few keystrokes or mouse clicks.Emaroo 2.0.0 adds support for Illustrator (CS6/CC/CC2014), lets you now open files in a text editor, copy files to the clipboard (for pasting them into an Explorer window) and fixes some UI glitches on systems with high DPI settings.You can download Emaroo 2.0.0 on examples
of how Emaroo can speed up working with files, take a look at the “Why Emaroo?” section of the blog post announcing version 1.4.0....(Read whole news on source site)

Visual Studio 2015 Features!

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Originally posted on: have released some more information about Visual Studio 2015 and the excellent new features! What's New In C# 6.0 “C# 6.0 adds about a dozen bite-sized new features to C#, all aimed at making your code cleaner and clearer. Instead of introducing new concepts, each feature makes a common coding pattern simpler, and removes boilerplate to let the intent of the code stand out. The video takes a quick tour through the new features: auto-properties without setters, methods and properties with expression bodies, member access that protects against null, interpolated strings
and much more.” There are some links to related videos shown at the end. What's New in Visual Basic 14 “VB14 has a host of improvements across the board. In the IDE, it now includes refactoring, the ability to organize imports, better cref support, and more. Visual Basic 14 projects show metadata as source, display the References node in the Solution Explorer, support Shared Projects, and compile 50% faster. The Visual Basic language has improvements in existing features like comments within LINQ, read-only auto-properties, and multi-line string literals. It also adds new features like NameOf,...(Read whole news on source site)