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  • More Fun with Universal Apps: MyComix Reader

    A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the new universal app model that Microsoft introduced at BUILD 2014. In that post, I introduced a version of Contoso Cookbook that runs on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. That sample covered the basics of universal apps, including using a shared project to share code and resources between Windows and Windows Phone projects. Today I’d like to take it one step further by introducing a more sophisticated universal app named MyComix Reader, or simply “ …

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  • Initializing the Microsoft Azure SDK 2.3 Storage Emulator

    Last night I worked my way through some dev tool updates and happened to install both SQL Server 2014 and the new Azure SDK 2.3. I prefer to host the databases for the storage emulator in my primary SQL Server instance instead of the default LocalDB, and had grown accustomed to running the command-line DSInit.exe tool to accomplish this. It turns out that as of version 2.3 DSInit is no longer included in the Azure SDK tooling (a fact that might have been useful to include in the release notes ). …

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  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials Client Restore vs. Microsoft Surface Pro

    In this corner we have a Microsoft Surface Pro that needs to have a full client restore. In that corner we have Microsoft’s own Windows Server 2012 Essentials that contains said full client backup. Let’s get ready to rumble! ™ (I hope I don’t owe Michael Buffer money for using his trademark. He’s made over $400 million from it!) For what would seem like a simple task of restoring a full back up to a new Surface Pro nearly put me down for the count. Given the body blows I went through I wanted …

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  • Initial ASUS Vivo Tab Note 8 Review

    Eight days ago I went through the five Kübler-Ross stages of grief in about 490 milliseconds as I watched my Surface Pro fall out of my backpack and kiss the concrete directly on the upper right hand corner. I didn’t even have to open the Type Cover to know that the glass would have made a spider proud. The Microsoft hardware designers should be happy to know that the machine still boots and is functional, but touch is not so hot when a swipe leads to a bloody finger. While I’d been eying the …

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  • JavaScript Chaos with Canvas

    I learned about chaos theory quite by accident. On a family vacation we stopped by a campground along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Appalachian Mountains. I was not an outdoor enthusiast at the time so while my parents were hiking I preferred to head over to the arcade to play Donkey Kong and Tempest. One rainy day even the video games were boring so I sauntered over to the main cabin and started leafing through their modest library of books. In between westerns and romance novels I glimpsed a …

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  • Building Universal Apps with Visual Studio 2013 Update 2

    One of the most exciting pronouncements at the 2014 BUILD conference was Microsoft’s introduction of “universal apps,” which run on PCs, tablets, and phones. According to Microsoft, universal apps will one day run on Xboxes, too. The universal app represents the first step in a convergence that Microsoft has been seeking for a long time – a convergence of platforms and APIs that allows you to write an application one time and have it run on a variety of Windows devices and form factors. From a …

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  • What did he just say? – a cheat-sheet for the Build2014 Day-1 Keynote

    dt { margin-top: 1em; } dd { margin-top: 0.5em; margin-bottom: 1em; } p.quote { font-size: 150%; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 2.5em; width: 24em; font-style: italic; } p.quote span.attribution { font-size: 50%; display: inline-block; clear: left; margin-left: 12em; font-style: normal; } There were lots of buzzwords flying around during today’s keynote presentations. Some of which may seem new to many “traditional” …

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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.” However, I believe it gained the most public exposure through various implementations on that platform and this is what led to its adoption on the web. In fact, you might think its strange to think that Microsoft could have possibly influenced the sacred land of open source JavaScript, but if you trace the history of view models you’ll …

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  • 250th Video Published on WintellectNOW

    It’s hard to believe that WintellectNOW isn’t even a year old yet.  Beginning with our launch in June, we’ve celebrated many milestones with you all and today is no different.  We are super excited to announce the release of our 250th video, SignalR Performance by Kevin Griffin.  The video is the fifth in the Mastering SignalR series and teaches you how to use performance counters to measure the performance of SignalR applications and dispenses tips and tricks …

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  • Five Reasons ASP.NET Developers Shouldn’t Worry About Node

    I devoted my last post to reasons why ASP.NET developers should pay attention to Node.js. Taking a queue from high school debate team, and because no technology decision (or opinion) exists in a vacuum, I’d like to turn the tables and consider a few reasons why ASP.NET developers might stay away from Node (or at least might think twice before making the leap). Don’t get me wrong… I really like Node and I think the concepts and patterns it embodies will continue to have a profound influence on …

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