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Win a Nokia Lumia 900 with your next photo

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by Stephanie Leong EyeEm is teaming up with the MLOVE Conference, the world's leading innovation festival for everything mobile, to give away a Nokia Lumia 900! The mission is simple: capture what "Mobile Love" means to you. This can be everything from being mobile, commuting to work, biking, hiking, etc. How to participate: Shoot outside the box and tag your photos with Mobile Love. Don't forget to add the location so we know where the photo was taken! Deadline: Winners announced on Monday, 18th of June 2012. For more details, please see the
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Improving the Startup Time of Xaml Metro Style Apps with Multicore JIT

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source: TL;DR: Microsoft introduced the Multicore JIT, which allows the recording of JITted methods during the startup of the app. This recording can be packaged in a Metro Style app for faster startup on Multicore CPUs by performing background compilation. Improvements range between 20% to 50%. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve had the chance to work with some very interesting people at Microsoft, and one of the feature that came out from them was about the use of a new .NET 4.5 feature called Multicore JIT in Metro Style apps. .....
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A JavaScript alternative to CSS Media Queries

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By Ian Haynes Adapt.js determines which CSS files to load before the browser renders a page. Apart from being JS dependant it does have the advantage of being supported in old browsers without the use of response.js. A case of swings and roundabouts perhaps…. Author Bio
Ian Haynes
Microsoft MVP for Expression Web Ian is a front end/back end developer currently focusing on HTML5/CSS3 and mobile responsive design. He's a regular poster on the Expression Forums and Gallery.

Entities Associations: Point in Time vs. Current Associations

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Having just finished giving three courses (2 on RavenDB and 1 on NHibernate), you might want to say that I have a lot of data stuff on my mind. Teaching is always a pleasure to me, and one of the major reasons for that is that I get to actually learn a lot whenever I teach. In this case, in all three courses, we run into an issue with modeling associations. For the sake of the example, let us talk about employees and paychecks. You can see the model below: Do you note the blue lines? Those represent
Employee reference, but while they are both referencing the same employee, they are actually quite different associations. The Manager association is a Current Association. It is just a pointer to the managing employee. What does this means? Let us say that the manager of a certain employee changed her name. In that scenario, when we look at the current employee record, we should see the updated employee manager name. In this case, we are always interested in the current status. On the other hand when looking at the paycheck PaidTo reference to an employee, we have something all together different....(Read whole news on source site)

The Morning Brew #1122

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Software ConEmu - The Windows Terminal/Console/Prompt we’ve been waiting for? - Scott Hanselman highlights ConEMU, is new favorite console replacement application, giving a richer experience for working at the command line Information ASP.NET Web API Exception Handling - Fredrik Normén discusses implementing exception handling in WebAPI applications, looking at the different ways you can handle Critical and Business [...]

Kolkata Developer Conference 2012 - Slides of my WP7 Session on Telerik RadControls

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On 26th May 2012, we (KolkataGeeks) organized Developer Conference 2012 at Kolkata. The event was organized by Microsoft User Group Kolkata (KolkataGeeks). It is the premier technical event for technology professionals at Kolkata interested in learning, connecting and exploring latest Microsoft technologies.   In this event, I delivered one hour Technical Presentation and showcased Demos using Telerik Rad Controls for Windows Phone 7. In this blog post, I will share the slide of my WP7 session as well as few snaps from the Album. Continue reading for further details.    

Part 7: Developing for a multitude of clients: strategies for code reuse and keeping costs in check.

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In the previous articles in this article series, we've looked into different ways of getting our code split up in modules, so they can be loaded on demand, and easily reused across different types of clients - thus cutting costs and saving on development time. We created a Silverlight web client & OOB client, and in the
last part, we started thinking about our Windows Phone client. We ended up with some thoughts about what we should and shouldn't reuse - the conclusion was that we could reuse our existing XAML & C# skills, our domain services, and that we would be able to share code through the use of a Portable Class Library. In this article, it's time to delve further into this: we exposed our domain services through SOAP endpoints, and now we'll learn how to consume them. We'll also look into that Portable Class Library. You can download the source code for this article...(Read whole news on source site)

Making Prettier Forms: Converting Checkboxes into Images

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A couple weekends ago I went to the Big Design Conference in Dallas (recap coming soon), and I always come back inspired to help the user’s experience with the applications I write. One of the things mentioned (several times) was making forms simpler. Basically, you don’t have to make the end-user feel like they’re filling out a form. There are ways to make it seem less intimidating. One way is to swap out the typically hard-to-click checkbox or radio button with an image. It gives the user a larger click area and it looks nice…at least in
my opinion. Basically, I’m helping a friend with a small project, and the image below is what I wanted to create. If you buy Stephen Anderson's book "Seductive Interaction Design", you will see a similar form to the one above...primarily just the name and contact info stuff. By the way, I definitely recommend this book.As you can see, the “Select Classification” is not your typical radio button setup. I googled for a bit if there was already a jQuery plugin to do this type of thing and came up empty. I’m sure you...(Read whole news on source site)

TFS Preview Updated; No Longer Requires Invite

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If you’ve been wanting a chance to try out Microsoft’s Team Foundation Service (formerly known as TFS on Azure) but haven’t been able to obtain one of the coveted invitation codes then wait no longer!  Microsoft has officially removed the invitation requirement and has opened up their TFS Preview site to the masses.  You can now create your very own TFS projects in the cloud! If you’re not familiar with Microsoft’s TFS Service, it is essentially a subset of the “TFS on Premises” features (in some cases, a superset) made available in the cloud.  Some of
the features provided within the Team Foundation Service include: Accessible via a web browser, various Visual Studio SKUs, and the Eclipse IDE Version control Continuous builds Agile planning PBIs Tasks Task board (one of my personal favorites)) Etc. Ability to run automated tests Continuous deployment to Azure More… ...(Read whole news on source site)