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    Universal Win Apps: Shared Project vs Portable Class Library – Advantages and Disadvantages

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      With the introduction of Visual Studio 2013 and the unified Windows runtime, developers can now build apps that natively target both Windows 8.1 and Windows phone 8.1. There are two mechanism that enable this: Shared Project and Portable Class...
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    WEBCAST: Getting Started with UX – for Startups

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    TITLE Getting Started with UX - for Startups DESCRIPTION We all know how important User Experience is to a company, whether it's a mobile app, service, software, or hardware. While large companies have the ability to put significant resources behind creating...
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    Designing Great UX for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Apps

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    YOU’RE INVITED! Great apps that meet customer needs are essentia l to the success of your startup, as are seamless app experiences that go from PC to laptop to tablet to phone. Windows and Windows Phone apps are better together, and designing great apps...
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    Things #Startups May Not Know About #Azure

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    Co-founder with PHP Developer Experience, Did you know? Azure Web Sites run PHP by default. Azure Web Sites can be launched with WordPress, Joomla, MediaWiki, CakePHP, and Drupal pre-installed. On Windows PHP developers can use the free yet fully functional...
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    Seven Reasons Clean Code Matters by Pluralsight

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    Interesting points! Particularly the fact that your code is not just for compilers, it is for humans too. Why does it matter? You are an author It’s foundational Justify your technique Reading is Hard Technical debt is depressing You’re Laze Don’t be...
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    Visual Studios 2013 – Virtual Launch Almost Here!!!

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    go͝odē UP Download Visual Studio 2013 (also available on MSDN subscriber downloads ) Save the date for Visual Studio 2013 Virtual Launch on Nov 13th Read the VS 2013 release announcement by S. Somasegar: Visual Studio 2013 available for download Read...
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    Windows 8.1 Developer Training: Geek Edition

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    COURSE OUTLINE Overview of Windows 8.1 Developer Platform What’s New in XAML and HTML Apps Bluetooth, USB, and 3d Printing Speech, Camera, and Mic Web App Template Embedded Scenarios XAML and HTML Performance Register @StartupCitizen www.startupcitizen...
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    ASP.NET Updates

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    Following with the launch of VS2013 ASP.NET a slew of frameworks were also updated and made available for general download. Some of the changes include: - MVC 5 : Identity – updated to use ASP.Net identity for authentication and identity management. Bootstrap...
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    Check TechBooks for Windows 8.1 App

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    TechBooks TechBooks is a handy Windows 8.1 app that brings all the freely available MSDN and Patterns & Practices technical eBooks , in one place for your reading pleasure (online or offline). App is all about the technical content (ebooks) one can...
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    Enterprise Library - Open Development Model

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    WHAT Last week at the MVP Summit, Microsoft patterns & practices announced the Open Development Model for Microsoft Enterprise Library . This means accepting community contributions for the components and transparent development process. Each component ...
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    Visual Studio 2013 Launch TODAY

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    Visual Studio Online A set of development services and offerings, integrated with Windows Azure to help development teams create, deliver and manage next generation applications. Visual Studio Online provides easy access to Application Lifecycle Management...
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    Developer’s Guide to Enterprise Library, 2nd edition

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    INSIDE THE GUIDE Foreword by S. Somasegar Foreword to the 1 st edition by Scott Guthrie Welcome to the Library Much ADO about Data Access Error Management Made Exceptionally Easy Perseverance, Secret of All Triumphs As Easy as Falling Off a Log Logging...
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    A new SQLite wrapper for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 – The basics

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    Came across this goodie … these are the basic operations Opening a database (wraps the sqlite3_open_v2 function) Executing a single SQL statement (wraps the sqlite3_exec function) Creating a complex SQL statement (wraps the sqlite3_prepare16_v2 function...
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    Windows Phone 8 gets ALL NINE FIPS 140-2 Validation Certificates

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    Windows Phone 8 received all nine cryptographic module certificates from the US CMVP and Canadian CSEC validation programs. This is very good news for US and Canadian federal government customers as well as other market sectors that require FIPS 140-2...
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    MongoDB and Azure

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    MongoDB has become very popular within the #startpup community. Windows Azure provides full support for MongoDB. The following two reference will help as a MongoDB developer to understand how Azure can powerup your solution based on MongoDB. MongoDB on...
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    WinRT WebView and Zoom Level

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    Earlier this week I was asking myself “How can I change the Zoom level of a WinRT WebView”? When the WebView control has the focus you can zoom in/out just like you do in IE10: by using keyboard CTRL+ , CTRL-. But can this be one from code? Not directly...
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    Special Offer to All Mobile Developers: Windows Phone 7, iPhone, Android, BB

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    Re-introducing the Device Loan Program for GOVERNMENT, HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION Apps! This is a perfect time to port your Windows Phone 7, iPhone, or/and Android, BB apps  to Windows Phone 8. If you are already immersed in porting your app, then...
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    TECHED NEWS: Scott Guthrie’s goodies post

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    SUMMARY Dev/Test in the Cloud : MSDN Use Rights, Unbeatable MSDN Discount Rates, MSDN Monetary Credits BizTalk Services : Great new service for Windows Azure that enables EDI and EAI integration in the cloud Per-Minute Billing and No Charge for Stopped...
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    JUST RELEASED: Developing a Windows Store Business Apps with C#, XAML, and Prism

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    This Patterns & Practices latest drop provides guidance on how to create a Windows Store business app using C#, XAML and the Prism library. The release includes documentation, and source code for the AdventureWorks Shopper reference implementation...
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    Joelcitizen Unplugged: C++ and the Windows Store Journey

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    Many thanks to our guest Nathan Manis (Senior Escalation Engineer, Windows Store C++) for being our guest for this unplugged session on March 29th. We discussed: The roadmap for Windows store and C++ http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps...
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    Introducing the Windows Store Infokit app

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    This app is very simple but it can be very useful in helping developers get easy access to relevant resources and accelerate their interest in building Windows Store app. Any content you come across you can share with peers via the Charm Share. The app...
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    Hackathon In-A-Box

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    Just want to mention this resource from Microsoft’s partner Socrata   -  It is a guide made up of 5 steps which represent the lifecycle of a Hachathon: Step 1: Understanding your goals Step 2: Planning and marketing your event Step 3: Preparing...
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    Technology Trends Impacting Government IT

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    Cloud Computing With its massive data centers, cloud computing delivers virtually infinite resources, providing the storage capacity and processing power to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems in healthcare, the environment, energy, scientific...
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    Emerging Technologies I Didn’t Think Local Gov Was Looking At

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    I just came across an interesting article from Public CIO at GovTech.com , it covers six technologies that I didn’t think local government could be taking an early look at: Robotics – The idea of robots working at DMV is well… maybe a welcome innovation...
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    Windows 8 Journey: Creating a User Interface

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    You can have the most elegant app ever created, but if it's hard to use, you may lose your users. Avoid this by learning how to master the art of great UI. It is important to know how to choose the right UI surfaces for your Windows Store app , how to...
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