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RAD Studio XE3 World Tour in Bangalore and Mumbai

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Here’s a good news especially for the Delphi developers. Embarcadero will be launching RAD Studio XE3 in some time. Embarcadero is organising RAD Studio XE3 World Tour which will be held in different locations worldwide. The RAD Studio XE3 World Tour is scheduled to be held in Bangalore and Mumbai on August 27 and August 29 respectively. The RAD Studio XE3 World Tour will provide the audience the opportunity to be one of the first people to know what RAD Studio XE3 offers to the developers. The Event will also let the users explore possibilities to know how to create
Windows 8 style (Metro or Modern) UI apps using VCL (Visual Component Library) and Fire Monkey and also how to use the new Fire Monkey application framework “FM2″. There are lot of other things to be learned during the event. The RAD Studio XE3 World Tour is targeted for Developers and Project Managers and you could know more about the event here        ...(Read whole news on source site)

The Morning Brew #1168

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Exciting day today with the RTM release of Visual Studio 2012, .NET 4.5 and Windows 8 making their way onto MSDN for Subscribers. I suspect the release will start to show up once the west coast of the US wakes up and gets to work pressing the button. Information Out parameters and LINQ do not mix [...]

Microsoft Deal of the Week to 23:59 PT Aug 21 - SQL 2012 E-Books

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At, Microsoft Press are offering 50% of a series of e-books on SQL Server 2012

"Whether you're a database administrator, developer, or certification candidate, Microsoft Press has the focused information you need to master the exciting enhancements and new capabilities engineered into SQL Server 2012."

Windows Phone Dev Center: App publishing temporarily on hold

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source: windows phone developer blog Since August 3 Microsoft  has been deploying the Windows Phone Dev Center, which includes a completely rebuilt backend infrastructure.  However, a problem with the app publishing to the new dev center has just been announced: "This week we discovered an issue with our new digital certificates that's caused us to temporarily stop publishing new apps. As my colleague Mazhar mentions in his related post, the issue impacts only phones that upgraded to Windows Phone 7.5 from an earlier version of the operating system and only apps published in the last couple
of days." Some customers who try to download a new app may see an error message. If they're attempting to update an existing app, they might repeatedly be prompted to retry the update. We don't recommend that people uninstall these apps because they might not be able to download and use them again until we deploy our fix. According to Microsoft the problem is already identified and will be fixed as soon as possible. via: windows phone developer blog ...(Read whole news on source site)

Windows Phone 8 SDK available before 7th Sept

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by WindowSPhoneGeek Earlier today we blogged about a possible date for the official release of Windows Phone 8 SDK:  Rumor: Windows Phone 8 SDK to be released on September 7th? However, according to our latest findings Microsoft has officially announced a Windows Phone 8 Camp in Russia which will be held exactly on 7th of September. So, it turned out that the official release of the Windows Phone 8 SDK should be way before that.  source: Microsoft Russia

Windows 8 app dev for the PhoneGap developer–Location

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In my previous post about PhoneGap to Windows 8 migration, I used the location API as comparison point about how similar the programming approaches were. In this post I’m going to examine location in a bit more detail. Location information in Windows 8, as in PhoneGap, can be accessed either in single requests, or can be subscribed to as the device moves around. The location information is the same in both platforms (latitude, longitude, altitude, etc) so that’s an easy match. Another interesting point about location data in a Windows 8 JavaScript app is the fact that you
can either use the WinJS library to get the location, or if you want to stick strictly to HTML, you can use the W3C Geolocation API available in HTML5. For this post I’m going to show the WinJS technique. To get continuous updates of the device’s location, rather than PhoneGap’s callback model of geolocation.watchPosition, Windows 8 uses an event handler model. Thus, the PhoneGap line
var watchID = navigator.geolocation.watchPosition(onSuccess, onError);
var loc = new Windows.Devices.Geolocation.Geolocator();
loc.addEventListener("positionchanged", onPositionChanged);
When you no longer want to receive location updates,...(Read whole news on source site)

How To Read Blogs More Effectively

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Too many blogs, not enough ROI?   Is your backlog of posts to be read, wearing you down? No more. I’ll keep this post short or it defeats the purpose, so let’s cut right to the chase … There is a secret to reading blogs more effectively, and it’s not reading faster.  It’s adding a strategic lens on top, so that you get back the most value, from the reading time you put in.   The strategic lens helps you trim your blog list down to size, and focus on the blogs that give you the most bang for
your buck. I’ll summarize the steps to do so, but I’ve elaborated here at How To Read Blogs More Effectively The short answer is: Identify your strategic objectives. Build your portfolio. Review your portfolio. If you want the details, and to improve your ROI from blogs for life, check out: How To Read Blogs More Effectively You’ll even see how I pare down Michael Hyatt’s blog posts and turn insight into action.  (Note – and if you really just want...(Read whole news on source site)