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David Paquette CDD (Caffeine Driven Development) September 2012 Entries
Desktop Apps in the Windows 8 Store?!?! That’s Impossible!!!
Or is it? Since Microsoft announced the Windows Store, the official word has been that desktop apps could not be distributed in the store. But this morning I noticed this: That’s odd, but after clicking on one of these, I see that all it does is link to the website where you download Visual Studio So really, it’s not a desktop app in the store. It’s more of an ad for a desktop app. Interestingly enough, despite the menu being ALL CAPS, Visual Studio 2012 is getting a nearly solid 5/5 stars ......

Posted On Friday, September 28, 2012 4:34 PM

Over 2000 Windows 8 Store Apps
With still a month left until Windows 8 is made commercially available, I was surprised to hear yesterday that there are already 16 million devices running Windows 8 (via @TommyLee). I was also surprised to see that in Canada, there are already over 2000 apps available in the Windows Store. This might not sound like much, but it is double the number of apps available less than a month ago. These look like good signs for the Windows 8 ecosystem. I am hoping to see the number of apps continue to grow ......

Posted On Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:37 AM

Calculated Columns in Entity Framework Code First Migrations
I had a couple people ask me about calculated properties / columns in Entity Framework this week. The question was, is there a way to specify a property in my C# class that is the result of some calculation involving 2 properties of the same class. For example, in my database, I store a FirstName and a LastName column and I would like a FullName property that is computed from the FirstName and LastName columns. My initial answer was: 1: public string FullName 2: { 3: get { return string.Format("{0} ......

Posted On Sunday, September 23, 2012 4:54 AM

Windows 8 Store App Crash Logs
I was recently working on a Windows 8 app, and the application was crashing occasionally. When resuming the application, the app would crash and close immediately without providing any feedback or information on what went wrong. The crash was very difficult to reproduce, and I could never get the crash to occur when I was debugging through Visual Studio. My app was crashing, and I had no idea what was going wrong! HELP!!! After doing some digging, I found that when a Windows 8 Store App crashes, ......

Posted On Saturday, September 15, 2012 12:21 PM

Where'd My Data Go? (and/or...How Do I Get Rid of It?)
Want to get a better idea of how cascade deletes work in Entity Framework Code First scenarios? Want to see it in action? Stick with us as we quickly demystify what happens when you tell your data context to nuke a parent entity. This post is authored by Calgary .NET User Group Leader David Paquette with help from Microsoft MVP in Asp.Net James Chambers. We got to spend a great week back in March at Prairie Dev Con West, chalk full of sessions, presentations, workshops, conversations and, of course, ......

Posted On Saturday, September 15, 2012 7:54 AM

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