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Sony Arouje04/01/14
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Bind JSON REST result using Knockout

Last couple of hours I was trying to bind json data from a WCF service to a simple HTML UI using Knockout js. This is a very simple application I created to learn Knockout.

John Sonmez04/01/14
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My Views On Test Driven Development

I used to be a huge supporter of TDD, but lately, I’ve become much more pragmatic about it. In this video, I discuss test driven development and what my current views on it are.

Greg Duncan03/31/14
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Jetting to The New Home of ManagedEsent, a New v1.9 and MSDN Doc's Too!

The Extensible Storage Engine (ESE/ESENT), also known as JET Blue, is an Indexed Sequential Access Method (ISAM)data storage technology. Its purpose is to allow applications to store and retrieve data via indexed and sequential access.

Greg Duncan03/31/14
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Search SQL Scripts Simply With the SQL Scripts SSMS Plugin

Developers strive to write well-tested, reusable code with well-defined interfaces so that when they need to update the functionality, they need do so in one place only. It is the principle of ‘Don’t Repeat Yourself’ (D.R.Y.).

Greg Duncan03/30/14
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JustMock Lite - Free and Open Source Too

For developers who practice unit testing and want to deliver exceptional software, JustMock Lite is the superior free mocking framework that makes unit testing simpler for SOLID testable projects.

Jeremy Likness03/30/14
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Angular: The Modern HTML5 Answer to Silverlight’s MVVM

First, let me say that I realize Silverlight in no way “owns” the Model-View-View Model pattern. I’ve written on this extensively in my article “MVVM Explained.”

Greg Duncan03/30/14
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NuGet, Open Wrap, NPanday, Chocolatey, Chewie, Ninite - Top Package/Dependency Management for .Net Tools

You mean there's more than NuGet? No, say it's not so! Kidding aside, this is a great article of tools you might not of heard of before. Make sure you click through to read the details.

Sasha Goldshtein03/30/14
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iOS Gesture Recognition and Animation with Xamarin

In the previous post, we looked at Android gesture recognition and animations. This post completes the picture by looking at the same features in iOS. Touch gestures and animations are really cool experiences for users, and iOS ships them out of the box because it is both touch-first and touch-centric, and touch naturally leads to rich, immersive animations.

Marco Siccardi03/30/14
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How to Use Text to Speech to Read Text Aloud on Windows Phone 8

Today I started to update my very first app I ever wrote to Windows Phone 8. The app has a read aloud feature that uses the Bing translation service (as TTS was not available on Windows Phone 7).

Greg Duncan03/30/14
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"What is Open Source" - the LEGO Movie

If you're having a problem getting the idea of open source across, there's nothing like a fun video to help... and hey, it's LEGO's!

Gunnar Peipman03/27/14
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Speaking at Global Windows Azure Bootcamp, Sofia

I’m happy to announce that I will be speaker at Global Windows Azure Bootcamp at Sofia, Bulgaria this year. I have two real-life based presentations there (you know well I don’t like those hello-world-presentations) and I have some valuable field information plus real-life code to share with you. Here’s few words about my presentations.

Filip Ekberg03/27/14
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Xamarin Introduction

Do you struggle with cross-platform development? Should we just use html and JavaScript? Should we write once for every platform? Enough with that. Come along and get an introduction to Xamarin’s unique approach on how to solve the headaches of cross-platform development.

Erik Ejlskov Jensen03/26/14
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Entity Framework 6 & SQL Server Compact (7) –New features and fixes in version 6.1

Entity Framework 6.1 is now available on NuGet, and this blog post by Rowan Miller, Program Manager for the Entity Framework team, covers the major new features in this release. Most of the new features are also applicable to SQL Server Compact users, for example Code First Model from Database in the EDM Wizard, which is also available with SQL Server Compact if the latest SQL Server Compact Toolbox version is installed.

Greg Duncan03/26/14
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Business Users Building for Windows 8.1 with Project Siena Beta 2

This would be AWESOME if there was an internal business store, where my users could create internal app's with this and publish them. Find out more about the Project Siena plans in this article.

Greg Duncan03/26/14
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OneNote Dev isn't Dead by a Long Shot

One of the core principles we have on our team is customer transparency. We understand that you are trusting us and taking a bet on our platform when you use our API.

Greg Duncan03/25/14
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"Designing Evolvable Web APIs with ASP.NET" Free Web eBook

With this digital Early Release edition of Programming JavaScript Applications, you get the entire book bundle in its earliest form—the author's raw and unedited content—so you can take advantage of this content long before the book's official release. You'll also receive updates when significant changes are made, as well as the final ebook version.

Marco Siccardi03/24/14
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How to Create a Time Based & Cancelable BackgroundWorker for Windows Phone (and Others)

While working on my current project, I needed a solution for a running code with a time offset. Well, you might say, no problem after all, and it is true. The challenge at this point was to find a way to keep it cancelable at any time. And so the fun started.

Greg Duncan03/24/14
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MEF'ing With WP8

Microsoft’s Managed Extensibility Framework is somewhat of an unsung hero in the .Net world in my opinion. The framework itself is insanely powerful and magical but when you combine it with other patterns and frameworks like MVVM it becomes pure sorcery.

Rob Galanakis03/23/14
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Introducing Host The Docs

Host the Docs is a simple way to host static code documentation. Its main use is as a self-hosted server for your organization’s private documentation. Better alternatives are available for open source projects, such as Read the Docs or Github Pages.

Anders Abel03/23/14
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Speaking at NDC 2014

I’m honoured to have two sessions approved for NDC 2014 in Oslo in June. I’ll be talking on “Strangling the Legacy out of an Application” and “Using the Scrum Rules Against your Boss”.

Marco Siccardi03/22/14
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AppAdditives PromotionalCodes, Telerik Trial Reminder and How to Let Users Unlock the Full App on Windows Phone

I love it when I am discovering new awesome stuff to provide a unique User Experience in my apps. AppAdditives by ExGrip LLC are the newest tools I felt in love with.

Chip Bates03/22/14
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Data Security and Securing Your Emotions

I was reading an article in the NY Times about the resignation of Target’s CIO due to the massive data breach that was made public back in December. This is a big hammer to drop at Target and probably one of many others that will not be publically announced. I began to wonder about how human nature and hubris affect decisions regarding data security.

Greg Duncan03/21/14
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Feel That Code Regions are the Devil's Work? Exorcise them with Regionator for VS2012

Regionator - removes (with vengeance) all the regions from your source with a simple click or keyboard shortcut (default Ctrl+Alt+Shift+K). Regions often hide code that should be open, organized and readable; other times they simply get in the way with unnecessary grouping that sometimes scross scopes.

Greg Duncan03/21/14
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Going Gaga for Google APIs Client Library for .NET (Because it's Gone GA)

I've been using their .Net Library for the better part of a decade, but it wasn't as uber (i.e. as Google API wide) as this one. Anyway... Good to seem them push this forward and give it some love (kind of/mostly, but better this then dead I guess!).

John Sonmez03/20/14
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The Ultimate List Of Developer Podcasts

After scouring the internet for a good, updated list of developer podcasts, I have come up empty. It seems that the best list is an old closed Stack Overflow question which is far out of date. The second and third results are also pretty old and stale.