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Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

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Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/tmurphy/archive/2014/10/01/teaching-old-dogs-new-tricks.aspx Old developers can easily get set in their ways especially if they work in one environment for a dozen years or more.  So how do you overcome the “that is the way it has always been done” mentality that sets in? The first thing you have to do is be patient.  Don’t try to force them to change all at once.  Too much change at one time can be a shock to anyone’s system.  Gradually introduce new ideas and new techniques.  The next thing you need to do is to
make sure that you demonstrate examples and explain how the changes will benefit them in their daily work.  One of the main resistance points is that people don’t understand why change is needed.  If they can see the payoff they can more easily make the transition. The most important thing you can do though is get management’s support.  This does a couple of things.  First it gives you a fall back when you encounter resistance.  Secondly it relieves the existing developers of the mental responsibility for old habits.  They are just doing what is expected of them. Even...(Read whole news on source site)

Visualizing geofences as circles on the map in Universal Apps

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Intro If you tried to work with geofences, you may have encountered this problem. You want to have an easy way to show where the darn things are on the map, so you can test the application. This is actually pretty simple, building upon stuff to draw circles on Windows Phone 8 I wrote earlier. What is important to know – there are now more or universally applicable objects to depict a location. The first one is BasicGeoposition – this is a struct – that basically only holds latitude, longitude and elevation. The
second one is Geopoint. You create a Geopoint from a BasicGeoposition. This kind of wrapper class that allows for setting of some additional location settings – like how coordinates and height should be interpreted. I don’t think any of this stuff is really used yet, but I have the feeling Geopoint is going to get more important over time, and anyway as a GIS person I tend to go with the fullest set of location designation. But you might as just well use just BasicGeoposition as a way to pass on coordinates in a universal app. Do the...(Read whole news on source site)

Kinect for Windows V2: Hello (Audio) World for the .NET Windows App Developer & Harmonica Player ;-)

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Returning back to this series of posts , I wanted to continue experimenting with the Kinect for Windows V2 SDK and to try out how I would go about collecting audio data from the sensor. I tried to come up with something “interesting” or “semi-real” to do with...(read more)

The Morning Brew #1706

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Links only today I’m afraid, due to pressures of work Software Announcing Windows 10 – Terry Myerson Introducing Windows 10 for Business – Jim Alkove Windows 10 Event Video – Mike Taulty Universal Windows apps get better with Windows 10 – Kevin Gallo Information The mysteries of BCL time zone data – Jon Skeet Features […]

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