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  • You've Been Haacked

    You've Been Haacked

    Unwrap MEF composition exceptions
    Published. February 1, 2015

    There are times when the Managed Extensibility Framework (aka MEF, the close relative of "Meh") cannot compose a part. In those cases it'll shrug (¯(?)/¯) and then take a dump on your runtime execution by throwing a CompositionException. There are many reasons a composition will fail. There are two I run into the most often. The first is that I simply forgot to export a type. The CompositionException in this case is actually helpful. But the other case is when an imported type...


  • Scott Hanselman

    Scott Hanselman

    Creating exact 3D Models for 3D Printing with JavaScript and OpenJSCAD
    Published. February 1, 2015

    I have this 3D Printed Spool Holder on the top of my Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printerl that looks like this: It works great and fits my RioRand generic PLA Filament spool exactly. However, I went down to Fry's Electronics to get some filament today and all they had was small Makerbot spools. They were cheap, so I got two. When I got home I noticed that the hole in the spool is HUGE. It totally won't fit my spool holder. This brings us to.. The Three Rules of 3D Printing All problems in...


  • DevExpress.com Blogs

    DevExpress.com Blogs

    ASP.NET Html Editor: Insert Media Content and Clipboard Pasting Processing (New in v14.2)
    Published. January 29, 2015

    Two new features of the DevExpress ASP.NET HTML Editor control now help your end-users with pasting and inserting media content. The features are part of the v14.2 release: Media Content Inserting Clipboard Pasting Processing Media Content Inserting The DevExpress ASP.NET HTML Editor allows you to insert different types of media content using its built-in toolbar buttons, dialogs, and media file selectors. The following media types are supported: Video Audio Flash YouTube...


  • Stephen Walther on ASP.NET MVC

    Stephen Walther on ASP.NET MVC

    ASP.NET 5 and AngularJS Part 6, Security
    Published. January 29, 2015

    This is the sixth part in a multiple part blog series on building ASP.NET 5 (ASP.NET vNext) apps with AngularJS. In this series of blog posts, I show how you can create a simple Movie app using ASP.NET 5, MVC 6, and AngularJS. ASP.NET 5 and AngularJS Part 1, Grunt, Uglify, and AngularJS ASP.NET 5 […]...


  • WinForms

    WinForms

    Getting Started with Xuni FlexPie for Xamarin.Forms
    Published. January 28, 2015

    Xuni is our collection of cross-platform mobile controls which allow users to provide native experiences on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.   Our new FlexPie control allows you to create customized pie… Read the rest....


  • bharry's WebLog

    bharry's WebLog

    Licensing changes - User acceptance testing and Agile planning
    Published. January 27, 2015

    This is next in a series of licensing and feature changes that I laid out in December.  With this, I think all of the cloud changes (and more) that I described have been made.  Some of the on-prem changes will be available as we release more on-prem updates. User acceptance testing As of this week, you will no longer need a VS Online Advanced license to do user acceptance testing with Visual Studio Online.  You will still need one to create and manage test plans but if you just need...


  • Northern Nevada Software Developers Group

    Northern Nevada Software Developers Group

    How to Migrate a Jenkins Job to New Jenkins Server
    Published. January 26, 2015

    We recently setup a new [Jenkins](http://jenkins-ci.org/) build server for some iOS applications and I wanted to find a quick way to copy a couple Job......


  • Adnan on Technology, Research & Development

    Adnan on Technology, Research & Development

    Monads by David Crockford
    Published. January 23, 2015

    The monadic curse is that once someone learns what monads are and how to use them, they lose the ability to explain it to other people. Excellent lecture. Transcript and Monads for Humans...


  • C#er : IMage

    C#er : IMage

    Real-time Communication in AngularJS with ($Q)orlate
    Published. January 21, 2015

    This post introduces the lightweight ($Q)orlate library. A popular type of engagement that iVision is hired for is the architecture assessment. For assessment projects we analyze the existing system, weigh our own experience, industry standards and best practices against what we find, then provide feedback and a potential road map to iterate towards a desired solution. I’ve participated in everything from an over-arching analysis of the entire technology stack with associates from our data center,...


