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Visual Studio 2012

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With Visual Studio 11, the 11 was the code name of the next release of Visual Studio. Today Microsoft believe this is the right time to disclose the official name – Visual Studio 2012. As part of RC Visual Studio team made numerous improvements to Visual Studio, including performance improvements across the board, updates to the UI based on customer feedback, and enhancements to existing features. Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2012, Team Foundation Server 2012, and .NET Framework 4.5 are ready. Perfomance:  There were improvements in XAML (compiler, loading documents, and the design surface), debugging, editing large
C++ files, Test Lab etc. Users expect more and more from an IDE these days, and the cost of developing one from scratch is prohibitive unless you have very deep pockets. Also improved the typing and editing part of the “edit-compile-debug” loop, due in large part to the UserVoice suggestion to make typing and scrolling more responsive.    Eclipse vs VS2012: There are always things in one development environment that aren't in another, but at the end of the day it comes down to two things. 1) What one you prefer to use. 2) What one you can afford. Eclipse is free which is...(Read whole news on source site)

More Great Improvements to the Windows Azure Management Portal

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Over the last 3 weeks we’ve released a number of enhancements to the new Windows Azure Management Portal.  These new capabilities include: Localization Support for 6 languages Operation Log Support Support for SQL Database Metrics Virtual Machine Enhancements (quick create Windows + Linux VMs) Web Site Enhancements (support for creating sites in all regions, private github repo deployment) Cloud Service Improvements (deploy from storage account, configuration support of dedicated cache) Media Service Enhancements (upload, encode, publish, stream
all from within the portal) Virtual Networking Usability Enhancements Custom CNAME support with Storage Accounts All of these improvements are now live in production and available to start using immediately.  Below are more details on them: Localization Support The Windows Azure Portal now supports 6 languages – English, German, Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese. You can easily switch between languages by clicking on the Avatar bar on the top right corner of the Portal: Selecting a different language will automatically refresh the UI within the portal...(Read whole news on source site)

Windows 8 Live Accounts and the actual Windows Account

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As if Windows Security wasn't confusing enough, in Windows 8 we get thrown yet another curve ball with Windows Live accounts to logon. When I set up my Windows 8 machine I originally set it up with a 'real', non-live account that I always use on my Windows machines. I did this mainly so I have a matching account for resources around my home and intranet network so I could log on to network resources properly. At some point later I decided to set up Windows Live security just to see how changes things. Windows wants you to use
Windows Live Windows 8 logins are required in order for the Windows RT account info to work. Not that I care - since installing Windows 8 I've maybe spent 10 minutes with Windows RT because - well it's pretty freaking sucky on the desktop. From shitty apps to mis-managed screen real estate I can't say that there's anything compelling there to date, but then I haven't looked that hard either. Anyway… I set up the Windows Live account to see if that changes things. It does - I do get all my live logins to work from Live Account...(Read whole news on source site)

Manipulating Navigation State in Windows Store Apps

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I received an interesting question from a customer today. He wanted to know how to manipulate the navigation history to skip a page in the backstack in a Windows Store app. In other words, he wanted to do in Windows 8 something similar to what NavigationService.RemoveBackEntry does in Windows Phone 7.1. The scenario he presented was one in which the navigation flow includes a login page, but once the user has logged in and navigated to another page, clicking the back button should take the user to the page that preceded the login page rather than back to the login
page itself. Believe it or not, this isn’t a scenario that WinRT supports. However, where there’s a will, there’s a way. For Process Lifetime Management (PLM) purposes, the Frame class used in XAML apps contains methods named GetNavigationState and SetNavigationState that let you save and restore the app’s current navigation state. GetNavigationState returns a string that represents the serialized navigation state, which includes all the pages in the backstack, the parameters they were passed, and the order in which they were visited. SetNavigationState accepts a string and restores the backstack to the state represented therein. It also navigates to...(Read whole news on source site)

WANT MY DB_NAMEs BACK! - How to get database names for federation members from your federations and federated databases...

