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Enterprise
2 Nov 2015   Updated: 2 Nov 2015   Rating: 4.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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I had the privilege of having my MS Band 2 delivered last Friday and have spent the entire weekend wearing it… so… here are my 48-hour thoughts. First let me start by telling you what I *won’t* be covering in this post: The software – Microsoft Health and its ecosystem is awesome in my opinion. [&#8
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Serverless
27 May 2018   Updated: 29 May 2018   Rating: 4.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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A quick walkthrough on creating an Alexa Skill backed by Azure Functions
29 May 2018   Updated: 29 May 2018   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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A walkthrough of an example using Microsoft Flow to perform a common backend operation: data validation
30 May 2018   Updated: 30 May 2018   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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A quick walkthrough on taking the Flow created in Part 1 and upgrading to Azure's workflow orchestration offering
15 Oct 2018   Updated: 15 Oct 2018   Rating: 4.87/5    Votes: 5   Popularity: 3.40
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As of this writing, I manage 29 packages on Chocolatey.org. One thing it's imperative package authors do, though, is keep their packages up to date as new versions of the software they're wrapping get released. Without this, packages simply atrophy and the value of Chocolatey goes down.
Microsoft Flow
27 May 2018   Updated: 29 May 2018   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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A walkthrough of creating an Azure Function to convert XML to JSON and vice-versa, including pitfalls and gotchas of returning XML from Azure Functions..
MVVM
26 Sep 2014   Updated: 26 Sep 2014   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 3   Popularity: 2.39
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Microsoft’s XAML provides a way for us to define our UI in a declarative manner. Combined with databinding it means you should – in almost every case – never have to directly reference a UI control to accomplish some work. Add the MVVM design pattern in to the mix and I find myself “rethinking” any

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6 Nov 2015   Updated: 6 Nov 2015   Rating: 4.67/5    Votes: 2   Popularity: 1.40
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In a current project we’re developing a UWP application which, as you may or may not know, *requires* you to compile to .Net Native in order to submit to the store. No biggie, that hasn’t been a problem. Until now.
All Topics
3 Oct 2013   Updated: 3 Oct 2013   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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How to create .netitude for Windows Phone
17 Jul 2015   Updated: 17 Jul 2015   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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How to build Windows 10 UWP in the Cloud
17 Jul 2014   Updated: 17 Jul 2014   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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Multilingual app toolkit - give your app some global appeal
12 Mar 2014   Updated: 10 Oct 2017   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 5   Popularity: 3.49
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Get yer Git on
29 Jan 2014   Updated: 29 Jan 2014   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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From Joe to pro-TFS style
31 Mar 2014   Updated: 31 Mar 2014   Rating: 4.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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Getting your Windows Phone or Windows 8 app published is only half the battle. Marketing is the other half. The folks at ExGrip have now made this insanely easy with App Additives.
14 May 2014   Updated: 14 May 2014   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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TPL in a unit test
2 Oct 2014   Updated: 2 Oct 2014   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 2   Popularity: 1.51
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Got a blog? Want to make yourself a bit more noticeable around the interwebs? What better way to do it than your own short URL (a la bit.ly, j.mp, goo.gl, etc.)?
13 May 2015   Updated: 13 May 2015   Rating: 3.00/5    Votes: 2   Popularity: 0.90
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Application Insights in your WinForms
23 Sep 2016   Updated: 23 Sep 2016   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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Feedback Hub for everybody!
15 Jun 2015   Updated: 15 Jun 2015   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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On Windows Store "crap apps"
Desktop Programming
Universal Windows Platform
17 Nov 2015   Updated: 17 Nov 2015   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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Your UWP Push Notifications are now Toast
XAML
23 Oct 2015   Updated: 23 Oct 2015   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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Static Grid, Dynamic Content – Part 2: The Stragglers
DevOps
Testing
2 Sep 2014   Updated: 2 Sep 2014   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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How to test disk space exceptions with CopyToAsync
Generics
3 Oct 2013   Updated: 3 Oct 2013   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 2   Popularity: 1.51
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How to constrain generic types to parameterized constructors
Grid
22 Oct 2015   Updated: 22 Oct 2015   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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The main challenge facing us when doing this is that Grid isn’t an ‘ItemsControl’ and therefore can’t be bound to a collection of data. So how do we solve it? The solution, like so many, can be arrived at by chunking the problem up in to pieces.
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Azure
8 Jan 2015   Updated: 8 Jan 2015   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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How to create your own hosted NuGet Server in Azure
14 Nov 2013   Updated: 14 Nov 2013   Rating: 4.80/5    Votes: 4   Popularity: 2.89
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We have tools that can create VHD files from the system they’re running within (Disk2Vhd) and we have Azure with the capability to run an externally-created VHD.
14 Nov 2013   Updated: 14 Nov 2013   Rating: 4.83/5    Votes: 5   Popularity: 3.38
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You can't dev for Windows 8 (8.1) from that OS using VS 2013. What a bummer. But what to do?
3 Nov 2016   Updated: 3 Nov 2016   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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Since using the new Azure “V2” VMs I had a complaint: I can’t (easily) set up a schedule for my VMs like I was able to with Classic VMs and the Classic Management dashboard.
30 Nov 2017   Updated: 30 Nov 2017   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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Event Grid subscriptions point to an https endpoint. When using Azure Functions as the subscriber, how can you locally debug your events?
Serverless
17 Jul 2017   Updated: 17 Jul 2017   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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Serverless approaches are great for quick, simple jobs that need to run periodically - let's explore using Azure Functions for just one such application; to poll the Nuget feed for updates to a package we're interested in.
