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Tricks with IaaS and SQL: Part 2 – Scripting simple powershell activities and consuming the Service Management API in C# with Fluent Management

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In the last blogpost we looked at how we could use powershell to build an IaaS deployment for SQL Server 2012. The usage was pretty seamless and it really lends itself well to scripted and unattended deployments of VMs. The process we went through showed itself wanting a little in that we had to build [...]

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Silverlight Show Webinar on 10 Things a Silverlight Developer Should Know About Windows 8

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Introduction I recently delivered a webinar for SilverlightShow titled, “10 Things a Silverlight Developer Should Know About Windows 8.” The recording of the webinar is now available on-demand. Continue reading below for more information on what topics were covered. Webinar Summary: In this webinar, Silverlight MVP Michael Crump, will take a look at how Silverlight developers skills translate over to WinRT. He will dive straight into 10 things that he has discovered while working with WinRT. You will quickly find out just how much you will need to learn to work
with this new platform. The 10 Things: 1. Starting with the Fundamentals 2. Application Lifecycle 3. XML/Code Namespaces 4. Making WebRequest - Async 5. Storage 6. Navigation 7. Controls 8. Animations 9. Freebies 10. Monetizing Wrap-up Thanks everyone for attending and remember that the video, slides and demo code is all available on SilverlightShow right now.

Nightly news, 6 Jul 2012

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LightSpeed Fix for boolean properties losing entity aliasing information in LINQ queries Add OnSaved event into Entity, called after SaveChanges() completes flush of statements Fix for issue where Time data type field would generate multiple column attributes when mixed with a custom field name Web Workbench Updated SASS to 3.1.20 Improved handling when parsing a [...]

The Turkish İ Problem and Why You Should Care

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Take a look at the following code.
const string input = "interesting"; bool comparison = input.ToUpper() == "INTERESTING"; Console.WriteLine("These things are equal: " + comparison); Console.ReadLine();
Let’s imagine that input is actually user input or some value we get from an API. That’s going to print out These things are equal: True right? Right?! Well not if you live in Turkey. Or more accurately, not if the current culture of your operating system is tr-TR (which is likely if you live in Turkey). To prove
this to ourselves, let’s force this application to run using the Turkish locale. Here’s the full source code for a console application that does this.
using System; using System.Globalization; using System.Threading; internal class Program { private static void Main(string[] args) { Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture = new CultureInfo("tr-TR"); const string input = "interesting"; bool comparison = input.ToUpper() == "INTERESTING"; ...(Read whole news on source site)

xunitcontrib-resharper 0.6 - Theory support!

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Finally. Yes, the latest release of the ReSharper test runner provides much better Theory support (theories are xunit’s parameterised tests). Up until now, the support has been so poor (i.e. non-existent) that it’s not always been possible to tell if a theory has failed, and if it has, which one did and why. It’s been the biggest issue and most requested feature since the project began. Well, that’s all in the past now. Here’s the latest version running some Theory tests: Yep, theories are now displayed as child nodes under the parent
method, as you’d expect. It provides support for any kind of Theory – data from attributes, properties, spreadsheets, databases and any other kind of custom Theory or multiple row producing custom Fact-based attribute you might like to write. It also works with dotCover to provide code coverage. (I’ll update the standalone dotCover runners shortly) This release works with 6.1 and the current build of 7.0 (that is build 82). The download does not include runners for 6.0, 5.1 or earlier versions of ReSharper. Those versions are packaged up in an archive release. The idea is to...(Read whole news on source site)

VLC Media Player 2.0.2

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The latest version of the free VLC media player is available for download at

"VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols."

(Besides Windows, it is also available for the MAC and a number of Unix/Linux systems.)