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Sharing AutoToDoubleTypeConverter - Useful for a XAML control developer

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A long time ago while developing a custom control, I wrote a piece of code which allows a developer to enter “Auto” as string to a custom property of type double. Yesterday, I was in a need to use the same functionality in one of my control.   That reminds me the previous implementation and fortunately I was able to get it from TFS repository. Thus I thought to share the same with you in case you need it in future.   If you are building a custom control, you might
want to add a double type property to set a specific height or width of the control and in that case, you might want to give user (I mean the developer who is using this control in his/her application) the option to set “Auto” value as the Height and Width properties of Framework Element does.   If you set the string value “Auto” to your custom double type property, you will get the following error: “Cannot convert source type ‘string’ to target type ’double’”. This is a real fact. You can not implicitly type cast a string literal...(Read whole news on source site)

Windows Store C++ DirectX Bloom Sample released (and other samples updated)

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Originally posted on: long last, I’ve finished the Bloom sample. You can get it here: It is a near replica of the XNA Bloom sample written in C++ using DirectXTK and my Windows Store DirectX C++ Sample base. It’s large (almost 15 MB) due to the TGA texture files that the tank model uses. This release includes the version of DirectXTK released February 22, 2013. As always, any questions, comments, suggestions, and bug reports are welcome and appreciated. The sample makes use of some XAML UI, including both on
canvas controls to let you mess around with various bloom parameters and a bottom AppBar that lets you switch between the presets that the XNA sample defined. With a touch screen you just swipe up from the bottom to make the app bar appear; with a mouse you right click to show it. The code in this sample also shows how to load and render a model using DirectXTK. We use the same tank model from the XNA sample along with the same background image so that you can compare them side by side if you are coming from...(Read whole news on source site)

SharePoint 2013 and Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010 Service Pack 3

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Last week the Forefront team finally released Service Pack 3 for Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010. This is a long awaited release for us working with SharePoint 2013 and for those using non-legacy operating systems and browsers. In this post I will show you how to publish SharePoint 2013 Host Named Site Collections through UAG 2010 SP3 and consume the published site using Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8. What’s new in UAG 2010 Service Pack 3 Before diving into the interesting pieces let’s take a look at some of the new features of Service Pack 3.
First of all, to be able to install SP3 you need to have your UAG at SP2 level – SP3 is NOT cumulative. The most interesting features in SP3 are support for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 RT and Internet Explorer 10 (classic and Metro) as client, support for the Office 2013 client and support for SharePoint 2013 as the published application. For SharePoint 2013 the URL Rule Sets has been modified to handle the new types of URL’s and request patterns used in SharePoint 2013, and new endpoint policies are added for SharePoint 2013. If you’re doing...(Read whole news on source site)

Join us for a Virtual Launch Event for the new Office 365 for business

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Last week I put up my How to Sell Office 365 through Open License and Full Packaged Product – What Partners Need To Know post to help make you aware of a ton of resources we have available for you for the upcoming Office 365 through Open License and Full Packaged Product offerings we are bringing to market for customers, with our partners. Now, you have the opportunity to join us live for a virtual launch event for the new Office 365 for business where you will have the opportunity to: Learn
how the new Office 365 can help people do their best work in a world of devices and services Hear customers talk about how Office 365 is transforming the way they deliver productivity tools across their organization See how Office 365 delivers new experiences combining the power of social with collaboration, email and unified communications Join in a live Q&A with Microsoft executives and product experts We are hosting this session twice: ...(Read whole news on source site)

Quick Hits Issue #4: Tips for Windows Store Apps

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In this issue I'd like to share a few items of interest to folks building Windows Store apps: Choosing a Language Kraig Brockschmidt on choosing a language for your Windows Store app. This is a topic that comes up from time to time, and I think this is one of the better discussions of the topic. Create Great Apps Another question that comes up frequently regarding the Windows Store is some variant of "how do I get more downloads?" or "how do I get my app featured?" While it would be great if I could wave my hand
and get your app featured in the store, the reality is that only a very few apps will be featured, and there's a lot of competition for those slots. Pete Brown has a good answer for these questions, and that's Create Great Apps. Pete makes a strong case that if you want better visibility for your app, there's simply no substitute for making a great app, and he has loads of specifics on things you can do to get there, from a focus on design and differentiation, to leveraging some of the unique features of Windows...(Read whole news on source site)

Windows 8 WinRT sideloading update

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If you’ve followed my blog recently you know I’ve done a lot of research into the licensing around deployment (side-loading) of business apps on Windows 8 (Windows Runtime aka WinRT). As a result of this two things have happened. First, I’ve had some interesting conversations with a few people at Microsoft. Some understand the issue, others just don’t get it. If you think this is an issue I suggest you have conversations with any Microsoft people you know because that’ll help educate and pressure them to fix the problem. As an aside, it is hard to talk to the right people at Microsoft because
the Windows Division owns all this stuff and they don’t talk to developers. In fact, they are almost constantly behind what’s known as the “veil of silence” – essentially unable to discuss anything interesting without risk of being fired. This unwillingness to talk to developers on your own platform is pretty ridiculous, and makes it virtually impossible to generate enthusiasm for building apps on the platform. I have hopes that Sinofsky’s departure from Microsoft will eventually allow them to come to their senses… Second, I’ve had a number of people ask if I think Windows and/or Microsoft is done for on the client, at least in terms of...(Read whole news on source site)

Daily Windows Phone Development News 26 Feb 2013

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Congress How to expose properties of a User Control in Windows Phone Why and how to create a User Control in Windows Phone In case you missed: a new 3rd edition of the popular e-Book Windows Phone Toolkit In Depth is now available! Subscribe to our News feed, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @winphonegeek . (We list the latest Windows Phone development activities.  ...(Read whole news on source site)