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Enabling Tincr on Windows 8

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Some time ago I posted a blog post on Tincr and live reloading of CSS/JavaScript in Google Chrome. This works really well with one exception, on Windows 8 it will not install. When you try Chrome shows the following error message: This application is not supported on this computer. Installation has been disabled. The Chromium team has acknowledged this as a bug but it still needs to be fixed.   The interim solution Fortunately Lauricio Su came up with a nice workaround and posted it in the
Tincr discussion group. Basically his solution is to run Chrome in Windows 7 compatibility mode and install Tincr. After that Chrome can be started in the normal way and Tincr will work just fine. This worked just fine for me with one addition. I had to keep once instance of Chrome running before starting a new instance in compatibility mode. Without that Chrome would not get a connection to the Internet.   Enjoy!
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Mid-Year Review, Career, and Getting Ahead

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Mid-year is always a hot time at Microsoft.  It’s a time to recap the impact and check the scoreboard.  For some, it’s a time to shine.  For others, it’s a wake up call.  And for others, it’s Phoenix time. I think between the slowing economy, the rapid pace of change, and ultra-competition, figuring out how to rise and shine in your career is tougher than ever.   How do you make an impact?  How do you rise above the noise?  How do you get ahead? One of the best books I read lately, just in time for the holidays,
is Getting Ahead, by Joel A. Garfinkle.  I wrote up a meaty review, movie-trailer style, with key highlights: Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level It might just be one of the most important books you read for the new year, and for your career overall.  Joel Garfinkle is an effective executive coach, so he’s well-versed in helping people get over the humps in their career and taking things to the next level.   His framework is simple and he focuses on three keys: Perception ...(Read whole news on source site)

2012 Summary

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Year end is always an interesting time. Reminds a sort of retrospective, but that’s a geek in me that sees it that way. Yet what happened this year? A lot for me. Here’s a list of significant things for me: Leading and managing people are two different things, combining both and having good results is not an easy task Start-up experience, building from concept to a pilot Windows Azure experience, lessons learned from Cloud Services with NServiceBus Getting a little taste of Client Side “revolution” through knockout
and backbone Power of ASP.NET MVC WebAPI and SignalR RavenDB (and document databases in general) awesomeness I wish I’d discover earlier And last, but not least, learning more about humans and myself This was a good year, packed with lots of learning and new things. The goal for 2013 is to keep it that way and exceed. Happy new year to everyone!...(Read whole news on source site)

Nuget Package Restoration on a Build Server

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One of our latest projects has failed to restore nuget packages on the build server. Error message was Package restore is disabled by default. To give consent, open the Visual Studio Options dialog, click on Package Manager node and check 'Allow NuGet to download missing packages during build.' You can also give consent by setting the environment variable 'EnableNuGetPackageRestore' to 'true'. I have looked into options, and was surprised that default way to handle it was Go to your build server (rdp or
physical) Start Visual Studio While this is acceptable for a local development, for a build server this is a big red light right there. Gladly, as pointed out in this blog post, there’s an option of setting a system variable to solve the issue. Would be nice to see nuget default to system variable, and then fallback to an instance of VS on a server, but not the way around. ...(Read whole news on source site)

Build Your Game Today!

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I have recently acquired GameMaker by Yo Yo Games for cross-platform game development. Among the supported platforms are Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8! This gaming tool allows anyone with decent computer skills to develop a game rapidly. I recently lead  a group of students (many who had never written a single line of code before) to create a simple game in one hour. I could not believe how much the students accomplished in such a short period of time. I highly recommend GameMaker, and suggest you start creating your
game today! There is a free version of GameMaker available to download now.  However, I strongly suggest that you buy GameMaker:Studio Professional while it is 50% off (offer ends January 4th 2013). ...(Read whole news on source site)

Daily Windows Phone Development News 21 Dec 2012

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The winner of a Nokia Premium Development Membership for 20 Dec Announced

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We are happy to announce that the winner of a Nokia Premium Development Membership for 19 Dec is: @MagooChris Starting from 6th of December 2012 for 25 days, every day (GMT time zone), including weekends, we will give away one Nokia Premium Developer Program membership, up to 1500 USD worth of benefits! All you need to do is just tell us (on Twitter) which is your favorite app in the Nokia & WindowsPhoneGeek Lumia 8 Weeks Challenge! More info here. NOTE: The NPDP Membership Giveaway now open to all
developers, no mater if they participate or not in the Nokia & WindowsPhoneGeek Lumia 8 Weeks Challenge!...(Read whole news on source site)