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OakLeaf Systems Blog Hits New Daily PageView Record with Windows Azure Mobile Services Walkthrough Trilogy

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Following is a capture of Overview statistics for 9/4 through 9/12/2012 (partial) reflecting increased traffic due to the popularity of the following three articles: Windows Azure Mobile Services Preview Walkthrough–Part 1: Windows 8 ToDo Demo Application (C#) (9/8/2012) Windows Azure Mobile Services Preview Walkthrough–Part 2: Authenticating Windows 8 App Users (C#) (9/9/2012) Windows Azure Mobile Services Preview Walkthrough–Part 3: Pushing Notifications to Windows 8 Users (C#) (9/12/2012)

How to get the Windows Phone SDK 8.0 Preview, applications now open!

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by WindowsPhoneGeek Windows Phone SDK 8.0 Preview program has just opened.  All developers that want to get the SDK will have to fill the form available at: According to Microsoft: "We will be accepting applications through Monday, September 17, 2012 5pm PDT." "To apply, please visit the Microsoft Connect site and complete a short application. Be sure to have your Developer ID and Application's Product ID on hand, as well as the name of your local Phone Champ (if you don't know your local Phone Champ, you can always get in touch via
the Find My Champ app). We'll be taking applications until Monday, September 17 at 5pm PDT. If you're accepted to the program, you'll hear from us in the following week with instructions on how to download the SDK and get support for questions and issues." For more information visit the Windows Phone Developer blog. ...(Read whole news on source site)

Doing unit and integration tests with the Web API HttpClient

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One of the nice things about the new HttpClient in System.Net.Http is the support for mocking responses or handling requests in a http server hosted in-memory. While the first option is useful for scenarios in which we want to test our client code in isolation (unit tests for example), the second one enables more complete integration testing scenarios that could include some more components in the stack such as model binders or message handlers for example.   The HttpClient can receive a HttpMessageHandler as argument in one of its constructors. public class HttpClient : HttpMessageInvoker {
public HttpClient(); public HttpClient(HttpMessageHandler handler); public HttpClient(HttpMessageHandler handler, bool disposeHandler); For the first scenario, you can create a new HttpMessageHandler that fakes the response, which you can use in your unit test. The only requirement is that you somehow inject an HttpClient with this custom handler in the client code. public class FakeHttpMessageHandler : HttpMessageHandler { HttpResponseMessage response; public FakeHttpMessageHandler(HttpResponseMessage response) { this.response = response; } protected override Task SendAsync(HttpRequestMessage request, System.Threading.CancellationToken cancellationToken) { var tcs = new TaskCompletionSource(); ...(Read whole news on source site)

Searching in Windows 8

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Windows 8 Store Applications can take advantage of the shared “Charms” that you see when you swipe in from the right edge of your Windows 8 device (or press Win-C).  The top charm is searching and it provides tremendous functionality … Continue reading → For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at

Announcing F# Tools for Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web!

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I am very, very happy to cross post this wonderful news from the Visual F# Team blog!  Free Express F# Tools!!!!!!!!! (for Visual Studio 2012 Express for Web) Congratulations to the Visual F# team who have done so much hard work (of all kinds - dev, test and PM) to get this release together. The F# team is excited to announce that F# Tools for Visual Studio 2012 Express for Web is now available! Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web (available here) is a free development environment that programmers can use to build projects such as ASP.NET applications and Windows Azure cloud
services. This F# Tools release adds in F# 3.0 components, such as the F# 3.0 compiler, F# Interactive, IDE support, and new F# features such as type providers and query expressions. Note: if you already have Visual Studio 2012 Professional or higher, you don’t need to install this—you have everything you need as part of your existing installation. Quick Start: Installing F# Tools for Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web Launch the Web Platform Installer from here and click Install. Or, if you already have Web Platform Installer on your machine, you can also launch it and search for “F#”:

Daily Windows Phone Development News 12 Sept 2012

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the latest Windows Phone 7 development activities. We would be grateful if you fill our 30 second #wpdev Survey (just 3 questions). ...(Read whole news on source site)

No Jeans at the Launch

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I saw on Twitter some people expressing their disappointment at my wearing formal clothes for the launch keynote.  I feel it necessary to defend myself   Ok, not really, but there’s a funny story here. I was packing to come to Seattle last week and it occurred to me that no one had said anything about dress code.  So, being me, I thought, hey, it’s a developer event – jeans and a decent shirt should be good.  The day after I got here I got an email on dress code – black slacks, grey shirt, etc. I replied saying
– sorry, not sure I even own clothes like that but regardless, they are in North Carolina and I am here so I’ll be there in jeans and a blue shirt. A couple of days went by and I got another email informing me that they needed my sizes because they were going shopping for me.  Honestly, I thought they were kidding.  But sure enough they were not.  So then I replied, this just show how little I’m known…  I couldn’t begin to tell you my clothing sizes.  All my clothes come from birthday and Christmas gifts (my mother...(Read whole news on source site)