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My Entities, Validation and View Models Course

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A few weeks back, I released a new course on Pluralsight. This new course talks through what I consider “Best Practices” (though there are no absolutes) for ASP.NET Entitles, View Models, and Validation. I was tremendously pleased to find it made it into the top ten courses for a few days. It seems to be resonating with some students and that makes me really happy. If you’re writing ASP.NET code, this course could make your job easier! The course covers: Designing Entitles (Relational or NoSQL) Use Case for View Models in ASP.NET Mapping Between Entities and View Models
Using Validation in ASP.NET MVC Applying these principals to ASP.NET Web API If you’re a Pluralsight subscriber, you can view the course here:
This work by Shawn Wildermuth is licensed under a

Silverlight and DevExpress Universal v15.1

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You may have noticed something peculiar once you’d installed v15.1: no Silverlight controls came as a part of the product and hence were no longer present on your machine. Wait, what? Back in December 2014, at the time of the v14.2 release, I announced that we were no longer going to update and enhance the Silverlight controls (Silverlight’s future at DevExpress). I’ll quote the relevant summary: …we made the decision to put our Silverlight controls into maintenance mode as well – in fact, we
have already forked the code. We will not be providing any new functionality for our Silverlight controls but will provide maintenance updates to fix any issues as and when necessary. We have already stopped selling DevExpress Silverlight as a separate product (either as a new subscription or as a maintenance subscription) and it is now only available as part of DXperience or Universal. However, we then made a pretty big faux pas: we removed the controls completely from our products in v15.1, despite our promise to keep it available with DXperience and Universal subscriptions, and despite the...(Read whole news on source site)

Customize Authentication Header in SwaggerUI using Swashbuckle

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Originally posted on: has quickly established itself as an important tool for building Web API’s for any platform. Swagger enables interactive documentation and client SDK generation/discoverability. One of the most frequently used Swagger tools is Swagger UI. Swagger UI provides automatically generated HTML assets that give you automatic documentation and even an online test tool. To see Swagger UI in action, check out their demo page. Although Swagger/Swagger UI can be used for any platform, the Swashbuckle library makes integrating Swagger UI into a .NET Web API app a breeze. In fact, Azure
API Apps specifically leverage Swagger via Swashbuckle to provide the metadata for Azure API apps. Most of the out of the box features of Swagger work great. However, there are times when you need to customize this behavior. For example, by default Swagger UI gives you a textbox for for the “API key”. When you execute the request, it simply puts this API key into a query string variable called “api_key” as shown in the screen shot: But what do you do if you need some other type of authentication? Perhaps you need Basic Auth...(Read whole news on source site)

Managing Access to Cloud Resources

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As you start your cloud incubation journey, one of the very first hurdles you would run into is access management. How to secure access to your cloud provider? Whom do you allow to provision resources? Do you want to centralize the provisioning, or empower project teams with self-service capability? Can we leverage on-premise identity stores […]

Freescale solid state RF power innovation enables disruptive new concept for cooking at home

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Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) today introduced its vision for a radically innovative appliance concept that leverages solid state radio frequency (RF) technology to revolutionize cooking. Developed in partnership with global product strategy and design firm frog, this breakthrough proof of concept will help enable fresh, chef-quality meals available at home with virtually no effort or......(Read whole news on source site)

Coolpad’s Dazen 1 becomes top-most selling smartphone on Snapdeal

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Coolpad Dazen 1 has become the No. 1 brand in sales and No. 1 in product ratings on Snapdeal within 2 weeks of launch. Dazen 1 is the only device in India offering 2 GB RAM and 4G LTE under Rs. 6000. Coolpad last week launched the black edition of its Dazen 1 handset which......(Read whole news on source site)

Entity Framework Pitfalls: Table Valued Functions

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New', courier, monospace; font-size: 8pt; direction: ltr; background-color: #f4f4f4;"> var customers3 = ctx.Database.SqlQuery(typeof(Customer), "SELECT * FROM [dbo].[GetCustomers]()");
var customers3 = ctx.Database.SqlQuery(typeof(Customer), "SELECT * FROM [dbo].[GetCustomers]()");
As of Entity Framework 6.x, Table Valued Functions are not supported, which is really a pity. For example, the following does not work:

What's new in the Office Roadmap - 2015-06-26

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Some interesting summer news on the Office Roadmap this week. But first of all something that is not very cool at all; the Office roadmap URL has changed. I've used and linked to,  and but the only one that is working right now is Booh! Thou shalt not change URL's without redirects… Changes 2015-06-26 This is the detected changes in the Roadmap. If you use the newly released feature on the Roadmap that shows the Recently Updated Features, you will see that it states about 50 changed features, since
we don't know their "algorithm" behind the feature, just ignore it and keep reading… Now Launched Skype for Business Online: Lync in a new shroud is now officially launched…... Office 365 ProPlus user activation management:  You can now manage your ProPlus activations directly from the admin center Office 365 Groups : improving visibility and management: The Office 365 Groups features are slowly rolling out and being launched on all tenants. Compliance Search: Some of the new compliance features announced just weeks ago as being in development are now launched. Rolling out MDM for OneDrive for Business: was...(Read whole news on source site)