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3D maps with the Windows 10 Maps SDK

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Notice - this is not an April fool's joke, although you may think it is. It is not my custom to write about something without a real ready-to-run sample, but this is so cool I really needed to show you this. You may have played around with the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK, and seen the cool map control there. You also may have noticed a BasicGeoposition that you use to put a MapIcon on the map, not only has a Latitude and a Longitude, but also an Altitude property. Setting that doesn’t do much. Now for Windows 10, it looks like
they basically have ported over the maps control from the phone to full Windows. And not only that, my friends. Because in Windows 10, Altitude does something. Hells bells, it does. To let you fully appreciate how this looks in real life, I made a little screencast, courtesy of TechSmith Camtasia (thanks guys).
3D Maps in Windows 10 quick demo
I can tell you – a maps guy like me got a serious nerdgasm out of this. I will ASAP blog a sample so you can try this...(Read whole news on source site)

Getting your teams to communicate effectively

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Lets be honest here. For a very long time, if I had to choose between an averagely skilled but well-spoken developer and a very skilled and experienced introvert, I would probably choose the first. And yes, I do realize that these are two extremes and that most people have characteristics of both. So please don’t flame me for saying this. Nonetheless, I (still) believe that multi-disciplinary agile teams need to foster open communication. In such a setting, you just can't work in isolation that long. XP practices like pair programming and swarming on stories is the common thing people do.
Consequently, having somebody in the team that has difficulty expressing him or herself in Dutch or English can be considered as a impediment. But before I'm going to talk in solutions, let me share some of the symptoms I've observed first hand. Communication Impediments I think many experienced scrum masters will recognize this, but when I was still part of a Scrum team, we regularly had retrospective and sprint demos. Somehow, the same people were either always speaking or always silent. Even tricks like brain storming using post-its and dot voting didn’t...(Read whole news on source site)

Visual Studio Toolbox: Cloud Enable a WPF LOB App Part 1

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In this episode, the first of two parts, I begin exploring how you can modernize your existing WPF line of business applications and move to the cloud. The demo app uses WCF and SQL Server. I first move the data to Azure SQL and then publish the WCF service to an Azure Web site. And I don't have to touch the code in the app! This episode is based on the first half of the Cloud-Enable a Windows Presentation Foundation LOB App course on the Microsoft Virtual Academy. That course goes into much more detail, particularly on Azure. The sample
code and the scripts used are available at
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Renewed as SharePoint Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 2015

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Aprils fools day and for the sixth time I have been awarded with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) recognition for SharePoint Server. Dear Wictor Wilen,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2015 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in SharePoint Server technical communities during the past year. Thank you Microsoft, my employer and those in the community that still gives me the kicks in contributing on- and offline.
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stop explaining it away

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This last weekend, I had a rather new experience. It wasn’t something I expected, and I wasn’t sure how to react to it. My initial reaction was a little bit of surprise, mixed with a desire to just explain things away. I wanted to deny the experience… of others, and of myself. Ironically, this was […]