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Tweak Touch Behavior in Internet Explorer with User Style Sheets

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As touch becomes a more and more prevalent means of interacting with PCs as well as phones and tablets (I'm typing this on a Lenovo Carbon X1 Touch laptop), developers should be aware of how to create touch-friendly sites and apps that help users make the most of touch-enabled devices. If you're building apps for the Windows Store, there's good guidance available on touch interaction design on the Windows Store developer center. There's also some guidance available for building touch-friendly sites in Internet Explorer 10. One interesting piece of that discussion is the –ms-touch-action
CSS property, which defines the default behavior for the browser's response to touch. The reason I'm mentioning all of this is that sometimes the default behavior of the browser may not be what you want…for example, if you're developing a full-screen game using HTML5 Canvas, having double-tap-zoom enabled (which is the default), may have undesired results, particularly when playing the game on a touch-screen device. If you're a developer, it's easy enough to add an appropriate CSS style rule to prevent double-tap-zoom on the canvas element in your game, like so:
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Friday App Shout-Out: YumvY

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Happy First Friday in April! This week, my featured app is called YumvY Cooking Companion, from local developer Sari Louis. YumvY Cooking Companion   While there are many apps that help you find recipes, YumvY's unique twist is that it can provide step-by-step instructions for multiple cooks (up to four) working together. A clean look, great features, and support for unique Windows 8 features like snap view make this a winning app. And one result of the hard work that went into the app was that it was recently featured in the Windows Store
spotlight: Good reviews and solid functionality and an attention to design and detail are all factors that go into an app being selected for the spotlight. That, and providing promotional images when you submit your app for certification. Who's Next? Would you like to be next? You can get links, videos, and more for free at App Builder. Sign up takes only a few seconds, and the resources can help make you the next app rockstar. You can also join me for an upcoming Office Hours, where I can provide 1:1 technical advice on building...(Read whole news on source site)

Daily Windows Phone Development News 5 April 2013

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Daily Windows 8 Development News 5 April 2013

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Getting started with #AngularJS

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One of the nicer JavaScripts out there to work with must me AngularJS. Now there are quite a few other ones out there and I have used a number of them but AngularJS seems to be the most structured of them. And while it is really powerful it is also really easy to get started with. AngularJS is a client side framework for creating rich web applications using JavaScript and HTML. It isn’t just a library like jQuery or Knockout.js where you create the structure and call into the library as you see fit. With a framework
like AngularJS it is the other way round and it calls into your code. This means you have to like the way it is designed but fortunately AngularJS is pretty flexible so that is not a big penalty to pay. In fact it is more of a benefit as it helps structure your application in a good way.   The simplest AngularJS application Below is pretty much the simplest AngularJS application you can make. Maybe not very functional yet but is shows a few of the very important parts.   So...(Read whole news on source site)

Windows Azure and Cloud Computing Posts for 4/1/2013+

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A compendium of Windows Azure, Service Bus, EAI & EDI, Access Control, Connect, SQL Azure Database, and other cloud-computing articles. • Updated 4/5/2013 with new articles marked •. Note: This post is updated weekly or more frequently, depending on the availability of new articles in the following sections: Windows Azure Blob, Drive, Table, Queue,

XML destination with SSIS+SQL Server : Requirement to generate complex XML files

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Hi All,

Before I start, a quick introduction. I am Pranay and I have worked primarily as a BI Developer with ETL and reporting tools like Informatica, IBM Datastage and Business Objects since 8 years.
Recently I am working on a project where the requirement is to use XML as a standard way of data transfer. Our focus is moving towards Microsoft SSIS, SQL Server & .Net. So I need to evaluate the SSIS/SQL Server capabilities to read & compose complex XML structures. I need help basically on the compose part of XML using SSIS & SQL Server.
I came to know that SSIS
does not provide an XML destination unfortunately so now we need to find an alternative approach. I read Jacob's tutorial for XML using SQL Server and it was quite impressive. I need to know how we can compose XML which  contains multiple elements(nodes) which may or may not have any relation with each other. These multiple elements in XML would be sources from heterogeneous data sources (Excel,database etc.). What would be the best approach to achieve such a requirement.? How could we compose complex XML file within SSIS data flow task? One example I would like to share is below:-

Review: AppMock by Telerik For Designing Windows 8 Apps

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Originally posted on: Visual mock-up tools are a great benefit when starting a project so that you can work with a client to understand their needs and begin the design process.  Many of these tools are expensive and/or complex to use.  Telerik has made AppMock available for free for designing Windows 8 modern style applications.  This is where I ran into my first problem with the app.  The free aspect is misleading.  It is free for you to layout your interface, but if you want to save it for later it will cost you $2.99. 
I would have much rather have had it stated in the store that this was a try/buy model than having you get into using the app only to find out that there was a cost associated with what seems like a basic feature. The overall interface is easy to use.  It is basically a drag and drop UI with a number of controls, shapes and ways to make notes about usage.  The control set is complete enough for basic development.  I did find a couple of things that I would like improved.  If there was an easy way to...(Read whole news on source site)

NHibernate Pitfalls: Take and Where Order in LINQ Queries

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This is part of a series of posts about NHibernate Pitfalls. See the entire collection here. Starting with NHibernate 3.3.3, the order by which the Take and Where operators are placed on a LINQ query matters, whereas before this version, it didn’t. This is consistent to what we would expect from a SQL query. For example, the two SQL queries produce different results:
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NHibernate Pitfalls: DateTime Type Loses Milliseconds

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This is part of a series of posts about NHibernate Pitfalls. See the entire collection here. By default, when you have a mapped DateTime property on an entity, if you don’t specify any type, NHibernate will use the NHibernate.Type.DateTimeType type. Unfortunately, with this type, you lose the milliseconds. The workaround is to specify type NHibernate.Type.TimestampType:
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