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APress Deal of the Day 22/July/2014 - Pro Website Development and Operations

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Originally posted on:’s $10 Deal of the day from APress at is Pro Website Development and Operations. “Pro Website Development and Operations provides unique insights into how systems, code, and process can all work together to make large-scale website development and operations ultra-efficient. ”

jQuery Promise syntax to wrap SharePoint SP.SOD

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  jQuery has a special function $.Deferred - which lets you create an Deferred object to build Promise(s). We use this to simplify everything we do in SharePoint and other JavaScript libraries.   Wrapping SP.ClientContext function GetCurrentUserName() { var deferred = $.Deferred();
var ctx = SP.ClientContext.get_current();
var web = ctx.get_web();
var currentUser = web.get_currentUser();
ctx.executeQueryAsync( function(sender, args) {
}, function() {;
}); var promise = deferred.promise();
promise.done( function() {
    var title = currentUser.get_title();
}); return promise;
Wrapping SP.SOD function SPLoaded() { var deferred = $.Deferred();
SP.SOD.executeOrDelayUntilScriptLoaded( function() { deferred.resolve(); }, "sp.js"); return deferred.promise(); } Resolving multiple promises var promise1 = ...
var promise2 = ...
var promise3 = ... $.when(promise1, promise2, promise3).done(function(){ ...(Read whole news on source site)

Visual Studio Online Update – July 21

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Today we began deployment of our sprint 68 work.  There’s a bunch of really good stuff there.  I say “begun” because deployment is a multi day event now as we roll it out across instances.  Everyone should have the updates by tomorrow (Tue) afternoon.  You can read the release notes to get details. Licensing You’ll see that one part of the licensing changes I described a couple of weeks ago are now live – addition of Test Hub access to the Visual Studio Online Advanced license.  The remaining stakeholder licensing changes are still tracking to go
live in mid-August.  Stay tuned for more. Azure Active Directory support The biggest thing in the announcement is the next step in our rollout of Azure Active Directory (AAD) support in VS Online.  We started this journey back in May with the very first flicker of AAD support at the Build conference.  We added more support at TechEd but I’ve stay pretty quiet about it because, until this week, there was no way to convert and existing account to AAD.  With this deployment we’ve enabled it.  Officially it’s in preview and you have to ask to get access...(Read whole news on source site)

O’Reilly 50% off all programming E-Books until 05:00 PT 25/July/2014

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Originally posted on:’Reilly are offering 50% off all programming E-Books until 05:00 PT 25/July/2014 at This is in celebration of the Open Source convention. There are many, many books available under this offer…  

Coding music

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As a software developer, you need a headphone and music to get into the zone. If I have to explain what “the zone” is, you might consider skipping this blog. Mark Zuckerberg was in the zone in the movie the social network. My current headphone is a on-ear Sony MDR-NC7 with active noise-cancelling. It was the cheapest noise-cancelling headphone and I wanted to check out if noise cancelling would work. So if you have a nice affordable suggestion for a new headphone (preferably with noise cancelling) please let me know in the comments below. As a developer, you

Yet Another Podcast Show 127–Laurent Bugnion, Xamarin & MVVM Light

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Laurent Bugnion, Microsoft MVP, Microsoft Regional Director and Senior Director for IdentityMine, works from Zurich Switzerland where he is the author of MVVM Light, one of the premier libraries and toolkits for MVVM on all XAML systems and now Xamarin … Continue reading → For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at

Who's Managing Your Company?

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One of the best books I’m reading lately is The Future of Management, by Gary Hamel. It’s all about how management innovation is the best competitive advantage, whether you look through the history of great businesses or the history of great militaries.  Hamel makes a great case that strategic innovation, product or service innovation, and operational innovation are fleeting advantages, but management innovation leads to competitive advantage for the long haul. In The Future of Management, Hamel poses a powerful question … “Who is managing your company?” Via
rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Future of Management: “Who's managing your company?  You might be tempted to answer, 'the CEO,' or 'the executive team,' or 'all of us in middle management.'  And you'd be right, but that wouldn't be the whole truth.  To a large extent, your company is being managed right now by a small coterie of long-departed theorists and practitioners who invented the rules and conventions of 'modern' management back in the early years of the 20th century.  They are the poltergeists who inhabit the musty machinery of management.  It is their edicts, echoing across the decades, that invisibly shape...(Read whole news on source site)

O’Reilly Half-Price E-book of the day 21/July/2014 - PostgreSQL: Up and Running

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Originally posted on:’s half-price deal of the day from O’Reilly at is PostgreSQL: Up and Running. “This new edition of PostgreSQL: Up and Running continues to provide a concise overview to help you quickly understand and use PostgreSQL’s unique features. Updated for 9.3 (and including reinvigorated 9.2 content), it covers LATERAL queries, augmented JSON support, materialized views, and other key topics.”