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Announcing Tools for Apache Cordova (aka TACO) v1.0.0

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We are excited to announce the first official (aka 1.0.0) release of the TACO CLI today! Tools for Apache Cordova (TACO, for short) provides number of utilities for Mac and Windows users to develop with a set of platforms and plugins validated by our Visual Studio product team. Developers can also install the native Android and iOS (Mac-only) SDKs and build tools & also connect to the Mac remote build server straight from the command line on their Windows and Linux machines. And to top it off, our TACO CLI is 100% Cordova CLI compatible. So
if you know how to use Cordova CLI, you already know how to use us! A few weeks ago, a small number of you got a sneak peek at what we were cooking up at DroidCon (release 0.8.0). So far we have 65 unique users, 119 downloads and 18 customers signed up for our insiders program! We want to thank all those who are using our pre-release bits and providing us with your valuable feedback. Today (thanks largely to the feedback) we finished out the last of some of the features we had under development and addressed many usability and...(Read whole news on source site)

Honored to be Microsoft #MVP for sixth time

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October 1st is generally a big day for me like others who are in the same renewal cycle of the most precious award called “Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP)”. I am happy to announce that, I have been rewarded as Microsoft MVP for the sixth time is a row for my continuous support in the developer community. Thanks a lot to Microsoft, Microsoft MVP Award team and Biplab Paul for this special recognition. This means a lot for me. Thank you all my community friends for your support and feedback throughout the year.   The most precious mail has arrived
to my inbox and thought to share with you the great moment of my life as a passionate blogger. Thanks to all of you who visit my blog regularly, all the community members who spent time providing feedback, my MVP lead, friends and family who support me every moment. This year I have been rewarded as Microsoft MVP in the Windows Platform Development category and here is the year wise breakup of my award cycle and category. More to go, more to come and all of these can be done together with all your support every time.

How-To: Hotel Room Reservation System in ASP.NET MVC5 [Ready Sample]

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After a lengthy break we are glad to present you a new tutorial that shows how to build a simple hotel room reservation system with the use of our web calendar control DHTMLX Scheduler .NET. The hotel system was created in Visual Studio 2015 as an ASP.NET MVC5 project (C#). The application is designed to help hotel personnel keep track of all room reservations. It displays available and booked rooms, their type and status (ready, dirty, cleanup), as well as check-in and check-out times.   Main Hotel Room Booking Features: Room type showing the number of bed in a room Room status showing its readiness
for check-in (ready, dirty, cleanup) Reservation status (new, confirmed, arrived, checked out, expired) Simple rooms filtration (all, two beds, four beds, etc.) For your convenience, we've already packed hotel room booking sample as .zip archive:
After downloading this sample you can get FREE evaluation support up to 30 days that you can request by completing a simple form here. The tutorial thoroughly explains the creation of a hotel room booking calendar in ASP.NET can be found here. You may also be interested in other room booking calendars created with DHTMLX Scheduler .NET. We’ve plenty of ready samples to select from: Room Booking Calendar...(Read whole news on source site)

Java Flaws

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One thing I didn’t talk about in my Java vs C# series (by the way, more to come soon) was some things that I think Java got wrong.One of these things has to do with serialization. Java offers the Serializable interface, which is analogous to the [Serializable] attribute in the .NET world: both state that a class can be safely serialized (whatever that means). Then, Java has the transient keyword, used for marking a field as non-serializable! See my point? One – the interface – is an API, the other is a built-in language construct!
.NET is more coherent, in that it has a [NonSerialized] attribute for this purpose.Another one is method overriding. In Java, all methods are virtual by default, unless marked as final. Then, there is an annotation, @Override, that is now mandatory (since the introduction of annotations in Java) in overridden methods. Again, mixing APIs with language constructs.The last one I want to talk about is default and static methods in interfaces. For those who don’t know, this means the possibility to define methods with their implementation in interfaces, something that should make all OOP lovers roll...(Read whole news on source site)