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You are not your IDE

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Over the weekend, I attended the Nodevember developer conference in Nashville, TN. I was fortunate enough to speak and showed a demo of how we can break the shackles of our big, bloated IDEs in software development. Now, that’s not to say there’s no value in IDEs… but I don’t need to explain my complete […]

WinForms and WPF Spreadsheet: Mail-Merge, Comments, and more (Coming soon in v14.2)

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In addition to the changes already described for the WinForms and the WPF spreadsheet controls, there are some smaller improvements and new features. Buckle up: this will be a wild ride… Mail-Merge: Data Source Wizard (WinForms) The Data Source Wizard allows the user to create a new data source, configure it, and, if there is more than one data source available, to select the one that is required for a particular task. Once created, the data source configuration will be stored in the XLS/XLSX spreadsheet file
so the user does not have to re-configure the data source the next time. In the past, creating and selecting such a data source required changes in your application code, so this user wizard should help reduce your involvement in such requirements, at least for technical users. With this wizard, the user can start performing a mail merge immediately the XLSX/XLS file is loaded into the Spreadsheet control. Alongside this new feature, we’ve added the ability to manage queries: …and also provided the capability to define and manage the data...(Read whole news on source site)

RavenDB 3.0 RTM!

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RavenDB 3.0 is out and about! It is available on out downloads page and on Nuget. You can read all about what is new with RavenDB 3.0 here. This is a stable release, fully supported. It is the culmination of over a year and a half of work, a very large team and enough improvements to make you dance a jig. You can play with the new version here, and all of our systems has been running on 3.0 for a while now, of course. And with that, I’m exhausted, thrilled and very excited. Have fun playing with 3.0, and
check by tomorrow to see some of the cool Wow features. ...(Read whole news on source site)

Speech Recognition in ASP.NET

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Speech synthesis and recognition were both introduced in .NET 3.0. They both live in System.Speech.dll. In the past, I already talked about speech synthesis in the context of ASP.NET Web Form applications, this time, I’m going to talk about speech recognition. .NET has in fact two APIs for that:
System.Speech, which comes with the core framework;
Microsoft.Speech, offering a somewhat similar API, but requiring a separate download: Microsoft Speech Platform Software Development Kit.
I am going to demonstrate a technique that makes use of HTML5 features, namely, Data URIs and the
href="http://w3c.github.io/mediacapture-main/getusermedia.html" target="_blank">getUserMedia API and also ASP.NET Client Callbacks, which, if you have been following my blog, should know that I am a big fan of. First, because we have two APIs that we can use, let’s start by creating an abstract base provider class:

Simplify Static Member Access – Using Statement With Static Classes in C# 6.0

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C# 6.0 introduced many small and useful features that helps developers to write clean code. On of such feature is “Using Statement with Static Classes”. We know a static class cannot be instantiated. While using any static member, we find ourselves repeating the class name to access any of the static members. It looks kind […]

Visual Studio Toolbox: Modern App Development

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This is the third in a series of shows featuring speakers from the VSLive conference, which was held in Redmond in August. In this episode, I am joined by Rocky Lhotka for an in-depth and very engaging conversation on modern app development and how developers should think about building apps in what Rocky calls "the post mobile world".

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