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Random Link Roundup–11/20/2014

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What time is it?  It’s time for Friday’s link roundup!  So the biggest news (and the reason for this week’s image!) is that Rob Eisenberg has left the Angular 2.0 team.  Rob is a heck of a developer, creating such awesome frameworks as Caliburn and Durandal.  Losing him is a Big Deal.  It’s not Doom and Gloom time yet, but I kinda feel like that’s where we’re headed… Rob Reynolds of Chocolatey had a successful Kickstarter this week.  He also wrote about how the passion of a few
people and their tools saved Windows. Underlined links in web browsers are ugly.  Or at least, they were.  Smarter Link Underlines gives you some simple(ish) CSS that will beautify your links. Material-UI is a library and CSS framework for building “Material Design” compatible apps.  The CSS could be used anywhere, but the components themselves are for ReactCSS Dig is an interesting tool that could help you spot both duplication and inconsistencies across your CSS. The stock Android emulator is notoriously slow.  The Visual Studio Emulator for Android, however,...(Read whole news on source site)

Mobile Essentials: Productivity Tools for Mobile Developers

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A bunch of mobile development and tooling enthusiasts here at the office wanted to put out some tools, templates and general productivity enhancements for mobile developers, so we decided to set up a custom Visual Studio gallery that you can set up to get these tools in an integrated fashion in the Extensions and Updates dialog (a.k.a. Extension Manager). These will generally be projects we work on the side, on weekends and nights and hackathons. The goal of these extensions is to be completely independent of your other tools in VS (like your Xamarin installation) so that you can try them
without risking breaking your stable development environment. If something doesn’t quite work, you just remove the extension and you’re done. Pristine environment back! At Xamarin, we may use this gallery also for early prototypes or spikes we do on top of the Xamarin Platform, so that we can gather early feedback without disrupting your stable installation and without requiring you to switch between official channels. Whatever we put out will be for use “at your own risk” so to speak. As I said, it could become a way for us to also share bits earlier and get timely feedback for...(Read whole news on source site)

WinForms and WPF Spreadsheet: Grouping and AutoFilter (Coming soon in v14.2)

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The premier spreadsheet control for Windows developers is getting a couple of much-requested features for v14.2: data grouping, and filtering of data using the AutoFilter feature. Let’s see what these involve. Data Grouping One of the biggest new features of our WinForms, WPF, and ASP.NET datagrids in v14.2 is the ability to export data from the grid to an XLS/XLSX file and maintain the grouping and sorting currently configured in the grid. The requirement is to allow end-users to group, sort, filter data within the grid, export the result to an XLSX file, and then open up that
file in Excel to continue analyzing that data. All grouping, sort orders and filtering options transfer to the XLSX file and the user is given a similar look to the data within Excel. See here for details on this new functionality. Well, anything Excel can do our spreadsheet controls should be able to do too, and with v14.2 we’ve added data grouping to the control. You can group data by using the corresponding commands of the Outline group on the Data tab on the corresponding ribbon. ...(Read whole news on source site)

RavenDB 3.0 Release date: 25 Nov, 2014

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Barring anything major, we’ll be releasing RavenDB 3.0 in 5 days . It will be  a stable release and you’re encourage to move to it as soon as it is available, using the Esent database. The Voron database is still in RC mode (mostly because we’re paranoid and want to have more real world experience before we go full forward with this), but it is going to be fully supported. Upgrading instances will use Esent, and new databases will default to Esent unless you explicitly select Voron.

Registering SQL Server Built-in Functions to Entity Framework Code First

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It is possible to register custom functions that exist in the database so that they can be called by Entity Framework Code First LINQ queries.For example, consider the SOUNDEX function (yes, I know, I know, I always give SOUNDEX as an example for LINQ extensions! ). We could write it in C# as this:
left; color: black; line-height: 12pt; overflow: visible; font-family: "Courier New", courier, monospace; font-size: 8pt; direction: ltr; background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244);"> 1: public static String Soundex(this String input) 2: {

Large scale distributed consensus approaches: Concurrent consistent decisions

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So far we tackled the idea of large compute cluster, and a large storage cluster. I mentioned that the problem with the large storage cluster is that it doesn’t handle consistency within itself. Two concurrent requests can hit two storage nodes and make concurrent operations that aren’t synchronized between themselves. That is usually a good thing, since that is what you want for high throughput system. The less coordination you can get away with, the more you can actually do. So far, so good, but that isn’t always suitable. Let us consider a case where we need to have a
consistent approach, for some business reason. The typical example would be transactions in a bank, but I hate this example, because in the real world banks deal with inconsistency all the time, this is an explicit part of their business model. Let us talk about auctions and bids, instead. We have an auction service, which allow us to run a large number of auctions. For each auction, users can place bids, and it is important for us that bids are always processed sequentially per auction, because we have to know who place a bid that is immediately rejected ($1...(Read whole news on source site)

The Morning Brew #1742

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Software ReSharper and Visual Studio: Where do We Stand – & Meet ReSharper, ReSharper C++ and ReSharper Ultimate – Jura Gorohovsky of JetBrains shares the details of the Visual Studio version support for ReSharper 9 and also discusses the new product editions and how they stack up Windows "Command Prompt Here" Generator – Now with […]