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New England Code Camp, the major community-driven day for developers, returns for its 17th event in Waltham, MA on March 31st!  Registration (it’s free) is already open!  Also open are the Calls for Speakers and Contributors (details below).    New England Code Camp 17: “Where it all began…”
     Saturday, March 31, 2012
     8:30 AM – 6:40 PM + post-event gathering
     Microsoft, 201 Jones Road, Waltham, MA
    
href="http://necodecamp17.eventbrite.com">http://necodecamp17.eventbrite.com Code Camps have spread worldwide and are free events, held outside of regular work hours, organized by and for the developer community, offering a chance to learn, share, and network. What kind of stuff might you see? Anything for tech pros and developers is fair game, and specific topics vary camp to camp, but take a look at the previous camp’s schedule to get an idea of how things work. Fond Farewell for Mr. Jones (Road) It’s hard to believe, but after hosting the first Code Camp in 2004, and all New England...(Read whole news on source site)

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A compendium of Windows Azure, Service Bus, EAI & EDI Access Control, Connect, SQL Azure Database, and other cloud-computing articles. Note: This post is updated daily or more frequently, depending on the availability of new articles in the following sections:
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Next week Microsoft hosts its annual MVP Summit. So what better time for me to host my first GitHub Drinkup – MVP Edition at the Tap House Grill! Not an MVP? Nonsense! You are in my book, so show up! If you are an MVP, you’re still welcome to slum it with the rest of us schlubs. All the details are posted over at the GitHub Blog post. What is a “Drinkup” you ask? It’s pretty simple. It’s a meetup where we
drink and share stories of valor in the face of code complexity. Or jabber on about whatever else software developers want to geek out about. Getting together and sharing a brew or two is deeply ingrained in the GitHub culture. After all, GitHub was conceived over a beer at a bar. If you’re not in the Seattle/Bellevue area, GitHub hosts a monthly (more or less) drinkup in San Francisco where the GitHub HQ is located. We...(Read whole news on source site)

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.NET 4.5 and C# 5 is approaching to matureness I have playing with the VS 11 preview for awhile and found it very stable and exciting. now the release date is getting match closer,
the beta will be released (next week) on February 29th and it will come with “Go Live” license. as for small team and start up there is a very interesting announcement about Team Foundation Server Express Beta which is a great news and will make TFS's practice match more common than it is today. I'm
certainly excited to download the new version as soon as it will become available. you can read more about it at Jason Zander's blog....(Read whole news on source site)

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If you're a git command line user (msysgit Git from Windows Command Prompt), you've undoubtedly had to keep a command window open during development for repetitive commits. Enough of that. With the addition of a new External Tool (more like a link to an executable) within Visual Studio and an updated Tools.ExternalCommand[#] hotkey config, that pesky command line window can remain closed and opened directly within the Solution's root directory for faster git command access as needed. Assuming you've already installed msysgit, open Visual Studio, select "Tools", then "External Tools". Enter your desired Title string, navigate
to and select your Windows cmd.exe path and choose Solution Directory for the Initial Directory option and click OK when done. Note the order of External Tool created in the list as this equates to the Tools.ExternalCommand[#] hotkey number (1-24 determined from top to bottom of list) configured in your keyboard options. Next, select "Tools", then "Options" and select "Keyboard" from the options listed under "General" on the left pane. In the "Show commands containing:" box, type "Tools.ExternalCommand" to filter down the command list and select the External Command number that matches your previously created External Command determined by position in list....(Read whole news on source site)

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When experimenting with some PAAS-hosted application development on AppHarbor, it occured to me, what if somebody wanted to blog, but not necessarily deal with and/or pay additional monthly cost for database addons, etc. with their provider? What if this same person wanted the freedom to write their blog posts in Markdown syntax text files from say, their iPad, mobile device or workstation, send the file to their host and have it automatically show up on their site without the admin interface, database, etc.? Today's topic will cover just that scenario. A
simple file-based blog solution using Markdown syntax, text files and ASP.NET MVC 3. Let's get started. Creating the Initial Blog Application For this example, we'll make use of Phil Haack's Really Empty MVC Project Template to which we'll add an App_Data/BlogPosts folder, Content/BlogPostImages folder, HomeController, corresponding Views/Home/Index.cshtml Home View, some additional Shared Views and initial CSS styling. The resulting solution explorer view and running Blog application is shown below (source code provided at end of post): Installing Markdown Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers, bloggers, etc. Markdown allows you to write in an easy-to-read/write...(Read whole news on source site)

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