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Windows 8 metro: Win as one with search and share contracts

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As I said in the very first article of this series, one of the pillars of metro guidelines says :"win as one". When you write an application, you know that it has a specific domain where it is focused and works in the best way. There are other
things that are not specific to the domain and, also if they collaborate to the success, are better achieved by others. It is not a totally new concept, given that the operating system itself is an example of this way of thinking. As an example, when you need to open a file on the filesystem, you use an operating system's api to ask for a dialog that is completely managed by the operating system and it returns to you the choosed file. So now imagine you can extend this concept to a more wide field where to collaborating members are not...(Read whole news on source site)

How to Create Windows 8 Bootable USB Device from ISO Image using Microsoft USB Tool

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Yesterday we discussed “How to Create Windows 8 Bootable USB Device from ISO Image using WinUSB Maker?” and later mentioned that, today we will show you another tool to achieve this. Today we will use the “Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool” which you can freely download from Microsoft Store.   You will feel it like click of 1-2-3 and your bootable USB device will be ready with the Windows 8 installation files which you can use in your systems to install the Windows 8 OS without using the DVD drives. As I mentioned yesterday, this process is much
faster and has chances of less error. So, continue reading to know about it.   Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool is a freely available application in Microsoft Store, which you can use to burn a bootable Windows ISO image to either in DVD or in USB drives. There are plenty of softwares available to burn an ISO image to a DVD ROM but if you want to create a bootable USB device to install Windows in a clean PC, either you can go......(Read whole news on source site)

Migrating data from FogBugz to TFS 2012 using the TFS Integration Platform

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As part of my current engagement I will be moving data from FogBugz via a custom CSV Tip Adapter for the TFS Integration Platform. This an adapter I wrote a while ago to facilitate moving data from Excel to TFS and I just ant to reuse it. The first thing I need is a development [...]-Do you want to move to Visual Studio 11 Team Foundation Service NOW? Microsoft is providing a Go-Live licence (that means that it is supported in production) and you can use it today! For help moving forward contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Ultimate About Dialog

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What does your app say about you as a developer? The app about page establishes your reputation in the eyes of the app user. It is as important as your interview attire. As you wouldn't wear flip-flops to an interview, you would also not want to have a poorly designed about page in your app.
About page is a great way to show your professionalism in a pretty and engaging way. Furthermore, It also provides an opportunity for you to advertise your other apps.
Ultimate About Dialog accomplishes all that and more:
Dynamically displays version number and author nameAdvertises and provides direct Marketplace link
to you your other appsDisplays app changelog/version historyDisplays link to your/app websiteDisplays link to facebook pageDisplay link to twitter pageProvides ability to send a support emailProvides ability to rate the app
All this comes as a separate assembly that is not loaded on app startup. Therefore there is zero affect on app performance unless the page is actually requested by the user. 
How to use
1. Create a new or use existing Windows Phone project. 2. Create a new folder named UADContent  in your project. This folder will contain all assemblies and assets for UAD.3. Add Coding4Fun.Phone.Controls.dll, Microsoft.Phone.Controls.Toolkit.dll to the UADContent folder.  Verify the Build Action is...(Read whole news on source site)

SharePoint 2013: Claims is the new black

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Well, by know everybody living in the SharePoint world are sitting with their best tin foil hats on and installing, configuring and fiddling with SharePoint 2013 Preview, which was announced today by mister Steve. I've been fortunate to be a part of the (debated) closed beta for some time and have been trying out the new version of our favorite product. You probably will be overwhelmed with blog posts over the next couple of months, up until the SharePoint Conference 2012, and continuing after that. And I aim to be a part of the flooding (at least partly)...starting with
a topic that I think is profoundly important - Authentication. Note: this is written for SharePoint 2013 Preview. Claims-based authentication is now the default authentication method In SharePoint 2010 we had to choose between two options when creating a Content Web Application - to use Classic mode Authentication or Claims-based Authentication. Classic mode used the same model as SharePoint 2007 and previous versions used and Claims-based authentication was all new and shiny. Initially the recommendation was to use Claims-based content applications, but after a while we discovered the limitations of Claims-based authentication in 2010, so we...(Read whole news on source site)

