The UTF-8 file encoding test detected the following errors in Windows App Cert Kit

  Via DaveDev.net… If you are getting this error message when running the Windows App Certification Kit you most likely are using a JavaScript file from the Web that has been encoded differently.  One of the great things about being a Web Developer targeting the Windows Store is you can utilize a lot of the…

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Where is the suspend, resume and terminate toolbar in Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate?

Via Davedev.net… I recently paved one of my demo machines and was running a fresh build of Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate RC.  I came across something interesting I thought I would share in order to save you time.  In the past I have been running Visual Studio 2012 Express RC and noticed in Ultimate things…

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Windows 8 Developer Camps and Hackathons – Coming July to September

Via Chris Bowen… A new series of Windows 8 developer events are coming soon!  These are special two-day events, with a DevCamp on day one featuring a full day of sessions plus an InstallFest, followed on day two by a Hackathon with Lightning Talks where you can bring app ideas to life with Microsoft and…

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Help! Visual Studio 11 Beta Dark Theme incorrectly using White Background

I ran across an issue with Visual Studio 2011 Ultimate Beta this morning and figured I would share the solution here with everyone.  It may exist in Visual Studio 2011 Express Beta as well I just haven’t seen it yet myself.  The issue began when I installed Visual Studio 2011 Ultimate Beta and selected a…

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Illegal characters in path when deploying a Metro Style App

If you are getting an error similar to the one below when deploying your Metro Style App in Visual Studio 11 Beta it’s not you. Error 1 Error : DEP0600 : The following unexpected error occurred during deployment: Illegal characters in path. at System.IO.Path.CheckInvalidPathChars(String path, Boolean checkAdditional) at System.IO.Path.Combine(String path1, String path2) at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ImmersiveProjectServices.Shared.AppxLayoutManager.CheckPackageLayoutState(DeployPackageName deployPackageName,…

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Another reason to attend your local Microsoft Usergroup – getting to meet the Visual Studio Product Team!

Visual Studio Product Tour comes to Philly As part of the recent launch for Visual Studio 2010 the Visual Studio Team is going out on tour to visit local usergroups and customers.  We were lucky enough to have Scott Wiltamuth, Product Unit Manager for Visual Studio Languages, visit Philly.NET Monday night to give an overview…

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Visual Studio 2010 and Silverlight 4 are here! Check out a local launch event near you.

The Launches Visual Studio 2010 Wow – what a week it has been for .NET Developers!  On Monday April 12th, Visual Studio 2010 officially launched at the DevConnections conference in Las Vegas.  For those that missed it you can watch the entire Launch Event here.  Right after the event Visual Studio 2010 immediately became available…

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My trip to Microsoft’s MIX10 Conference

  The Keynotes I felt this years keynotes told a cohesive story better than any Microsoft conference I’ve been to.  After months of hearing about 3 Screens and a Cloud we saw a fulfillment on that promise.  Demo after demo the same tools (VS2010/Blend4) and the same framework (Silverlight) were used to create applications that…

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