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Should I learn Silverlight? Objective C? HTML 5?

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I am sometimes asked for technical career advice. A common question these days is whether it is worth learning WPF, or Silverlight – .NET and XAML in general I suppose, or would it be better to learn HTML 5 and JavaScript, or perhaps even Objective C? This is a challenging question to be sure. How good is your crystal ball? XAML appears to be alive and well – WPF, Silverlight, and now WinRT (Windows 8 – and probably Windows Phone 8 and “Xbox 720” and more) all use
XAML. I look at the WinRT usage of XAML as being essentially “Silverlight 6” – it is far closer to Silverlight than WPF, but isn’t exactly like Silverlight either. Assuming success with Windows 8, WinRT will become the new primary client dev target for most smart client development (over the next few years). The primary competitors are Objective C (if you believe iPads will take over the client space), and HTML 5/JavaScript (if you believe in fairy tales the concept of ‘one technology to rule them all’). ...(Read whole news on source site)

Getting Windows Phone apps back into the Zune Desktop Client

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source: Den by Default The Windows Phone team recently announced that it will remove the Windows Phone apps section from the Zune Desktop client due to the fact that users mostly access those through the web interface or the mobile client directly on the device. Despite the fact that I do support this change, I know there are also users who might want to keep using the Zune software on their PC to download apps for their Windows Phone. If you started the Zune client today, you probably saw this: Here is what’s happening.
You are not actually getting a Zune client update, but rather a configuration update. ...Read more ...(Read whole news on source site)

Page Navigation with Windows Phone and Windows 8

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source: visualstudiomagazine In my previous column, "Converting Windows Phone to Windows 8," I created a simple Windows Phone application that consumed an XML feed from Flickr and displayed a list of images. Then I showed you how to port that application, with a relatively high level of reuse, to Windows 8. This time, I'll look at extending the Windows Phone application to multiple pages, and focus on code compatibility and the navigation model. As a disclaimer, this is a discussion of code reuse rather than a demonstration of good UI
design. Multiple Pages in Windows Phone
The original Windows Phone application had a single page, so I kept the structure as simple as possible, creating the MainPageViewModel alongside the page by defining it as a page resource, and then wiring it up as the DataContext for the page. When you extend the application out to multiple pages, you need to think a bit more about how to reuse code between those pages. ...Read more ...(Read whole news on source site)

Learning: Visual Studio 2012 Exam Vouchers

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Microsoft Learning are offering developers a limited time "Two for One" exam offer for Visual Studio technical certifications. When you purchase and take one of the qualifying exams below at full price between 11th April 2012 and 30th June 2012, you will be emailed a voucher valid for a Visual Studio exam at no additional cost. Exam 70-511: TS: Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Exam 70-513: TS: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Exam 70-515: TS: Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Exam 70-516: TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET
Framework 4
Exam 70-518: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Exam 70-519: PRO: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Earning one of the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) certifications above for Visual Studio 2010 today will also shorten your path to the new corresponding Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certifications for Visual Studio 2012, once they are available. For more information and to request your voucher(s), please click here.
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