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    February Developer Deadlines

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    Want free stuff? Want some upcoming events to keep you motivated on writing your next app? Check out some of things the things you can do in the next three weeks.   The White House Open Data Day Hackathon is Feb 22. If you're a developer interested...
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    Getting started with Windows Azure Web Sites

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    Recently, my kids swim team needed a way to send out email, voice and text notifications from any mobile device. Other team’s were buying individual apps on phone market’s but we thought in this case, our own dedicated app would allow us to open access...
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    Yammer from the command line

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    Someone on our Yammer network at work had a simple question about how often we talk about certain topics. I thought the question deserved an answer and provided me an opportunity to brush up on my PowerShell scripting. After looking around I found PSYammer...
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    Developer Dashboard

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    I was talking with a coworker who focuses on Business Intelligence. He described the job as taking something boring like accounting (sorry accountants) and making it sexy. Like a professional stylist for a career. I thought that was pretty funny, but...
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    Choosing a search technology for SharePoint projects

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    Has the question of SharePoint Search vs. FAST Search come up in your planning sessions? Do your users have requirements that can “only” be met with FAST Search? Is Search Server Express an appropriate decision in your environment? Microsoft has provided...
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    So much learning…

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    I’ve been writing my annual assessment at work and reviewing the projects I’ve worked on as well as visualizing the types of projects I want to work on in the next year. The rate of change is incredible and Microsoft is announcing new technologies left...
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    Book Review: 97 things every programmer should know

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    From time to time, I’ll finish a book on my nightstand and write a small review both for myself to remember and sum up the book and share it with all of you to provide my feedback on the book. I would encourage you to read any of the books I post about...
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    SharePoint 2010 October CU fails to configure

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    I was recently patching some servers when I ran into an issue with the October 2011 Cumulative Update updating on all of the servers. It would get to 17% and fail. When I looked in the Event Logs, there was an error from SPUpgradeJobDefinition that has...
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    Security Development Lifecycle (baking it in)

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    Security, like User Experience, is not something that can be bolted on, provided by an add-in, or added after the fact. Truly secure, survivable systems have to be designed in that manner all the time. The SDL focuses on Education, Process Improvement...
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    Extending Outlook applications into Exchange

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      For smaller offices or departments, Outlook forms can act as a CRM or task management system in the absence of a formal system. However, what happens when your forms + filing system gets popular and needs to scale beyond your cubes? Data entered...
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    Courage to Change

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    For those that haven't heard, Microsoft is planning on discontinuing the MCA/MCM/MCSM certification track. These are the top of the certification pyramid and served as a differentiator for partners and consultants to prove their deep product knowledge...
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    Programmatically Create Retention Schedules

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    Let’s suppose you are migrating from an existing Records Management solution to Records Center in SharePoint 2010 to manage your records retention and disposition. How do you import and/or create your existing file plan in SharePoint? The Microsoft.Office...
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    Litte Watson .. Data Warehouse??

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    In developing apps for Windows Phone, I’ve been using the Northern Lights code library which includes Little Watson; a library for packaging exceptions and sending them to a http listener. The demo application uses a php page to send an email. Scott Hanselman...
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    Top 12 for 2012

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    We've made it readers. It's the end of 2012 and I've been using the last week to reflect on all that I have been through and accomplished while I plan for an even better 2013. I'd like to share some tweets, blog posts, or cool stories from the past year...
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    Following up on the Design Guidance for Windows Store Apps

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    In one of my previous posts , I suggested you check out the Design Guidance for Windows Store Apps . I’ve been taking my own advice, and I want to reiterate how valuable the guidance is. Technical documentation can help you write an app that compiles...
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    Study Notes for 70-484 – Touch Interactions

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    Touch Interactions Another area to review is the gestures and touch interactions supported in Windows Store apps. Microsoft was kind enough to layout the basic uses of the supported gestures . If you are interested in extending the controls, (or just...
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    MOBILE AMERICA (the people hackathon)

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    Are you a concerned citizen with ideas on how technology could solve social problems ? A developer with the knowledge, technical skills, vision, and desire to contribute to the future ? Have you been waiting for a reason to write a Metro App for Windows...
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    Join the Microsoft Cloud OS Trivia Challenge

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    Join the Microsoft Cloud OS Trivia Challenge Download the FREE Cloud OS product evaluations and test your knowledge with trivia for a chance to win some excellent prizes—including a trip to the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas. You also have a...
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    Study Notes for 70-484

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    I’ve been working through the certification series for Windows Store applications, and I’m currently studying for 70-484 (Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps using C#). As with all new certifications, there isn’t a whole lot of study material...
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    Incredible Training Available Across the Globe

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    As technologies come faster and faster, we have to quickly gain proficiency with whatever today's new platform/language/product/service is. Microsoft is comitted to supporting the WORLDWIDE technology community with FREE TRAINING!!! So if your company...
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    Thirty days to build a winner

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    It’s the first on the month, and a thirty day challenge is a great way to bring about positive change in your life. Generation App has a step by step program to build a Windows 8 app in thirty days. Maybe you have an idea for an app like an SRK fan app...
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    Making dreams come true

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    Growing up I was a huge video game fan, and that hasn’t changed as I’ve grown up. My day job is generally writing business productivity apps, so while gaming is fun, and concepts like gamification are slowly working their way into my world, there isn...
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    It’s all a big game

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    Let me start by apologizing to my international readers for such a U.S.-centric post. However, the first presidential debate of 2012 is tonight (October 3, 9-10:30pm EST). The Xbox live team has launched the Xbox Election Hub with media partners to provide...
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    Windows Phone app fails static validation. Image file format is not supported.

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      Once you are done developing your app, you will submit it to the Windows Phone Marketplace . After you upload your application, it will immediately undergo static code analysis   to ensure that you have complied with the Marketplace guidelines...
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    Growing businesses in the Orchard

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    In my mythical "free time", I get lots of requests from friends and family to help them build "a quick website". In my time, I've learned that these requests end up being neither simple nor quick, but I love helping people anyway. I've been using Orchard...
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