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Microsoft already released Windows Phone 8.1 as part of Developer Preview programme, that means, developers having Windows Phone store account and/or App Studio account can try this before it comes out for general public to experience. Windows Phone 8.1 has some cool new and enhanced features set and among them Start Screen and Themes are there. In this post, we are going to discuss on this today.  If you are a Windows Phone developer and want to experience it as part of Developer Preview programme (Early Adopter), you can follow this post to configure your device to
get the latest update before it comes up to general public. Though the said post is quite old, but this is applicable for Windows Phone 8.1 update too. Make sure to read the “Important Notes” section before proceeding with this update. One of the most amazing experience you will fell with this update is the new Start Screen. You can now set either Accent color or an image as the background of transparent live tiles. This will only work to those apps which has a transparent icon as it’s live tile. The developer of that app must provide that in the...(Read whole news on source site)

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In this episode, Robert is joined by Harikrishna Kumar, who show us improvements to authoring XAML in Visual Studio 2013. Hari shows us the Hub App template for Windows Store apps, Go to Definition, IntelliSense for data binding and resources, statement completion, IntelliSense matching and more. He also shows us some new features for working with XAML in Blend.

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You can force two columns (or rows) in a Grid to always be the same size using the SharedSizeGroup property when defining the columns (or rows). Below, we specify that the third column should auto-size and that the first and third columns should be the same size.  The first column will be sized to match the auto-sized third […]

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Did you know that you can have multiple email alias associated with an existing Microsoft ID (formally Live ID). The first thing that you should do if you receive a new email address, wither corporate or personal, is associate it with your current Microsoft ID. The post Using multiple email alias with your existing Microsoft ID appeared first on naked ALM - Experts in ALM, TFS & lean-agile with Scrum.

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RavenDB is a server product, as such, we are obvious going to have to talk over the network. That is great, except that it means we need a system wide resource, a TCP port. And that isn’t so great, because it turn out that there are a lot of things that can try to grab a port and use it. And I don’t speak about things like Skype taking over port 80. I’m talking about the use of dynamic or ephemeral ports. That means that during the build, we can have something (for example, Chrome, or DropBox, or anything
that uses the web) make a call and suddenly that port is busy and you can’t bind to it. The default ports we use for tests are in the 8070 – 8090 range, but we have had consistent build failures because something is taking the ports. Finally I took the time to investigate, and I discovered that:

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