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Liquid Newsletter Template Week:48
Year:2014
Date:2014-Nov-25
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Reading and Writing Base64 in the Windows Runtime
Sometimes it’s super-valuable to take an image and convert it to text – let’s call this encoding. This text is base64 and it’s a well-established standard for such things. It can be inserted into JSON, XAML, and even used in CSS. Conversely, it’s important to convert that text back into an image – let’s call this decoding. And, developers can do it all in the Windows Runtime. Let’s begin by recognizing that how binary information is translated into and out of text isn’t important. It’s all settled by the standards nerds – we’re just leveraging their hard work.

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Universal Windows Applications Across Multiple Form Factors Devices: From 4 to 82 Inches
From the entry on the market of Windows 8 on October 26th 2012 until now the number of devices equipped with the new operating system is growing rapidly to some hundred millions. From that date until today some other important concepts comes out: Windows 8.1 merging with Windows Phone 8.1, the Xbox ecosystem, coming up to July 22th 2014 when, Satya Nadella during the July 22 Microsoft's Q4 fiscal 2014, announced: "We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes".

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The New and Improved C# 6.0
Although C# 6.0 isn’t yet complete, it’s at a point now where the features are close to being finalized. There have been a number of changes and improvements made to C# 6.0 in the CTP3 release of the next version of Visual Studio, code-named “14,” since the May 2014 article, “A C# 6.0 Language Preview” (msdn.microsoft.com/magazine/dn683793.aspx).

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Videos we favorited

Introducing Visual Studio Community 2013

Visual Studio Community 2013 is a new, full-featured, and FREE addition to the Visual Studio product lineup. View demos that highlight multi-device apps across Windows, Android, and iOS, and that show how Visual Studio Community can be extended to support additional languages like Python. Join Scott Hanselman, Dmitry Lyalin and members of the product team to see how this community edition includes capabilities that are perfect for individual developers, students, open source contributors, and small teams.

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Events/Webinars/Seminars you shouldn't miss

You’ve Got Documents! A MongoDB Jump Start

Wondering what the buzz is all about with NoSQL? If you're an open source developer and you want to store unstructured data, see why MongoDB, a scalable document-oriented database, is so popular in this arena, plus explore how to use it on Azure. Read more

Creating Windows Phone and Windows Store Games with MonoGame

Want to write code and build games for Windows Phone and Windows Store? Check out MonoGame, the "write once, play everywhere" popular choice for coders. Experts, including Tom Spilman of Sickhead Games, introduce you to the cool features of MonoGame and help you build a game, from start to finish. Read more

A Virtual Conference for Developers

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