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Thursday, April 24, 2014

APress Deal of the Day - 24/Apr/2014 - Pro SharePoint 2010 Development for Office 365


Today's $10 deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/9781430241829 is Pro SharePoint 2010 Development for Office 365

"Pro SharePoint 2010 Development for Office 365 helps you navigate the changes and develop compelling applications and solutions for SharePoint Online in Office 365. "

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Build Mobile Apps Using Visual Studio and Telerik


At http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPOKAJyPgjQ, Telerik have provided a very interesting video on starting building mobile applications using Visual Studio and Telerik controls.

There is a seminar recording at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAnlUo50DXk done by an MVP

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

O'Reilly Offer of the week on JavaScript books to 30/Apr/2014 05:00 PT


Until 30/Apr/2014 05:00 PT, O'Reilly are offering 50% off a collection of 10 books on JavaScript. Full details at http://shop.oreilly.com/category/deals/javascript.do?code=WKJVSPT

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APress Deal of the Day - 22/Apr/2014 - SQL Server 2012 Data Integration Recipes


Today's $10 deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/9781430247913 is SQL Server 2012 Data Integration Recipes

"SQL Server 2012 Data Integration Recipes provides focused and practical solutions to real world problems of moving data in and out of SQL Server, helping to create robust and resilient ETL environments. "

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Error Handling of ASP.NET MVC


At https://www.simple-talk.com/dotnet/asp.net/handling-errors-effectively-in-asp.net-mvc, Dino Esposito has written a very useful article on error handling of MVC pages.

Review of Pluralsight course "Building State Machines in .NET"


At http://pluralsight.com/training/Courses/TableOfContents/building-state-machines-dotnet, Plural Sight have an excellent course on building a state machine. (For an explanation of state machines see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_machine)

The specific example developed was that for telephone receiving a call. The code was exercised via a winforms harness.  I would have preferred an additional project(s) to exercise the code via either NUnit and / or an MSUnit.

The only other drawback I found was that code has limited stylecop compliance.

Otherwise, I recommend this course to all Dot Net developers.

APress Deal of the Day - 21/Apr/2014 - Beginning SQL Server 2012 for Developers


Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/9781430237501 is Beginning SQL Server 2012 for Developers

"Beginning SQL Server 2012 for Developers introduces Microsoft’s market-leading database product for Windows to developers, covering the entire database application development lifecycle."

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

3 new free E-Books from Microsoft Press


At http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/ebooks, Microsoft are offer 3 new free E-books. They are available in MOBI, EPUB and PDF formats.

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Visual Studio Light Switch Resources


Whilst researching for my next Dot Net project, a desktop LightSwitch application, I discovered a number of resources relating to LightSwitch. LightSwitch is a free RAD tool for versions of Visual Studio. Visual Studio Professional or above is required - see http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=26830

The Microsoft page for LightSwitch is at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/ff796201

There are introductory videos at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bethmassi/archive/2011/12/01/beginning-lightswitch-getting-started.aspx

APress have a good book, Visual Studio LightSwitch 2012, at http://www.apress.com/9781430250715
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Pluralsight have an excellent course on Visual Studio LightSwitch 2012 and 2013 at http://pluralsight.com/training/courses/TableOfContents?courseName=visual-studio-lightswitch2012 
I am currently working through this excellent course.

Regrettably, LightSwitch is only available in Visual Studio Professional and higher. For further details, please see the discussion at http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/8de34d50-df83-4c17-9946-b2d01e73b14c/is-lightswitch-available-for-visual-studio-2013-express?forum=lightswitch

Code Project has a useful tutorial at http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/746157/An-End-To-End-Visual-Studio-LightSwitch-HTML


APress Deal of the Day - 20/Apr/2014 - Beginning Windows 8.1


Today's $10 Book of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/9781430263586 is Beginning Windows 8.1

"Beginning Windows 8.1 takes you through the new features and helps you get more out of the familiar to reveal the fullest possibilities for this amazing new operating system."

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