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Originally posted on: Whilst researching for my next Dot Net project, a desktop LightSwitch application, I discovered a number of resources relating to LightSwitch. LightSwitch is a free RAD tool for all versions of Visual Studio including Visual Studio Express. The Microsoft page for LightSwitch is at APress have a good book, Visual Studio LightSwitch 2012, at
Pluralsight have an excellent course on Visual Studio LightSwitch 2012 and 2013 at 
I am currently working through this excellent course.

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Originally posted on: Today's $10 Book of the day from APress at is Beginning Windows 8.1 "Beginning Windows 8.1 takes you through the new features and helps you get more out of the familiar to reveal the fullest possibilities for this amazing new operating system."

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If every future 0.1 update will be like this, I don’t dare to imagine what 1.0 update will be like. So far it was a very pleasant experience. In the past updates where more of a roller-coaster: you expected a lot, got some of that, and eventually found that there’s still a lot that was missing. For the first time that I have windows phone an update contained more than I have expected to see. One thing that has drastically been improved is main screen. Bellow is the transformation I went through. Ironically, I now have more screen real estate
than items to put on it :)   Before After Background image Polishing A few observations so far: - App Folders is nice, but with so much real estate it is more of a grouping for convenience than an actual need - Notification centre is helpful to cut on wasted time spent navigating around - Cortana integration with phone/web is helpful – I found making reminders...(Read whole news on source site)

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You know those fancy car GPS navigators that automatically switch color mode to dark when it gets dark to make it easy on your eyes? The display even turns dark when you drive into a tunnel and lights back up when you’re out… Well, with ambient-light sensor support in the latest Windows Phone 8.1 SDK, it’s possible to build something quite like that. The new API is quite straightforward and follows the same practice as with other device sensors. When your app starts, you should first query the device for the sensor to see if it exists. The GetDefault() method will return
null if sensor isn’t present on the device or the system was unable to get a reference to it (happens when device is in a connected standby): var sensor = Windows.Devices.Sensors.LightSensor.GetDefault(); if (sensor == null) { return; } Once having access to the sensor, it’s recommended to set its reporting interval to default value, but in cases where you need to set it explicitly, you can do it by changing sensor’s ReportInterval, but check you’re not going below MinimumReportInterval. Here’s the code for setting it to 5 minutes, but if you need more dynamic readings, just leave it at default: sensor.ReportInterval = Math.Max(sensor.MinimumReportInterval,...(Read whole news on source site)

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My parents taught me early on to focus on growth over greatness. The idea was that while natural ability can take you only so far, it’s things like curiosity, challenges, continuous learning, the power of persistence, taking risks, etc. that would take you further. They also taught me that if I worried about whether I was naturally good, that I would give up on things where I didn’t start off so great. It was great advice, even if it wasn’t scientific. But there is science. In fact, there’s a lot of science about how choosing
a growth mindset over a fixed mindset help people to become the best in their field.  A growth mindset is what actually creates better parents, teachers, coaches, and CEOs.   A growth mindset creates better students, better artists, and even better geniuses. Why? Because people with a growth mindset embrace the challenges, struggles, criticisms, and setbacks as a source of growth. And that’s how they rise above any limitation of “natural” ability. Teaching, learning, and continuous growth takes them further than relying on talent or fear of taking risks where they might look bad or might...(Read whole news on source site)



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