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Personal project for learning GitHub API

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Couple of weeks ago on a rainy weekend I started hacking on a project to learn GitHub API. I decided to use AngularJS to interact with the API and within few hours it started to take some shape. I write a lot of throw away code which gets safely tucked in a temp directory but this I thought was a bit special. So I thought I will write a bit about it. Here it goes. I plan to refactor the code significantly as I make progress on this project. The repository for this project is on GitHub for
the world to see. Before I get into what I did, I will show you a screenshot of the running application. What you see here is repositories of Mozilla on Github. Elements on the page will become more clear as you read this post further. If you wish to run the application on your machine then clone the repository, go to the location where you cloned it and run grunt serve. You will need to have grunt-cli installed on your machine. Now I will talk a bit about how I built this application. To get...(Read whole news on source site)

Ruby - Calculate MD5 hash of a file

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Ruby makes calculating MD5 hash easy peasy.Here I am calculating MD5 hash of a file I have.require 'digest/md5'md5 = Ditest::MD5.newdigest = md5.hexdigest('/Users/deepak/s3/coco.jpg'))puts digest # => "ed00890f2e661a94fdf046c503d0ce34"Code above can be shortened to thisrequire 'digest/md5'digest = Digest::MD5.hexdigest('/Users/deepak/s3/coco.jpg'))puts digest # => "ed00890f2e661a94fdf046c503d0ce34"It can be further shortened to this. I prefer doing it this way because the entire file is not read into memory at once but as blocks.require 'digest/md5'digest = Digest::MD5.file('/Users/deepak/s3/coco.jpg')puts digest # => #Gotta love Ruby :)

Join Microsoft Research Program to Help Shape Future Products

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Join Microsoft Research Program to Help Shape Future Products If you are interested in joining Microsoft's Research Program, then it only requires two steps: Copy and paste my name "Michael Crump" and enter it in the "how did you hear about us" field (located in step 2). The site is located here. I'm part of this program and I've seen the impact it makes on future products. Microsoft will also give you either cash or other prizes like an Xbox One if you help them. So give it a shot and let me know if you have any questions.

iOS 8 is the biggest release since… iOS

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iOS is now available and it is huge.  Huge.  Bigger than that. There are 15 new frameworks and over 4,000 new or modified APIs.  The primary goals of this release are extensibility and adaptive (reactive) design, and they have gone very … Continue reading → For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at

Dear #WinDev and #WPDev, DevCenter is now a life time Subscription

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A big news just shared by Microsoft today for all the developers in Windows Platform. Yes, it’s for both Windows Phone and Windows developers. Dev Center account is now a life time membership and that means, you don’t have to renew your account every year. If you are a dev, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to build for any or both the Windows platforms. Read to find out more on this topic.  Earlier Microsoft made the changes in the subscription to club both the accounts under one universal account. That means, if you register for either one
of this developer account by a nominal yearly  subscription fee, you are good to go to build and submit apps for other platform. And now, a little more change to benefit the developers to retain their account for lifetime. This means no expiration notice, no renewal headache every year and no chances of removal of your existing apps from the store if you don’t continue. 

No more yearly renewal fees for Windows Developer Center accounts

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Good news, Microsoft has removed the one year renewal fees ($19), which means that Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 developers can keep their apps in their respective stores for as long as they want.So having both a Windows and Windows Phone developer account is now a one-time lifelong Dev Center registration fee!Then you are able to submit apps to both the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store for as long as you want with no annual renewal fee.

Survey on API Consumption and Tooling

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APIs lie at the heart of our cloud-first, mobile-first strategy. In order to provide you with the best-in class tooling for consuming our wide variety of APIs - VS Online, Office 365, Dynamics, Azure, Xbox, Bing, to name just a few - we would like to learn more about your experience. Which APIs provided a particularly pleasant experience to develop against? Which tools do you use on a regular basis? Where do you see room for improvement? No matter whether you just started using your first API or are an experienced developer, whether you are using Microsoft or other services,
we are looking for your feedback. This survey can take as little as 5 minutes to complete and it is completely anonymous. Your feedback will help shaping a set of new developer experiences, inside and outside of Visual Studio. If you are willing to participate in further user studies or discuss your experience with us in person, be sure to check the opt-in box and provide your email address, we will then follow-up with you on feedback sessions. Please also pass the survey on to other developer who you think may want to provide input.   Thanks!
Heinrich Wendel
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Visual Studio Toolbox: Python Tools for Visual Studio

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Python Tools for Visual Studio (PTVS) is a free, open source plugin that turns Visual Studio (including Express!) into a Python IDE. In this episode, I am joined by Steve Dower, who shows how PTVS provides Python developers all of the goodness of Visual Studio, including IntelliSense, local and remote debugging and more. He also discusses why developers who have not used Python before might want to give it a try.