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Nokia Premium Developer Program Membership Giveaway

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by WindowsPhoneGeek We are happy to announce that starting from today (6 Dec 2012) for 25 days, every day (GMT time zone), including weekends, we will give away one Nokia Premium Developer Program membership, up to 1500 USD worth of benefits to a participant in the Nokia & WindowsPhoneGeek Lumia 8 Weeks Challenge! How to get your FREE NPDP membership: Step1: Submit your entry in the Nokia & WindowsPhoneGeek Lumia 8 Weeks Challenge (existing entries qualify as well). Step2:  Tweet at least once in a
given day (between 0h and 24h GMT time), to participate in the draw for that day, for a free NPDP membership. You need to use this twitter message: "Vote for the APPNAME app in the Lumia Geek 8-Week Challenge http://windowsphonegeek.com/lumia-geek-8-week-challenge via @winphonegeek Step 3: The lucky winner that will receive the NPDP membership for the day is selected on a random basis. A person can win only one NPDP token during the 25 days of the giveaway. Step 4: An email containing the NPDP token and instructions of how...(Read whole news on source site)

Continuous Quality with Visual Studio 2012

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Enabling continuous quality is a key focus area of Update 1for VS2012. With the release for Update 1, code coverage results are available for automated test cases as well as manual tests. You can now record your coded ui tests and analyze the code coverage for these tests. Using the test explorer, you can now analyze the code coverage results for a group of tests or a single test. 


You can also use the test manager to get the code coverage results for the manual test cases, for enabling code coverage, make sure
that you deploy the related .pdb files and provide the path for the files in the settings. The test settings also allow you to specify the environment for running the test cases. You can now choose your target build and run the manual tests cases after choosing your settings. Once you complete the manual tests, the code coverage results for the executed tests are displayed along with your build results.

Using Test Explorer, you can group and run tests based on their traits (Test Category, Test Property, Priority, and Owner). You can also pause and resume manual test sessions in...(Read whole news on source site)

Using MAC Authentication for simple Web API’s consumption

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For simple scenarios of Web API consumption where identity delegation is not required, traditional http authentication schemas such as basic, certificates or digest are the most used nowadays. All these schemas rely on sending the caller credentials or some representation of it in every request message as part of the Authorization header, so they are prone to suffer phishing attacks if they are not correctly secured at transport level with https. In addition, most client applications typically authenticate two different things, the caller application and the user consuming the API on behalf of that application. For most cases, the
schema is simplified by using a single set of username and password for authenticating both, making necessary to store those credentials temporally somewhere in memory. The true is that you can use two different identities, one for the user running the application, which you might authenticate just once during the first call when the application is initialized, and another identity for the application itself that you use on every call. Some cloud vendors like Windows Azure or Amazon Web Services have adopted an schema to authenticate the caller application based on a Message Authentication Code (MAC)...(Read whole news on source site)

A windows 8 trick: Protocol activation of apps (and the nick app)

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I have a four year old girl and an almost seven year old boy. From time to time, my son will play games on the nick jr web site, or watch a video. Nick has a portal-style app for Windows 8. This app provides access to videos and photos, as well as links out to games. Notice how even on my low DPI 30" screen, the tiles are large and everything is nicely scaled on the hub page. I've seen apps which have just a tiny bit of the screen filled, and that makes me sad -- this is a better implementation for almost zero extra effort.
href="http://10rem.net/media/87072/Windows-Live-Writer_f83f3d17530b_C926_image_4.png" target="_blank">  That bit of green slime at the top? Besides being a classic Nickelodeon item, it's also something which invites you to click/touch. (Well, it does to a kid anyway.) What happens when you click it? It displays the navigation app bar. Pretty clever. One of the Nickelodeon properties my kids both like is SpongeBob SquarePants. He has his own second level hub page as shown here. Everything is appropriately branded, and kid-friendly (assuming you consider spongebob "kid-friendly". I know opinions differ there). This may at first seem like a typical "bunch of boxes" app, but it does it in a way which is appropriate to...(Read whole news on source site)

Nokia Windows Phone 8 App Collection

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I recently upgraded to a Nokia Lumia 920.  Along with it came the availability of a number of Nokia developed apps or apps that Nokia has made available from other developers.  Below is a summary of some of the ones that I have used to this point.  There are quite a few of them so I won’t be covering everything that is available. Nokia Maps I am quite pleased with the accuracy of Nokia Maps and not having to tap the screen for each turn any more.  The information on the screen is quite good as well.  The
couple of improvements I would like to see are for the voice directions to include which street or exit you need to use and improve the search accuracy.  Bing maps had much better search results in my opinion. Nokia Drive This one really had me confused when I first setup the phone.  I was driving down the road and suddenly I am getting notification tones, but there were no visual notifications on the phone.  It seems that in their infinite wisdom Nokia thinks I don’t know when I am going over the speed limit and need to be...(Read whole news on source site)

Nokia Lumia 620 announced

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Nokia has just announced a new Windows Phone “Nokia Lumia 620″ that includes 3.8-inch TFT WVGA 800×480 Clear Black display and features Qualcomm S4 1GHz dual-core CPU . The Nokia Lumia 620 is powered by Windows Phone 8 and features 5 megapixel camera along with a front facing VGA camera. The memory is said to be 512 MB RAM with the storage of 8GB but interestingly it supports microSD card. The Nokia Lumia 620 is said to be available in seven color that includes lime green, orange, magenta, yellow, cyan, white and black. Nokia is pricing the Nokia Lumia 920
at $249 making it as one of the most affordable Windows Phone 8 device Lumia 620 is said be available starting from January 2013 in Asia followed by Europe and Middle East. Source: Nokia Lumia 620 Press Release...(Read whole news on source site)

Episode 54 of Visual Studio Toolbox: Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2012

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The Productivity Power Tools is an extension pack that delivers powerful tools for improved productivity. With 1.5 million downloads, the Visual Studio 2010 version is the second most downloaded extension in the Visual Studio Gallery. The Visual Studio 2012 version was released in early November and in this episode we are joined by Murali Krishna Hosabettu Kamalesha to look into several features added to the extension: Quick Tasks, Power Commands, and Color Printing. Murali also reviews some of the more popular features that are in both the 2010 and 2012 versions.

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