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UX Scotland 2015

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During the end of last week, UX Scotland 2015 took place at the Dynamic Earth, offering a selection of interesting talks, workshops and social events. The conference was filled with interesting guests sharing their personal experiences, including Scott Logic’s Graham Odds. The hot Summer Sun proved to offer the ultimate setting, gracing the attendees with a rare display of Edinburgh at its liveliest. Despite the variety of topics covered with each talk, the two overarching themes of the sessions I attended were: 1) how to overcome the challenges of creative work (both from the perspective of the individual and their environment),
and 2) how UX methodologies helped drive the design of products whose user base is not as well known or accessible. Challenges of Creative Work The opening keynote by Dan Saffer on “Practical Creativity” was firmly centered around the first topic, offering a reflection on what it means to be creative in a world where music, literature or even science are constantly pushing the boundaries of imagination. Dan Saffer settled on the concept of ‘Practical Creativity’ to fully understand the essence of his work: a combination of imagination and knowledge, fully grounded in the presence of outside constraints and a...(Read whole news on source site)

Building Windows 10 UWP Apps talk

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Tuesday night I gave a talk at our user group on Windows 10 UWP development. Had a good crowd and a lot of good questions. Wanted to share my slide deck here in case anyone wants it for reference. Slides Demos were mostly from the platform SDK samples found here: And my one … Continued

The Morning Brew #1890

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Short and links only again today as I’m very pressed for time. Information New Azure Billing APIs Available – Scott Guthrie Refactoring with Loops and Collection Pipelines – Martin Fowler .NET Hotfix Rollups for June – Jeff Lambert Chess TDD 39: Dipping a Toe into Complex Piece Movement – Erik Dietrich Angular Team Provides Roadmap, […]

Why you should abandon TFS and adopt Git

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Almost every time I do some kind of talk somewhere, people ask me for advice on how to convince their management that they should drop Microsoft Team Foundation Server's source control system and move over to Git. In this post, I'll be talking about the source control system only. Both Visual Studio Online (Microsoft's TFS-in-the-cloud), GitHub and BitBucket support this heavily. We use GitHub ourselves, but I've noticed that Microsoft made some considerable improvements since we moved away from TFS.

Anyway, in January 2014,
after three years with TFS, we finally moved to Git. With 1.5 years of experience, I think we're entitled to having an opinion about how they compare. To help me compile this post, I asked my colleagues about things they can do now they couldn't do when we were still using TFS's centralized source control system. One word of disclaimer though.
You can create and merge branches in seconds rather than minutes (or hours if your project is anything but trivial). Switching between branches happens in milliseconds ...(Read whole news on source site)

Inspirational Quotes, Inspirational Life Quotes, and Great Leadership Quotes

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I know several people looking for inspiration. I believe the right words ignite or re-ignite us. There is no better way to prime your mind for great things to come than filling your head and hear with the greatest inspirational quotes that the world has ever known. Of course, the challenge is finding the best inspirational quotes to draw from. Well, here you go … 3 Great Inspirational Quotes Collections at Your Fingertips I revamped a few of my best inspirational quotes collections to really put the gems of insight at your fingertips:
Inspirational Quotes – light a fire from the inside out, or find your North Star that pulls you forward Inspirational Life Quotes - Great Leadership Quotes – learn what great leadership really looks like and how it helps lifts others up Each of these inspirational quotes collection is hand-crafted with deep words of wisdom, insight, and action. You'll find inspirational quotes from Charles Dickens, Confucius, Dr. Seuss, George Bernard Shaw, Henry David Thoreau, Horace, Lao Tzu, ...(Read whole news on source site)

The Decorator Pattern, Done Right, With StructureMap 3.0

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Back in 2012, I wrote a post about how to use the decorator pattern with StrutureMap.  Since then, StructureMap 3.0 has been released, and it’s actually much easier to apply decorators now!  Read on, and I’ll show you. Back in 2012… The StructureMap 2.6.x API didn’t provide a clean way to decorate things.  You had to use the EnrichWith method, like so: var container = new Container(cfg => { //...
cfg.For() .Use() .EnrichWith((ctx, r) => { return new ProductRepoLogger(r, ctx.GetInstance()); }); //... }); var repo = container.GetInstance(); //Repo is actually...(Read whole news on source site)

Moving Everyone and Everything to AngularJS

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We are late on the boat.  But I'm describing the journey for us, and we are truly on the boat. So in mid 2014, SharePoint Gurus decided that we'll move everyone to JavaScript.  Traditionally, we are very much an InfoPath, Workflows and Configuration-over-Customization type of Consultancy.My background is hardcore ASP.NET so I get all the fun stuff of writing Full Trust and Sandbox Solutions.  Custom Web Parts, Feature Receivers and Workflow Activities.  Later, as more work moves to client-side scripting, I would write Full Trust REST service end-points that provide lots of functionality to our InfoPath and Front-End Developers.As InfoPath
goes on a slowly (but surely) spiral of death, we look forward to where we should be investing our company's time and skills.  I was asked to consider and plan out the migration path for the company.What we looked at:JQueryJQuery itself was a good starting point, and possibly the simplest JavaScript library one should start with.  Traditionally, it's used for DOM manipulation, but it's usefulness was extended with jQuery Ajax and jQuery Deferred/Promise.  We use JQuery and the various plugins for JQuery for a lot of things.  Additionally, JQuery works very well with SPServices on SP2007 customizations.