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    Update Panel Update Mode Always vs. Conditional (or why is my AJAX control losing focus)

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    I have an AJAX timer on my ASP.NET Master page the mastpage contains an AJAX update panel and a time to update the time to the current second (e.g. in essence an on page clock). My content page that loads within the master page also has an AJAX update...
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    Practical Naming Standards for C#

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    A colleague of mine, Clint Edmondson , has collected a board set of useful coding standards for C# that can be found here .    I am going to reproduce (e.g. copy) the set related to capitalization and naming in C# below.  I do encourage...
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    How to test Private methods using Visual Studio’s testing framework

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      I was recently asked how to test private methods in Visual Studio 2010 and 2012.  Apparently, the supported approach has changed from previous versions.  Testing private methods can be done using the PrivateObject class.  It’s pretty...
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    Doing basic code analysis in Visual Studio 2012

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    Someone recently asked about using Codes Analysis in Visual Studio 2012.  Here is one approach.  With a solution loaded in Visual Studio 2012, go to the build menu and pick Run Code Analysis on <project name>.     Once the...
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    Visually Comparing Code in Visual Studio

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    Learned something small, new and interesting today while using Visual Studio 2012.  Have you had the situation where you wanted to compare two blocks of code in two different files on the screen at the same time?  Right clicking on the tab for...
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    Does my Windows 8 app need a privacy policy?

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    From my experience the easiest way to see if your Windows 8 app needs a privacy policy is to open the Package.appmanifest file and go to the Capabilities tab.  If Internet (Client) is checked you could gather information from the user, so you'll...
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    Students Want to Learn to Build Your Own Windows 8 Game?

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    c FREE EVENT Learn How To Build & Publish a Cool Windows 8 Game. Fast. Join this free hands-on online event for students, led by our team,to learn everything you need to create, upload and publish a Windows 8 game to the store – in a few hours only...
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    Finding your Windows Store App URL

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    There are a couple of ways to get the url for your Windows 8 Store app.  One of the easiest ways to look in the email account tied to your Windows Store account with the title “Windows Store: your app is in the Windows Store!”.  In that email...
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    Building your exported Scirra Windows 8 Project in Visual Studio

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    Have you exported your Windows 8 project from Scirra’s Construct 2 and are you ready to build it for the Windows Store?  We’ll assume that you have taken care of the application images and made any required changes to package.appmanifest. We’ll also...
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    Student App - Sleepr Published in Windows 8 Store

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    An Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) student, Ray, worked on this app as time permitted for the past few weeks.  What started as an idea for a http://Monkeybars.cc hackathon (way to go Taylor and Manny) continued to take shape and become an...
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    My first Post

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    It might not seem like much, but there is more to come.
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    Click Once deployment via Azure Blob Storage

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    Not a long post, just an idea really.  I was part of discussion related to finding a home for a Click Once application.  The discussion was around a web site, UNC Share drive, and other such locations.  One of the participants mentioned...
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    How to EASILY produce application art for your Touch Develop App using PowerPoint 2013

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      Open PowerPoint 2013 Click the Insert Tab>Click Shapes and pick the rectangle Click on the empty slide and stretch the shape Right click on the shape and select Size and Position setting size to be 3.13 high by 6.46 wide Click insert again and...
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    New Windows 8.1 APIs Reference

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    New Windows 8.1 APIs - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/bg182410.aspx Devices Point of Service http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/bg182882.aspx#two supports barcode scanners and magnetic stripe readers USB - for devices...
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    Kinect for Windows Resources

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    The following resources provide a good set of resources to that will help jumpstart knowledge and understanding of Kinect for Windows development. The Kinect development center http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/kinectforwindowsdev/default.aspx (is where...
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    Windows 8 Matching App Background Color to Splash Background Color

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    Have you ever created some fantastic app images for your app logo, store logo and splash screen and then realizes the app background in no way matches the splash background?  I wanted the app background and splash screen to match.  So what is...
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    Does your XAML app need more (good) ratings? This will help!

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    A colleague of mine, Jared Bienz , created a great library that lets you can incorporate ratings into your app super easily (NuGet package easy).  It’s a ratings control to include in your app, but this rating control has some smarts in it. ...
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    Windows Key + Down Arrow–I didn’t know that

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    I accidently did Windows Key + Down Arrow.  For Windows Store apps - It turn out that is closes an app.  Interestingly enough, the app isn’t removed from memory.  If is suspended and removed from the Windows 8 Task list (Windows Key+Tab...
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    In Touch Develop how do a copy or clone one of my existing scripts?

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    If you are in Touch Develop, just edit the existing project you want to clone.  Then… 1. Click on the “application object” above the main. 2. Click on “clone Script” and you will be placed in a copy of the original script. The new script will have...
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    What you’ll need to submit for Imagine Cup Game Round 1

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    During Round 1, you’ll be asked to submit the following materials: Overview Video to compete against other students from around the U.S. This video presentation should address what your game’s premise is and what makes it innovative and desirable, as...
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    Your app. Your chance to win the Ultimate Experience

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    Want to win the ultimate backstage pass? If your app has what it takes, you could be hanging out with the Windows 8 Games Studios team and the makers of Xbox enabled games at Microsoft Studios. You'll get a sneak peek at a future game and even join the...
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    DateTime Formatting–the lost codes

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    Recently I’ve had a number of reasons to use Date and Time formatting.  Usually, a few educated guesses and you’ve found what you needed.  Except when you educated guess don’t get you want you expected and you do a bit of research. For example...
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    How do I add Imagine Cup team members?

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    If your already registered AND signed up for a completion you go to https://compete.imaginecup.com/dashboard .  Under the My Teams column click on a team. You can invite team members or a team mentor from this team dashboard.  
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    Imagine Cup: How do I register, pick a competition and form a team?

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    Here is how! 1. you register 2. you sign up for a competition 3. you create a team If you have not done so yet sign up.  Go to http://www.Imaginecup.com and select Sign Up (it’s in the upper right corner of the screen) I’ll assume your creating your...
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    Construct 2–how change sprites to not rotate

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    Fix hunters and prey so they don't pivot as they move (e.g. go upside down) What you see when you using Set Angle Toward as done below the sprite Set angle Toward Postiion(Touch.X, Touch.Y) is that the sprit will turn in up to a 360 degree circle to pursue...
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