  • Silverlight and WPF

    Silverlight and WPF

    Adventures in Angular: Replacing Silverlight with Wijmo and Angular with Chris Bannon and Bernardo Castilho
    Published. January 20, 2015

    Earlier in the month two of my colleagues, Bernardo and Chris were guests on Adventures in Angular. Adventures in Angular is a weekly show dedicated to the AngularJS framework. The… Read the rest....


  • JohnPapa.net

    JohnPapa.net

    Sharing Data in an Angular Controller or an Angular Service
    Published. January 18, 2015

    I received a great question about model data recently. A question I hear a lot that is about an extremely common situation that most Angular developers will face. The reason I think it comes up is that there are many examples showing different ways to code the situation, none of which are wrong, and none of which are absolutely right. I found myself typing up the answer and realized that this is a great opportunity to share the thought process on how I think about these situations. You may agree...


  • Somasegar's blog

    Somasegar's blog

    Microsoft + GitHub: Free Tools for Student Developers
    Published. January 12, 2015

    When we launched the new Visual Studio Community 2013 edition last year, we talked about students being one the audiences this product is really great for.  Free access to the tools that professional developers use every day is a great resource for students to learn, code and build the next great app. GitHub is the home of a strong open source community, including hundreds of Microsoft projects, and students are a critical part of this community.  Recently, GitHub announced the GitHub...


  • Pete Brown's Blog

    Pete Brown's Blog

    Interfacing the Novation Launchpad S with a Windows Store app
    Published. January 6, 2015

    In this post, I use the NuGet MIDI Preview package to show in Windows 8.1 an early look of what we're doing in Windows 10 for MIDI. I also create an early version of a Launchpad wrapper class to make it easy to use the Launchpad from your own apps. Following on from my earlier post on MIDI device enumeration (and add/remove detection) I've started building the code to interface with the Novation Launchpad S. Test app Here's a screen shot of the app. This is the same app as the previous article....


  • Scot Hiller

    Scot Hiller

    My blog has moved
    Published. January 2, 2015

    Starting in 2015, I have moved my blog to ITUnity...


  • Dave Noderer's Blog

    Dave Noderer's Blog

    EF 6.1 Code First Field Lengths – Reminder to self!
    Published. December 20, 2014

    Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/dnoderer/archive/2014/12/20/ef-6.1-code-first-field-lengths-ndash-reminder-to-self.aspxRecently I was using Entity Framework 6.1.1 to implement functionality for a windows service. I had used code first, that is creating a class in code then attaching to a db context and migrating it into a table on SQL Express 2014 but these had been small projects without a lot of data and hosted on full size sql servers and most projects start with an existing SQL...


  • ScottGu's Blog

    ScottGu's Blog

    Azure: Premium Storage, RemoteApp, SQL Database Update, Live Media Streaming, Search and More
    Published. December 11, 2014

    Today we released a number of great enhancements to Microsoft Azure. These include: Premium Storage: New Premium high-performance Storage for Azure Virtual Machine workloads RemoteApp: General Availability of Azure RemoteApp service SQL Database: Enhancements to Azure SQL Databases Media Services: General Availability of Live Channels for Media Streaming Azure Search: Enhanced management experience, multi-language support and more DocumentDB: Support for Bulk Add Documents and Query Syntax...


  • Peter Torr's Blog

    Peter Torr's Blog

    Async & exceptions in C#
    Published. December 10, 2014

    This quick post is motivated by a question on StackOverflow. Basically it is a simple console program you can run to see how exceptions are handled in C# async methods. Common wisdom is "don't have async void methods; always return a Task" but that simple signature change is neither necessary nor sufficient to handle exceptions correctly. Basically, in order to be safe you need to do one of two things: Handle exceptions within the async method itself; or Return a Task<T> and ensure that the...


