Windows Template Studio

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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Git LFS: Check that you have proper access to the repository

While at work today I tried to Git for a bit, unfortunately, my commit wasn’t accepted with open arms.

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Wait! What? Did I get fired? Why can’t I push to this repo?
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My top 7 Visual Studio 2017 features

Lightweight installer

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.

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How-NOT-To: The eThekwini eServices Website Leak.

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.

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Students! Get hosted in the cloud at no cost!

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:
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C# Using Lamda Expressions

\lambda (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 around Visual Studio 2015

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.
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