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#mvvmlight V4RC available on #nuget

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I just published the MVVM Light V4 RC packages to Nuget. Note that this is still technically a preview, so the main package is still V3. The V4 packages are available here: Package with libraries and content:
When you install this package into a “virgin” application (i.e. an application without ViewModelLocator, preferably a brand new application), it installs a new ViewModel folder with a MainViewModel, ViewModelLocator and adds an entry into the App.xaml file to intialize a the ViewModelLocator in the global resources.
/>Do not use this package if you want only the libraries, this will add content files! Package with libraries only:
This installs and references only the libraries. Both packages are available for Silverlight 3, Silverlight 4, Silverlight 5, .NET3.5SP1, .NET4, Windows Phone 7.0, Windows Phone 7.1 and Windows 8 (WinRT). That last one is brand new! :) Nuget prerequisites Follow the steps to install Nuget (if needed): In Visual Studio 10 or 11, select the menu Tools, Extension Manager. ...(Read whole news on source site)

What is Wilder Minds?

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As many of you have known for a while, I've been running my AgiliTrain training company focusing on technologies like Silverlight, WPF and the Web. My interest in training isn't going away, but I've yearned to work with a small group of thought leaders to help companies in more innovative ways. With this goal in mind, I am launching Wilder Minds. The vision for Wilder Minds is to be a complete solution for companies who are trying to move to new technologies (like Windows 8, HTML5/JS, Mobile Development, node.js, etc.) Instead of just doing training,
we're expanding to help in three primary ways: Training (like we've always done) Development Coaching Training Wilder Minds is still focused on training. We are still building and teaching our courseware as we did as AgiliTrain. This hasn't changed. We have adapted to the changing way people are taking training and suspending our publically-held courses. We won't be doing our "Tours" any longer, but we will continue to teach our courses (and custom courseware) as clients request them. In addition, we're continuing to build courses for PluralSight and do some remote classes. Training is still a major focus...(Read whole news on source site)

Overcoming Burnout for Programmers …

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Just came across this interesting and good article on Burnout by Scott Boms . I have already read this some time back and might be a bit old article too but the content mentioned in it is definitely worth  reading specially for Programmers . Scott explains the term “Burnout” and explains Freudenberger’s research on it [...]

Presenting Numbers with Skill

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At Microsoft, we get a lot of chances to present numbers.   Whether it’s making a project pitch, or writing our reviews and quantifying our impact, numbers are everywhere.   And when we aren’t the one presenting, we are often reviewing the numbers that other people are presenting. It’s one thing to know the numbers.  It’s another to share the numbers in a meaningful way. As a Program Manager for several years, I’ve had to manage, show, and report on budgets.  I’ve had to quantify impact.  I’ve had to report status on key metrics.    I’ve had to figure out velocity
and burn down.   I’ve had to show schedules and variance.   I’ve had to present estimates and calculate risk.   It comes with the turf.   Part of making impact, is knowing how to show it. The problem is, we don’t always get the best mentors or the best examples.   We don’t really learn how to present numbers in school, at least not with the same focus we get on learning how to read, write, and speak.   The more I see complicated charts and confusing figures that obfuscate key points, the more I appreciate the value of simplicity and elegance in presenting...(Read whole news on source site)

RavenDB 1.2 work has started (and a road map)

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Two years after the launch of RavenDB 1.0, (preceded by several years of working on 1.0, of course). We are now starting to actually plan and work on RavenDB 1.2. You can read the planned roadmap here. RavenDB 1.2 is a big release, for several reasons. We are going to break RavenDB into several distinct editions, from the RavenDB Basic, suitable for small apps to RavenDB Standard which is the current version and all the way up to RavenDB enterprise, which is going to get some awesome features (windows clustering, index encryption, etc). We are also going to
have plans for ISVs, which will allow them royalty free distribution of RavenDB for their customers. We are going to update our pricing structure. You’ll hear more about this when we have finalized pricing. Because I am well aware of the possible questions, I suggest reading the thread discussing both editions and pricing in the mailing list: I will repeat again that we haven’t yet made final pricing decisions, so don’t take the numbers thrown around in those threads as gospel, but they are pretty close to what we will have. This is the boring...(Read whole news on source site)

10 Ways to Make Information More Useful

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Information doesn’t have to suck, and it shouldn’t be a chore.  Beautiful information is when one sentence makes you want to read the next.  In the age of insight, the right information and “ah-has” is a powerful thing.  If you think of information as a continuum, flowing from data to information to knowledge to insight to wisdom … that’s a mighty wide playing field to practice the art of making your point. Here are ten ways I’ve learned to help you simplify information and make it more useful: Add a One-Liner Key Take Away.   This
is my favorite trick for simplifying slides.   If a slide has too much stuff on it and the point is not clear, a quick fix is to add a one-liner to the bottom that makes the point.  Once you have the one-liner take away, it’s easier then to go back and overhaul the slide.   You can use one-liners in more than just slides.  For example, notice how I’m starting each of these list items with a simple one-liner take away up front. Be specific.  Specific is better than the general.  It’s more insightful and more actionable.  ...(Read whole news on source site)

Maker Geek Roundup 011 for 4/21/2012

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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 Comparing Entry Level 3D Printers (ProtoParadigm) The third industrial revolution (Grass Roots Engineering) MakerBot Thing-O-Matics: Where We Are Now (MakerBot Industries) Universal Paste extruder - Ceramic, Food and Real Chocolate 3D Printing... (Reprep dev and DIY 3d)
href=""> Beta casted Wallace 3D printer (2PrintBeta) Thing-O-Matic MK7 PLA Set-Up and Troubleshooting (Likely MK8) (ProtoParadigm) Costume Piece Molded from 3D-Printed Parts (Make) .NET Gadgeteer and Netduino GO Mind Control of .NET Gadgeteer Device via Neurosky EEG Sensor (Michael Dodaro) [nwazet modules for Netduino GO! (Fabien's Bit Bucket) Controlling a Gadgeteer device using Bluetooth Module and 32feet.NET library (Marco Minerva) Gadgeteer Light (Stefan - Netduino Forums) Software & Sawdust: Getting Started With a FEZ Hydra Basic Kit (Richard Ian Lee Sr) [nwazet GO! Modules Source Code and Eagle Schematics on BitBucket (Fabien's Bit Bucket) Netduino GO! Hacking - Breaking out sockets (Fabien's Bit Bucket) Netduino Go! RGB Umbrella...(Read whole news on source site)