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Well, I get the question on how do I get the database names for my members frequently from users. I know this is harder than it should be but hiding this information helps future proof certain operations that we are working on for future for federations so we need to continue to keep them hidden. I realize we don't leave you many options these days for getting the database names for all your members; Today sys.databases reports just the is_federation_member property to tell you if a database is a member. The federation views in the root database like sys.federation_* does not
tell you the member ids and their ranges. I know it gets complicated to generate the database names for all your members or for a given federation. So here is a quick script that will generate this the right batch for you: Run the script in the root database and it will return all the database names on all federations based on your existing distribution points.     -- GENERATE DB_NAME SCRIPT
USE FEDERATION ROOT WITH RESET
GO
SELECT CASE
WHEN SQL_VARIANT_PROPERTY ( fmd.range_low , 'BaseType' ) IN ('int','bigint')
THEN 'USE FEDERATION '+f.name+' (id='+cast(fmd.range_low as nvarchar)+') WITH RESET,...(Read whole news on source site)

Microsoft DevRadio: Adding an App Bar

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Abstract: 
In this episode, Michael Palermo shows how easy it is to add an application bar to your app!

Next Steps:
Step #1 – Download Windows 8 and Windows 8 SDK
Step #2 – Download Visual Studio Express for Windows 8
Step #3 – Start building your own Apps for Windows 8 Subscribe to our podcast via iTunes, Zune, or RSSIf you're interested in learning more about
the products or solutions discussed in this episode, click on any of the below links for free, in-depth information: Websites: Getting started with Windows 8 Apps How to Sell Your Apps and Make Money in the Windows Store Attend a Windows 8 Developer Camp and Hackathon in your area! Developing for Windows 8 in 1/2 the time! Watch previous episodes here...
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Upcoming Events for November 19th, 2012

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Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next couple of weeks for the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as webcasts of interest…this list includes events imported from the UGSS event calendar, and user group events entered in Community Megaphone are also automatically synced to the UGSS event calendar: DC Cross-Platform Mobile Apps running on Azure
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 6:30 PM, Washington, DC
Innovative mobile apps can save time, gain efficiency, and provide superb member service experience. During this session, you will see a demo from a real-world application that helps associations manage
event registration, check-in, and reporting all on mobile devices and tablets. You will also have the opportunity to discover technologies that enable the application to run on all popular smart phones and tablets. You will also able to experience the application by using your own smart phones during the session.
Key Takeaways
Takeaway 1: Mobile application that helps associations to improve member services
Takeaway 2: Technologies that supports all popular smart phones and tablets
Takeaway 3: Innovations that provides real-time reporting

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Click Frenzy – Online Shopping at Myer

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At 7pm tonight, Australian retailers will for the first take participate in a local version of US Cyber Monday, an online only event dubbed Click Frenzy. Click Frenzy many major retailers, including Myer, Target and Dick Smith. Myer launched their online store early last year, and I thought I'd finally give it a spin in preparation for the sale tonight.

Named to SharePoint Influencer 50 Again

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Back in 2009, Global 360 and KnowledgeLake teamed up to generate a report of the top 50 influencers in the SharePoint sphere, using the company Influencer50, who does this kind of report across industries. I was honored to be named among the 50 top influencers for SharePoint. This year, KnowledgeLake commissioned the study again, and once again I've been honored to by named among the top 50. You can download the full report from the KnowledgeLake Web site. I believe I was chosen to this list because of my public involvement in the SharePoint community, including
involvement in SharePoint Saturday events around the county, and because as the owner of an independent company, I do my best to make independent judgements about SharePooint products, and SharePoint itself. Although I feel like I know at least 100 other people (at least) who deserve to be on the influencer list, I'm grateful that I was chosen and will strive to continue to be a positive voice for developers and small business owners in the SharePoint community.
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