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APress Deal of the Day - 1/Apr/2012 - Pro WPF and Silverlight MVVM

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The APress $10 Deal of the day at for today is Pro WPF and Silverlight MVVM

"WPF and Silverlight are unlike any other user interface (UI) technologies. They have been built to a new paradigm that—if harnessed correctly—can yield unprecedented power and performance. This book shows you how to control that power."

Unit Testing against the Team Foundation Server 11 API

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I have been working a lot recently with the new Team Foundation Service (TFS Preview) that Microsoft is providing in Azure. I was building an application called TFS Field Annotate that allows you to spelunk a fields changes. One of the problems I ran into is how to Unit Test this. I have been doing [...]-Do you want to move to Visual Studio 11 Team Foundation Service NOW? Microsoft is providing a Go-Live licence (that means that it is supported in production) and you can use it today! For help moving forward contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Maker Geek Roundup 010 for 4/1/2012

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The Maker Geek Roundup aggregates information of interest to makers everywhere. Topics include .NET Micro Framework, Arduino, AVR and other MCUs, CNC, 3d Printing, Robotics, Microsoft Robotics Studio, Electronics, General Maker stuff, and more. If you have something interesting you've done or have run across, or you blog regularly on the topics included here, please send me the URL and brief description via the contact link. 3d Printing, Laser Cutting, and CAD/CAM/CNC Unbelievable! Thanks for all emails! (3d Printer DIY) (Junior announces pricing and a Indiegogo campaign) Prototyping A Lunar Mining Robot On A MakerBot (MakerBot) Four, no, Fourteen months.. part 5 of ? (Just Another RepRap) Click,

Getting Started for building a smooth streaming client

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There are two types of developments for building a Smooth Streaming Client: IIS Smooth Streaming Client 1.5 APIs : developers could utilize these APIs to build applications on Silverlight platform (runs on desktop,Xbox or Windows phone). These APIs is formally known as "Smooth Streaming Player Development Kit Microsoft Media Platform - Player Framework v2.6 : a open source framework. It includes sample player and numbers of plugins for developers to get quick started. And MMPPF is based on IIS Smooth Streaming Client APIs. 
This blog is for developers who want to build media player
based on IIS Smooth Streaming Client APIs, instead of utilizing the framework. 
Install Smooth Streaming APIs: Install Silverlight Development Runtime: I installed Silverlight 5 Tool for Visual Studio 2010 SP
Now we will build a Smooth Streaming Client step by step:
1. Open Visual Studio. Select New Project... and Select Siverlight Application under Visual C# section. I choose PlayerDemo1 as the project name. 
2. Choose Host the Silverlight application in a new Web site.
3.  Now you could see two projects are generated in Solution Explorer. PlayDemo1 is the Silverlight application...(Read whole news on source site)

Almost One Week with Windows 8

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Nearly a week ago I installed Windows 8 as my main laptop operating system. I could finally do this once the Windows Phone 7.1.1 SDK update was released (making the Windows Phone emulator work on Windows 8). So I am not knee deep into Windows 8 as a desktop operating system. NOTE: is that I am using Windows 8 on a non-touch laptop. This means I want to test it as a replacement for Windows 7 on my development machine. This is a particularly important test for the Operating System for me. I've used it on a Tablet for
several months now and I really like it. The Samsung Tablet that we were given at Build is a good machine to see how real tablets will be. The lack of apps and battery life make it an approximation of real tablet use for me, otherwise I'd use it a *lot* more! Authentication and Settings When I set up the Tablet for Windows 8, I just used my LiveID so that I could get the full integrated experience that consumers would get. But since I use domain authentication for my laptop, I was worried about how the experience would be....(Read whole news on source site)

Codemania: How to not write a for loop

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It was great to see so many Mindscape customers at Codemania. We were proud to sponsor the first Codemania and it looks like everyone is looking forward to another one next year! In the meantime, here are the slides and code samples from the ‘How to Not Write a For Loop’ talk: Download slides (PowerPoint [...]

MVVM Light V4b1 for Windows 8 Consumer Preview (with installer)

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I just pushed the following to Codeplex: A new MVVM Light project template for Windows 8 Consumer Preview. This template appears in the File, New Project dialog and allows you to create a Metro style app already wired with MVVM Light. An updated Windows 8 installer for MVVM Light. Preconditions: This installs MVVM Light for Windows 8 only. You can install it side-by-side with the standard MVVM Light for Silverlight, WPF and Windows Phone. Where do I get
it? You can download the MSI from: What does it do? The installer installs the Windows 8 version of the MVVM Light DLLs, as well as a new project template for an MVVM Light Metro style app, and code snippets. What is missing? Since Windows 8 Developer Preview, I worked on porting the DispatcherHelper class, and it works now. However the EventToCommand behavior is still not available on Windows 8 (because behaviors are not supported on Windows 8 for the moment). Known issues Some testers reported...(Read whole news on source site)

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - SharePoint Server for another year

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It's Aprils fools day and together with a lot of other MVP's around the world we're checking our junk mail folder for the e-mail that says that we have been renewed. I just got mine (actually not in the junk for the first time). This was my second renewal and I have now been awarded MVP for three consecutive years (2010, 2011). Thanks to everyone, colleagues, friends and Connecta, who have supported me the last year. Looking forward to another 12 months of really exciting SharePoint work and happenings. The Microsoft MVP program
is an award (not a certification) given to community leaders around the world, for their contributions to the community for the last 12 months. The MVP award is valid for one year and each awardee has to continue to contribute to the community to be renewed. Do you want to know more about the MVP program, then head on over to the MVP site.
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