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Animated gifs in XAML

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source: advertboy.wordpress.com Someone the other day tweeted a link to some very cool animated gifs. I love animated gifs !! I have always wanted animated gifs in Silverlight/WPF BUT for reasons unknown they never came. They would have been perfect for A LOT of scenarios where creating storyboard animations would have been overkill. Well turns out WinRT XAML, firmly rooted in Silverlight XAML, also doesn’t have GIF support nor will it probably ever get it. BUT it does have WinRT support and it has access to DirectX & WIC via SharpDx!! Default XAML/C# metro app project +
SharpDx I created an empty managed metro project and added the necessary SharpDx bits, basically like I have been over the last several posts.   .....Read more ...(Read whole news on source site)

FREE MetroID Icons

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source: jrawson.deviantart.com This is my take on a Metro inspired icon set. 395 icons for most programs, devices, websites, etc. 27 folder types. 43 drive types. 11 different 'flavours'. 5116 icons in total. 256 x 256 pixel PNG format (Will be uploading ICO format shortly).
I have tried to create an icon for everything but if I have missed any that you require, leave a comment or a message requesting an icon or
icons and I'll do my best to create it.
These icons are free to use, if you want to use them commercially! ...Read more ...(Read whole news on source site)

Article: The Latest SharePoint Tools in Visual Studio 11 Beta

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By Ben Robb SharePoint tools haven't been forgotten in the new wave of developer productivity tooling. The new Visual Studio 11 Beta includes all the familiar tooling from VS 2010, with some additional extensions to: - Create lists and content types
- Create site columns
- Create Silverlight web parts
- Publish SharePoint solutions to remote servers
- Test SharePoint performance using profiling tools
- Create Sandboxed Visual Web Parts In addition, Visual Studio 11 Beta provides much better support for Sandboxed solutions, generating compiler errors where farm-only API calls are found and locking down intellisense to only
show APIs that are compatible with sandboxed solutions. Coupling these new tools with the best of breed community extensions found in CKS:DEV (http://cksdev.codeplex.com) you should find that developing and maintaining SharePoint solutions is getting easier and easier as the product tooling matures. You can get the beta here: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/11 Author Bio
Ben Robb
SharePoint MVP

Ben Robb has been a SharePoint MVP for the past 5 years, and currently works in a large professional services company rolling out SharePoint around their global organization. A frequent public speaker, he also co-hosts the London SharePoint...(Read whole news on source site)

The Morning Brew #1103

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Software dotPeek 1.0 is Released - The Team over at JetBrains announce the release of dotPeek 1.0, their .net decompiler which will take .NET libraries and executables from .NET 1.0-.4.5 to the equivalent C# code, work with symbol and servers, and provides Resharper like navigation through the code. Well worth checking out if you haven’t [...]

SQL job scheduled run skipped due to long running job

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If SQL agent finds a job running at schedule job start time, agent skips the execution of job until the next scheduled execution time. This can lead to some missing rows. I have tried to demonstrate the same thing below. Step-1 Create a Job with runs every two minutes and add below statement in job step just to simulate the real life scenario. waitfor delay '00:01:10' go Step-2 Set schedule to run every minute Leave job for few minutes. After that if we look at the job history, we can see that few executions of jobs are skipped. We have
scheduled it to run very minute but its getting run every two minutes. Step-3 Delete the job. Apparently this looks like a not a big deal. But if we are doing some data processing like populating the search table or sending data to third party application or may be running SSIS packages and this condition is not taken into consideration, it can be a data loss. Actually, today I find this as root cause for search not displaying some data in one proprietary system. Sometimes Job was running for more time due to blocking issues. Of course if proper tracking mechanism is...(Read whole news on source site)

MS Press Deal of the Week of MS Access Books

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Microsoft press are offering 50% off Access books at http://shop.oreilly.com/category/deals/msp-access-owo.do

"Build Powerful Database Solutions with Access
Save 50% on Related Ebooks – One Week Only Learn the secrets of this powerful database program so you can use your data in creative ways -- from creating product catalogs and publishing information online to producing invoices and reports."


Free E-book from O'Reilly - 11/May/2012 - What is Dart?

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Today, O'Reilly are offering a free e-book "What is Dart?" at http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920025887.do

"Get ready to build modern web apps. This concise book covers the Dart language, libraries, and tools that help you develop structured, fast, and maintainable web apps that run in any modern browser. The Dart platform has been designed to scale from simple scripts to complex apps, running on both the client and the server. With this book, you can use Dart to architect and develop HTML5 apps for the modern web."


dotPeek 1.0 is Released

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Those nice people at Jetbrains have have just released DotPeek 1.0. The notice at http://blogs.jetbrains.com/dotnet/2012/05/dotpeek-10-is-released/ states:

"Free .NET decompiler and assembly browser from JetBrains is now officially live! Please download dotPeek 1.0 and enjoy high-standard decompilation with ReSharper-inspired navigation and search!"

There is even a video on that page describing using DotPeek.

ReSharper 7 EAP now available for all VS versions

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Jetbrains at http://blogs.jetbrains.com/dotnet/2012/05/resharper-7-eap-now-available-for-all-vs-versions/ have released the following:

"ReSharper 7 EAP opened up just over a month ago providing early support for Visual Studio 11. We have now opened this up also to other editions of Visual Studio, specifically 2005, 2008 and 2010. As such, if  you’re not yet working with VS11, you can install ReSharper 7 on previous versions. Get the latest editions from the EAP page. As new releases appear, new features will be available and we will be blogging about them."

Adding The HTML Target Schema Selection to VS.NET 2010 for HTML5 Intellisense

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If you are beginning to delve into HTML5 in VS.NET say in a MVC3 project using the Razor engine for example, you will want intellisense support for HTML5. This is not difficult to do, but the 'HTML Source Editing' toolbar may not be shown by default in your VS.NET instance. To add it preform the following steps:

1. Open VS.NET but do not open any specific project. This ensures the changes you make will be for all project's opened.

2. Go to 'View -> Toolbars' and select the 'HTML Source Editing' menu item.

/>3. To test, open a MVC3 or MVC4 project using the Razor engine and navigate to a .cshtml view. The dropdown will now be active and the default selection will be 'XHTML 1.0 Transitional'. Change it to 'HTML5'.


4. Now try typing in the first few letters of a HTML element or attribute, like the 'Canvas' tag.


You now have the HTML5 schema validation and intellisense support.
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