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How Visual Studio builds on the Mac with Xamarin

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How Visual Studio builds on the Mac with Xamarin When we started working for Xamarin as consultants, a couple years ago, it was nothing short of amazing for us that Xamarin had already achieved a pretty solid “F5 experience” with an app building on the Mac and debugging like any regular local .NET app. I had the same feeling the first time I did the same thing against an Azure website. Felt like magic (in the Arthur C. Clark way). During the past year and a half since the we joined Xamarin, we iterated (among other things) on the
this key component of the developer experience, culminating in our most recent release, Xamarin 4. What started as a (more or less) batch process of “zip sources, HTTP post to Mac, build, run” (with frequent rebuilds needed), is now a fine-tuned granular incremental build system driven by MSBuild, connecting to the Mac over a resilient, auto-deployed and always-on messaging layer running on top of a bi-directional binary protocol over TCP, secured by an SSH tunnel. At the user experience level, it might seem that little has changed other than a fancy new connection dialog. But as Tim Cook said “the...(Read whole news on source site)

Packt Publishing – 5$ Skill Up Year in Review

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Skill Up: Year in ReviewBack in June, we asked you what tech skills you were using most and what you were hoping to learn in the coming months. Over 20,000 of you replied and helped us to produce the most informative salary and skills reports of 2015. Almost 6 months later, we want to find out what has changed, to get your thoughts on the most important emerging tech for 2016 and to, ultimately, help you to Skill Up into a new year.Take our quick 5 minute survey and you will receive a code for buying any eBook or

52 Weeks of Xamarin: Week 16 – Creating an iOS Application Part 2

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Last week we began creating an iOS application.  We covered most of what is required but we did not tackle persistence, which we will do today. This post is based on my Pluralsight course Beginning Mobile Development with Xamarin. We begin … Continue reading → For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at

Interview Question of the Week #046 – How @@DATEFIRST and SET DATEFIRST Are Related?

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Question: How @@DATEFIRST and SET DATEFIRST are related? Answer: The master database’s syslanguages table has a DateFirst column that defines the first day of the week for a particular language. SQL Server with US English as default language, SQL Server sets DATEFIRST to 7 (Sunday) by default. We can reset any day as first day of the […]

How to check whether #Outlook is installed in user machine?

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On various scenarios, especially when you are building and shipping Add-Ins for outlook, at the time of add-in installation you might want to check whether user has installed outlook on his system or not. Based on that, you might want to show a message to the user. In this small blog post, we will learn what needs to be done using C# to find out whether outlook is installed or not. Continue reading to know about this coding tricks.   It’s easy to check manually whether outlook is installed or not. But this does not work all time. If you
are building an add-in, you must ship the DLL as an installer and in that case, it is require to check the availability of the outlook app just before the installation. There are various ways to do so and one of the trick is to play with the Windows Registry to find out whether outlook is installed, We will not go in this way as that is little more lengthy. Why to go in a difficult way, when we already have a simple coding trick. Every office app has a Prog ID and you can retrieve it by calling GetTypeFromProgID...(Read whole news on source site)

Writing Cross Platform Mobile Apps with Cordova

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My TDC talk is now online. Learn how you can code and debug cross-platform mobile apps using web technologies like HTML, CSS and JavaScript. We will understand and compare the experience of writing cordova apps using both Visual Studio 2015, and working purely on a Mac. We will also take a peek at debugging your app, and the process of extending it to native technologies using plugins. Watch video here. Sahil...(Read whole news on source site)

Awaiting RX

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Awaiting RX this post discuss the meaning of awaiting RX stream. many languages including .NET embrace the concept of async / await. async / await on .NET is usually refer to Task, but Task in not the only await-able type in .net, in matter of fact there is a few type which can be awaited, […]

Early Performance Testing

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Over the last decade, software development and deployment methods have changed considerably with the rising prevalence of Agile approaches. Ensuring application performance has become increasingly important, however, performance testing has had difficulty keeping up with modern testing principles and continuous deployment processes.It’s true, many organizations still view performance testing as a single experiment, run against a completely assembled, code-frozen environment. But what happens when testers need to validate application performance and reliability before the software is complete, while it’s still being assembled, or when the software will need to be deployed in
more than one environment? Check out this video in which Eric Proegler suggests strategies and techniques for testing early and often, while also deconstructing “realism” in performance simulation....(Read whole news on source site)