Moments again following all the other fantastic announcements for Windows developers, Windows Template Studio was announced.
What is it?
Windows Template Studio allows you to quickly build a UWP app that has the pages, framework and features that you want by a friendly wizard that gets your app running in no time! Design guidance and industry standard patterns and practices are baked right in. And yes, it is open-source.
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While at work today I tried to Git for a bit, unfortunately, my commit wasn’t accepted with open arms.
Wait! What? Did I get fired? Why can’t I push to this repo?
Read more “Git LFS: Check that you have proper access to the repository”
Remember Visual studio 2010? This was my first encounter with VS and it was painful. You had to set aside at least a day to get this installed and you had to be one brave soul to attempt uninstalling it.
This has gotten incrementally better with subsequent versions but with VS17 taken its componentization up a level.
Read more “My top 7 Visual Studio 2017 features”
It sure has been an interesting week for website security with a considerable number of high profile website leaks.
When it comes to the eThekwini eServices ‘leak’ I use the word ‘leak’ as a generalisation, in my option, this was not a classical ‘leak’. The blaring obvious security vulnerabilities of this site were not the usual weak point in an all round well-structured system that a person with malicious intent hammered till it broke. This site was a wide open faucet with an invite to drink as much as you wished. I hope my analogy comes across and helps intensify how frightening it is that this went live.
Read more “How-NOT-To: The eThekwini eServices Website Leak.”
Being a student today has many benefits. Large companies believe in students with many offering students benefits no cost access to their services.
Microsoft’s student Azure offer is once such program, student developers can publish their own web apps to Azure and host them in the cloud, at no cost and with no credit card required. Students can take advantage of these great Azure services:
Read more “Students! Get hosted in the cloud at no cost!”
(lambda) the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet, has a common place in the mathematics world.
In the C# a lambda expression is an anonymous function that can contain expressions and statements.
Perhaps the most common use of lambdas is with enumerables. We also pass lambda expressions as arguments, for sorting or for searching in queries.
Anatomy of a lambda expression
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Getting started with a new programming language/platform can be a daunting task, especially when it requires the use of a new IDE. This post is going to be a quick lap around Visual Studio so you can get working on all those ideas you have.
Read more “Getting around Visual Studio 2015”
In an attempt to boost my productivity, I decided to write a base WinRT project with the essentials for all my projects. Here is what I consider essentials for all my projects:
- MVVM Light
- A Navigation Service
- A Message Service
- Global app service
These 3 items define a base universal Windows project for me, I will get into some detail on all of these in a bit. Other services like data or location services can be needed for an app but aren’t essential to all apps.
Nothing fancy happening here. Remember to keep all files in a logical folder structure, folders work a lot better than an endless list of obtusely name files.
Read more “Universal Windows App Base Project”
You’ve built your app and now you need to share it with the world.
Being a student is tough so Microsoft is kind enough to waver the one time registration fee (R193 at time of publication). I explain the simple steps needed to claim this cool benefit.
Head on over to www.dreamspark.com/Student/Windows-Store-Access and login with you DreamSpark account.
Don’t have a DreamSpark account? Check out this post (errornaik.com/dreamspark-registration-updated) for details on getting one
Click “Get code Now”, don’t close this tab yet; you will need this code in a bit.
Read more “Claim your free Windows/WP dev account using DreamSpark”
So you’re a student and want to develop for Microsoft technologies? Luckily our friends at Microsoft really see the potential in students and have invested heavily in providing premium tools at no cost.
Step 1 – The key
There are 2 ways to get one of these:
Email me and I’ll email you a card like below. I no longer give these out as it is now very easy to verify your student status using your school/university email address.
Read more “DreamSpark Registration (Updated)”