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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.

Gunnar Peipman10/21/12
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Windows Azure Development Storage and StorageServerException (Error 500)

Gunnar Peipman explains how he got the 500 StorageServerException while developing for Windows Azure, and how he mitigated the issue.

Greg Duncan10/21/12
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Analyzing App Performance With PerfView

PerfView helps you discover and investigate performance hotspots in .NET Framework apps, and enables you to deliver consistently high-performance apps to your customers.

Robert Maclean10/20/12
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Debugging Share Target Experiences

It's easy to debug when you're running your application, but what about scenarios where you need to debug when your app isn’t running?

Robert Maclean10/20/12
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Windows Store App Development: What Do You Get From Being A Lock Screen App?

When you start with development of Windows Store apps, you may want to run tasks in the background and an important aspect of that is deciding if you want to be a lock screen app or not.

Gunnar Peipman10/19/12
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Generating Radial Indicator Images Using C#

In one of my projects I needed to draw radial indicators for processes measured in percent. I solved the problem by creating images in C# and saving them on server hard disc so if image is once generated then it is returned from disc next time.

Anders Abel10/19/12
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Make the DbContext Ambient With UnitOfWorkScope

The Entity Framework DbContext (or LINQ-to-SQL DataContext) are Unit Of Work implementations. That means that the same DbContext should be used for all operations (both reading and writing) within a single web or service request.

Maarten Balliauw10/18/12
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From API Key to User with ASP.NET Web API

Say you wanted to protect your API and make use of the controller’s User property to return user-specific information. You probably will add an [Authorize] attribute (to ensure the user is authenticated) to either the entire API controller or to one of its action methods, like this...

Mikael Koskinen10/18/12
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Callisto Dialog Helpers for Caliburn.Micro WinRT

Callisto is excellent open source UI Control library for the Windows 8 Store apps. Caliburn.Micro is a powerful framework for building Windows Phone, Silverlight and Windows 8 Store apps. These helpers make it easier to combine Caliburn.Micro with the Callisto's dialogs.

Jeremy Likness10/17/12
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So What's Your Take on the Surface?

What do you think about the recent announcements? What are your thoughts on features, specifications, and price points? How about all of the other manufacturers releasing their line of Windows 8 products?

Ayende Rahien10/17/12
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Multi-Threaded Design Guidelines for Libraries

There are vastly different rules for multi-threaded design with frameworks and libraries. In general, frameworks manage their own threads, and will let your code use one of their threads. On the other hands, libraries will use your own threads.

David Shepherd10/17/12
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Search It Sando Style - C#, C, and C++ Code Search Plugin for VS 2010

  If you're going to search, please do it with style.When fixing bugs most software developers start with a search.  I know.  I've watched them. They read the bug report, reproduce the problem (sometimes), and then search for relevant code. This is...

Eric Genesky10/17/12
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A New Suite of Dev Tools for Windows 8 and VS 2012 from Telerik

Today, Telerik announced the release of a suite of tools for use with its software application, lifescycle, and content management solutions.

G. Andrew Duthie10/17/12
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Microsoft DevRadio: Using Blend to Help Design Your Windows 8 Apps (Part 2)

In Part 2 of the Using Blend for Windows 8 apps series, Andrew Duthie and Kirupa Chinnathambi take a deep dive into how you can use Blend to easily design your Windows 8 apps for various devices.

Rodrigo De Castro10/16/12
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Software is the Art of Beautiful Solutions

The problem lies in environments where software is viewed only as a tool, where achieving a result is more important than anything else -- even if that result is totally shortsighted.

Christophe Geers10/16/12
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A Single-Page App with Knockout.js, Part 3

The next logical step after enabling users to add timesheets is to allow them to edit the new records. Time to implement some update functionality.

Filip Ekberg10/15/12
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Dealing with Code Complexity

Last week I discussed how we could join new projects efficiently. This week, we're going to see how we can actually find complex code in our applications.

Justin Bozonier10/15/12
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Breaking Up with IoC Containers

I've stopped using or caring about IoC containers. I used to use them because they were so quick and easy and they kept my code looking pristine and beautiful. Now I do manual dependency injection and the results on non-trivial systems are very interesting and look even more beautiful.

Greg Duncan10/15/12
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Get Mentally Unbound With "XAML Binding Basics 101"

XAML is a declarative UI language; it's most powerful feature is surely data binding. But with such power comes a lot of things to know. Let’s take a minute to step back, smell the roses, and build out some simple bindings.