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Add a ‘Rate and review’ button to your settings pane

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source: All marketplaces are based on ratings submitted by users, why not making it easy for them to submit a rating and review your application? 1. Subscribe to the CommandsRequested event SettingsPane.GetForCurrentView().CommandsRequested += AppCommandsRequested; 2. Add a "Rate and review" command tatic void AppCommandsRequested(SettingsPane sender, SettingsPaneCommandsRequestedEventArgs args) { var rateCommand = new SettingsCommand("rate", "Rate and review", x => { Windows.System.Launcher.LaunchUriAsync(
new Uri("ms-windows-store:REVIEW?PFN=[YOUR_PACKAGE_FAMILY_NAME]")); }); args.Request.ApplicationCommands.Add(rateCommand); } ...Read more ...(Read whole news on source site)

Announcement: Developers Get Your Apps into the Windows Store Now

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We’re very excited to announce the last significant milestone in the rollout of the Windows Store before the general availability of Windows 8 on October 26. The Store is now open for app submissions from all developers – individuals and companies – in our supported markets – and the UK is one of those! We’re also announcing a number of additional subscription program offerings that recognize and thank developers for their interest and commitment to Windows. All eligible MSDN subscribers receive a free, one-year Windows Store developer account as part of their MSDN benefits. (Eligible subscriptions include Visual
Studio Professional, Test Professional, Premium, Ultimate, and BizSpark.) We have a program for students—DreamSpark—that similarly waives the subscription fee. And we have an offer for businesses in our BizSpark program, as well. Throughout the Windows Store preview stages, we’ve seen fantastic interest from individual developers, large development houses and component and service providers. And as we’ve opened up new markets for onboarding and expanded our invitations, we’ve seen a great increase in both the number and diversity of apps—all during our preview milestones, before broad availability of the OS and before even the first production Windows...(Read whole news on source site)

Are you an administrator?

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In RavenDB vNext, we tightened the security story a bit. Some operations that used to be possible for standard users are now administrator operations. For example, creating a new database require you to be admin. Figuring out whatever you are admin is a bit tough, though. In particular, we use the following logic to determine that: If you logged in using OAuth, the credentials will tell us whatever you are admin or not. If you are logged in using Windows Auth, we make the following assumption: If you are a Windows Admin, you are an administrator (ouch!). If
you are running on the same user as the one RavenDB is using, you are an administrator (debug / dev scenarios). If you are running embedded, you are admin. You might have noticed that there is an “ouch” on the Windows Admin line. The reason for that is that it is actually quite hard to figure that one out. RavenDB is running as a web server, and when we use Windows Auth, we get a WindowsIdentity that we can use. The problem is with UAC. When that is turned on, what we get is the non elevated user. But that...(Read whole news on source site)

The Morning Brew #1187

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Lots (by my standards) of discussion in the comments yesterday about opening links in a new window - I’m not going to do that by default, but will add a site preference which will allow you to choose how links are opened to the site this evening…hope that helps Software Open sourcing, a .NET library for [...]

My website links now include DirectX categories

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I’ve done a bit of overdue updates to my website. The links page -  - now includes DirectX links. I’ve also updated all of the links that were broken in the recent changes to the App Hub site. If you have any good links you think I’m missing, let me know. I haven’t had a chance to do any dead link checking & pruning yet so there might be some links that go to the wrong place or go nowhere at all. That’s the problem with link repositories; maintenance of them is quite a bit of work.
But hopefully I’ll find some time to do that soon. ...(Read whole news on source site)

Windows Store now open to lots more developers (120 markets!)

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See the post here: . This includes individual accounts now so if you tried signing up before and got a message about it only covering company accounts, you can sign up now. Don’t forget to verify your account and setup your payment and tax information. Also, if you are an MSDN subscriber you should be able to get a code from the MSDN site that will give you a free year (saving $49 US) but you will still need to submit some form of payment (e.g. credit or debit card) for verification purposes and so that
they can automatically rebill you at the end of the subscription year (unless you’ve cancelled your account for some reason, of course). Go forth and register and make awesome games and apps for me to buy and play and use! ...(Read whole news on source site)

Windows Store is now Open to all Developers and MSDN Subscribers

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Microsoft just announced that, “Windows Store” is now open for all developers across 120 markets all over the world. Till date it was only available to the company accounts and no individual registration was possible.   This announcement will now bring more developers under a roof to build Windows 8 Style applications for Windows Store. Continue reading for more information.   Before Windows 8 releases worldwide for general availability, it’s a great news that the individual developers can now build and publish their Windows 8 Style applications to the Windows Store.
For a side note, Windows 8 is going for general availability on 26th October 2012 but if you are a MSDN Subscriber, you can get the experience of Windows 8 RTM now from your MSDN Download page or can download the 90 days trial version too.   In a blog post, Antoine Leblond mentioned that:   Today’s an especially great day to be a developer. We’re very excited to announce the last significant milestone in the rollout of the Windows Store before the general availability of Windows...(Read whole news on source site)

Great Free Courses on Building HTML5 apps using ASP.NET Web API, Knockout.js and jQuery

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Pluralsight has developed some great training courses on the new .NET 4.5 and VS 2012 release, including two fantastic courses from John Papa that cover how to build HTML5 web apps using ASP.NET Web API, Knockout and jQuery: Single Page Apps with HTML5, Web API, Knockout and jQuery Building HTML5 and JavaScript Apps with MVVM and Knockout Free 1-Month Subscription to the Courses Pluralsight is offering a special promotion that allows you to get a free 1-month subscription to watch the above courses at no cost. 
There is no obligation to buy anything at the end of the offer and you don’t need to supply a credit card in order to take part in it. To get access to the course you simply follow @pluralsight and @john_papa on Twitter and then visit this page and enter your Twitter name using the form on it.  Pluralsight will then send you a private twitter message containing the access code that you can use to subscribe to the courses (and download the course exercise files).  Once you are subscribed to the course you...(Read whole news on source site)

Windows 8 Metro series part #1

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Today, the last article of my series about Windows 8 "metro” applications I’m writing for has been published. The article is the first of the second part so it is the moment to collect together the work I’ve done up to july for the first part. If you like, the articles are available online on the SilverlightShow’s website at the addresser here reported: