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Episode 60 of Visual Studio Toolbox: Entity Framework Tips and Tricks

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In this show, I am joined by Julie Lerman, the author of several highly acclaimed Entity Framework books. Julie shares a number of Entity Framework tips and tricks including: Overriding the DBContext SaveChanges method EntityFramework Power Tools Configuring 1:1 Relationships How to Avoid Accidentally Adding Data Debugging

TED Conference Explores the Future of Robots With Romo, Baxter - Liz Gannes - News - AllThingsD

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3 very different approaches to robotics: A safe industrial robot called Baxter, a cheap personal robot called Romo, and a research initiative into programmable materials such as self-folding proteins. 4D printing - Here’s what it looks like

Kickstarter. The $150 device is an iPhone dock on wheels that uses Wi-Fi and computer vision to react to human movement and other input. 

Baxter had already been cited multiple times as a leading indicator of the potential for machine learning to augment the human experience.

TED Conference Explores the Future of Robots With Romo, Baxter - Liz
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Ruby on Rails Security Vulnerability Throws Apps Off Track | Software Testing Blog

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sites like Twitter500px,Groupon and more were all built with RonR as their framework.

Patrick McKenzie sounds the alarm loudly in his blog post titled What The Rails Security Issue Means For Your Startup

Gems are modules written by developers to expand on the core functionality of Rails. If the official Rails gem repository can be hacked, then so can your website. (By the way, did you know that Ruby gems are not cryptographically signed, meaning it’s impossible for a user to tell
if they’ve been modified by an attacker?)

Rails makes extensive use of the YAML format for structuring any kind of data used by the framework, but it turns out that YAML isn’t all that safe to use without first sanitizing the input. 

 SQL injections andcross site scripting attacks both rely on the same kind of approach – code is embedded in a stream that should only contain data. Somehow, that code is executed leading to mayhem.

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The Gamification of Education

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One of my colleagues, Marc Ashbrook, has written a fantastic guest post on how gaming and gamification are reshaping education: The Gamification of Education Marc specializes in social collaboration, gamification, and productivity so his insights are always great to see.  I’m currently working with Marc on the impact of social in the Enterprise, and it’s a fascinating journey, and very eye-opening.   We’ve spent several brainstorming sessions on looking at the ways in which social tools can accelerate employee learning and productivity as well as how companies can use social to connect with customers on a much
deeper level, and gain new insights. Education is a great place for innovation and change.   It’s one of the hot spots I called out in my Trends for 2013 post.  Challenge and change are breeding grounds for innovation.   In our age of insight, one of the biggest bottlenecks is how quickly you can learn and adapt to our ever-changing world.   Related to that, how quickly can you learn new skills or build new capabilities. Continuous learning is your friend. The trick is how to learn more rapidly and effectively, while enjoying your learning path.  ...(Read whole news on source site)

Thursday at F# London Meetup: The F# 3.0 SQL Server Type Provider - Very Cool, and Very Useful, plus F# 3.0 Dynamics CRM Type Provider

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There's a double act at the F#unctional Londoners Meetup on Thursday night. Thursday, February 28, 2013, 6:30 PM, The Skills Matter eXchange, 116-120 Goswell Road, EC1V 7DP, London(map) Title: The F# 3.0 SQL Server Type Provider - Very Cool, and Very Useful Kit Eason gives us a practical walkthough of F# 3.0's SQL Server Type provider, and the query {} expression.  How to get started. How to write efficient queries.  When to use it - and when not to. Title: The F# 3.0 Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Type Provider Ross McKinlay will give a brief overview of Microsoft Dynamics
CRM 2011 along with the data access methods that it currently provides, followed by a demonstration of the new F# 3.0 LINQ Type Provider.    
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Guest Blog Post On Hey Scripting Guys Blog

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Originally posted on:   Just a quick post to mention that I have a guest blog post up on the Hey Scripting Guy! Blog today titled Get Exchange Online Mailbox Size in GB.  The guest post is a cleaned up version of this post I wrote on my blog many months ago.  I’m honored to be a guest blogger on there for the second time and look forward to future collaborations.         -Frog Out

Taking over the @msdnbelux Twitter account

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Just a quick post to let you know I’ll be taking over the @msdnbelux Twitter account for the next two weeks. This is the official Twitter account for MSDN BeLux. It’s not hacked, I did not steal the password: they gave it to me! The best thing about this takeover is that there are no constraints: I can tweet whatever I want to tweet! So far it's been fun to do, I've seen a lot of reactions on my tweets as well. Let me know how I do! Who knows, I might just change the password and keep this
account for myself after these two weeks :-) Follow @msdnbelux and I’ll provide you with great ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET Web API, JavaScript and Windows Azure related content. Enjoy!
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