  • South Colorado .NET User Group

    South Colorado .NET User Group

    Meeting Notice - Tuesday December 9, 2014
    Published. December 6, 2014

    "Review of 2014 and a Look Ahead to 2015" by Ben Hoelting Since this is the last meeting of the year, Ben Hoelting will lead a group discussion related to the biggest developer-related stories of 2014. Once we put the lid on 2014, we will take a look into the crystal ball and try to define what is going to be big in 2015. Ben will prepare some slides to lead the discussion. He will also have some demos of ASP.NET vNext to share with the group and spark some discussion. This is the Holiday meeting...


  • Method ~ of ~ failed by Tim Heuer

    Method ~ of ~ failed by Tim Heuer

    I lost 55lbs using these two amazing simple steps–you can too!
    Published. August 15, 2014

    TL;DR – I got off my butt, started eating better and lost 40lbs in ~100 days.  You can too. UPDATE: As of NOV-2014 I’m down 55lbs since this timeframe.  Feel amazing, found new hobbies that are active and loving life again. This year started very depressing personally as each look in the mirror showed another chin growing under the previous.  I weighed the most I’ve ever weighed in my life and it just kept getting away from me.  My move to Redmond brought back a different office life...


  • Tales from the Doghouse

    Tales from the Doghouse

    Using the Kanban Board to Implement a Definition of Ready
    Published. November 14, 2014

    More and more teams are adopting a Definition of Ready (also known as DoR or Readiness Criteria) to avoid starting work on PBIs that are ill-defined, such as those that do not have clearly defined acceptance criteria. While some teams can do this implicitly, others want a formal definition to explicitly communicate this working agreement with their......


  • Approaching Windows Embedded Intelligently

    Approaching Windows Embedded Intelligently

    Announcing Microsoft’s new IoT blog
    Published. October 28, 2014

    Posted By Barb EdsonGeneral Manager, Marketing, Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Today, we’re pleased to announce the launch of Microsoft's Internet of Things blog. Join us there to follow what’s new and what’s next in Microsoft IoT. We’ve also launched a Twitter handle for all things IoT: @MicrosoftIoT, and our IoT videos will be found on the new IoT YouTube playlist. So update your bookmarks, and join us to see what comes next in Microsoft IoT....


  • Beth Massi

    Beth Massi

    Getting Started with the Office 365 APIs
    Published. October 14, 2014

    This weekend I had the pleasure of speaking on a couple of Office Development topics at Silicon Valley Code Camp, as well as the East Bay.NET user group meeting on Thursday (with special Halloween guest). It was great to pack three talks into one week as I’ve been doing so much internal-facing work lately, that I have been really itching to get back out to speak in front of the developer community. One of the areas I’ve been working in for a while is building SharePoint Apps. Office and SharePoint...


  • MrDave's Blog!

    MrDave's Blog!

    Denver Dev Day - October 18th
    Published. October 11, 2014

    Next weekend there is a community developer event in Denver.  It is a half day event so it won’t take up your whole weekend.  There are two tracks with a good mix of topics.  It is a free event, but you need to register to make sure we don’t run out of space - https://denverdevday.eventday.com/...


  • GIS in XML

    GIS in XML

    WebGL with a little help from Babylon.js
    Published. September 22, 2014

    Most modern browsers now support HTML5 WebGL standard: Internet Explorer 11+, Firefox 4+, Google Chrome 9+, Opera 12+ One of the latest to the party is IE 11. WebGL support means that GPU power is available to javascript developers in … Continue reading →...


  • Shervin Shakibi's Blog

    Shervin Shakibi's Blog

    Association for Competitive Technology Washington Fly-In
    Published. April 26, 2014

    Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/shervin/archive/2014/04/26/156082.aspx Today, I am traveling to Washington to meet with my elected officials and educate them about the growing mobile economy and tech innovation.     I’ll be joining up with leading entrepreneurs from across the country to participate in the Association for Competitive Technology Washington Fly-In. Around 50 of us will descend on the nation’s capital to help lawmakers recognize the incredible impact that small...


