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Team Foundation Service Status

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If you are a regular user of the “preview” version of Microsoft’s new Team Foundation Service – a.k.a. “TFSPreview”, then you’re probably aware that the service is currently down for maintenance.  This maintenance outage may have come as a surprise to many of you (it did to me) because there is currently no built-in mechanism to notify users of planned outages.  I would suspect that something will be added in the future to ease this pain.  However, in the meantime, here are a few tips that I have seen over the past hour that you can use now to
help keep up to date with TFSPreview maintenance. Follow @TFService on twitter Follow the Visual Studio Team Foundation Service Preview blog.  To be more proactive, you can: Subscribe to e-mail notifications:
Subscribe to the RSS or ATOM feed using your favorite RSS reader.
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Should I learn Silverlight? Objective C? HTML 5?

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I am sometimes asked for technical career advice. A common question these days is whether it is worth learning WPF, or Silverlight – .NET and XAML in general I suppose, or would it be better to learn HTML 5 and JavaScript, or perhaps even Objective C? This is a challenging question to be sure. How good is your crystal ball? XAML appears to be alive and well – WPF, Silverlight, and now WinRT (Windows 8 – and probably Windows Phone 8 and “Xbox 720” and more) all use
XAML. I look at the WinRT usage of XAML as being essentially “Silverlight 6” – it is far closer to Silverlight than WPF, but isn’t exactly like Silverlight either. Assuming success with Windows 8, WinRT will become the new primary client dev target for most smart client development (over the next few years). The primary competitors are Objective C (if you believe iPads will take over the client space), and HTML 5/JavaScript (if you believe in fairy tales the concept of ‘one technology to rule them all’). ...(Read whole news on source site)

Getting Windows Phone apps back into the Zune Desktop Client

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source: Den by Default The Windows Phone team recently announced that it will remove the Windows Phone apps section from the Zune Desktop client due to the fact that users mostly access those through the web interface or the mobile client directly on the device. Despite the fact that I do support this change, I know there are also users who might want to keep using the Zune software on their PC to download apps for their Windows Phone. If you started the Zune client today, you probably saw this: Here is what’s happening.
You are not actually getting a Zune client update, but rather a configuration update. ...Read more ...(Read whole news on source site)

Page Navigation with Windows Phone and Windows 8

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source: visualstudiomagazine In my previous column, "Converting Windows Phone to Windows 8," I created a simple Windows Phone application that consumed an XML feed from Flickr and displayed a list of images. Then I showed you how to port that application, with a relatively high level of reuse, to Windows 8. This time, I'll look at extending the Windows Phone application to multiple pages, and focus on code compatibility and the navigation model. As a disclaimer, this is a discussion of code reuse rather than a demonstration of good UI
design. Multiple Pages in Windows Phone
The original Windows Phone application had a single page, so I kept the structure as simple as possible, creating the MainPageViewModel alongside the page by defining it as a page resource, and then wiring it up as the DataContext for the page. When you extend the application out to multiple pages, you need to think a bit more about how to reuse code between those pages. ...Read more ...(Read whole news on source site)