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APress Deal of the Day 23/Aug/2014 - Pro Windows 8 Development with HTML5 and JavaScript

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Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/TATWORTH/archive/2014/08/23/apress-deal-of-the-day-23aug2014---pro-windows-8.aspxToday’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/9781430244011 is Pro Windows 8 Development with HTML5 and JavaScript. “Apps are at the heart of Windows 8, bringing rich and engaging experiences to both tablet and desktop users. Windows 8 uses the Windows Runtime (WinRT), a complete reimagining of Windows development that supports multiple programming languages and is built on HTML5, CSS and JavaScript. These applications are the future of Windows development and JavaScript is perfect language to take advantage of this exciting and flexible environment.”

AngularJS Lifetime Management, Lazy-Loading, and other Advanced DI Techniques

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One aspect of Angular that I love is it’s dependency injection. Contrary to some criticisms I’ve read, I find it is extremely flexible and powerful enough to address the demands of enterprise line of business apps. I discussed the general benefits of DI in Dependency Injection Explained and specifically Angular’s implementation using Providers, Services, and Factories and even aspect-oriented interception/decoration. In this post, I address some other features common to advanced Inversion of Control containers, namely lazy-loading, lifetime management, and deferred creation/resolution. Lazy-Loading Lazy-loading simply refers to the late instantiation of objects when you
need them. Many dependency injection systems will build-up a component the first time it is recognized as a dependency, but in some cases you may not want to instantiate the component until later in the application lifetime. In Angular, the perfect example is when you are setting up a behavior in the configuration pass that references components that haven’t been created yet. Let’s assume you want to intercept the built-in $log service so that it stores entries on the $rootScope. I don’t recommend this but it works for a simple, contrived example. To intercept, you reference $provide in the configuration...(Read whole news on source site)

The Gear from the First 80 Days on the Road

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As many of you know, me and my new wife are having the trip of our life. We’re in Switzerland at the moment and having a great time. We are certainly learning as we go what is important and what is not. I thought it might be a fun chance to talk about the gear I’ve used so far and discuss what worked and what didn’t. As we travel, I am still working. I am recording Pluralsight courses, working with clients, doing the Hello World Podcast, as well as planning for some in-person training during the trip.
This means I not only need gear to enjoy the trip but to work as well. The Packing I think it’s important to see where we started and where we ended up. If you don’t know, this trip is a year-long trip across the globe. It’s seven or so months in Europe and five months in Asia. We don’t have a house to go back to so we’re carrying most of what we own (with a small storage place back in Atlanta). To complicate matters, we got married four days before the trip so it’s been pretty whirlwind....(Read whole news on source site)

5 AutoMapper tips and tricks

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AutoMapper is a productivity tool designed to help you write less repetitive code mapping code. AutoMapper maps objects to objects, using both convention and configuration.  AutoMapper is flexible enough that it can be overridden so that it will work with even the oldest legacy systems.  This post demonstrates what I have found to be 5 […] The post 5 AutoMapper tips and tricks appeared first on Developer Handbook.

Retrospective on the Aug 14th VS Online outage

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We had a pretty serious outage last Thursday all told it was a little over 5 hours.  The symptoms were that performance was so bad that the service was basically unavailable for most people (though there was some intermittent access as various mitigation steps were taken).  It started around 14:00 UTC and ended a little before 19:30 UTC.  This duration and severity makes this one of the worst incidents we’ve ever had on VS Online. We feel terrible about it and continue to be committed to doing everything we can to prevent outages.  I’m sorry for the problems it
caused.  The team worked tirelessly from Thursday through Sunday both to address the immediate health issues and to fix underlying bugs that might cause recurrences.  As you might imagine, for the past week, we’ve been hard at work trying to understand what happened and what changes we have to make to prevent such things in the future.  It is often very difficult to find proof of the exact trigger for outages but you can learn a ton by studying them closely. On an outage like this, there’s a set of questions I always ask, and they include:...(Read whole news on source site)

Survey for Web App developers or Cordova developers

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When it comes to ensuring that code quality is high, methods and approaches vary by developer. The Visual Studio team would like to hear about the ways in which you ensure high code quality. Specifically, we are looking to developers building hybrid apps using Apache Cordova™ and/or developers building web apps, to provide feedback on their experiences through our anonymous survey. Your feedback will provide direct input to support changes in future versions of Visual Studio. This survey can take as little as 5 minutes to complete. When filling out the survey, please indicate if you would like to participate
in user studies. We are also looking for developers willing to speak with us in 30 minute feedback sessions about their experiences. When completing the survey you may also opt in to our survey sweepstakes* for a chance to win a $100 or $50 gift card. Please pass this survey on to other developers who you think may want to provide input as well. Thanks! Pratap Lakshman Senior Program Manager, Visual Studio Client Platform Tools   The information you provide is entirely voluntary. If you do not wish to provide us with any information, please disregard this survey. By filling out and returning this survey,...(Read whole news on source site)

Random Link Roundup–8/22/2014

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Happy Friday again!  Here are more random, useful links I’ve come across over the last week. Typ.io – nifty little tool for picking complimentary fonts! Just Say No to Justification – Design for Hackers author David Kadavy talks about why justification works in some mediums, but also illustrates why you shouldn’t use it on the web. React.js – JavaScript isn’t going away.  And the proliferation of tools to help you create JS apps isn’t slowing down.  Facebook’s React.js is another one you should look at… Three Feet from Gold
This is a great book that made me seriously re-evaluate how I view successful people.  If you are a frequent commuter like me, the Audible rendition is very enjoyable. System.Web.Optimization.Less – It is 2014.  LESS should be everywhere.  Unfortunately, the LESS story for ASP.NET MVC is pretty terrible.  This package makes it a little better, but be warned, because it uses dotLess, many newer LESS features won’t work correctly. C# 6.0 Pattern Matching – It took me a while to grok this new feature, but now that I understand it, I can see how it...(Read whole news on source site)

#1,142 – Setting Attached Property Value from Code

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You can change the value of an attached property for a given control from code by using the SetValue or SetCurrentValue methods.  You call these methods on the control that the property is attached to, passing in a reference to the property and the new value.  (SetCurrentValue is preferred, to avoid overwriting a local value). Below, we set a […]

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