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Year:2013
Date:2013-Dec-10
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The two ways to handle orientation in your Windows 8.1 app
Ah, elegance. Handling orientation basically means adjusting your app to account for real estate changes when the user pivots their device from Landscape to Portrait, or when the user adjusts your app’s width. In Windows 8.0, there were four possible orientations: FullView (1366x768), FillView (1024x768), SnapView (320x768), and Portrait (768x1366). In Windows 8.1 there are two possible orientations: Landscape (width > height) and Portrait (width < height).

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Migrating a Blog to Windows Azure Web Sites
For many years, I’ve hosted my blog on Orcsweb.  I moved there about 5 years ago or so, after outgrowing webhost4life.  Orcsweb is a huge supporter of the community and has offered free hosting to MVPs and MSFTies, so it seemed like a no brainer to go to a first class host at no charge.  Orcs is also local (Charlotte, NC) and I know many of the great folks there.  But, the time has come to move my blog to Windows Azure Web Sites (WAWS).  (This switch, of course, should be transparent.)

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

Release Candidates for ASP.NET MVC 5.1, Web API 2.1 and Web Page 3.1.

Today we shipped release candidates for ASP.NET MVC 5.1, ASP.NET Web Pages 3.1 and Web API 2.1 to the NuGet gallery. In this release we are previewing some of the runtime features in ASP.NET and Web Tools 2013.2, which will include a broader set of updates to ASP.NET SignalR, ASP.NET Identity, Entity Framework, and the Microsoft OWIN Components as well as tooling updates to the Web Editors, Browser Link, Scaffolding, NuGet and Windows Azure WebSite publishing. We will be previewing all of these features along the way before all of the features are released. Read more

Events/Webinars/Seminars you shouldn't miss

What’s New in Visual Studio 2013

Developers, are you trying to figure out what Visual Studio 2013 has to offer you? Whether you develop for the web, Windows, or Windows Phone, and whether you are using C#, XAML, HTML, or Visual Basic, this course is for you. It focuses on some of the key new features, addressed individually in sessions throughout the day, so that you can tune in to the specific tools that will help you develop more quickly and easily. Start by learning about the IDE (integrated development environment) and then attend sessions including improved IntelliSense, easier debugging, and better tools. Read more

What’s New in Visual Studio 2013

Developers, are you trying to figure out what Visual Studio 2013 has to offer you? Whether you develop for the web, Windows, or Windows Phone, and whether you are using C#, XAML, HTML, or Visual Basic, this course is for you. It focuses on some of the key new features, addressed individually in sessions throughout the day, so that you can tune in to the specific tools that will help you develop more quickly and easily. Start by learning about the IDE (integrated development environment) and then attend sessions including improved IntelliSense, easier debugging, and better tools for ALM (application lifecycle management). Read more

Windows Azure Web Sites – Deep Dive Jump Start

Website developers, here's your chance to learn how you can use Windows Azure to develop, deploy, and scale your large-scale web apps in a matter of minutes. If you're new to Windows Azure, this is a good starting point for finding out how it can help you save on time and resources, integrate with Office 365 and Elastic Search, and broaden your audience. Experienced users, this is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the product and to find out about new features, such as the website capability model and the storage object distribution pattern. You'll find out what you need to know from the people who developed the features. Read more

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