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Daily WP7 Development News 29 May 2012

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by WindowsPhoneGeek Daily WP7 Development News 29 May 2012: Strategies and techniques for sharing code between Windows Phone and Windows 8 Globalization, Localization And Why My Application Stopped Launching WPDevCon - the fist Windows Phone Developer Conference Subscribe to our News feed or follow us on Twitter @winphonegeek . (We list the latest Windows Phone 7 development activities).

.NET vs Windows 8: Rematch!

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So, although you will be able to use your existing .NET skills to develop Metro apps, it turns out Microsoft are limiting Visual Studio 2011 Express to Metro-only. From the Express website: Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows 8 provides tools for Metro style app development. To create desktop apps, you need to use Visual Studio 11 Professional, or higher. Oh dear. To develop any sort of non-Metro application, you will need to pay for at least VS Professional. I suspect Microsoft (or at least, certain groups within Microsoft) have a very explicit strategy in mind. By making VS Express Metro-only, developers
who don't want to pay for Professional will be forced to make their simple one-shot or open-source application in Metro. This increases the number of applications available for Windows 8 and Windows mobile devices, which in turn make those platforms more attractive for consumers. When you use the free VS 11 Express, instead of paying Microsoft, you provide them a service by making applications for Metro, which in turn makes Microsoft's mobile offering more attractive to consumers, increasing their market share. Of course, it remains to be seen if developers forced to jump onto the Metro bandwagon will simply jump ship...(Read whole news on source site)

Yet Another Podcast #66–Chris Sells

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Talking with Chris Sells about Win 8, his history in the business, his new job at Telerik and much else.    Write to Chris Telerik Windows 8 Dev Club Listen | Yet Another Podcast Call in comments: 1-347-YAP-CAST For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at

My Favorite Features: Managing Projects with the Backlog, Sprint Planning and Taskboard Features in Team Foundation Server 11

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In my earlier post on Continuous Value Delivery, I talked about the role that features like the backlog, sprint planning, and taskboard play in tracking requirements and managing the development process. In this post, I’ll dive deeper into what this all looks like in action. I’ve been using these features in my personal coding projects against the new Team Foundation Service preview ( However, they will ship as a part of Team Foundation Server 11 as well. Backlog Management Each one of my projects has a healthy list of items I need to work on. I use the Visual Studio
11 Scrum process template, so the work items in my list are called Product Backlog Items, or PBIs. If you’re using one of the other available templates, these work items would be known as User Stories, Requirements, or something different. Regardless of the name and definition of the work item, the Product Backlog features work exactly the same. One of the first things you’ll notice is the new UI we’ve built in our Team Foundation Server web client. It’s designed to be very simple to use and optimized for common tasks like adding new PBIs, assigning PBIs to upcoming iterations, and...(Read whole news on source site)

CSLA 4 version 4.3.11 beta available

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A beta release of a CSLA 4 version 4.3 update is now available (version 4.3.11) . You can get it from the CSLA download page. This is an update to the existing version 4.3 code that includes several bug fixes and a few new features. Most notably: Fixed a concurrency bug with the data portal Fixed a XAML data binding bug
with the PropertyInfo control Substantial bug fixes and enhancements to the Windows Forms CslaActionExtender control Better exception messages when methods/properties can’t be found There are others as well – see the change log for details. I expect the beta period to last about two weeks, followed by a final release of this 4.3 update. ...(Read whole news on source site)

Performance tips for Metro style XAML apps

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source: Microsoft "Performance tips for Metro style XAML apps" paper provides performance tips for metro style XAML apps. It provides guidelines for developers to improve performance of their apps in the scenarios most important to users. It assumes that you know basic XAML programming in C#, C++, or Visual Basic. Date published: 5/23/2012 You can Download it for FREE.