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Learning Xamarin: Custom Controls in Xamarin Forms

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Xamarin Forms are the most exciting library to come along in a long time; certainly for mobile programmers.  They bring a whole new option to cross platform development: an abstraction layer that lets you write once, and run native on … Continue reading → For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at

The ‘Morning’ Brew #1655

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A rather late one today, and certainly not morning here in the UK. The explanation is rather unexciting – after a long charity bike ride yesterday I had a rather lazy morning, and half convinced myself it was Sunday still. Thanks for all the messages of concern…here is today (links only) edition. Software Introducing PSBuild […]

#1,118 – An Example of Input that Obeys CurrentCulture

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One step in internationalizing an application is to respect the current regional settings when reading numeric or date/time values from a user. If you are parsing user-entered text and converting to numeric or date/time data, the Parse methods associated with individual data types respect the current regional settings. Below, we read text from two TextBox controls, interpreting the first value as a double […]

Map/Reduce visualizer, take II

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Yes, I talked about this already, but we made some additional improvements that make it even cooler. Here is a document: And here is the index: Now, let us look at what happens when we go to the map/reduce visualizer: This is a highly zoomed out picture, let us zoom a little (click it for higher zoom): As you can see, we can see all the documents that have any reduce keys shared with the reduce keys from the document we started from. That is going to make explaining, and debugging,
map/reduce so much easier. For that matter, here is an example of the visualizer showing us a multi step reduce. Which is an optimization that happens when we have a lot of entries for the same reduce key. Now we can actually show you how this works: Pretty cool!...(Read whole news on source site)

My thoughts on Xamarin Forms

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  Xamarin as a product has always delighted me. Imagine writing cross platform native mobile apps with your favorite programming language, C#. As a developer you feel proud that your code is running on more than billion devices world wide. To add icing on the cake frameworks like MvvmCross and CrossLight enables the devs to […]

100 Articles to Sharpen Your Mind

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Actually, it's more than 100 articles for your mind.  I've tagged my articles with "mind" on Sources of Insight that focus on increasing your "intellectual horsepower": Articles on Mind Power and the Power of Thoughts Here are a few of the top mind articles that you can quickly get results with: 3 Thinking Techniques to Improve Your Intellectual Horsepower 10 Distorted Thinking Patterns Five-Minute Thinks Five Thinking Styles
target="_blank">Focus with Skill How To Have a Beautiful Mind How To Read Faster How To Use Six Thinking Hats to Improve Your Thinking Think of Yourself as a Thinker Note that if reading faster is important to you, then I recommend also reading How To Read 10,000 Words a Minute (it’s my ultimate edge) and The Truth About Speed Reading. If there’s one little trick I use with reading (whether it’s a book,...(Read whole news on source site)

Emaroo 1.6.0 Released

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Emaroo is a free utility for browsing most recently used (MRU) lists of various applications. Quickly open files, jump to their folder in Windows Explorer, copy their path - all with just a few keystrokes or mouse clicks.Emaroo 1.6.0 adds support for Photoshop CC 2014 and fixes an issue with the MRU list of Notepad++.You can download it now on For examples of how Emaroo can speed up working with files, take a look at the “Why Emaroo?” section of the blog post announcing version 1.4.0.