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CSS3: Font sizing with ‘rem’ - MSDN UK Team blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

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CSS3: Font sizing with ‘rem’ - MSDN UK Team blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs:

One of the new CSS3 constructs that gets less attention than it deserves is that of ‘root em’ font sizing, normally know as ‘rem’. This makes all font sizes relative to the root element of a page, not relative to the parent element. At a stroke it eliminates all the cascading effects which are the basis of CSS but can be a pain when sizing fonts in different areas of a page.
This article by Jonathan Snook explains it well: 
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The Morning Brew #1096

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A rather late, and rather minimal edition today….sorry eveyone Information GUID guide, part two - Eric Lippert continues his latest series of posts exploring the magical world of the GUID (Global Unique Identifier), in this post diving deeper into the make up of a GUID and some of the factors which make them unique. Modern Web Development - [...]

Unblock Files in Windows 8 using PowerShell and Registry

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Introduction In case you haven’t noticed, the following “Unblock” button is missing from Windows 8 file properties. This can be a tad annoying when downloading zip files from the internet and answering security prompt after prompt to get the file loaded. So, what did I do? I fixed it by using PowerShell and a quick registry entry. The Solution Note: If you don’t want to dig into the registry yourself then you can just download the completed .REG file here. Create a new registry entry in : HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\
and call it powershell, now set the Data to be “Unblock Files”. Underneath the powershell key we just created, add a new key called command and set the data to be C:\\Windows\\system32\\WindowsPowerShell\\v1.0\\powershell.exe Unblock-File  -LiteralPath '%L' Just copy and paste that entire line. Now if you right click on a file or files, then you will see the option to “Unblock Files Also as stated earlier, you can download a .REG file from here to avoid performing any of this work. The contents of the...(Read whole news on source site)

Windows 8 and the future of XAML Part 6: Tiles, toasts and badges

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Welcome to part 6 already in this Windows 8 series. Since the goal of this articles is bringing you in touch with all the important aspects of Windows 8 development, we need to dive into tiles. Tiles are therefore the main topic of this very article. If you’re coming from
a Windows Phone 7 background, the concept of tiles is probably already familiar to you. However, Windows 8 brings quite a few new things to the table, including the concept of badges. Toasts are also covered here; conceptually, these already existed in Windows Phone 7 development as well but have been adapted for use in a Windows 8 environment. The concepts of tiles In Windows 8, due to the new way application lifetime management, only one application can be running at any point in time (except when the user has two applications side-by-side using snap view; in that case, two applications are...(Read whole news on source site)

Announcing Windows Phone Bar Camp (WPBarCamp)

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via WPUG register FREE for the event at: Announcing Windows Phone Bar Camp (WPBarCamp), a new event from the organisers of WPUG. Event Details WP Bar Camp combines the best parts of a traditional WPUG meeting with a bar camp. It's a 6 hour event, on a Saturday, for experienced Windows Phone developers. What constitutes an "experienced Windows Phone developer"? We think it's someone who has at least one app in the marketplace. Like regular WPUG meetings the event is to provide those interested in developing for
Windows Phone the opportunity to learn from and with each other. The day will include a number of pre-arranged presentations but will mainly be composed of demos and short presentations by participants. In true bar camp style we'll confirm the participant sessions on the day but if you want to give a longer session or do something other than a demo please get in touch. Either way, if you can give an indication of what you want, or are willing, to talk about when you register it will help us prepare for the day. When and...(Read whole news on source site)

Windows Phone App Dashboard Open Source

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source: codeplex Windows Phone App Dashboard lets Windows Phone App Developers keep a track of their app ratings and reviews in the Windows Phone Marketplace.
It lets you keep a track of how your apps are performing in the marketplace. Got a 5 star rating or a 1 star rating ? Want to reach out to the user ? Click on the User ID in the rating to open Zune and drop in a message to the user.
With Windows Phone App Dashboard, you can track as many apps as you want.
Simply enter your app-id and you are ready to go. ...Read more ...(Read whole news on source site)

Event Exclusive: DDD Reading Announced

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By Dave Sussman. DDD, the UK's premier community developer day, is usually at the beginning of the year, but due to unforeseen circumstances had to be postponed. The green light has now been given and we can exclusively announce that DDD Reading will be on the 1st September 2012, at Microsoft's UK base in Reading. More details will be on the DDD site at soon. If you're not familiar with DDD, it's a community driven one day conference, totally free, and held on a Saturday so you don't even need to take a day off work. Keeping with the
community theme, the talks are all picked from an open submissions process, and voted by the public, so the sessions that run are ones you know the community wants to see; after all, they picked them. Now in its 7th year, DDD spans the entire UK (and Australia), running several times a year around the country: Scotland, the North and South West of England, and Ireland, both North and South. Always popular, some DDD events "sell out" in minutes – 13 minutes is the record so far. The timetable is actively being worked on, so keep an eye on the website...(Read whole news on source site)

And sometimes Things Just Works

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I am in the process of writing an article about RavenDB, and I just wrote the following code to demonstrate RavenDB schema less nature: using (var session = documentStore.OpenSession()) { session.Store(new Customer { Name = "Joe Smith", Attributes = { {"IsAnnoyingCustomer", true},
{"SatisfactionLevel", 8.7}, {"LicensePlate", "B7D-12JA"} } }); session.SaveChanges(); } using (var session = documentStore.OpenSession()) { var customers = session.Query() .Where(x => x.Attributes["IsAnnoyingCustomer"].Equals(true)) .ToList(); Console.WriteLine(customers.Count); session.SaveChanges(); } This worked, flawlessly. The amount of work that we have put into RavenDB to make such things work is really scary when you...(Read whole news on source site)

Microsoft Press Deal of the Day - 1/May/2012 - Introducing Microsoft® WebMatrix™

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The Microsoft press Deal of the Day at is Introducing Microsoft® WebMatrix™

"Your first look at the easy-to-use tools for building your own data-driven website
Get a running start with Microsoft WebMatrix—the free, downloadable web development solution featuring all the tools you need for server-side programming. This practical book introduces the templates, helper libraries, and other tools in WebMatrix for building and customizing a data-driven site—including techniques for adding video, email, web forms, and other features. Learn how easy it can be to create a dynamic web presence for your small business or...(Read whole news on source site)