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A WPF Message Box you can Style

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You go to great pains to add styles, colors, gradients, and a really cool look and feel to your WPF application only to have that ruined by the standard Windows message box as shown in Figure 1. Figure 1: The normal Windows message box just does not look right on a styled WPF application. What would be nice is if Microsoft offered a styled message box. But, they don’t. So it is up to us to create a window that we can style and do whatever we want with it. Thus, I can up with a message box
that looks like Figure 2 and Figure 3. Figure 2: Creating your own dialog from a Window, a Text Block and a custom button control. Figure 3: You can completely change the theme of your button through the use of resource dictionaries. The PDSAMessageBoxView XAML The first step in creating a custom message box is to add a new Window to your WPF project. You then need to set some styles to get a border-less window. You set the following attributes on your Window. WindowStyle="None"
Background="Transparent" The WindowStyle attribute normally allows you to set a single...(Read whole news on source site)

The Microsoft Story

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“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker What is the Microsoft story?  Is there more to the story, than a “lost decade”?  (BTW – if you were a developer during the time, you probably experienced some of the most intense transformations … *wild ride*, feels more like it.) I was listening to one of our gifted storytellers at Microsoft a while back.   Sometimes, story tellers are about making up a bunch of stuff that never happened.  In this case, this storyteller was doing the opposite.  He was putting
together the bigger picture, and putting things in context, to help us fully appreciate the story of Microsoft. It’s always different when you know the story.  The story changes everything.  People remember stories.  When people know what you are about, and why you do what you do, you are more predictable, more understandable, more believable. And in the absence of a story, people make up stories.  (And fiction is often more fun than fact.) I took a lot of notes as the story teller worked his magic, but I had lost them.  I found them, and I...(Read whole news on source site)

Build Single Page Apps - Part 6 - JavaScript Modules and Italian Food

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SPA’s are apps too and as such when creating a SPA you will find yourself writing code to get data, push data, handle validation, change tracking, storing data locally, presenting data, and so much more. All of these roles could be written in a scattered manner across the app, but that causes redundancy, low code re-use and a readability and maintenance headache. And for you pattern folks (like me) it also violates DRY and SRP. So what do we do? Make more, smaller code files that each handle one specific job. You can details on how I
use this approach in my upcoming Pluralsight course titled “Building Single Page Apps (SPA) with HTML5, ASP.NET Web API, Knockout and jQuery”. It’s T-minus 2 weeks before it’s due to be completed … so it’s getting close! You can catch up on the previous posts in this series here: 1. Part 1 - The Story Begins (What is the Code Camper SPA?) 2. Part 2 - Client Technologies 3. Part 3 - Server Technologies (the Data Layer) 4. Part 4 – Serving JSON with ASP.NET Web API 5. Part 5 - HTML 5 and...(Read whole news on source site)

MSDN Suscribers: Get Windows 8 RTM now and Visual Studio 2012

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As of now those of you with MSDN subscriptions are able to get first access to the RTM of Windows 8  and Visual Studio 2012,  Some of you may already have known that but did you also know that you get a free one year developer account for the Windows Store? Yes you did read that right!  So get signed up to the Windows Store now and if you have an idea that you would like help and support with from Microsoft get registered for a Windows 8 Camp. If you are ready to publish
but would like support in this area why not come across to one of our app excellence labs? Have an Appy Weekend!
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Community: AvePoint DocAve Online Community:

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AvePoint’s community portal is an online resource where you can read their latest blog posts, watch new product videos, participate in vibrant discussion forums, learn SharePoint best practices, and more. You’ll also receive exclusive access to the AvePoint Knowledge Base for all of your technical and troubleshooting questions. Link to the community Community Blog Posts: AvePoint MyView Magnifies Productivity in Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Jeremy Thake, Microsoft SharePoint MVP and AvePoint Chief Architect, talks about AvePoint's newest product for the Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Marketplace Preview Read blog post Content Quality
Assurance versus Software Quality Assurance: “A Compliance Story” Product Management Vice President Robert Yonaitis explores content quality assurance and software quality assurance in the context of compliance. Read blog post Avepoint also run free events in conjunction with Microsoft.  Here’s a couple that may be of interest to those of you who use Sharepoint. Events: SharePoint Solutions Roadshow Date: September 12, 2012 City: Edinburgh, UK Venue: Microsoft Edinburgh Address: Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG Registration page SharePoint Day Date: September 13, 2012 ...(Read whole news on source site)

Scrum in 5 Minutes

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The goal of this blog entry is to explain the basic concepts of Scrum in less than five minutes. You learn how Scrum can help a team of developers to successfully complete a complex software project. Product Backlog and the Product Owner Imagine that you are part of a team which needs to create a [...]

Wackiness ensues

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No tech today, but this is too funny to not pass along, so consider this your fun for Friday.

What would happen if Anders Hejlsberg and Barbara Liskov were forced to share an apartment in an "odd couple" sitcom? (*) Apparently I'm the "Kramer" of this sitcom. I hope I'm played by Ryan Gosling. Additional suggestions on casting the principal roles can be left in the comments. (*) A single-threaded apartment, I'd assume.