  • Adam Kinney

    Adam Kinney

    Hello Again
    Published. March 27, 2014

    Well, it sure has been awhile. After leaving Microsoft in 2010, I have been working on a variety of interesting and normally challenging projects. I’ve been fortunate enough to learn a lot on the way, but I’ve realized I’ve been … Continue reading →...


  • Mike Tauly's Blog: Silverlight

    Mike Tauly's Blog: Silverlight

    Cross Platform .NET on the Client Side–Xamarin/Silverlight
    Published. February 27, 2014

    Playing around with the Xamarin bits have had me pondering cross-platform .NET on the client side and that has led to me thinking about the approach Silverlight took to cross platform .NET clients. NB: There’s a big history around browsers and plug-ins and...(read more)...


  • ASP.NET

    ASP.NET

    Just over a year ago
    Published. November 24, 2013

    Just over a year ago I posted the last article on this blog. It was also just before I launched a product that I nurtured from idea into realisation. I was (and I still am) very proud that the product was well received and that people are spending money and become customers.This is not about Bitcare, this is about how busy year it has been. From product idea to launch was actually easy compared to dealing with growing up. Customers provide you with lots of feedback and feature requests, the market...


  • .NET Ramblings - Brian Noyes' Blog

    Demos from DEVIntersection
    Published. October 30, 2013

    It has been a great but quick week at DEVIntersection in Las Vegas this week. The show goes on today and tomorrow, but I’m headed home after finishing my talks yesterday. I wanted to share the code from my demos with anyone who wants to check it out. I gave four sessions this week: Building Windows Store Business Applications with Prism – This one covered the capabilities of Prism for Windows Runtime for structuring your application with MVVM, using it to help with navigation and application...


  • Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog

    Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog

    The SharePoint Team Blog has moved
    Published. February 25, 2013

    Body: ?Earlier today, the SharePoint team blog moved to a new home on the Microsoft Office Blogs site:http://blogs.office.com/b/sharepoint/ Going forward, all new SharePoint posts will be published at this location, please make sure to update your RSS readers to the new site. We’re in the process of moving existing posts to our new home, but you can still access older content here in the meantime. Thanks for reading, and we look forward to seeing you on the new blog.The SharePoint Team Published:...


  • SharePoint Joel's SharePoint Land

    SharePoint Joel's SharePoint Land

    Do Consultants Really Matter to SharePoint Success? #Infographic
    Published. September 26, 2013

    Body: I recently spent some time with AIIM (Association of Information and Image Management the Global Community of Information Professionals) digging into their survey results to really understand if consultants make a difference in deployments.  There surveys in the past have been extremely insightful into the state of SharePoint deployment and ECM usage.  I was also really curious how many deployments out there are really successful.  When I started digging in I found that the numbers were...


  • Chris A. Ciufo on All Things Embedded

    Chris A. Ciufo on All Things Embedded

    Lattice Brings Reuse from Smartphones to General Embedded
    Published. August 28, 2013

    Three new Lattice FPGA reference designs show how smartphone components such as cameras or SoCs with MIPI interfaces can be “bridged” into general embedded applications like automotive. Lattice today announced three complete reference designs–based upon their FPGAs, of course–that show … Continue reading →...


  • Chris A. Ciufo on All Things Embedded

    Chris A. Ciufo on All Things Embedded

    Lattice Brings Reuse from Smartphones to General Embedded
    Published. August 28, 2013

    Three new Lattice FPGA reference designs show how smartphone components such as cameras or SoCs with MIPI interfaces can be “bridged” into general embedded applications like automotive. Lattice today announced three complete reference designs–based upon their FPGAs, of course–that show … Continue reading →...


