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Calling the Windows Azure Service Management API with the New .publishsettings File

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This week, we added a new way to get a management certificate set up to interact with the Windows Azure Service Management API. There’s a new page in the Windows Azure portal ( Browsing there does two things: It generates a management certificate and adds it to all the subscriptions you have. It offers you a download of a .publishsettings file, which contains that certificate and the list of subscription IDs. With the new November release of the Windows Azure tools for Visual Studio, you can simply import this file and then start publishing to
Windows Azure. You can also use this file from your own code, since it contains the subscription ID(s) and management certificate you need to have to make calls to the Service Management API. The format of the file is quite simple. It contains a base64-encoded .pfx file (the certificate) and a list of subscription IDs, all in XML. The following code consumes a .publishsettings file and uses it to print out a list of all your Windows Azure applications: using System; using System.IO; using System.Linq; using System.Net; using System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates; using System.Xml.Linq; namespace ListServices { class Program { ...(Read whole news on source site)

Daily WP7 Development News 16 Nov 2011

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NuGet Packages for Windows Azure and Windows Phone Developers

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source: Wade Wegner`s blog If you’ve been paying attention to the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone (or my twitter feed) the last couple weeks, you’ve probably noticed something about NuGet packages. We’ve been building a lot of Windows Phone and Windows Azure NuGet packages that, when composed together, give you the ability to quickly build some cool applications. To highlight this, here’s a short video that shows how you can enable push notification support in a brand new Windows Phone 7.1 project—and send notifications from a new ASP.NET
MVC 3 Web Application running in Windows Azure—in less than two minutes! All of this is made possible by delivering functional, discrete, and composable NuGet packages ..Read more...(Read whole news on source site)

What's New in Windows Communication Foundation 4.5

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What's New in Windows Communication Foundation 4.5:

ChannelFactory Caching
WCF client applications use the ChannelFactory class to create a communication channel with a WCF service. Creating ChannelFactory instances incurs some overhead because it involves the following operations:Constructing the ContractDescription tree

Reflecting all of the required CLR types

Constructing the channel stack

Disposing of resources

To help minimize this overhead, WCF can cache channel factories when you are using a WCF client proxy. For more information, see Channel Factory and Caching.
Multiple Authentication Support
Support has been added to support
multiple authentication modes, as supported by IIS, on a single WCF endpoint when using the HTTP transport and transport security. IIS allows you to enable multiple authentication modes on a virtual directory, this feature allows a single WCF endpoint to support the multiple authentication modes enabled for the virtual directory where the WCF service is hosted.Add Service Reference from a Portable Subset Project
Portable subset projects enable .NET assembly programmers to maintain a single source tree and build system while still supporting multiple .NET platforms a. desktop, b. Silverlight, c. Windows Phone, and d. XBOX. Portable subset projects only reference .NET...(Read whole news on source site)

What's New in the .NET Framework 4.5 Developer Preview

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What's New in the .NET Framework 4.5 Developer Preview:

Simplification of generated configuration files.Support for contract-first development.Ability to configure ASP.NET compatibility mode more easily.Changes in default transport property values to reduce the likelihood that you will have to set them.Updates to the XmlDictionaryReaderQuotas class to reduce the likelihood that you will have to manually configure quotas for XML dictionary readers.Validation of WCF configuration files by Visual Studio as part of the build process, so you can detect configuration errors before you run your application.New asynchronous streaming support.New HTTPS
protocol mapping to make it easier to expose an endpoint over HTTPS with Internet Information Services (IIS).Ability to generate metadata in a single WSDL document by appending ?singleWSDL to the service URL.Websockets support to enable true bidirectional communication over ports 80 and 443 with performance characteristics similar to the TCP transport.Support for configuring services in code.XML Editor tooltips.ChannelFactory caching support.Binary encoder compression support.
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PhoneGap on WP7 tip #1: Handling Orientation

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  Today’s PhoneGap on Windows Phone 7 tip involves handling orientation changes. This means when a user rotates their phone from portrait to landscape, the content should rotate as well. Not only that, in some scenarios elements on the screen should reformat for readability and ease of interaction. As I mentioned in the introductory post,, you can do a lot of things within your application just working with HTML/JS/CSS inside the PhoneGap control. But you’ll gain a whole new set of app superpowers if you step outside of that. We’re starting today with something small – how to have the PhoneGap
part of application rotate properly as the phone changes orientation. To get ready for today’s tip, let’s create a new project in Visual Studio using the PhoneGap template that’s described in the introduction to the tip series. It’s sneaky because you need to click on the Visual C# section on the left pane of the window to display the entire list of templates. Once you create the project, what you’ll have is essentially a Silverlight for Windows Phone project. PhoneGap is running in a host Silverlight XAML page. By default, Silverlight for Windows Phone applications do not run in landscape mode. You...(Read whole news on source site)

Webinar – Unit Testing ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC Web Applications

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Typemock is hosting a webinar on the topic “Unit Testing ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC Web Applications” on November 23 , 2011 at 9:00 AM ET / 15:00 UK/GMT . This webinar will be presented by Gil Zilberfeld, Product Manager, Typemock . Testing web applications has been virtually impossible. And the cost? Bugs, security flaws and [...]

HTML5 Sites Become Windows Phone Apps–Check Out PhoneGap

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My teammate, Glen Gordon, has begun a blog series on tips and tricks to get your HTML5 site running on windows Phone using Phone Gap. PhoneGap is an HTML5 app platform that allows you to author native applications with web technologies and get access to APIs and app stores. PhoneGap leverages web technologies developers already know best... HTML and JavaScript. WP7 support for PhoneGap is in fact pretty significant because it opens up the Windows Phone Marketplace to tons of developers who have HTML/JS skills. Turns out you can
create some pretty nifty apps with only those technologies running inside a Windows Phone app. But what if you want to take it up a level and really incorporate some cool features of the phone? Read More…
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OTSUG Meeting: Kinect + TFS = Kinban

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Although the Omaha Team System User Group has not met in several months we had a great meeting tonight.  As always, our meeting was hosted by Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica).  This time, however, we had the privilege of meeting in the brand new building that just opened last month.  The new building is outstanding and the meeting space for after-hours events just can’t be topped!  Thanks again to FCSAmerica for sponsoring our user group! Tonight’s topic, Kinban, was presented by Jeremy Novak (side note: Jeremy presented once before for the OTSUG about two
and a half years ago).  Kinban is a product that was born out of an internal initiative at FCSAmerica called GeekFest 2011.  Kinban adds life to your planning meetings and morning stand-ups by allowing the project team members to move user stories around with hand gestures – via Microsoft’s Kinect device.  Jeremy covered how the Kinect SDK, Reactive Extensions (Rx), AutoIt, and the TFS APIs were all combined to give the project team members a hands off experience with TFS.  He also covered various lessons learned along the way providing some helpful insight for those who...(Read whole news on source site)