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Greg Duncan07/10/14
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eBook of the Day: "Developing big data solutions on Microsoft Azure HDInsight"

This guide explores the use of HDInsight in a range of use cases and scenarios such as iterative exploration, as a data warehouse, for ETL processes, and integration into existing BI systems.

Greg Duncan07/10/14
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eBook of the Day: "Developing big data solutions on Microsoft Azure HDInsight"

This guide explores the use of HDInsight in a range of use cases and scenarios such as iterative exploration, as a data warehouse, for ETL processes, and integration into existing BI systems.

Greg Duncan07/10/14
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Team Foundation Server "Work Item Web Access" Is Getting a Work-Over

As we ended the early adopter period, we got a lot of questions from customers about how to apply the licensing to their situation. We also watched as people assigned licenses to their users: What kind of licenses did they choose? How many people did they choose to remove from their account? Etc.

Anders Abel07/10/14
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Adding an Overload is a Breaking Change

Adding functionality to a library, without touching the existing code should be safe for clients, shouldn’t it? Unfortunately not, adding another overload to a library can be a breaking change. It might work when the library is updated, but suddenly break when the client is recompiled – even though no code was changed. That’s nasty, isn’t it?

Julius Of Wp7agile07/04/14
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Review: Learning Windows Azure Mobile Services for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

Are you already using Azure Mobile Services for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8? It doesn't matter what your response is. Geoff Webber-Cross’s 'Learning Windows Azure Mobile Services for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8' book got all answers to all your questions.

Greg Duncan06/25/14
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Microsoft Press [Older] eBook Shelf

Earlier this year, I blogged about how the Microsoft Press eBook shelf got a new home on the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Well it seems that currently only some of the books are listed there, the newer ones. Where do you go for the older titles?

Michael Crump06/25/14
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Fix for “GPS Provider Disabled” using Apache Cordova on Android

I recently ran into the issue of “GPS Provider Disabled” when using Apache Cordova on Android. After reading many threads, the fix seemed to always be to set the permissions in config.xml.

Joost Van Schaik06/25/14
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Messaging Class for Detecting and Broadcasting That Your Universal App is Running in the Background

Some time ago I discovered that you can trap Window.Current.VisibilityChanged in a Windows 8 app to check if the app was running in the background, and that you can use that moment to pause a game and/or save the state to storage.

Jonas Gauffin06/25/14
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Running Services in Long Lived Applications in .NET

You have probably created a windows service or other types of applications where you have code which need to be run in the background to not block the main thread. To do that you have different types of solutions in .NET, for instance Threads, Timers and Tasks. However, you need to construct them manually, make sure that they do not throw unhandled exceptions etc.

Joost Van Schaik06/25/14
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Building Multi-Resolution Popups in an Universal App

With the advent of Windows Phone 8.1 multiple resolution are now also becoming a fact of life for Windows Phone developers (as they already were for Windows Store developers). This has a few side effects, which will require you to think about the size of things that need to cover part of the screen.

Joost Van Schaik06/25/14
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Using SensorCore and MVVMLight to Build a ‘What Did I Do Where and When’ Windows Phone 8.1 App

As you might have seen, the SensorCore SDK has been released. I intended to bring out a full fledged app utilizing this new and exiting SDK, but I found out that I first had to explain a bit about the ‘supporting acts’ I was going to use – if you study my last four posts you will see they all contain parts of the sample app that goes what this post.

Jeremy Likness06/20/14
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Programming the Windows Runtime (WinRT) by Example

In 2011 I heard the first rumors about Windows 8 and knew immediately what my next book would be about. Unlike Designing Silverlight Business Applications that captured years of experience writing Line of Business (LOB) apps in Silverlight, this book would be an introduction to an entirely new platform.

Rob Sanders06/20/14
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Debugging Lync 2013

This morning I struggled to get Microsoft Lync 2013 to work. The symptoms consisted of the application running normally – I could authenticate, and the contact list would load – but after a few minutes the application would hang.

Merrick Chaffer06/20/14
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Fingerprint CSS in MVC Web Sites

Optimizing for website performance includes setting long expiration dates on our static resources, such s images, stylesheets and JavaScript files. Doing that tells the browser to cache our files so it doesn’t have to request them every time the user loads a page. This is one of the most important things to do when optimizing websites.

Anders Abel06/17/14
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Understanding the Owin External Authentication Pipeline

Owin makes it easy to inject new middleware into the processing pipeline. This can be leveraged to inject breakpoints in the pipeline, to inspect the state of the Owin context during authentication.

Michael Crump06/15/14
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My Talk at AltConf 2014 on Enriching the iOS SDK

I was recently in San Francisco, CA to deliver a presentation at AltConf 2014 and attend WWDC 2014. The title of the presentation was “Enriching the iOS SDK”. Feel free to check out the video below and hit the “Like” button if you like it.

Greg Duncan06/12/14
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C++ a Little Overkill for Your Next Great Windows App? Check out AppStudio!

Building applications isn’t easy, especially if you are not a developer and do not know how to. To help boost the number of apps on its ecosystem, Microsoft has provided a very way to build applications that can target Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1.

Anders Abel06/12/14
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NDC 2014 Highlights

Last week, I was in beautiful Oslo in Norway most of the week for NDC 2014. It was a great conference and I’d like to point out a few highlights.

Greg Duncan06/12/14
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dotPeek Introduces Process Explorer, Decompile Running .Net apps, in v1.2 EAP

Have you ever wanted to dig deeper into a process running on your machine? We have. That’s the reason why the new dotPeek 1.2 EAP build introduces Process Explorer.

Greg Duncan06/12/14
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VS 2012, VS 2013 and .NET Framework Doc's for Offline Installs

This download includes an ISO image file of the Visual Studio and .NET Framework documentation—overviews, how-to articles, API reference pages, sample code, and more—to help you in your development efforts

Dennis Doomen06/12/14
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QCon New York Day 1: Micro-services, Team Latency and the Lean Enterprise

So now that I've got the unofficial part of this trip behind me and I managed to get through a very in-depth full day workshop on reactive extensions in JavaScript with my limited JavaScript experience, it is time for the main part of the conference.

Diganta Kumar06/07/14
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How to Improve SEO for a SPA Using a .NET Back-End?

When Google and other search engines index websites, they don’t execute JavaScript. This seems to put Single Page Application (SPA) — many of which rely on JavaScript — at a tremendous disadvantage compared to a traditional website.

Greg Duncan06/04/14
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Not Your Usual Succinctly Book: "Neural Networks using C# Succinctly"

I wrote a new book titled “Neural Networks using C# Succinctly”. It was published this week. There are many existing books on neural networks but no good ones (in my opinion) that focus on how to create neural networks from a software developer’s point of view.

Greg Duncan06/04/14
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My ASP.NET MVC, How You've Rev'd

ASP.NET MVC is a web application development framework built on top of Microsoft’s .NET Framework. ASP.NET MVC framework is a lightweight, highly testable presentation framework that is integrated with existing ASP.NET features.

Gil Fink06/04/14
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NDC Oslo TypeScript Session Slide Deck and Demos

I had the pleasure of delivering a TypeScript session today in NDC Oslo. In the session, I introduced the TypeScript language and talked about language features and how to use them.