  • Ben H Blog - Keep it Simple, Then Refactor

    Ben H Blog - Keep it Simple, Then Refactor

    Coding On Campus and Geeking out in Orlando with VS Live
    Published. August 18, 2013

    This week I will be presenting at VS Live Redmond.  I will also be presenting at VS Live Orlando in November as part of Live! 360.  For those of you that are not familiar with VS Live, it is a 3 to 5 day conference featuring code-filled days, networking at night and independent education for .NET developers, software architects and designers.  I love speaking at and attending VS Live because these conferences provide an opportunity to discuss technology not just teach it.  Four...


  • 3 Degrees of SharePoint Development

    3 Degrees of SharePoint Development

    SharePoint Web Servers, NLB, Multicast, and VLANs – Small Farm Architecture
    Published. April 8, 2013

    Recently I ran into a scenario building out a SharePoint 2013 farm that to me intuitively looked like something that would be very, very common.  Yet, when researching for answers and guidance on the topic, I couldn’t find very much.  Many blogs, forum Q&A, and product documentation pages touch on parts of the solution, yet I thought this was common enough that having all the pieces together in one place would certainly help me.  If that’s true then it might also help others. ...


  • Jamie Rodriguez

    Building Windows Games with the Unity game engine
    Published. March 7, 2013

    This is not déjà vu(or a joke) -- we are finally executing on the training event we postponed last November If you want to know why now, today Unity released their public beta of Unity 4.2, with support for Windows Store apps.  The event is on; below, you will find the highest level details.  For hour by hour agenda, check the registration site. It is a 2 day event at Microsoft’s campus in Mountain View, CA. April 9 and 10. The event is optimized for existing Unity...


  • Scott Golightly's Blog

    Scott Golightly's Blog

    Going to Visual Studio Live in Redmond
    Published. June 27, 2012

    I will again be speaking at Visual Studio Live in Redmond this year. I am excited to be speaking again and with the chances of another Build/PDC conference seemingly going down each day I have started to tell people that they can only go to one conference...(read more)...


  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded Keynote at SMART TECHnology World
    Published. March 26, 2012

    On Friday 23rd March 2012 Kevin Dallas, General Manager of the Windows Embedded Business at Microsoft delivered a keynote presentation at SMART TECHnology World, during the keynote Kevin is joined by Michael Allison, IT Administrator of Hillcrest Medical Center, Tom Romano, CIO of Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Jim Buczkowski, a Technical Fellow at Ford to discuss the emergence and value of Intelligent Systems Here’s a link to the keynote video - Mike...


  • Doug Seven

    Doug Seven

    My Final Day at Microsoft
    Published. July 15, 2011

    Today is my final day at Microsoft. Over the years I have had the pleasure of pranking someone who works for me. It started when he was a college intern and I would lower his desk one inch a day until he looked like he was sitting at a pre-school desk. Ah the good times we had. On my way out I simply couldn’t resist one more job. Two things to know for context. He just spent a month setting up his office. Tweaking it. Adjusting it. Getting everything just right. Additionally, a week ago he came...


  • Lisa Feigenbaum

    Lisa Feigenbaum

    Async Articles in MSDN Magazine
    Published. October 4, 2011

    The October issue of MSDN Magazine just came out, and featured a focus on the Async language features coming in C# 5 and VB 11. Michael Desmond interviewed Mads Torgersen and me for the Editor’s note, which you can find here: http://msdn.microsoft...(read more)...


  • Tyler Jensen's Blog

    Tyler Jensen's Blog

    The .NET Framework 4.0 and the 4.5 In-Place Replacement
    Published. April 4, 2012

    I read with interest Scott Hanselman’s post yesterday entitled .NET Versioning and Multi-Targeting – .NET 4.5 is an in-place upgrade to .NET 4.0 which was a cogent and very helpful clarification or perhaps even rebuttal to Rick Strahl’s post on March...(read more)...


