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The Morning Brew #1275

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Software Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 (KB2707250): New Features - Zain Naboulsi shares a post containing details and links to further information about all the new features that were included in the Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 release Information The problem with website security is us! - Troy Hunt discusses the root cause of website security issues - [...]

Word 2013 as blog post editor

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Writing a blog post can be quite time consuming. Especially the ‘formatting’ part of a blog post. When I started blogging here, I was a strong believer of the online editor from WordPress. Just because it’s so easy to use. But there are other possibilities like using Word 2013. Word can easily connect to your [...]

Goals for 2013

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   Another new year, another set of goals.  Over the past few years I have set goals (2010, 2011, 2012) and done retrospectives at the end of the year (2010, 2011, 2012).  This year already has a number of big changes in the pipeline but I’m trying to introduce a few other changes with the goals I am setting.   Professional Work local more – If you’ve been reading my blog the past year and a half you’ve probably heard me write that my new role as Premier
Field Engineer with Microsoft has me traveling quite a bit (as evidenced by me hitting platinum status on Delta and Marriott last year).  There are some changes at work which have me traveling less but I’m still away from home at least a few weeks a month.  I am working towards doing more local and remote (from home) work.  With my upcoming wedding I would like to be home more as spending time with friends and family is an important part of my life. Mentor / Mentee – Over the past 5-10 years I have had a...(Read whole news on source site)

.NET Mocking Framework Survey Results

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Two weeks ago, I posted a survey (using Excel Surveys available in SkyDrive) asking you what your preferred/primary .NET mocking framework was. We plan to use this data to help drive out which frameworks we want to evaluate further. The survey closed yesterday and, out of 147 responses, here is how everything shook out: 147 responses may not seem like a lot and, in the grand scheme of all .NET developers across the world, it’s not.  There are several ways you can look at this number:  Out of everyone that viewed
the survey request, the majority of them didn’t want to take the time to give their input; they don’t use .NET-based technologies and/or mocking frameworks; I just didn’t reach a wide enough audience and/or provide enough time to get the word out about the survey; or there was some other reason they didn’t bother with the survey that I’m just not thinking of at the moment. In regards to this penultimate point above, here was my general approach for getting the survey link out: Posted to my blog – just over 225 page views...(Read whole news on source site)

A Quick Solution to Resolve a WP App Deployment Issue

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Today while deploying one of my new Windows Phone 7 application to my unlocked WP7 device, I noticed that, it is not deploying it due to connection error though the device is connected properly and able to sync with the Zune Software.   Later after doing lots of brain storming I was able to fix the problem and thus sharing the solution here in case you came across similar issue while deploying.   What was the Issue? I had a fresh new system with Windows 8 Ultimate (64-bit), Visual Studio
2012 Update 1 and Windows Phone 8 SDK. It was the first time I was building an app for Windows Phone 7 in that system and thus I needed to test it in my physical Windows Phone device. But while trying to deploy, I got a deployment failure message in the screen that says:   “Error    1    Connection to device failed. For connecting to Windows Phone 8 device - Deployment failed because no Windows Phone 8 phone was detected. Make sure a phone is connected and powered on. ...(Read whole news on source site)

Magical Web API action selector – HTTP-verb and action name dispatching in a single controller

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If you follow Web API on User Voice or track Web API issues on Codeplex, you’d probably know that one of the most popular requested features of Web API is to allow the developers to combine HTTP verb action dispatching … Continue reading →The post Magical Web API action selector – HTTP-verb and action name dispatching in a single controller appeared first on StrathWeb.

#735 – System Applet Indicates Maximum Number of Touch Points

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The number of simultaneous touch points depends on the particular touch hardware that you’re using.  To quickly check what is supported on the machine that you’re using, bring up the System applet in Control Panel.  (Control Panel | System and Security | System, or just type “System” in Windows 7 or Windows 8 search. The maximum number [...]

SharePoint folders and OneNote for WinRT

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The OneNote app for WinRT (Windows 8 native) is quite nice. And it makes it smooth and easy to interact with notebooks stored on SkyDrive. What it doesn’t make easy is to open a notebook stored on a SharePoint site. Today I finally figured out how to open a SharePoint-hosted OneNote notebook in the WinRT version. Put the OneNote notebook file(s) into a SharePoint sub-folder in a shared document library. The name of the sub-folder matters, because this is the name that will appear for the notebook in OneNote. Create a string URL like this (using NotePad or something like that): onenote: Then open the WinRT version of IE and
attempt to navigate to that URL. This will open the WinRT version of OneNote and you’ll probably be prompted for your domain credentials. Sign in and let OneNote find and open the notebook file(s) from that folder. You’ll now see that folder name (“MyNoteBookFolder” in my example) as a notebook on the far left-hand side of the screen. This could be a whole lot smoother if the OneNote app actually integrated with SharePoint, but it is a decent workaround for now. ...(Read whole news on source site)

CSS3 box-shadow and Visual Studio Features

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A few years ago, while creating an ASP.NET web site, I decided to add a gradient border to "sex up" the look of the site. Using a sophisticated image editing program, I created a small gradient image. I made sure the ending color of the gradient matched the color of the body in the target page. Here it is:   I added CSS to display it like this:
background-image: url(BlendLeft.ico); background-repeat: repeat-y;
 The CSS replicated the image up and down the left side of the browser window:   Pretty cool, eh? I decided it would be even cooler to have the gradient
on all four sides of the window. My goal was to make it look like a soft picture frame. I spent hours and hours trying to create and use the eight images required. Top Left Corner Top Top Right Corner Right Bottom Right Corner Bottom Bottom Left Corner Left I planned and created, sliced and diced, snipped and stitched, hundreds of different gradient images trying to keep the pixel dimensions and color transitions straight. I created several versions of web pages that displayed the images. I tried doing it programmatically where you could enter the start and end colors and the width of the border —...(Read whole news on source site)