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Frankentechtures

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Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/tmurphy/archive/2015/04/22/frankentechtures.aspx Monsters are an exciting thing to see in a movie.  They are not so thrilling in your application architecture.  I recently came up with (or at least I think I came up with) a term for architectures that are put together with mismatching parts and in ways the software gods never intended: Frankenstein Architectures.  A co-worker then evolved that to Frankentechture. Of course the designer of a framework or an application platform can’t envision every possible use of their creation.  How do you know then
when you are just using it in a new and inventive way and when you are creating a Frankenstein monster?  Read the documentation of the author’s intent, see where it performs best and where the maintenance story is the best and then don’t stray far from those boundaries. Another thing to think about is if you are using patterns just because you read them in a book and it sounded good?  Are you adding them to the application just because you saw them at the latest conference?  Are you spending days and weeks finding ways to get around the...(Read whole news on source site)

PyCon 2015 in review

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A couple weeks ago we headed off to PyCon 2015. If you missed PyCon, there is another opportunity to come see us. PyData Seattle is hosted at Microsoft’s Redmond campus in July 24-26. The call for proposals and early-bird registration are still open, so if you’re a data scientist using Python or simply interested in learning about it, we’d love to see you there. Now, we are back from Montreal and all caught up on sleep; but, before we get back to work (now fully inspired!), we thought we’d share our experience at theconference. We launched a new series
of videos for PTVS at the conference. These videos are short (less than 5 min) and will help jump start your Python journey. They range from getting started guides to help set up Visual Studio for Python development through to deep-dive tutorials about Cross Platform Remote Debugging, How to create a Python Django Website, Creating Native Modules, and much more. This is just a short list we have started with and will continue to add to. If there is something in specific you’d like to see a tutorial on, please send us your requests. Apart from these videos,...(Read whole news on source site)

Azure App Services

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Recently Microsoft showed us something new to the world which I think is very interesting: Azure App Service.   This new offering makes it a snap to create, deploy, manage your applications and APIs and integrate third party APIs as well. First of all the two parts that stayed the same but got a rebranding: Web apps == Web Sites Mobile apps == Mobile Services Two newcomers in the arena are Logic apps to automate access and use of data API apps to easily build and consume
Cloud APIs There are several great videos available that show you a quick introduction: Announcement by Scott Guthrie and Bill Staples Web Apps Mobile Apps Logic Apps API Apps Grz, Kris. ...(Read whole news on source site)

Renewed as an MVP

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I got renewed as an MVP for ASP.NET. I’ve been renewed every year since 2007 when I first got the award. I’ll keep doing my best for the community for the next year(s) to come as well. Being an MVP is all about community work and interaction and I really love that community. Thanks to that I got to know a lot of interesting people, became a better developer and person. It’s been an awesome ride so far. Grz, Kris.

Visual Studio Toolbox: Real-time Monitoring of Mobile Apps with Xamarin Insights

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This is the last of our second four part series on building cross-platform apps using Xamarin and C#. In this episode I am joined by James Montemagno, a developer evangelist at Xamarin, who discusses Xamarin Insights, a new monitoring solution for all mobile applications. We get an indepth look at how to integrate Xamarin Insights into your iOS, Android, and Windows applications to get real time crash reporting of native and managed crashes. Then, we see how to monitor custom events and data and tie directly into popular services such
as Visual Studio Online to get mission critical updates. Resources: Try Xamarin today: www.xamarin.com Follow James on Twitter and his personal blog Xamarin developer documentation and blog Parts one, two and three of this series Parts one, twothree and four of James' debut Xamarin series
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The Story of a Digital Artist

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I’m always on the hunt for people that do what makes them come alive. Artists in particular are especially interesting for me, especially when they are able to do what they love. I’ve known too many artists that lived painful lives, trying to be an artist, but never making ends meet. I’ve also known too many artists that lived another life outside of art, but never really lived, because they never answered their calling. I believe that in today’s world, there are a lot more options for you to live life on you terms. With
technology at our fingertips, it’s easier to connect with people around the world and share your art, whatever that may be. On Sources of Insight, I’ve asked artist Rebecca Tsien to share her story: Why I Draw People and Animals It’s more than a story of a digital artist.   It’s a journey of fulfillment. Rebecca has found a way to do what she loves.  She lives and breathes her passion. Maybe her story can inspire you. Maybe there’s a way you can do more art.
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Xamarin.Android - Syncing data between Wearable and Handheld devices

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Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/dotNETvinz/archive/2015/04/23/xamarin.android---syncing-data-between-wearable-and-handheld-devices.aspxIn my previous posts I've talked about setting up your development environment to get started with Android development using Xamarin and Visual Studio and also talked about a brief introduction about wearable. In this post I'm going to demonstrate how sync data in your android application. Creating the Wear App Project To get started let's fire up Visual Studio 2013 and select FILE > NEW > PROJECT. Under Templates > C# > Android, select Wear App (Android) Project. You should be able to see like this: Name your app to
whatever you like and then click OK to let Visual Studio generate the necessary files for you. In this example I named it as "WearDemo". The image below shows the generated files with default sample codes to help you get started on building wear apps. Before we start modifying the default codes I'd like to point out that there are two ways to communicate between wearable and handheld device and these are the DataApi and the MessageApi. Below are the short description of each APIs: DataApi exposes an API for components to read or write...(Read whole news on source site)

Coming Soon: RabbitMQ For Developers

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A few months ago, I started working on a screencast series for WatchMeCode that covers RabbitMQ – a great little messaging system that allows you to quickly and easily write distributed applications by using message queues. The screencast series is done, and it’s been a rather popular one already. But I also realize that there’s […]

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