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What Makes a Good CMS?

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Content management systems (CMSs) provide a separation between content and code. This allows, among other things, non-programmers to create and maintain website content. This post demonstrates how the open source .NET CMS Umbraco can be used to create a complex website while maintaining a clean code base. CMSs solve a common problem therefore there are hundreds of different ones to choose from. Having such a large selection is both a blessing and a curse; by what criteria do you choose? When CMSs are compared, it is often by feature set. This is a reasonable way to make a decision, but up
to a point. When choosing a CMS (or any framework), don’t only consider what you think you will need when you start the project - think about what will be important 6 months into the project. Will you care if response times are 150ms instead of 100ms? Will you care if the CMS supported a shopping cart out of the box so you didn’t have to spend a week implementing it? Probably not. But something that will affect you for the lifetime of the project is the quality and complexity of the code base. Code quality will vary depending on...(Read whole news on source site)

Building Apps for Windows 10 with Visual Studio 2015

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Today is an exciting day for Windows users and developers alike with the launch of Windows 10.  For developers, Windows 10 represents the culmination of our platform convergence journey with Windows running on a single, unified Windows core. This convergence enables one app targeting the Universal Windows Platform to run on every Windows device – on the phone in your pocket, the tablet or laptop in your bag, the PC on your desk, and the Xbox console in your living room. And that’s not even mentioning all the new devices being added to the Windows family, including the
href="http://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens/en-us">HoloLens, Surface Hub, and IoT devices like the Raspberry Pi 2. All these Windows devices will access one unified Store for app acquisition, distribution and updates. Today, I’m excited to announce that along with the RTM of Windows 10, you can now build apps for the Universal Windows Platform with Visual Studio 2015. The Windows Dev Center is also now open and accepting submissions of your Universal Windows apps. Since the first preview of these tools in March, we have made significant updates to many parts of Visual Studio to make it easy to build apps for the...(Read whole news on source site)

Targeting Windows 10 with your Apache Cordova app

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This April, in concert with Windows 10 Technical Preview 2, we debuted support for the Windows 10 platform for Apache Cordova. Now, with the availability of Windows 10, full Windows 10 support is part of the Windows Apache Cordova platform and native to Visual Studio 2015.  Apache Cordova allows you to write apps targeting iOS, Android, Windows, and Windows Phone (and other platforms) with a single code base using HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. Support for the Universal Windows platform now means that from this single code base you can also target the entire family of Windows 10
devices—desktop, phone, tablet, IoT devices, and eventually HoloLens, Xbox, Surface Hub, and more. Your Cordova apps targeting Windows 10 can smoothly transition between usage modes, such as from desktop to tablet when the user removes the keyboard. They can also take advantage of all the new features of Windows 10, such as Cortana integration. Windows 8.1 apps written with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript—with or without Cordova—will continue to work with full fidelity on Windows 10. If you target Windows 10, however, you’ll be able to take advantage of changes to the security model for Windows Web apps that allow you to...(Read whole news on source site)

Build and publish to NuGet as part of TFS build process

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NuGet is a free, open source package management system for .NET platform, which helps in easy dependency management. Using NuGet very easy for project owners to build and define package dependencies which will be included in the package during the packaging process and later publish this to the repository for usage by external users.

Users can later install the package by searching in the NuGet source repository which will automatically download and install the dependencies as well. You can use the NuGet command line utility to create packages from a specification file and later publish them to the repository
whenever needed. If you want to automate the process of package creation and publishing from a TFS build process, you can make use of custom PowerShell scripts that can be invoked as part of the build process. The Team Foundation Build template (TfvcTemplate.12.xaml) provides the capability to extend the build process by using PowerShell scripts at stages like Pre build and Post build.

You can use the default template to run PowerShell and batch (.bat) scripts before and after you compile your code, and before and after your run your tests. During the script execution you can make use...(Read whole news on source site)

Visual Studio Toolbox: JavaScript Editing in Visual Studio 2015

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In this episode, I am joined by Jordan Matthiesen, who shows us improvements to JavaScript editing in Visual Studio 2015. Visual Studio 2015 improves the experience for JavaScript developers by focusing on three key areas: Improving the development experience when using popular JavaScript libraries Adding support for new JavaScript ECMAScript 2015 (also known as ES2015 and formerly ES6) language and web browser APIs Increasing your productivity in complex JavaScript code bases Jordan demonstrates enhancements in each of these areas.

Adding Cortana to your UWP App with Visual Studio 2015 | Coding4Fun Blog | Channel 9

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Adding Cortana to your UWP App with Visual Studio 2015 | Coding4Fun Blog | Channel 9



Let’s understand what is foreground and back ground voice commands, in
foreground voice command the application will be launched by the
Cortana. Where as in background voice command the Cortana activates the
background task of the application and the results are populated in the
Cortana’s
Canvas.

Last Week on Channel 9: July 20th - July 26th, 2015 | C9Team | Channel 9

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What is Insight?

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"A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Some say we’re in the Age of Insight.  Others say insight is the new currency in the Digital Economy. And still others say that insight is the backbone of innovation. Either way, we use “insight” an awful lot without talking about what insight actually is. So, what is insight? I thought it was time to finally do a deeper dive on what insight actually is.  Here is my elaboration of “insight” on Sources of Insight: Insight
You can think of it as “insight explained.” The simple way that I think of insight, or those “ah ha” moments, is by remembering a question Ward Cunningham uses a lot: “What did you learn that you didn’t expect?” or “What surprised you?” Ward uses these questions to reveal insights, rather than have somebody tell him a bunch of obvious or uneventful things he already knows.  For example, if you ask somebody what they learned at their presentation training, they’ll tell you that they learned how to present more effectively, speak more confidently, and communicate their ideas...(Read whole news on source site)

#Windows 10 is available for download and free upgrade

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It’s 29th July 2015 and long waited Windows 10 has been finally launched globally. If you are a consumer, you can now download and upgrade your Windows 7/8.x system for free. If you are a Windows Insider, you might have already installed it a few days ago. This post will cover how to download the Windows 10 installation media and create an ISO image using the “Windows 10 media creation tool”.   If you are already part of Windows Insider, you might have already upgraded to this latest build: 10240 few days ago. If you didn’t participate in this beta
testers group and already have Reserved your free copy Windows 10, you might have already got the notification to download and install the latest OS from Microsoft, provided you have either Windows 7 or Windows 8.x system. In case you are not part of any one of the above and missed to reserve your copy of Windows 10, Microsoft has provided an option to upgrade your system (Windows 7, Windows 8.x) using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. Using this tool, you can either upgrade your PC now or create an installation media (either USB directly or an

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