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After Venice on Wednesday, we decided to stay in Torbole for a relaxing hike yesterday. As it turned out, the hiking trail that was described in the brochures as suitable for all and with a duration of 1h20, in reality took us 2h30 and sour calves to complete. The views of the lake's valley and its school of windsurfers defying the wind were worth the sweat though. Arriving at the endpoint, and discovering that we had to wait over an hour for the bus to take us back, we stumbled upon one of the best hidden lake side terraces
we've seen yet.

Since the days of our dolce vita are numbered, we made our last big trip today: Milano. We parked our car in the suburbs, where you pay only a quarter an hour and have a direct metro-connection to the Duomo. While we've had it with churches in general, we couldn't let this one slip. The Milanese Duomo is the third biggest church in all of Christendom and could easily host a Metallica concert. The entrance to the church is free, but if you want to visit the rooftop,...(Read whole news on source site)

Large collection of Free Microsoft eBooks for you, including: SharePoint, Visual Studio, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Office 365, Office 2010, SQL Server 2012, Azure, and more.

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Throughout the year I try to share resources and information with you that I think will be helpful for you. Often times these resources will include links to free eBooks that we make available on a variety of topics. Today, I thought I would post a large collection of eBooks for you here so that you can find them in one place and consume them as you see fit. Also, if you find this list helpful, please share it with your peers and colleagues so that they too can benefit from these resources.

Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
Programming Windows 8 Apps
Programming Windows Phone 7 ...(Read whole news on source site)

Exploring Microsoft Office 2013 Consumer Preview with Screenshots

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Couple of days back, I downloaded the copy of Microsoft Office 2013 Consumer Preview and installed it on my Windows 8 Release Preview Laptop. The entire download process as well as installation was very easy and simple. I download the Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 Preview to get hands on experience on the new Microsoft Office with Metro Style. The Microsoft Office 2013 has got loads of new features like U Read More....

Nokia Camera Extras are now available for Lumia Phones

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As declared in June, Nokia rolled out “Camera Extras” for Windows Phone 7.5 Lumia devices. To get this application, you must upgrade your phone OS to 7.10.8773.x which was released in US and China from 22nd June and all other countries during various time frame of July.   The Camera Extras includes “Smart Group Shots”, “Action Shots”, “Panorama” and “Self-Timer” showcased for Windows Phone 8. Continue reading to get more info and download link.   The new camera extras enhances the current camera application which were demanded by the users for long time. This
update will add new settings which will allow you to take pictures that you have never taken before using your existing Windows Phone 7 handsets.     Remember that, you cannot directly launch this application, but you need this to add the enhanced features in the existing camera application. To know more about the new settings/capabilities which this will add in your Windows Phone camera......(Read whole news on source site)

How to use LINQ in a Workflow

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Question Can I use a LINQ Query such as the following in a Workflow?
private static void ShowQueryWithCode(IEnumerable names)
Console.WriteLine("Linq Query in Code - show names that start with 'R'");

// Assuming there are no null entries in the names collection
var query = from name in names where name.StartsWith("R") select name;

// This is the same thing as
// var query = names.Where(name => name.StartsWith("R"));
(var name in query)


Yes, you can use LINQ with a Workflow in exactly the same way. Download Sample Code   Step 1: Create a Workflow with an In Argument of type IEnumerable Here you can see that I've added the in argument Step 2: Add a Variable for the query of type IEnumerable Before you can add a variable you need to include an activity...(Read whole news on source site)

Daily WP Development News 27 July 2012

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Time Management Tips #7 – Friday Reflection

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What if you could improve your time management week over week?  Well, you can.  Imagine the pay off over time.  Time management tips #7 is Friday reflection.  Friday reflection is a way to check what's going wrong, and carry forward what's going right. To do Friday reflection, simply give yourself 10 or 20 minutes on Friday mornings to ask yourself two things: What are three things going well? What are three things to improve? The goal is to carry the good forward and build
better habits. Before you answer the questions above, really reflect on your week.  Did you do what you set out to do?  If not, did you trade up for the right things?  Did you get randomized? Did you bite off more than you can chew?  See what starts to happen?  You start to notice your own patterns.  This awareness becomes your advantage, when you use it to change what's not working, and do more of what is working  It's a way to improve your personal habits and streamline your results. One of the most common patterns...(Read whole news on source site)

CFP: First Workshop on Programming the Semantic Web - PSW

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See The Web of Data is growing at an enormous pace. However, the development of dedicated software applications, capable to deal efficiently in information-rich spaces, of which the Semantic Web is one dimension, is not
yet mainstream. Reasons for that include one (or more) of the following research issues: lack of integrated development environments (IDEs, such as Visual Studio and Eclipse), poor programming language support, lack of standard
testbeds and/or benchmarks, inadequate training, and perhaps the need for curricula revision. Properly addressing these issues requires interdisciplinary skills, and the collaboration between academia and industry.  The First Workshop on Programming the
Semantic Web invites submissions that explore the gap between today's data management challenges, particularly the ones related to dealing with large amounts of semantically rich data, and the lack of adequate tools. We are looking for contributions that discuss, promote and further advance the programming facet of the Semantic Web, including the development of new languages, extension of existing ones, and the inclusion of semantic enabled capabilities into existing IDEs.  Papers submitted to PSW'12 should explore open research problems, and must not have been accepted for publication elsewhere or be under review for another workshop or conference. All papers will be...(Read whole news on source site)