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APress Deal of the Day 28/Oct/2014 - Pro ASP.NET 4.5 in C#

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Originally posted on:’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at is Pro ASP.NET 4.5 in C#. One of the authors is Adam Freeman and I therefore recommend this book to all Dot Net developers. “ASP.NET 4.5 is the principal standard for creating dynamic web pages on the Windows platform. Pro ASP.NET 4.5 in C# raises the bar for high-quality, practical advice on learning and deploying Microsoft's dynamic web solution.”

POODLE for Windows admins

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Originally posted on:, Windows Server News has published an excellent series of links on POODLE for Windows Admins. Here is a copy of their links.

Things just seem to keep getting worse in IT, don't they? Just when you thought you had a handle on the ShellShock vulnerability a.k.a. BASH bug, another gaping flaw in the underlying protocols of the Internet raises its nasty head. So what is POODLE? Why should we worry about it? Can it affect Windows-based environments? If so, what can we do
about it? What is POODLE? It's basically a flaw in version 3.0 of the SSL protocol which used to be the standard for encrypting web traffic but has since been superseded by an updated protocol named TLS. Should I be worried? If your company or organization does business over the web then you should probably be worried for two reasons. First, while your web servers are likely configured to use TLS by default for encrypting web traffic, they are also likely configured to fall back to using SSL 3.0 should negotiation between your web server and...(Read whole news on source site)

Get Insight into your Xamarin Application

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Xamarin now offers a crash and analytics program that integrates beautifully into their applications, including Xamarin Forms.  It is very easy to get started, and in this article we’ll look at a very simple example… …There are a few boiler … Continue reading → For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at

Sharing a TouchDevelop App

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Making an app has never been easier.  Just visit TouchDevelop and try yourself!  After creating an app, you will likely want to get feedback and share it with others.  Although the publishing process offers a way to share the app, here is what to do if you want to share it later. 1) Sign in to TouchDevelop 2) Locate the app you created under “my scripts” and select it 3) Select the “share” option 4) Use the URL provided however you wish

Software development must deliver on budget - always

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Originally posted on: Yes, I mean it: we always need to meet the budget (be that time, money or whatever resource).1 This most likely is not your software development reality. So how come I´m demanding something so seemingly unrealistic, even preposterous? Why? The reason for the obligation to deliver on budget is simple: trust. Software development is a social endeavor. It takes not only two to tango, but also at least two to develop and deliver software: a customer and a software developer. To accomplish something in collaboration with other people requires trust. Trust is the
foundation because you cannot do everything yourself. You need to let go of something and trust a collaboration partner. That´s the very reason for collaboration in the first place. If you were able to do something yourself, why get someone else on board? So if there is a need for cooperation, then there is a need for trust. Even more so if the relationship between the cooperating parties is highly asymmetric: If you could do something yourself but delegate it to somebody else, you can at least check their work for quality. Less trust is needed. But if you don´t...(Read whole news on source site)

EF7 – v1 or v7?

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A while ago we blogged about EF7 targeting new platforms and new data stores. In that post we shared that our EF6.x code base wasn’t setup to achieve what we wanted to in EF7, and that EF7 would be a “lightweight and extensible version of EF”. That begs the question, is EF7 the next version of EF, or is it something new? Before we dig into the answer, let’s cover exactly what’s the same and what’s changing.   What’s staying the same? When it comes to writing code, most of the top level experience is staying the same in EF7. You still create a
class that derives from DbContext and has DbSet properties for each type in your model. You still use LINQ to write queries against your DbSet properties. You still Add and Remove instances of types from your DbSet properties. There are still DbContext.ChangeTracker and DbContext.Database properties for accessing change tracking information and database related APIs. An example For example, this code looks exactly the same in EF6.x and EF7. using (var db = new BloggingContext())
db.Blogs.Add(new Blog { Url = "" });

var blogs = from b in db.Blogs.Include(b => b.Posts)
            orderby b.Name
            select b;

foreach...(Read whole news on source site)