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Erik Ejlskov Jensen11/10/12
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SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2 Downloadable Update List

The updates for SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2 are now referred to a CU (Cumulative Update), which is what the hotfixes also were previously. The difference now is that the CU installation overwrites the existing installation, and a remove of the RTM bits is no longer required before installing the CU.

Greg Duncan11/09/12
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Visual Studio 2012 Color Theme Editor Available

Since releasing Visual Studio 2012 we have continued on our investment in the user experience space to enable you to work more efficiently and to make the Visual Studio experience engaging and productive.

Den D.11/09/12
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KinectContrib Templates for Visual Studio 2012 Now Available

Den Delimarsky announces the release of the next version of KinectContrib - a set of tools for Kinect developers that adds templates to Visual Studio.

Jeremy Likness11/08/12
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Building Windows 8 Apps with C# and XAML is Here

Jeremy Likness announces the release of his book covering Windows 8 application development. Find out more what's in store by following this review.

Tim Murphy11/07/12
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Book Review: Getting Started With Window 8 Apps By Ben Dewey

This book by Ben Dewey is only 92 pages long, so if you were looking for an in-depth treatment of Windows 8 development you will need supplemental materials.

Greg Duncan11/06/12
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gtest C++ Unit Testing Test Adapter for Visual Studio 2012 Now Available

Google's framework for writing C++ tests on a variety of platforms (Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, Cygwin, Windows CE, and Symbian). Based on the xUnit architecture.

Juri Strumpflohner11/05/12
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Visual Studio Tips

Here are my preferred keystrokes. Note, keystrokes separated by a comma mean you have to use them in sequence in order to activate the command.

G. Andrew Duthie11/04/12
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W8WIL #7: Uniquely Identifying Items in the Grid App JS Template

In this installment of Windows 8: What I've learned, I'll discuss a bug in my app that came from a poor understanding of the underlying template I'd built on.

Sasha Goldshtein11/04/12
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BUILD Day 2: My Summary

Day two started with Satya Nadella orchestrating an amazing keynote with Scott Guthrie, Scott Hanselman, Josh Twist, Jason Zander, and David Campbell. This amazing lineup of speakers showed multiple demos, including live coding, covering the most recent developments – mostly around the Windows Azure Platform.

Dennis Doomen11/04/12
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Build Day 3: ASP.NET MVC, TypeScript, SignalR and Node.Js

The highlight of the day is most definitely the TypeScript talk by technical fellow Anders Hejlsberg. It's ironic to consider that the guy that is practically the embodiment of C# is now passionately selling JavaScript.

Dror Helper11/04/12
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Unit Level BDD Using SubSpec

In the BDD (Behavior Drive Development) there are two groups of frameworks. The first group contains tools such as SpecFlow and nBehave to name a few all of which uses (at least) two files – one contains the scenarios/behaviors in plain English (more or less) and the other the code that makes it all happen.

Sasha Goldshtein11/04/12
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BUILD Day 3: My Summary

No keynote today, but Scott Hanselman’s 8:30AM talk was a great replacement – he himself called it an “unkeynote”. Also, before the talk Scott looped some hilarious videos, such as MacBook Wheel from The Onion.

Gil Fink11/03/12
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Windows 8 Print Contract – Create Your Own Print Document Source

Windows 8 includes the ability to print content from a running Windows Store app. You use the print contract to enable that ability and the Devices Charm to use it. In this post you will learn how to register for print contract and you will create your own print document source.

Filip Ekberg10/30/12
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Microsoft Delivers at BUILD 2012

Yesterday was the first day of //BUILD/ at Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Seattle. There has been a lot of expectations on Microsoft for this event and boy did they deliver!

Greg Duncan10/30/12
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The Channel 9 //build/ 2012 Event Site Is Live

Time to start planning your //build/ sessions now! Check out the official Microsoft resource to see what is up and coming.

Juri Strumpflohner10/29/12
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Output Caching in ASP.NET MVC

Although nowadays most of us have broadband connections, resource caching is important as loading a resource from your local HD is (by now) still faster than fetching it remotely.

Greg Duncan10/26/12
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Service Bus for Windows Server v1.0 RTM/RTW

Service Bus for Windows Server provides Windows Azure Service Bus messaging capabilities on Windows Server. It enables you to build, test, and run loosely-coupled, message-driven applications in self-managed environments and on developer computers.

Eric Gregory10/26/12
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Three Ways to Decide if the Windows Store Makes Sense for Your App

The Windows Store is open, and if you're releasing a new Windows application, that means you have a choice to make: distribute your app via the Windows Store, or go it alone. Here are three factors to consider in order to make the right choice for your app.

G. Andrew Duthie10/25/12
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Microsoft DevRadio: Using Blend to Help Design Your Windows 8 Apps (Part 3)

In the final part of our Using Blend for Windows 8 apps series, Andrew Duthie and Kirupa Chinnathambi take a look at the Interactive Mode for Blend and demo for us how to style a template using CSS, data binding and more.

Greg Duncan10/24/12
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XAML to Image/PDF converter - What Is It And How To Leverage It

There is a tool that renders images or PDF's from XAML, SVG & Photoshop files. Find out more about it and how you can leverage it in your Visual Studio projects.

Greg Duncan10/23/12
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Tips For Using DSOFile On x64 OS and With OpenXML

There is a well-documented sample program, DSOFile, that enables reading and writing Office document properties (both old format files like *.xls, *.doc and *.ppt, as well as the new open xml formats like *.xlsx, *.docx and *.pptx).

Robert Maclean10/22/12
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TechDays 2012 - Wrapping Up

Robert Maclean wraps up his TechDays 2012 work by providing the source code he used during the presentations he delivered. Look inside for more details.

Filip Ekberg10/21/12
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How Do You Deliver High-Quality Projects and Solutions?

There are so many more things that matter when you want a successful high quality project/solution. You can’t rely on a decent testing strategy, security awareness and rapid development to achieve high quality.

Gunnar Peipman10/21/12
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The Microsoft Training Kit Collection: 2012 Edition

Some years ago I published list of Microsoft training kits for developers. Now it’s time for an update.

Den D.10/21/12
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A TextBox With Rounded Corners Through WPF XAML

Den Delimarsky explains how to create a TextBox control with rounded borders instead of relying on the stock implementation, that might not be suitable in all situations.