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Angular Talk at Visual Studio Live! in Washington DC on October 7th, 2014

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I am very excited to talk about AngularJS at the upcoming Visual Studio Live! conference in Washington DC! The session is entitled “Build an Angular and Bootstrap Web Application in Visual Studio from the Ground Up“. It is aimed at intermediate level developers that are new to or just getting started with AngularJS. Because this […]

Pack your Windows App package yourself

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A while ago, one of my Windows Store apps was in a weird stall – I’ve updated the app to support Windows 8.1 only, but published version was still targeting 8.0. After uploading new version of the app, I had to remove the 8.0 version due to some validation errors – the mistake! I was left in a situation where I couldn’t publish my new 8,1 app because the process required having the 8.0 along the new one. Uploading 8.0 version didn’t work either because the process required that any new upload has to have its version number incremented. An option
to just end the Windows 8.0 support at this point would be a helpful solution to the problem, but that option is not available until both versions of the app are validated and published. I had to manually increment the old app’s version (targeting 8.0) and put it up there for validation to be able to continue publishing the new app (targeting 8.1). Luckily, the application’s version is easily modified in AppxManifest.xml and Appx files are just archive files, right? Yes, but any modification made to package content will invalidate package signature so it’s necessary to recreate it. Creating the package Starting from existing...(Read whole news on source site)

Windows 10 and Windows Insider Program

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Windows 10 Technical Preview is available for free to try and give your feedback to Microsoft.You need to sign up for the Windows Insider Program and download Windows 10!
https://insider.windows.com


This preview has features like the new Start menu, the multi-desktop functionality and more.
A different preview made for consumers that will add features like the "Continuum" touchscreen mode will be released in early 2015.I suggest you watch this small intro video:
Introducing Windows 10 - the best Windows yetWARNING: Trying out an early build like this can be risky. It is *NOT* recommended to install the preview on your primary home
or business PC. Unexpected PC crashes could damage or even delete your files, so you should back up everything....(Read whole news on source site)

Visual Studio Toolbox: .NET Micro Framework

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In this episode, I am joined by Olivier Block and Salvador Ramirez, who talk about and show the just released beta update to the .NET Micro Framework SDK, which adds support for Visual Studio 2013. Olivier and Salvador show how easy it is to write C# applications that run on resource constrained embedded devices, including sensors and robots. Resources: .NET Micro Framework team blog .NET Micro Framework website .NET Micro Framework on CodePlex

Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

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Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/tmurphy/archive/2014/10/01/teaching-old-dogs-new-tricks.aspx Old developers can easily get set in their ways especially if they work in one environment for a dozen years or more.  So how do you overcome the “that is the way it has always been done” mentality that sets in? The first thing you have to do is be patient.  Don’t try to force them to change all at once.  Too much change at one time can be a shock to anyone’s system.  Gradually introduce new ideas and new techniques.  The next thing you need to do is to
make sure that you demonstrate examples and explain how the changes will benefit them in their daily work.  One of the main resistance points is that people don’t understand why change is needed.  If they can see the payoff they can more easily make the transition. The most important thing you can do though is get management’s support.  This does a couple of things.  First it gives you a fall back when you encounter resistance.  Secondly it relieves the existing developers of the mental responsibility for old habits.  They are just doing what is expected of them. Even...(Read whole news on source site)

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