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Greg Duncan04/23/14
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Want to be a Microsoft MVP? Here's a Couple What, Where and How's

It happens every three months, Jan 1, April 1, July 1, Oct 1. There's a flood of tweets and posts about how someone is now, or isn't, a Microsoft MVP. So how you do, the enterprising MS Dev, become one? Are there any tips, tricks and information about becoming a MVP? Oh yeah... Here are two.

John Sonmez04/22/14
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The Code Is NOT Greener On The Other Side Of The Cubicle

It’s really easy to become discontented with our current situation and to want to seek greener pastures elsewhere. I’m not saying that there aren’t necessarily better situations you could seek out, but finding a better job may not be your problem.

Greg Duncan04/22/14
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Prism Continues its Windows Desktop/WPF/MVVM Love with v5

Prism version 5.0 for WPF is now available. This version of Prism includes updates to existing and several new NuGet packages.

Jeremy Likness04/22/14
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Learn Angular JS, Explained with Answers, Videos and Fiddles

Having worked on various enterprise Angular projects our teams have been faced with myriad challenges to overcome and has quite a bit of “in the trenches” experience. I share what I can with other developers through my various blog posts, by on StackOverflow and through a large collection of JavaScript fiddles.

Marco Siccardi04/22/14
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How to Detect all URLs in a String to Match Twitter’s Requirements (Windows 8(.1) and Windows Phone 8(.1))

As you might guess, I am still working on that app I mentioned in my last blog post. As I was diving deeper into the functions I want, I recognized that Twitter does a very well url handling server side.

Sasha Goldshtein04/20/14
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Wrapping Up TechDays Netherlands 2014

What a crazy week it was! On Monday evening I was totally stuffed from the traditional Passover dinner at my parents’ house, and on Tuesday morning I was already flying to Amsterdam for TechDays Netherlands 2014 to deliver three talks on Azure Mobile Services and Notification Hubs.

Jonas Gauffin04/20/14
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How to Use CORS Requests in Internet Explorer 9 and Below.

This article explains how you can automatically proxy CORS requests (Cross-origin resource sharing) in jQuery without changing your existing code. The proxy is integrated in ASP.NET and works with all ASP.NET libraries like WebForms, Mvc and WebApi.

Greg Duncan04/20/14
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SQL Server 2014 Secret Killer New Feature, Cardinality Estimator

One of the gems introduced in SQL Server 2014 is the Cardinality Estimator (CE)—new! improved! & now with more cowbell. I'm thrilled to be a Technical Reviewer for a superb MSDN white paper authored by my friend, buddy, & pal Joe Sack (b|t).

Greg Duncan04/20/14
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PowerShell Gets Chocolatey NuGet with OneGet

You may have seen that we released the the Windows Management Framework V5 Preview and that one of the new features is Windows PowerShell OneGet. OneGet is designed to dramatically simplify how you discover and install software packages.

Michael Crump04/20/14
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Installing SQL Server 2014 on Windows 8.1 Update 1

I ran into a problem installing SQL Server 2014 on my Windows 8.1 Update 1 box. Here is how I solved it.

Michael Crump04/20/14
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Getting Sublime 3 To Launch your HTML page in a Browser with a Key Combo

I recently installed Sublime 3 Beta and created an .HTML file and wanted to launch it in Chrome from within the IDE without right-clicking the file and selecting “Open From Browser”.

Dror Helper04/20/14
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3 Windows Phone 8.1 Features I’m Already Using

There was a new and shiny (dev) release for my Windows Phone and I just had to install it. With trembling hands and a heavy heart I’ve installed Preview for Developers on my HTC 8x and dived right into the dreaded “download –> install –> reboot” cycle which took forever (or 30 min – hard to tell). After the final 8.1 installation finished “importing” my stuff I’ve tried turning my phone on and was genuinely amazed that it worked without a hitch.

