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Windows 8 Metro: Discovering the Application Bars

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There are many analogies between Windows Phone and Windows 8 metro-style applications, and the Application Bars are for sure one of these. Windows Phone introduced the application bar in his first release and, no matter if it's rough and limited, it's an important surface that adds space to the the main phone canvas. Windows 8 reprises and extends the application bar's concept making it so much flexible and extensible that requires a specific guidelines to rule the ways it may be used. Giving a name to the bars If the Windows Phone application bar is positioned to the bottom of the screen and may only contains four buttons and a limited number of menu items, in Windows 8 the application bars are two, one on the top of the screen and the other on the bottom, and they can host complex layouts, not limited to a small set of components, but completely integrated...(Read whole news on source site)

Metro Elements Weekly Update 6

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In today’s Metro Elements update: Animations galore! As you all know, animations are a big thing in Windows Store apps. Not only are they good to look at, they aid in notifying to the user that something has changed. When used in conjunction with touch gestures, you can create some fantastic user experiences. TransitionContentControl WinRT [...]

Greenfield Development with ASP.NET MVC & S#arp Lite - Day 3

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series of posts providing proven guidance for developing ASP.NET MVC applications from idea to well-designed implementation. Day 3 – Define the Domain Design Model Objective of the Day Transform the actor/system interaction diagrams - from Day 1 - and the domain conceptual model - from Day 2 - into a design model, which will be used as the basis for implementation.  The design model will include two artifacts: Class Diagram:  A class diagram extends the domain conceptual model to include data types, methods, and supporting classes necessary for implementation. Sequence Diagrams:  Sequence diagrams express the interactions among classes and the messages invoking, and responding to, those interactions, accordingly. Inputs Actor/System interaction diagrams Domain
conceptual model Activities Designing the domain conceptual model, and evolving that into the domain design model represents the transition from business-oriented to implementation-oriented requirements.  While there are two outputs from this process, class diagrams and sequence diagrams, they are defined in parallel with each other, each contributing to the design of the other. Transforming the conceptual model into a design model is most effectively done iteratively.  This does not mean that each refinement need take a two-week iteration to complete.  Indeed, each iterative refinement may only take 30 minutes or so to complete.  Tackling this transformation iteratively allows you to learn from each...(Read whole news on source site)

Guest Post: My Top 5 Reasons to use Visual Studio 2012 Premium

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I caught up earlier this week with Giles Davis to find out why he uses Visual Studio 2012 Premium over Professional and he wrote this really interesting article on the features as a result which I thought would be great to share with you.  You will also find at the end of this document is a link to get 30% off if you are interested in upgrading.  However if you want to try out a few of the featured highlighted by Giles then download the free trial now. 1. Code quality tools Visual Studio Professional provides
unit testing support with a new Test Explorer window and support for other unit test frameworks (such as NUnit, xUnit and QUnit) in addition to MS Test, Premium adds in a whole range of code quality related tools: · Code coverage to help you understand, from an assembly down to line level, how much of your code is actually being tested by the unit tests, allowing you to identify where your gaps are. · Code metrics to help you understand where you have unnecessary complexity that can lead to defects and maintenance issues. · Static code...(Read whole news on source site)

Windows Azure Mobile Services: New support for iOS apps, Facebook/Twitter/Google identity, Emails, SMS, Blobs, Service Bus and more

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A few weeks ago I blogged about Windows Azure Mobile Services - a new capability in Windows Azure that makes it incredibly easy to connect your client and mobile applications to a scalable cloud backend. Earlier today we delivered a number of great improvements to Windows Azure Mobile Services.  New features include: iOS support – enabling you to connect iPhone and iPad apps to Mobile Services Facebook, Twitter, and Google authentication support with Mobile Services Blob, Table, Queue, and Service Bus support from
within your Mobile Service Sending emails from your Mobile Service (in partnership with SendGrid) Sending SMS messages from your Mobile Service (in partnership with Twilio) Ability to deploy mobile services in the West US region All of these improvements are now live in production and available to start using immediately. Below are more details on them: iOS Support This week we delivered initial support for connecting iOS based devices (including iPhones and iPads) to Windows Azure Mobile Services.  Like the rest of our Windows Azure SDK,...(Read whole news on source site)