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Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/TATWORTH/archive/2014/04/13/apress-deal-of-the-day---13apr2014---pro-sql.aspx Today's $10 deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/9781430243953 is Pro SQL Database for Windows Azure "Pro SQL Database for Windows Azure, 2nd Edition introduces you to Microsoft's cloud-based delivery of its enterprise-caliber, SQL Server database management system—showing you how to program and administer it in a variety of cloud computing scenarios."

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It is important to customize the look and feel of SharePoint portal implementation to match your corporate branding. For public websites, branding is in the top of the list, where you need to create appealing websites. SharePoint 2013 addresses the branding of publishing sites and intranet sites in both different ways as the customization requirements varies. For Publishing site, you have design manager where you will be able to define and use your own master pages and page layouts. For intranets that level of customizations are not required, so SharePoint offers certain themes out of the box and it is
easy to create your own. In this article I am going to explain how you create a new theme and apply to your site. For creating a custom look and feel for your website, the following components are involved. Color Palette – This is an XML file that defines the color scheme of your SharePoint 2013 site. The extension of this file is .spcolor and by default 32 color pallets are shipped with SharePoint. If none of the 32 fits your need, it is easy to create new one . Font Scheme...(Read whole news on source site)

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I’m a fan of simple models that help you see things you might otherwise miss, or that help explain how things work, or that simply show you a good lens for looking at the world around you. Here’s a simple Industry Life Cycle model that I found in Professor Jason Davis’ class, Technology Strategy (MIT’s OpenCourseWare.) It’s a simple backdrop and that’s good.  It’s good because there is a lot of complexity in the transitions, and there are may big ideas that all build on top of this simple frame. Sometimes
the most important thing to do with a model is to use it as a map. What stage is your industry in?
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Introduction NHibernate’s HiLo (High-Low) id generation algorithm is one of the most commonly used, and for good reasons:
It is database-independent, that is, does not rely on any database-specific functionality such as SQL Server’s IDENTITY and Oracle’s SEQUENCE;
It allows batching of inserts;
It complies with the Unit of Work pattern, because it sends all writes at the same time (when the
session is flushed);
Your code does not need to know or care about it.
Now, this post does not intent to explain this algorithm in depth, for that I recommend the NHibernate HiLo Identity Generator article or Choosing a Primary Key: Natural or Surrogate?, for a more in-depth discussion of id generation strategies. Here I will talk about how to make better use of the NHibernate implementation. Max Low First of all, you can configure...(Read whole news on source site)

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Last week at Build 2014, Bill Staples showed off a preview of the new Microsoft Azure portal for the first time. You can jump to his demo in Scott Guthrie’s keynote. The new portal was built from the ground up to put your applications at the center of the experience. This may sound like an obvious concept, but let us stop for a moment to consider the state of cloud development. When developing for the cloud today, we are oftentimes managing individual resources (databases, storage, cloud services, virtual machines, and so on). It’s left up to
us as cloud developers and IT professionals to piece these resources together in some meaningful way and manage them over time. Have you ever provisioned a cloud resource and later forgot what it’s being used for? Is this resource important, or was it just for testing? Which application was it for? I’m certainly guilty of this. The cloud makes it easy to use resources, and likewise it’s easy to waste them if you aren’t careful. Furthermore, the planning, development, and testing of those applications is usually done elsewhere, such as within Visual Studio Online. Monitoring the health of those...(Read whole news on source site)

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