Sundararajan Na...04/20/14
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Deploying SharePoint 2013 on Microsoft Azure Using IASS – Part 1

The objective of this article is to articulate the setup of SharePoint 2013 farm on Microsoft Azure platform using Infrastructure as a Service (IASS). Basically I pretty much followed the steps mentioned in the MSDN article. I’m using Microsoft Azure trial subscription for the entire setup of SharePoint on Azure.

Marco Siccardi04/20/14
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How to Use the WebAuthenticationBroker for oAuth in a Windows Phone Runtime WP8.1 App

After playing around with WP8.1 for a few days (like everyone else), I decided to dig a bit into development of WP8.1. As oAuth is the common authentication method nowadays for Apps and Websites, I was curios about the implementation of the WebAuthenticationBroker in a WINPRT app.

Joost Van Schaik04/20/14
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Windows Phone 8.1 – Moving Your Cursor. Don’t Panic!

No code today, but a simple how-to. I was caught off-guard by this, a lot of people – including people who I concern to be power users, are pretty much confused by the way you move your cursor around in Windows Phone 8.1.

Greg Duncan04/20/14
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Visual Studio 2013 Gets Installer Projects Support Back!

We have heard many customers express the desire that we bring back support for Visual Studio Installer projects. In fact this was one of the topmost voted on suggestions on User Voice for Visual Studio and with this extension release we hope to address your feedback both here on the blog and on UserVoice.

Sundararajan Na...04/20/14
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Deploying SharePoint 2013 on Microsoft Azure Using IASS – Part 2

This post is the continuation to my previous post – Deploying SharePoint 2013 on Microsoft Azure using IASS–part 1. The focus of the part2 of this series to cover the steps required to configure Domain Controllers (both Primary and Backup) in detail.

Jalpesh Vadgama04/14/14
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How to Convert C# Object Into JSON String with JSON.NET

Before some time I have written a blog post – Converting a C# object into JSON string in that post one of reader, Thomas Levesque commented that mostly people are using JSON.NET a popular high performance JSON for creating for .NET Created by James Newton- King. I

Simone Chiaretta04/14/14
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Speaking About Katana and OWIN at NCrafts Conference in Paris

Lately I’ve been digging deeper into the OWIN specs and in particular into the implementation done by Microsoft: Katana.

Jakub Misek04/13/14
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Phalanger 4.0

After the long break we are happy to announce progress on Phalanger and the new version 4.0. There are some major changes in functionality and planned changes in Phalanger API. Following blog post should summarize them and describe Phalanger 4.0 advantages and improvements.

Imran Baloch04/13/14
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A Sample of Onion Architecture with ASP.NET Identity

I was working on a new ASP.NET web application. In this application, I was trying to use Onion Architecture. The application was also using ASP.NET Identity 2.0. Our goal was to create application that will easily replace (if required) the ASP.NET Identity system with any other Identity system or ASP.NET Identity Entity Framework store.

Erik Ejlskov Jensen04/13/14
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An Alternative to Merge Replication with SQL Server and SQL Server Compact – Zumero for SQL Server

While looking for a migration path for a customer currently using Merge Replication with SQL Server and Windows Mobile, I came across the recently released solution from Zumero, Zumero for SQL Server.

Greg Duncan04/13/14
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[Book Review] Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook

The team at Packt have given me another opportunity to review one of their just released titles, Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook. As I usually do, I'm not going to give you a chapter-by-chapter review or rundown. Instead I'm going to give you my overall feelings and impressions about the book, what I liked and didn't and why you might want to check it out yourself.

Bruno Terkaly04/13/14
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How to Create Universal Applications with Azure Mobile Services That Leverage Push Notifications and Database Insertion and Data Retrieval

A universal application allows you to share code between tablet and phone applications. Visual Studio solution contains three projects. One project is for Windows 8 desktop, notebook, or tablet-based applications. The second project is for phone applications. the third project is the shared code base between the other two.

Gil Fink04/12/14
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Upcoming Front-End.IL Event – TypeScript and WebGL

In one month, we are having our ninth Front-End.IL Meetup. In the upcoming Meetup, we are having two one hour sessions about TypeScript and webGL.