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Nightfall and Starlight Panoramic for Windows 8

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Yesterday , Microsoft had made the Windows 8 Consumer Preview available for download . Now , a new Windows 8 Theme called “Nightfall and Starlight Panoramic Theme” is updated in the Windows Personalization gallery. Nightfall and Starlight Panoramic Theme for Windows 8 is designed to extend seamlessly across dual monitors with identical resolution settings. The [...]

Webinar – Create mobile web apps and native apps for iOS, Android, and more with RAD Studio XE2

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Embarcadero is organising a webinar on the topic “Create mobile web apps and native apps for iOS, Android, and more with RAD Studio XE2″ on March 7 , 2012 at 18.30 (Mumbai) time. In this session , the presenters Andreano Lanusse, Anders Ohlsson, and Al Mannarino will share how developers can create Native Delphi apps [...]

Commerce Server 2009 profiles cache

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Commerce Server 2009 uses cache for all its modules, including the profiles system. It's uses cache for the obvious reasons : performance, data integrity and so on. While working with the Commerce Server 2009 MCF or the old 2007 API, you should be safe. Those APIs are responsible to update the cache via a dedicated cache handler. There might be times when you would like to run scripts directly to the profiles database in the development, testing, staging or production environments. If you do that, you should keep in mind that
the cache should be updated / refreshed. Configuring the profiles cache While it cannot be configured via the web configuration file or any other configuration file or components, You might want to configure the profiles service itself. On more details on that you can find here Refreshing the profiles cache You might want to refresh manually the profiles cache to your Commerce Server business application or to your site. You can do that using a special resource file (SiteCacheRefresh.axd). You can also control t he refresh...(Read whole news on source site)

Save The Date: SharePoint Saturday NYC 2012 Coming July 28, 2012

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This just in from the NYC SharePoint community… The premier SharePoint conference in New York City will return to the big apple this July, better than ever! More speakers.
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Reflecting on your comments on the Start screen - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

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We designed the Start screen to take advantage of characteristics of human cognitive processing. These characteristics are basic neurological patterns baked into the evolution that got us to using computers in the first place:Human spatial memory - Your ability to remember where you put something or where something will appear. This also includes taking advantage of spatial relationships, how different items are located in space relative to each other.Muscle memory - A motor task that becomes automatic and can be performed without conscious effort.Chunking – Grouping of items to make them easier to recall later.Signal detection theory – Your
ability to identify an item of interest even when there is lots of ”noise” or items which are not of interest.
Reflecting on your comments on the Start screen - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs:
When you look at the data, we can see that enterprise customers do, in fact, have some different experiences with their Start menus:While 81% of home users have the default links like Control Panel, Games, and Documents on right hand-side of the Start menu , fewer than 2% of our enterprise customers have this experience.Most people have removed some items...(Read whole news on source site)

Article: Azure as an Open Platform

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When you think of Windows Azure most people think that you need to be building using Microsoft technologies to use it. That’s not true, it’s perfectly possible to host all sort of applications on Azure, this was evidenced recently when the Screen Actors Guild moved there Drupal (a PHP, open source CMS) website from Linux servers to Windows Azure. You can read more about it on the Microsoft Interoperability blog:

Taking a look at S#arp Lite, Part I

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This is a review of the S#arp Lite project, the version from Nov 4, 2011. I was asked to review this project a long time ago, but I never got around to it. I had some time and I decided that I might take a look and see how it goes. I don’t like the S#arp Arch project, because it seems too complex and heavy weight for the purpose. The project comes with a sample application, which is good, because it is easy to see how the framework is intended to be used. Unfortunately, it is yet another online
store example, I am getting heartily sick of that. On the other hand, it is a fairly simple model and easy to understand, so I grok why this keeps getting chosen. Review Rule, I look at the code. If I wanted to deal with documentation, I would write some for our products. I am doing this because I find it fun to look at other people’s code. So skip any comments about “if you read the docs…”. We start from the project structure: I am not sure if I like it, I don’t know if I...(Read whole news on source site)

Installing Windows 8 Developer Preview in Oracle Virtual Box

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Microsoft has released Developer Preview for Windows 8 a while ago. Developer Preview is a pre-beta release of the software. You can download the developer preview from here. (Update, Microsoft has released the consumer preview now, I shall write another article related to consumer preview, but hope steps of installation will be similar)   I believe most of the developers will install the developer preview in virtual environment. There is a great blog post by Steven Sinofsky who is working for Microsoft. Refer the post here. As
per the article, the support for virtual implementation of Windows 8 is as follows. Functional: Hyper-V in Windows 8 Developer Preview Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 VMware Workstation 8.0 for Windows VirtualBox 4.1.2 for Windows Non-functional: Microsoft Virtual PC (all versions) Microsoft Virtual Server (all versions) Windows 7 XP Mode VMWare Workstation 7.x or older Be noted that Microsoft Virtual...(Read whole news on source site)