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While it would be high near impossible to DDoS a solution running on a serverless platform (scaling would just continue to handle all the requests it needed to), somebody still has to pay for the execution.
31 May 2018   Updated: 31 May 2018   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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With that in mind, let’s implement our solution from earlier in this series in Azure Functions.
1 Jun 2018   Updated: 1 Jun 2018   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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The last in the series, a walk through on taking our problem statement and implementing it with the new abstraction from the Azure Functions team, Durable Functions...
14 Jul 2017   Updated: 17 Jul 2017   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 2   Popularity: 1.51
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Could we find a way to monitor the nuget feed for updates to a certain package and then send an alert somewhere when one is encountered?
Mobile Apps
2 Nov 2015   Updated: 2 Nov 2015   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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If you can't deploy to Windows 10 Mobile 10581, read this...
2 Feb 2016   Updated: 2 Feb 2016   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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If you’ve followed .Netitude for a while, you definitely know I’m a fan of Continuous Integration.
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In the final installment of my Continuous Integration & Continuous Deployment series, we’ll tackle the real wrench in the system: iOS.
3 Feb 2016   Updated: 3 Feb 2016   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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In my last post we talked about setting up CI & CD for your Xamarin.Android project. Let’s continue on with our cross-platform story today by targeting Windows 10.
25 Jun 2014   Updated: 25 Jun 2014   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 7   Popularity: 4.23
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OCD Windows Phone photogs, beware
22 Aug 2014   Updated: 22 Aug 2014   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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Windows Phone 8, Family Safety, and your kids
14 Sep 2014   Updated: 14 Sep 2014   Rating: 4.00/5    Votes: 2   Popularity: 1.20
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Let’s have a look at some tweaks to the default phone project created for Windows Phone 8.0 (and 8.1 Silverlight)
14 Jul 2014   Updated: 14 Jul 2014   Rating: 4.43/5    Votes: 4   Popularity: 2.67
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How to localize your app name and tile on Windows Phone 8
Operating Systems
Win10
29 Oct 2015   Updated: 29 Oct 2015   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 5   Popularity: 3.49
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Pull-to-refresh on a Windows 10 UWP
Windows
14 Nov 2013   Updated: 14 Nov 2013   Rating: 4.67/5    Votes: 3   Popularity: 2.23
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Bing news - your blog reader
3 Oct 2013   Updated: 3 Oct 2013   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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How to add subdomains to the compatibility view list
Programming Languages
C#
3 Oct 2013   Updated: 3 Oct 2013   Rating: 4.67/5    Votes: 4   Popularity: 2.81
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A useful extension method.
3 Oct 2013   Updated: 3 Oct 2013   Rating: 2.92/5    Votes: 7   Popularity: 2.46
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A useful utility.
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LINQ is awesome and Lazy is handy as heck, but using them together requires some thought.
22 Nov 2013   Updated: 22 Nov 2013   Rating: 4.18/5    Votes: 4   Popularity: 2.52
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Auto-gen a URI string based on a method call.
14 Dec 2013   Updated: 14 Dec 2013   Rating: 4.70/5    Votes: 5   Popularity: 3.29
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How to access private fields in inherited classes
23 Apr 2014   Updated: 23 Apr 2014   Rating: 4.56/5    Votes: 6   Popularity: 3.55
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Prototyping with C#? Thanks, Roslyn!
C++
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All over the news lately is the new release of the ability for Windows Phone developers to respond to user reviews via the dev center, something of which any developer can immediately see the value.
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Disney's new Circle internet parental control service provides good feature on its free tier that can be enhanced with other services. Here's how you can use IFTTT to schedule the internet to turn on and off for your entire household or just specific devices in your household... CodeProject -->...
12 Jan 2015   Updated: 12 Jan 2015   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 4   Popularity: 3.01
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While playing around with NuGet as much as I have been, I noticed something in the ‘nuget pack’ command that I thought was pretty interesting. A ‘-symbols’ flag. “What’s this do?” I thought. So, naturally, I gave it a shot. What NuGet spat out for me was a .
Python
20 Jan 2014   Updated: 20 Jan 2014   Rating: 4.88/5    Votes: 8   Popularity: 4.41
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One of the things I have seen people applaud about Python is its “namedtuple” class.
XML
30 Nov 2014   Updated: 30 Nov 2014   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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How to auto-update your NuGet packages at build time
Visual Studio
9 May 2014   Updated: 12 May 2014   Rating: 4.33/5    Votes: 2   Popularity: 1.30
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Got sweet code? Save it!
VS Online
9 Jan 2015   Updated: 9 Jan 2015   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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As you've seen me post before, I use the Multilingual App Toolkit in my Upload to YouTube app to localize it into many languages.
Web Development
ASP.NET
31 Jul 2017   Updated: 31 Jul 2017   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 2   Popularity: 1.51
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How to use middleware to trap exceptions in ASP.NET Core
Windows Phone 8
19 Mar 2014   Updated: 19 Mar 2014   Rating: 4.44/5    Votes: 3   Popularity: 2.12
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Microsoft’s Managed Extensibility Framework is somewhat of an unsung hero in the .Net world in my opinion. The framework itself is insanely powerful and magical but when you combine it with other patterns and frameworks like MVVM it becomes pure sorcery.

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I'm a Sr. Software Engineer in the Seattle area primarily focused on serverless technologies in the cloud. In my free time I enjoy hiking & other adventures with my family around the Puget Sound and the country! You can find out more about me at my homepage: http://bc3.tech/brandonh