Global resources in Xamarin Forms! No App.xaml? Create one!

Xaml developers moving to Xamarin Forms are hoping to take some of their good habits from the Windows (WPF/Silverlight/UWP) dev world with them. And probably a few of their bad ones as well but we don’t want to talk about those. But sometimes the constructs the devs hope to find in Xamarin Forms are not…

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xam.plugins.connectivity – all APIs Sample

Esteemed Xamarin evangelist James Montemagno ( https://twitter.com/JamesMontemagno ) has a fantastic cross  platform plugin for working with connectivity scenarios in Xamarin. The plugin works with iOS, Windows UWP, Android, using Forms as well as native targets. The repository has full source code for the plugin. The repo also has some lightweight samples as well. As an exploration…

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Easy Blog with WordPress, Azure Web Apps and the Azure Gallery

WordPress is a very popular platform. Using Azure plus Web Apps plus the Azure Marketplace you can easily spin up a WordPress site without having to touch any code. The provisioning process takes care of code installation, Web App initialization, and even creating a MySQL database for you. For one of my engagements I was…

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Easy Blog with BlogEngine.NET, Azure Web Apps and Azure Gallery Video

Azure plus Web Apps plus the Azure Marketplace offer an easy route to spin up solutions quickly and efficiently in the cloud. The provisioning process takes care of Web App initialization, databases, resource groups and more. For one of my engagements I was asked to come up ways to spin up online properties like blogs…

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IDFLinkable – Patch Thy VS2015 GitHub

EDGE BROWSER Announcing Dolby Audio for high performance audio in Microsoft Edge – http://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2015/05/26/announcing-dolby-audio-for-high-performance-audio-in-microsoft-edge/ INTERNET OF THINGS Bret Stateham’s Lighted Sign Controlled by Windows 10 IoT with a Raspberry Pi. Oh my. For you William – https://github.com/BretStateham/givesign. WINDOWS PHONE Windows Phone Recovery Tool – Bricked your phone on an update? Got ‘stuck’ updates? This tool…

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IDFLinkable – August 17, 2015 – BootCamp, Windows 10, Phone, Android, Machine Learning

Things cool and interesting in the Microsoft Developer Platform as it pertains to Florida and the Microsoft Developer scene, as well as various tech things I’m into.   WINDOWS 10 NetFlix app won’t stream fix – http://windowsinstructed.com/fix-windows-store-netflix-app-error-0x80070057/ How Microsoft is Improving the NFL with Surface 3 Tablets on Sidelines and New App in Living Rooms –…

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DreamSpark and Student Azure Activation – Step-by-Step Walkthrough

DREAMSPARK ( http://www.dreamspark.com ) is Microsoft’s program to get software and services into the hands of students.  Qualified students can access training, software downloads, and even Azure based cloud services. Activation of DreamSpark, and especially the Azure benefit can be a bit awkward.  Below is a step by step walkthrough of activating DreamSpark along with…

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Azure – Six different ways to try it out

There are quite a number of folks using Azure out there. If you are just starting out with Azure there are a number of routes to getting started with it. As of this post in August 2015 there are no less than six different ways for you to get going with Azure for your cloud…

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Unrecognized smart card reader ( SCR-3500 ) on Windows 10

I use a $10 smartcard reader, the SCR 3500 [info – http://www.scm-pc-card.de/index.php?lang=en&page=product&function=show_product&product_id=637 , amazon – http://amzn.to/1Hf0Srm ] . Portable, compact, and cheap. But not officially supported by our internal Microsoft IT team. I’ve been using the SCR3500 from Windows 7 through Windows 8.1 . So I upgraded my HP810 to Win10 Build 10076 at the…

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//Build/ 2015 – the Aftermath

//build/ 2015 was one of those events that left you with that “oh heck do I have alot to catch up on” type feeling. From Windows 10, Astoria, UAP, Office Graph and more, there is a ton of things to think abot and absort. So how should you approach absorting all the goodies that came…

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