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RavenDB 3.0–Release Plans

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Well, I just committed the last feature for RavenDB 3.0, and all the tests are passing. What we are doing now is just working through the studio and running verification tests. Tomorrow or Sunday we are going to go live on our own systems with RavenDB 3.0. And shortly after that we’ll do an release candidate, followed by the actual release.

The Morning Brew #1682

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Software Announcing the Release Candidates for Web API OData 5.3 – Andrew Zhou announces the release candidate release of WebAPI OData 5.3, available now from the NuGet gallery as pre-release packages, bringing OData v4 features to WebAPI. Visual Studio Online – Stakeholder License – S.Somasegar announces a new licensing scenario for Visual Studio Online for […]

Windows Phone 8.1 Screen Orientation - What’s changed for #WPDev?

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Windows Phone 8.1 SDK came with slight changes in it’s API and among them, few changes I already blogged earlier with a comparison to the previous SDK version. If you are looking for Screen Orientation changes, this post will help you. In this post we are going to discuss “How to set the Supported Orientation and Screen Orientation in Windows Phone 8.1” with a comparison between the API changes.   You might already know that, many APIs have been changed in Windows Phone 8.1 if you compare them with it’s previous version (i.e. WP8). I have already blogged
few of them. You can read them here:Windows Phone 8.1 Ratings & Review - What’s changed for #WPDev? Windows Phone 8.1 TTS Voice API - What’s changed for #WPDev? Windows Phone 8.1 Text-To-Speech - What’s changed for #WPDev? Windows Phone 8.1 Status Bar - What’s changed for #WPDev? Windows Phone 8.1 TextBox Control - What’s new for #WPDev? How to set Screen Orientation in Windows Phone 8.0 or earlier?Earlier to Windows Phone 8.1, we had to set the SupportedOrientation and Orientation  property of the PhoneApplicationPage in order to set the supported orientation and screen...(Read whole news on source site)

a work / life … imbalance?

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My 7 year old son is at home today... he's not sick or anything. He's just in between things for a day. His summer care ended on Friday, and the school year starts on Tuesday. Today, being Monday when I'm writing this, he is at home with me. And I have to be honest with you - days like today are difficult for me.

Mental Health in the Tech Workplace

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15 years ago I went through a pretty serious bout of depression. I all but stopped eating, going to classes, and hanging out with my friends. I lost 40lbs that year from not eating enough, felt like there was no hope and thought I would never be able to get through anything, ever again. Through […]

Building Cloud Apps with the Azure WebJobs SDK | Microsoft Azure Blog

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Building Cloud Apps with the Azure WebJobs SDK | Microsoft Azure Blog

MS Press has published an e-book based on Scott Guthrie’s presentation, Building Cloud Apps With Windows Azure.
The book consistently features Azure Websites as the default choice for hosting web applications, with one exception where it switches to Cloud Services. In the queue-centric work pattern chapter, the book uses a Worker Role to handle backend processing for the Fix It sample application.

Simple workaround for “Design view is unavailable for x64 and ARM target platforms”

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When you are developing for Windows Phone or Windows and you are faced with using a native component (for instance the Bing Maps control on Windows, or the SensorCore api on Windows Phone) you will loose your designers when you are testing, both in Visual Studio and in Blend, as they will only work for “AnyCPU”  or “x86” configurations.This is highly annoying, but there is a kind-of fix. The trick is to create an extra configuration. I usually make a copy of “Debug”, which I call “DebugArm” I do this by right clicking on the solution, selecting
“properties”, and then hit “Configuration Manager” Then I make a copy of Debug, by selecting “New” in the “Configuration” drop down, and I make a copy of Debug, called DebugArm. In that solution I set everything to ARM: So far so good, and nothing new. Now select the Debug project configuration again in Visual Studio, hit “Save all” and compile. Then open the solution in Blend. You will notice of course the designers now work, but now you cannot deploy. Changing that configuration every time again is slow and cumbersome, and it won’t...(Read whole news on source site)

Taking on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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As you have no doubt heard by now, there is a very creative movement going around right now to help promote awareness and raise money through donations to fight ALS through the ALS Association website at: The way the challenge works is, someone challenges you to take the Ice Bucket Challenge, and you have 24 hours to record a bucket of ice water being dumped over your head and share the video through social media, or you can make a donation to an ALS Charity of your choice, or do both. One of the other things you
get to do in your video is nominate three other people to take the challenge as well. You can see more about the Ice bucket Challenge HERE. Well, I recently received my ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Bill Hole of the U.S. Licensing Group, a Microsoft Partner here in the U.S., so here is my video that I am sharing with my social media audience, as well as my nominations to take the Ice Bucket Challenge next. ...(Read whole news on source site)