A Guided Tour of the Graph API Preview’s Graph Explorer Application

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The Preview’s Graph Explorer reads the graph of the Tenant, its Users and their Managers, which WAAD exposes in OData v3 format. The graph’s schema is defined by the metadata resource at https://directory.windows.net/$metadata: Note: The preceding page displays about 10% of the total metadata lines. Following are detailed instructions for using the Graph Explorer to display a raw OData feed: 1. Launch the Graph Explorer, which runs under Windows Azure, at https://graphexplorer.cloudapp.net/, click the Use Demo Company link to add GraphDir1.OnMicrosoft.com/ to the URL, and click
the Get button to display a list of the available EntitySets (collections): 2. If you have a Office 365 subscription, click the Sign Out button to return to the default resource, and add 3. Add one of the of the EntitySet names, such as TenantDetails, as a query suffix to the resource text box (see step 4) and click Get to open the resource page with the Company text box populated. Copy the Principal Id and App Principal Secret values from the PowerShell script’s command window and paste them into the...(Read whole news on source site)

A Guided Tour of the Windows Azure Active Directory Developer Preview Sample Application

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Alex Simon posted Announcing the Developer Preview of Windows Azure Active Directory to the Window Azure Team blog on 7/12/2012. Logging in to a Tenant’s Office 365 Active Directory   Image #4 elided for security reasons. Adding Users to a Tenant
Designating Managers and Adding Direct Reports with Exchange The Fabikam demo documentation’s Creating Managers page notes an Issue: Managers can only have Direct Reports added through [the] Exchange Console: 1. Log in to your Office365 Administrator Portal 2. Click the Outlook and Exchange Settings button: 3. Select the mailbox of the person for whom to add a manager: 4. Click Details to open the Mailbox form, scroll to and expand the Organization section and, optionally, add...(Read whole news on source site)

Create Windows 8 Bootable USB Device from ISO Image

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Yesterday we discussed “How to Create Windows 8 Bootable USB Device from ISO Image using WinUSB Maker?” and later mentioned that, today we will show you another tool to achieve this. Today we will use the “Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool” which you can freely download from Microsoft Store.   You will feel it like click of 1-2-3 and your bootable USB device will be ready with the Windows 8 installation files which you can use in your systems to install the Windows 8 OS without using the DVD drives. As I mentioned yesterday, this process is much
faster and has chances of less error. So, continue reading to know about it.   Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool is a freely available application in Microsoft Store, which you can use to burn a bootable Windows ISO image to either in DVD or in USB drives. There are plenty of softwares available to burn an ISO image to a DVD ROM but if you want to create a bootable USB device to install Windows in a clean PC, either you can go......(Read whole news on source site)

Improved Toolbox Performance Delivers Highly Responsive Visual Studio 2012

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As mentioned in the previous performance post on Typing and Editing we would follow with a post on the improvements to Visual Studio 2012 from enhancements in the Toolbox. I would like to introduce Duke Kamstra and Chuck England from two teams in Visual Studio to describe to you the work done to improve responsiveness via the Toolbox. Visual Studio is packed with awesome rapid application development features. Sometimes getting all of these great features comes at a price. Producing Intellisense, red squiggles, smart rename, refactoring, etc. can require quite a bit of work. As features have become more versatile, and
solutions have grown in size and complexity, we’ve seen that the additional workload can cause the UI to become slow to respond, repaint, or even hang. In Visual Studio 2012, we wanted to improve this experience. In today’s blog post, we will discuss one of the features, the toolbox, and the performance enhancements we have made. Why Focus On Toolbox? In previous blog posts on performance we mentioned PerfWaston. The Toolbox is one of the features that generated a lot of hits. Armed with this data we designed several test scenarios. We profiled these scenarios using solutions provided by customers as...(Read whole news on source site)

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