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Top Blogs for Insight and Action

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This is a serious roundup of top blogs for insight and action: Top Blogs for Insight and Action Colleagues asked me where do I go to find the best of the Web for insight and action.   This is that list.  It’s a list of the top blogs and sites that I find really go the extra mile.   It’s a mash up of top blogs on the following areas of focus: business skills, continuous learning, entrepreneurism, fun, leadership, personal development, productivity, strategy, technology, thinking skills, and trends. Here is a sampling of
top blogs from the list:
If you like infographics or visualizing information, you’ll really appreciate the artful presentation and insights of Information is Beautiful, by David McCandless. If you are curious about the best patterns and practices in the world for living to be 100, you’ll enjoy Blue Zones Blog, by Dan Buettner. If you want the Web at your finger tips in a scannable way, you’ll enjoy All Top. If you want to stay ahead of...(Read whole news on source site)

Visual Studio Live! in NYC: May 14-17, 2012 – User Group Discount Available!

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Last month, I announced here that Visual Studio Live! is returning to New York on May 14-17th, 2012.  Andrew Brust, who is the co-leader of the NYC .NET Developers Group (and newly minted ZD-NET “Big Data” blogger), is one of the co-chairs of the Visual Studio Live! conference.  Andrew has just passed along a great offer to me.  If you register today and use promo code UGNY1, you will receive an exclusive discount available only to user group members – you’ll save $400! REGISTER HERE! From Andrew:
Visual Studio Live! features some of the best content and speakers you will find at a technical conference. I should know: Rocky Lhotka and I work to determine the content coverage and select the speakers. For May’s event, we’ve put together an excellent lineup of sessions on Visual Studio 2010+ and .NET 4+; HTML5; the Cloud; Windows Phone 7, Silverlight and WPF; Data Management; Windows 8 and WinRT. The full agenda, organized by topic, is posted here: Visual Studio Live! will be hosted at the Brooklyn Marriott in...(Read whole news on source site)

The Return Of __FILE__ And __LINE__ In .NET 4.5

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Good things are hard to kill. One of the most useful predefined compiler macros in C/C++ were __FILE__ and __LINE__ which do expand to the compilation units file name and line number where this value is encountered by the compiler. After 4.5 versions of .NET we are on par with C/C++ again. It is of course not a simple compiler expandable macro it is an attribute but it does serve exactly the same purpose. Now we do get CallerLineNumberAttribute  == __LINE__ CallerFilePathAttribute        == __FILE__
CallerMemberNameAttribute  == __FUNCTION__ (MSVC Extension)   The most important one is CallerMemberNameAttribute which is very useful to implement the INotifyPropertyChanged interface without the need to hard code the name of the property anymore. Now you can simply decorate your change method with the new CallerMemberName attribute and you get the property name as string directly inserted by the C# compiler at compile time.   public string UserName { get { return _userName; } ...(Read whole news on source site)

Timeout of HttpWebrequest and WCF service calls on Windows Phone

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source: Nick's .NET Travels Firstly, I'm ashamed that the Windows Phone team didn't do a better job of providing an ability to set a Timeout for either HttpWebRequest, WebClient and WCF service requests. You might be thinking.. but it's Silverlight and everything's Async all the time. Well you'd be correct in that thought process but just because something is asynchronous, doesn't mean that the user isn't sitting there waiting for something to complete. For example say you have a simple form that the user has to fill in before they can proceed (eg "create user" form).
Clearly if they are on a good network then you'd hope that the service request returns almost instantaneously and the user is cleared to proceed within the app. However, if for whatever reason the request takes longer than expected (slow network, busy server etc) you don't want the user to sit there indefinitely. After about 10-20 seconds they're going to get frustrated and probably close and then uninstall your application. Simple solution is to put a Timeout on your service calls so that you can notify that there is something wrong and that they should try again later or check...(Read whole news on source site)

Converting to Windows 8 from Windows Phone | Setting up the project (3 of 12)

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source: Now we’ve reached the point where we stop talking and start playing around with some code. As concluded in the previous post on porting strategy, we’ll simply copy the code files from the Windows Phone project and create a new Windows 8 project. It won’t build right away, let alone run, but it’s a start. The goal for this part is to have a Windows 8 project that does not build but has all the files from the Windows Phone project. Creating the project First and all we’ll create our Windows 8 Metro project. ...
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Join us for “Lead the way in the new world of data” virtual event

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Recently, I put up my Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Virtual Labs Available To You Online, plus many more SQL Server 2012 resources post here on the blog and the response has been incredible! Tons of people have been taking advantage of the large collection of free SQL Server 2012 resources we have available to you. Just the other day, I added several more to that list as an update, including an upcoming virtual event, “Lead the way in the new world of data,” we are hosting and making available to everyone, everywhere on Tuesday, April 10th from 8:30
am PST to 10:00 am PST. Through the “Lead the way in the new world of data” event, you will be able to join us for an expert panel discussion with Microsoft and industry leaders sharing real world solutions and reviewing the latest enterprise roadmap for business and data platform advancements. Who are the executive participants, you ask? Take a look: Terri Jordan - Vice President of Technology, Microsoft Retail Stores Kenneth Cukier - Data Editor, The Economist Ted Kummert - Corporate Vice President, Business Platform...(Read whole news on source site)