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52 Weeks of Xamarin – Week 9: Databases part 1

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Working with SQLite as your database in Xamarin.Forms is not difficult but it does involve some specific steps:  Add the SQLite-.Net PCL library to all three projects Create the ISQLite interface Add a singleton to your app class Open your … Continue reading → For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at

Ongoing Series of Posts

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So, for your – and my – information, these are the post series currently going on in my blog: NHibernate Pitfalls: a big list of NH pitfalls; not all are negative, but perhaps unexpected; Lesser-Known NHibernate Features: a list of features that I feel are not so widely known; NHibernate Extensibility: list of extensibility points in NH; Entity Framework Pitfalls: again, some unexpected behaviors; Entity Framework Extensibility: extensibility hooks in EF; ASP.NET Extensibility: Web Forms and MVC extensibility points; Unity: posts on Microsoft Unity; SharePoint Pitfalls: this one will grow a lot; Java vs C#: comparison of Java and
C#; Visual Studio Tips: useful tips for Visual Studio; Interception in .NET: different interception techniques. ...(Read whole news on source site)

The Morning Brew #1940

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Information MSDN Magazine – The October Edition of MSDN Magazine is now available online, with article topics ranging from Azure to personal development, with a healthy dose of .NET and ASP.NET in the middle Visual Studio Online – Day 5 – Kris Lankford continues Falafel Software’s October series exploring the Visual Studio 2015 ecosystem with […]

Essential C# 6 Features You Need to Know!

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Article Info I’ve recently released an article on TDN titled, “Essential C# 6 Features You Need to Know!”. In it, I share multiple C# 6 examples that are easy to understand and will get you started right away. Intro With the final version of C# 6 having been released, we can seen that a lot of syntax changes have occurred since its inception. Because of this, I’ve noticed that most of the blog posts currently on the internet don’t work anymore or are too vague about how they implemented a feature. I thought it would be useful to make a list of the
most essential C# 6 features with simple code examples that would make it both easy to understand and simple to copy/paste a sample into a new console app to try it. Let’s jump in. The Full Article The full article is hosted on the TDN website and you can access it here. Essential C# 6 Features You Need to Know! was originally published by Michael Crump at Michael Crump on October 05, 2015. ...(Read whole news on source site)

How Visual Studio gives Halfbrick ninja powers

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For this post we welcome Nicholas Cornelius and Miguel Pastor from Halfbrick as guest authors on the Visual Studio Blog. Halfbrick games, including Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, are released on multi platforms. To minimize per-platform overhead, our games are written primarily in C++ with only small portions of platform-specific code written in Java or Objective-C for Android and iOS, respectively. [Note: one can use 100% C++ on the Windows platform because it’s one of the supported languages for native app development, alongside C#, Visual Basic, and JavaScript—Ed.] For us, it’s hugely important to minimize the time it takes for every
develop-build-debug iteration. With most of the daily work happening in Visual Studio 2010 targeting Windows, however, we’ve have to contend with some big challenges. Fortunately, Visual Studio 2015 has made our process much more efficient as we’ll describe in this post. Meeting challenges with Visual Studio 2010, ninja-style Five years ago, Visual Studio 2010 didn’t have support for cross-platform development. To target Android, we first needed to create makefiles for the Android build system. That was tedious work, using an external process outside Visual Studio to compile for Android. Tracking compiler errors was hard and we had to manually sync Visual Studio...(Read whole news on source site)

Overloading Controller Actions in ASP.NET MVC

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Method overloading is very common technique used in C# code. Although it works great for normal C# classes, the same can't be said about ASP.NET MVC controller classes. Unlike an ordinary C# class, a controller is dealing with HTTP protocol. And HTTP doesn't understand overloading as C# does. So, in case you wish to use method overloading in a controller you need to consider the ways as discussed in the remainder of this article.