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.NET 4.5 Improvements for Cloud and Server Applications

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I’ve had multiple meetings recently with customers and press where the topic of .NET development has come up, particularly as it relates to the cloud and server.  They’ve heard about the extensive work we’ve done with Visual Studio 11 to enable the client-side development of Metro style apps for Windows 8 using C#, Visual Basic, C++, and JavaScript, and they’re curious to learn what improvements have been made for server-side development using .NET From my perspective, .NET is already the richest and most productive way for developers to create server-side applications that run in the cloud and on premise, and to
do so with symmetry across both.  With .NET 4 available today on Windows Server and in Windows Azure, developers have in place the languages, libraries, frameworks, and capabilities necessary to create next-generation solutions, whether for the enterprise or for a consumer application. And things only get better with .NET 4.5. The coming release of .NET is targeted to provide great capabilities for developers working on mobile apps, web apps, and cloud services, while at the same time enabling rapid scalability, fast time to market, and support that spans a gamut of PCs, browsers, and mobile devices. Work in .NET 4.5 has...(Read whole news on source site)

Part 90 – Windows Phone – Background File Transfers by @sumitdutta21

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Sumit Dutta continues his series of post on Windows Phone with the blog post #90 explaining about Background File Transfers using the BackgroundFileTransferRequest API. Sumit Dutta explains the Background File Transfers with the help of screenshots and code samples and also provides few important points on the Background File Transfers. [...]

Daily WP7 Development News 16 May 2012

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Daily Windows 8 Development News 16 May 2012

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by WindowsPhoneGeek Daily Windows 8 Development News 16 May 2012: [Windows 8] Metro Apps for Windows Phone 7.5 Developers(7 of N) Windows 8 Camp in a Box, Consumer Preview Edition Metro Answers: Can I use the Serial Port Implement a NavigationService for MVVM in Metro Applications You can also subscribe to our Windows 8 Dev News feed or follow us on Twitter @winphonegeek . (We list the latest Windows Phone 7 development activities.)

Self Host Web Api's for Integration Testing

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Recently I had a need to write some tests making Web Api calls that would be deployable to the build server without any special configuration.What I did was utilize the Self Hosting feature in the Asp.NetWebApi.  First, I created a simple Api controller .  // GET /api/values public class ValuesController : ApiController { public SomeObjects GetByName(string firstName, string lastName) { var someObjects= new List()
{ new SomeObject { ...(Read whole news on source site)

Designing Windows Phone Applications With Photoshop

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source: AKA: How to design your own Windows Phone Application UI, using Photoshop, Expression Blend and a little touch of Magic. When it comes to being an indie-app-developer, you usually find yourself being the Jack of All Trades. You are the developer, designer, tester and marketer.
This really isn't easy, besides being good in each of these fields, and usually you are not, you need to familiarize yourself with various tools, each for it's own role in creating the application. The most confusing of all to the common
developer is usually designing the application UI.
"If it works well, why the heck does it also need to look good!?" Is a common thing to be heard from frustrated software developers, when given a UI design assignment.
But here is the thing, when it comes to Applications built for a mobile platform, Great UI is key for the success of an application.
It doesn't matter how amazingly fast your app algorithms run, if they don't come in a pretty package, No one will download it!...(Read whole news on source site)

[Windows 8] Metro Apps for Windows Phone 7.5 Developers(7 of N)

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source: In this seventh entry in the series are going to review two concepts essential to create an application user experience metro: the application bar and the implementation guidelines. Application toolbar This component is limited by that not to be a native component of Silverlight, can not make link to data to use commands, although there are alternatives that implement in Windows Phone , but they require us to use a third-party component for something as simple as the application bar. In WinRT have resolved this in a very simple way: the application bar
is a container, where we can include any standard button and take advantage of their natural abilities of execution of commands or link to data. This provides us with a great potential, but also implies a danger: stop creating "something" is not a bar of applications. To avoid this, Microsoft puts at our disposal a Guide styles very specific on the App bar. Style guide on the application toolbar First thing recommended by this guide is to make consistent use of the applications bar. Given that this is created by page, not global to the entire...(Read whole news on source site)