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Three Simple Rules for Better Debugging with WorkflowApplication

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Developers often say that there is a steep learning curve with Windows Workflow Foundation (WF4).  I won’t deny that… instead, allow me to share three simple rules that will help you to get over that curve sooner and to make them easy to remember, they all begin with “U” which is appropriate because they do all begin with you. Use Tracking Unit Tests Use Timeouts Download Sample Code Use Tracking Tracking is the single best way to understand what your workflow is doing.  There
is just one simple problem… We didn’t make it easy for people to read tracking information.
WorkflowInstanceRecord { InstanceId = e9579393-c150-46c9-be60-42bdf4dc509e, RecordNumber = 0, EventTime = 7/5/2012 12:04:11 AM, ActivityDefinitionId = Workflow, State = Started } ActivityScheduledRecord { InstanceId = e9579393-c150-46c9-be60-42bdf4dc509e, RecordNumber = 1, EventTime = 7/5/2012 12:04:11 AM, Activity { }, ChildActivity { Name=Workflow, ActivityId = 1, ActivityInstanceId = 1, TypeName=ThreeRulesBetterDebugWF4.Workflow } } ActivityStateRecord { InstanceId = e9579393-c150-46c9-be60-42bdf4dc509e, RecordNumber = 2, EventTime = 7/5/2012 12:04:11 AM, Activity { Name=Workflow, ActivityId = 1, ActivityInstanceId...(Read whole news on source site)

Want to build a Windows 8 app? Here’s how…

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It's summertime (yeah, it is, honestly)! Time to throw yourself into something new, fun and rewarding. With Windows 8 around the corner, now’s the time to start building apps. Take the skills you already have and get your app in the Windows Store by the time Windows 8 hits the market. We're here to help you get your app ready with a bunch of support tools ranging from online training to Camps and App Excellence Labs. The Camps Regardless of your exposure to date of Microsoft’s upcoming operating system release, our UK Windows 8 Camps have been designed to help
you smoothly migrate your application. The format of the day is up to you. If you’re new to Windows 8 then you can sit through our overview sessions to better understand the platform and opportunity that Windows 8 presents from a technology, user and business perspective. If you’re already familiar with the Windows 8 experience then you have 2 options, you can either spend the day working through our HTML or .NET labs (or both!) which walk you through the Windows 8 application development process, taking you from the familiarisation of the tools to the deployment of your app. Or, you can...(Read whole news on source site)

MIND Reviews: Thinking, Fast and Slow : Scientific American

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MIND Reviews: Thinking, Fast and Slow : Scientific American:

 consider how a person’s aversion to loss might affect a territory battle, a corporate restructuring or attempts to trim costs. Any reform will involve winners and losers; however, the underdogs will be more driven to fight against change and will inevitably temper the outcomes. Score one for the losers.
In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman, a Nobel Prize winner and professor emeritus at Princeton University, sets these findings and others in a broad model of the mind. Kahneman explains that humans evolved decision-making shortcuts to aid in survival; avoiding
losses is one example. 
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Good use of the Charms Bar in Windows 8 Metro.

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If you’re using Win8 yet, no doubt you’ve run into the charms bar.  There’s a feature to extend via Share, links to your application. Details on the HOW are here: Adding share (Metro style apps using JavaScript and HTML) Do, Digital Folio has taken their shopping tool to Win8 and enabled some really cool ways to take advantage.  I was fortunate enough to help out the folks there a while back on some other things, but their app is a nice shoppers aid. Digital Folio for Windows 8 | Instant Price
Comparisons from Major Retailers on the Products You Want ...(Read whole news on source site)

Free E-book from Telerik: Time-Saving Visual Studio 2012 and ASP.NET 4.5 Features

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Visual Studio 2012 is currently in RC stage and many of us actually started exploring it by downloading. Each Visual Studio release is like Christmas for developers around the globe and Visual Studio 2012 is no exception!   Telerik released a Free eBook on Visual Studio 2012 and ASP.NET 4.5 for you which will walk you through the highlights and show you how to use the new features to make your life as a developer easier. Read more to download the Free eBook and start exploring it’s features.     Each
Visual Studio release is like Christmas for developers around the globe. Not only does Microsoft evolve our beloved IDE, but they also pack all kinds of new features into ASP.NET. Visual Studio 2012 is no exception! It’s packed full of awesome features and the new capabilities in ASP.NET allow developers to get their job done with less code! Learning about all the new features, and more importantly, learning to use these features, can be a daunting task......(Read whole news on source site)

MetroTube YouTube client for Windows Phone returns

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MetroTube, one of the popular Windows Phone YouTube Apps is coming back to the Marketplace later this week. Lazy worm Apps, in its blog post announced this exciting news today. Lazy worm Apps stated that “Our goal from the very beginning was to deliver a rich YouTube experience that could be officially promoted by Microsoft (or Google). It was for this reason that we never supported features such as video download or the playback of non-mobile content and why we have spent the past 7 months investigating alternative avenues of delivering the same rich experience via official means.” The App
is said to be published to the Windows Phone Marketplace and might show up in the Marketplace in some time....(Read whole news on source site)