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Learning Xamarin: MVVM Light and Xamarin Forms

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Today I’m going to kick off a series of postings on creating an application using Xamarin Forms and theMVVM Light Toolkit.  This is part of a larger series on Learning Xamarin. To get started, I created a new Xamarin Forms … Continue reading → For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at

#1,127 – Localization VIII – Passing Comments On to the Translator

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When you have an application that will be localizable, you use localization attributes to explicitly mark which elements need to be localized.  You may want to also add a comment for a particular element, to help the translator in localizing the content. You can add a comment for the translator in a XAML file using the Localization.Comments attribute.  The […]

Cloud apps with Microsoft Azure–free ebook

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When you look outside of the window and you notice the weather’s not making you feel to go and sit outside to enjoy it you might as well read a good book. Microsoft released an ebook that’ll go well with the cloudy weather but will at least make you fee more happy than the actual weather does. To grab a copy go over to Cloud apps with Microsoft Azure: Best practices for DevOps, data storage, high availability, and more, by Scott Guthrie, Mark Simms, Tom Dykstra, Rick Anderson, and Mike Wasson.. You can opt to go for these choices:
title="Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure" href="" target="_blank">pdf epub mobi Grz, Kris. ...(Read whole news on source site)

Production analysis and trouble shooting with RavenDB

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The annoying thing about software in production is that it is a  black box. It just sits there, doing something, and you have very little input into what. Oh, you can look at the CPU usage and memory consumption, you can try to figure out what is going on from the kind of things that the system will tell you this process is doing. But for the most part ,this is a black box. And not even one that is designed to let you figure out what just happened. With RavenDB, we have made a very conscious effort to avoid
being a black box. There are a lot of end points that you can query to figure out exactly what is going on. And you can use different endpoints to figure out different problems.  But in the end, while that was very easy for us to use, those aren’t really meant for end users. They are meant for our support engineers, mostly.  We got tired of sending over “give me the output of the following endpoints” deal. We wanted a better story, something that would be easier and more convenient all around .So we sat down and thought about...(Read whole news on source site)

APress Deal of the Day 1/August/2014 - Foundation Game Design with HTML5 and JavaScript

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Originally posted on:’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at is Foundation Game Design with HTML5 and JavaScript. “Foundation Game Design with HTML5 and JavaScript teaches you everything you need to know about how to make video games. If you’ve never done any programming before and don’t know where to start, this book will show you how to make games from start to finish. You’ll learn all the latest programming technologies (HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript) to create your games. All written in a fun and friendly style with open-ended projects that encourage you
to build your own original games” ...(Read whole news on source site)

The Morning Brew #1664

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Information What is up with transparent identifiers? Part one – Eric Lippert discusses the transformation of LINQ Queries, and the role of the Transparent Identifier in this process in this first of two parts on the subject. Chess TDD 11: Tying Up Loose Ends – Eric Dietrich continues his series looking at creating a Chess […]

How to create an Excel file using Silverlight and C#?

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Sometime we need to export data as Excel report. This can be a plain Console application or a high end desktop and/or web application. You can of course do this using plugins/add-ons but what if you don’t have permission to use any 3rd party assemblies in your application? Okay, in this post we are going to discuss this with help of a simple Silverlight & C# application but logic will be same in other platforms/technologies too. Keep reading.    Current days, it’s easy to create Excel file as it can read XML file format and view it as Excel. XML
based Excel file uses a template to recognize it as Excel format. The tag “” does this thing intelligently. The “Workbook” tag tells it to create a Workbook and the “Worksheet” tag tells it to create a Worksheet. In the worksheet, you can create table using the “Table” tag to represent your data into it. The “Table” tag consists of few “Row” and “Cell” tags to represent the data in tabular format. Now we just have to create rows and cells specifying proper data type which can be string, number etc. Check out the below code snippet where we are...(Read whole news on source site)