  • The Journey of a Softwear Craftsman

    The Journey of a Softwear Craftsman

    Adapting Method Signatures…Functional Style
    Published. March 26, 2010

    Over the last year or so, I’ve become increasingly interested in functional programming.  There is just something elegant and sexy about the ways in which it can be applied.  In an effort to find more opportunities to apply a functional approach, I’ve started using delegates a lot more in my code.  I am gradually starting to see patterns emerge where the delegates offer a cleaner solution.  Perhaps, it would be more accurate to say combining delegates. I recently had...


  • Zach's Fiasco

    Zach's Fiasco

    eWallet 2 KeePass
    Published. March 2, 2011

    If you use eWallet® from Ilium and want to switch to KeePass, I have a new project up on codeplex to help you. http://ewallet2keepass.codeplex.com/ I’ve used eWallet for a long time, and really liked it. But, I recently switched to a Windows Phone 7 and eWallet’s app for Windows Phone 7 doesn’t support synchronizing with the desktop version or editing (as of this writing 2 Mar 2011). So I switched to KeePass and now I use 7Pass on my phone which will synchronize. It doesn’t allow editing,...


  • Vishal Shukla

    Vishal Shukla

    When it comes to performance issues most of the time it’s the code
    Published. July 18, 2010

    Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/Vishal/archive/2010/07/18/when-it-comes-to-performance-issues-most-of-the-time.aspxFor the past 4 weeks I have been assigned on a project with lot of performance issues. It’s an asp .net 3.5 project based on DNN 4.9 framework. The project is quite complex and the team has already put in almost 50 man years in the project and as usual most of the efforts were towards getting functional part working as per requirements. At first I tried to verify the...


  • Contagious Curiosity

    Contagious Curiosity

    Leaving Microsoft
    Published. October 12, 2011

    This will be last blog post to this blog, as I am leaving Microsoft effective Monday, October 17.  Post-Microsoft I’ll be contracting (data projects, both production and education) and spending more time growing ‘Teaching Kids Programming’ around the world.  Two years ago someone dear to me gave me the book below, little did I know then how true it would prove… Tomorrow I go to Africa, to speak at TechEd Africa on my last day of work for Microsoft.  Wish me luck. ...


  • Get The Point

    Get The Point

    Announcing a new blog site for SharePoint IWs
    Published. October 22, 2012

    Abstract: This Get the Point blog site is being retired and we'll henceforth be posting SharePoint IW and end-user content to the O365 Community Technical blog. Category: SharePoint 2013; SharePoint Online; Office 365 Published: 11/29/2012 8:38 AM # Comments:...


  • Jason Zander's Weblog

    Jason Zander's Weblog

    New Team, New Challenges
    Published. September 20, 2012

    Last week we officially launched VS2012 and the .NET Framework 4.5.  I’ve spent the last couple of weeks in launch activities in London, Seattle, Atlanta, and New York, sharing details on the new versions and doing whatever I can to help people get going on the new release.  I can honestly say this is the best release I’ve worked on (and I’ve worked on basically all of them).  We have been able to use half the milestones and land with higher quality this release thanks...


  • Jeff Wilcox

    Jeff Wilcox

    Updated Silverlight Unit Test Framework binaries–compatible with the Mango phone tools beta
    Published. June 9, 2011

    I took a few minutes today to build and share this updated set of assemblies that are Mango beta-compatible for phone developers. These can also be used with the RTM of phone, SL3, etc. There were some XAML syntax errors in code that was previously not exercised, oops. [ZIP, 518K] Silverlight Unit Test Framework Assemblies [...]...


  • ux musings

    Enforce Design Guidelines With Styles And Behaviors
    Published. May 1, 2010

    Often times, the design for an interface calls for guidelines that cannot be sufficiently controlled with styles in a Silverlight resource dictionary alone. Take for instance, the Windows Phone interface shown below, and imagine that the design guidelines specify that the application/page name (the red arrow is pointing to this element) is supposed to be in all caps. How do you enforce this in the interface in a painless manner? One way, is to define a style for the inteface element...



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