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  • The Way I See It

    .NET 4.5 - Information of Caller Function (Caller Attributes in .NET 4.5)

    While debugging code “Who called my function ?” is  a million dollar question. Knowing the origin of your function call is in many cases the first step in debugging any code. Until now a few ways of doing this were to look at the CallStack in visual...
  • Public Sector Developer Weblog

    Hands On Labs Online HOLO for Windows 8 and Windows Azure Developers

    MSDN Virtual Labs enable you to quickly evaluate and test Microsoft's newest products and technologies through a series of guided, hands-on labs that you can complete in 90 minutes or less. There is no complex setup or installation required, and you can...
  • Microsoft UK Higher Education Blog

    It’s the difference between ‘Technology for Learning’ and ‘Technology in Learning’

    Excerpt from our Exciting Learning eBook . When I think about technology and life, I find it hard to think of examples where technology has not revolutionised or had a profound impact on what we do, how productive we are and even how we behave. Some examples...
  • Jean-Sébastien Dupuy

    Xbox Music Service: Ajouter de la musique dans votre application Windows Phone ou Windows Store


    Xbox Music Platform API

    Xbox Music, c’est avant tout une plateforme musicale qui permet d’écouter gratuitement en streaming votre musique (en mode web et sur Windows 8) ou d’emporter votre musique avec vous sur l’ensemble des plateformes en s’abonnant au Xbox Music Pass (vous pouvez télécharger les musiques localement sur votre périphérique). Des applications dédiées sont disponibles sur Windows 8, Windows Phone, Xbox et également sur l’App Store et Google Play.


    La bonne nouvelle, c’est que les équipes de développement viennent d’ouvrir le catalogue aux développeurs sous forme de web services. Vous pouvez donc donner une nouvelle dimension à votre application ou votre site web en consommant les millions de titres, d’albums et d’artistes disponibles sur Xbox Music. En résumé, une base de données musicale facile d’accès ! Les APIs vont s’étoffer progressivement dans les prochaines semaines, je vous propose toutefois de découvrir les éléments proposés dans cette première mouture:

    • Obtenez tous les détails d'un album, d’un artiste ou d’une chanson si vous connaissez son identifiant (ID).
    • Rechercher par mot clés n'importe quel album, artiste, ou titre, par exemple, "Madonna hang out".
    • Obtenez les meilleurs titres (top tracks) et les albums les plus récents d’un artiste.
    • Obtenez un deep link qui redirige l’utilisateur vers les applications Xbox Music, que ce soit sur ​​le web, sur Windows Phone, Windows 8.x ou d'une autre plateforme.
    • Récupérez les couvertures d'albums et les images de l’artiste en haute définition.

    En complément, si votre application redirige vers l’application Xbox Music et permet de générer une vente (Xbox Music Pass ou achat d’un titre .mp3), vous pouvez également gagner des revenus en profitant d’un programme d’affiliation.

  • HealthBlog

    Playing for better health with BioGaming

    Have you ever hurt your back, had a sports related injury, suffered a strain or sprain, broken a bone, or had surgery? If so, you have probably experienced some form of therapy delivered by clinicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation...
  • The Old New Thing

    How can I determine how responsive my application is to input?

  • Matthew van Eerde's web log

    Enumerating MIDI devices

    In addition to audio playback and recording, Windows Multimedia (WinMM) provides a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) API . Here's how to make a list of all the MIDI devices on the system, their capabilities, and the hardware device interface...
  • MSDN Roadshows

    Windows Store and Security Proofs

    So, you have your great idea for a Windows 8 app, you've registered for Generation App , and you've created your Windows Store account . You go to sign into your account later, and you see the following dialog: (The code will be sent via email or text...
  • Matt Harrington

    Silicon Valley Code Camp, October 6 & 7, 2012

    Each year, thousands of developers descend upon Los Altos Hills for the Silicon Valley Code Camp . This year there are 223 sessions scheduled on topics ranging from client development, to mobile development, to web development. As a special treat,...
  • J.D. Meier's Blog

    Roles and Responsibilities on Microsoft patterns & practices Project Teams

    One of the most common things I get asked, wherever I go is, “What were the team roles and responsibilities on your Microsoft patterns & practices project teams?” Effectively, there were a set of repeatable roles that people signed up for, or covered...
  • IEBlog Português

    Eventos de Ponteiro interoperáveis: melhorando eventos de entrada para múltiplos dispositivos

    Hoje, o W3C aceitou e publicou a filiação da Microsoft que descreve uma nova maneira de os sites oferecerem suporte a múltiplos dispositivos apontadores como mouse, caneta e multitoque. Nossa proposta para novos padrões de Web para Eventos de Ponteiro...
  • MSDN Roadshows

    Upcoming Windows 8 Office Hours

    If you're working on, or thinking about building, apps for Windows 8, and looking for some help or advice, I've got good news for you. During the month of October, myself and several local Microsoft peers will be holding Office Hours at our Chevy Chase...
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