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a work / life … imbalance?

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My 7 year old son is at home today... he's not sick or anything. He's just in between things for a day. His summer care ended on Friday, and the school year starts on Tuesday. Today, being Monday when I'm writing this, he is at home with me. And I have to be honest with you - days like today are difficult for me.

Mental Health in the Tech Workplace

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15 years ago I went through a pretty serious bout of depression. I all but stopped eating, going to classes, and hanging out with my friends. I lost 40lbs that year from not eating enough, felt like there was no hope and thought I would never be able to get through anything, ever again. Through […]

Building Cloud Apps with the Azure WebJobs SDK | Microsoft Azure Blog

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Building Cloud Apps with the Azure WebJobs SDK | Microsoft Azure Blog

MS Press has published an e-book based on Scott Guthrie’s presentation, Building Cloud Apps With Windows Azure.
The book consistently features Azure Websites as the default choice for hosting web applications, with one exception where it switches to Cloud Services. In the queue-centric work pattern chapter, the book uses a Worker Role to handle backend processing for the Fix It sample application.

Simple workaround for “Design view is unavailable for x64 and ARM target platforms”

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When you are developing for Windows Phone or Windows and you are faced with using a native component (for instance the Bing Maps control on Windows, or the SensorCore api on Windows Phone) you will loose your designers when you are testing, both in Visual Studio and in Blend, as they will only work for “AnyCPU”  or “x86” configurations.This is highly annoying, but there is a kind-of fix. The trick is to create an extra configuration. I usually make a copy of “Debug”, which I call “DebugArm” I do this by right clicking on the solution, selecting
“properties”, and then hit “Configuration Manager” Then I make a copy of Debug, by selecting “New” in the “Configuration” drop down, and I make a copy of Debug, called DebugArm. In that solution I set everything to ARM: So far so good, and nothing new. Now select the Debug project configuration again in Visual Studio, hit “Save all” and compile. Then open the solution in Blend. You will notice of course the designers now work, but now you cannot deploy. Changing that configuration every time again is slow and cumbersome, and it won’t...(Read whole news on source site)

Taking on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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As you have no doubt heard by now, there is a very creative movement going around right now to help promote awareness and raise money through donations to fight ALS through the ALS Association website at: The way the challenge works is, someone challenges you to take the Ice Bucket Challenge, and you have 24 hours to record a bucket of ice water being dumped over your head and share the video through social media, or you can make a donation to an ALS Charity of your choice, or do both. One of the other things you
get to do in your video is nominate three other people to take the challenge as well. You can see more about the Ice bucket Challenge HERE. Well, I recently received my ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Bill Hole of the U.S. Licensing Group, a Microsoft Partner here in the U.S., so here is my video that I am sharing with my social media audience, as well as my nominations to take the Ice Bucket Challenge next. ...(Read whole news on source site)

How To Use Personas and Scenarios to Drive Adoption and Realize Value

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Personas and scenario can be a powerful tool for driving adoption and business value realization.   All too often, people deploy technology without fully understanding the users that it’s intended for.  Worse, if the technology does not get used, the value does not get realized. Keep in mind that the value is in the change.   The change takes the form of doing something better, faster, cheaper, and behavior change is really the key to value realization. If you deploy a technology, but nobody adopts it, then you won’t realize the value.  It’s a
waste.  Or, more precisely, it’s only potential value.  It’s only potential value because nobody has used it to change their behavior to be better, faster, or cheaper with the new technology.   In fact, you can view change in terms of behavior changes: What should users START doing or STOP doing, in order to realize the value? Behavior change becomes a useful yardstick for evaluating adoption and consumption of technology, and significant proxy for value realization. What is a Persona? I’ve written about personas before  in Actors, Personas, and Roles, MSF Agile Persona...(Read whole news on source site)

Free E-Book from Syncfusion - Localization for .NET Succinctly

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Originally posted on: are providing a free E-book on Localization for .NET Succinctly at “Learn to write applications that support different languages and cultures, with an emphasis on .NET development. With the help of author Jonas Gauffin, Localization for .NET Succinctly will help you become an effective developer in the global community.”

Visual Studio Online - Stakeholder License

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As more and more developer scenarios extend from the desktop to the cloud, we announced last year a new collection of hosted developer services as part of Visual Studio Online.  These services represent an exciting opportunity to bring the power of the cloud to every development project.  With over 1.5 million users, Visual Studio Online is seeing great adoption and usage across enterprises, small businesses, and individual users alike. Visual Studio Online Visual Studio Online includes developer services across the full range of the application lifecycle. Unlimited cloud-hosted, private source code repositories using Git or TFVC Agile project management with sprint backlogs, Kanban
boards, and work item tracking Cloud-hosted build, either on-demand or as part of an automated continuous integration strategy Application Insights (in preview) for understanding an application’s operation, usage, and performance across both clients and servers Teams can easily get started with Visual Studio Online, which is free for up to 5 users. And of course, unlimited MSDN subscribers can join for free as well.  And Visual Studio Online connects to Visual Studio, Eclipse, Xcode, and other Git clients to support development for a wide variety of platforms and languages. We’ve been committed to continuously improving the breadth and depth of capabilities across the...(Read whole news on source site)