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Loving Metro? Use it the right way in your Windows Phone app!

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source: Metro, Microsoft's new design language built for creating fast and fluid experiences on a number of platforms is really getting a lot of attention these days.  Lots of people love it and yes, some hate it, but one thing is certain - it's different than what people have seen before.  If you're building Windows Phone apps (and you really should. it's a lot of fun!) you may find yourself a little lost when designing your apps with Metro in mind.  This post will help you with finding some of those answers. Metro Design for Windows

jQuery Documentation Resources to Speed Up Your Development

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We’ve been seeing a sharp increase in the number of people interested in getting started with jQuery lately in our training and consulting business which is exciting since it’s such a great framework to use for client-side coding. If you’ve been fighting with cross-browser issues and want to make client-side development fun again then jQuery is a great way to go in my opinion. One of the challenges with learning any new framework is knowing where to find documentation and good sources of examples. Although I normally rely on the standard documentation on the site,
there are several other sources out there that can be helpful. Some of the sources are a bit dated, but they still provide a good way to find out more about core functionality. Here’s a quick list of the sites and extensions I’m aware of. If you know of others please let me know by adding a comment and I’ll update the list.

This is the main documentation site available for jQuery. It’s a great place to find details, but...(Read whole news on source site)

How to recover that un-saved Microsoft Office Excel, Word, or PowerPoint file you closed before saving

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Have you ever started a new Microsoft Office Excel, Word, or PowerPoint file and been getting pretty far along when you accidentally close the document before saving it (or lose power and the computer shuts down, etc.)? Here’s a helpful little tip for any of you out there that happen to find yourself in the situation I did this morning.  In my case, I was building a large Excel spreadsheet and went to go delete a tab (while multi-tasking) and just after I clicked the “confirm” box, realized I just confirmed to close my whole Excel sheet without saving it,
not just to delete my single tab. Ouch!! Of course the Excel guru who normally sits relatively close to me was off in a meeting somewhere and I certainly didn’t want to start this whole project over, especially since this is for a 1:00 meeting today. I know, I know… Save, save, save as you go. Usually I do but today I didn’t. So now what?!!? Here is where Microsoft Office 2010 saved the day (and several hours of work!) Microsoft Office has a fantastic feature built in where it can recover unsaved new documents (just in case...(Read whole news on source site)

Windows Azure Sessions at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2012

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As of April 20, there are three Windows Azure-related sessions at the Worldwide Partner Conference (@WPC) 2012 to be held 7/8 through 7/12 in Toronto, Canada. WPC2012 appears to be the first conference to offer details about the new Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering. U.S. ISV: Why Build Your Application on Microsoft Azure? Session Type: Breakout Session Track: US Sub Session Details: Join three ISV partners as they share their journey to Windows Azure. They will discuss
the benefits of Windows Azure over other platforms, how it has changed their business, and how they have planned their business to be successful using a cloud strategy. The partners are Quest Software (who chose a horizontal application that expands their current offerings on the value of SQL Server 2012), Johnson Controls (developed a vertical manufacturing application), and Commvault (released a leading storage application that compliments their on-premises solutions). Target audience: ISV. U.S. Windows Azure: Monetize IaaS Service in the United States Session Type: Breakout Session Track:...(Read whole news on source site)

Windows Azure Breakout Sessions and Hands-On Labs at TechEd North America and Europe 2012

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Contents: Breakout Sessions Hands-On Labs Learning Center Demos Pre-Conference Session (TechEd Europe only) Microsoft TechEd North America 2012 (@TechEd_NA) will feature 21 Windows Azure and SQL Azure related breakout sessions, 15 hands-on labs and 2 Learning Center sessions as of 4/20/2012. Following is a list of these sessions and labs as of that date. The 14 breakout and pre-conference sessions included in TechEd Europe 2012 (@teched_europe) are marked . Note: Read more items
are placeholders for future links. Breakout Sessions DEV306: Developing on Windows Azure: Cloud-Enable Your Microsoft ASP.NET Applications Speaker(s): Sayed Hashimi Monday, June 11 at 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM Developer Tools, Languages & Frameworks | Breakout Session | 300 - Advanced Cloud enabling your ASP.NET applications is more than simply hosting your app on Azure. Azure provides many services that applications can leverage to ensure they can scale with the demands of your customers. This session discusses how...(Read whole news on source site)

Using SqlDataReader’s new async methods in .Net 4.5 Beta

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With the Developer Preview release of .Net 4.5, ADO.NET introduced two asynchronous methods to the SqlDataReader class: ReadAsync and NextResultAsync. These two methods allow you to move to the next row or result set asynchronously and represent a much more fine-grained level of asynchronous access to data compared to .Net 4.0 (which only had asynchronous command execution). However, for the Beta of .Net 4.5 we have gone a step further and introduced two new column-level asynchronous methods:
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and GetFieldValueAsync. Flow of Data To understand the need for different levels of asynchronous methods, we need to have a look at how SQL Server sends data to clients like ADO.NET.
Figure 1 - Row data sent from SQL Server via the TDS protocol

 SQL Server sends data to the client using the Tabular Data Stream (TDS) protocol which, as shown in the diagram above, separates each result set with a “DONE” token, each row with...(Read whole news on source site)

SPSPerth 2012 Update

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This is my first time in Perth!  Hello Perthites! I even took a train to Cottesloe beach - a very nice beach, I watched the sunset and did what any geek would do, I checked in the Indian Ocean. I will update this post with links after the sessions. In the mean time, you can reference my current collection of articles on these topics regarding REST, custom service, and Knockout Downloads [not yet active] PowerPoint Zip

TV Goes To The Dogs At Home Alone : NPR

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TV Goes To The Dogs At Home Alone : NPR: "An entity called "DOGTV" launched online in California two months ago and has plans for national distribution. The advertising-free programming is aimed at stay-at-home dogs whose out-to-work masters fret about the separation anxiety their pets suffer, and the trouble they get into, when left unattended for long stretches of time."