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Designing Silverlight Business Applications Officially Released

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  In June of 2011 I started the journey of writing a Silverlight book. The Silverlight team was about to release version 5 with an incredible set of new features that would revolutionize how it can be used in the enterprise. I knew there were already a number of books available to use a reference for fundamentals and controls, so I wanted to dig deeper and hit the topics I was challenged with in my job as a consultant as well as those questions that continually seem to surface on blogs and forums. I began with an
introduction that analyzed client technologies available at the time, especially focusing on how HTML5 was evolving but not yet mature. The focus of the book is my “sweet spot” as I have been developing Silverlight applications for the enterprise since it’s version 3 release in 2008. No one could have realized just how much change would take place over the following year. Silverlight 5 was released but without a roadmap for version 6 and Windows 8 was announced. Fortunately it was soon discovered that Windows 8 provides a path to build applications using C# and XAML, has full support...(Read whole news on source site)

Microsoft Press Deal of the Day - 5/April/2012 - Windows® Internals, Part 1, Sixth Edition

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Today's Deal of the day from Microsoft Press at http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0790145305930.do is Windows® Internals, Part 1, Sixth Edition.

"Delve inside Windows architecture and internals—guided by a team of internationally renowned internals experts. Fully updated for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, this classic guide delivers key architectural insights on system design, debugging, performance, and support—along with hands-on experiments to experience Windows internal behavior firsthand."



Database Development and Source Control

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I have been working with Database Development and the aspects that come with it, the pain and the joy of moving from Dev to QA and then on to Production.  Source Control has a place in Dev, and that is where the baselines should be established. Where am I going with this? I have been working with Redgate’s Source Control 3.0, and I am seeing some features that are great for the process of moving from Dev to … well something that allows for quite a level of control.  We are not only talking about scripting the structure of
a database, but creating a baseline, working with migration scripts, and integrated with Redgate’s Schema Compare.  There is a detailed paper that will be posted here in the next day or so to provide step by step information of the process to define your baseline in Dev and then take it to the desired destination. In the meantime, check the Webinars Redgate has regarding this process and products.
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[Windows 8] Metro Apps for Windows Phone 7.5 Developers(2 of N)

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source: geeks.ms In the first article of this series we saw as the implementation of the MVVM pattern had not suffered too many variations and also as the navigation section had varied considerably. Today I want to devote this second article in the series to the mechanisms used to connect our Views with their respective ViewModels. Linking Views and ViewModels See how we could use the MVVM pattern perfectly in a Windows 8 Metro application, would like to explore the options that we have to "marry" our View with its corresponding ViewModel, as clean and
organized as possible. To start, let's see how we would in Windows Phone 7.5: In Windows Phone 7.5 liaison between View and ViewModel we would through 3 basic steps. First IoC could use to have a mechanism to resolve our ViewModels from its Interface.After this, we could use a Locator class that would expose properties, one per each ViewModel, so that we can finally assign through data links these properties to the DataContext of our View. The process would continue the following scheme: ...Read more ...(Read whole news on source site)

[Windows 8] Metro Apps for Windows Phone 7.5 Developers(1 of N)

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source: geeks.ms Today let's slightly change the theme of the blog, to talk about Windows 8 and more specifically of the Metro applications. Let's take a look at the similarities and differences that we will find in this type of applications from the point of view of a Windows Phone developer. One of the things that will surprise us when we start working with Windows 8 and its Metro applications, will be the large number of similarities you find with the Windows Phone platform. Although subtle, will also find differences in development, but
they are easy to understand and get used to them it is easier still. Let's start with the foundations. A good foundation: MVVM One of the things that has not changed in Windows 8 is how to implement the MVVM pattern in our application. We can take the structure of a Windows Phone application and move it easily to Windows 8. Link to data expressions continue to operate as they have always done and we can establish our ViewModel as DataContext of a page. Windows Phone is very normal to use a viewmodel base, which implements INotifyPropertyChanged and for collections support...(Read whole news on source site)

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