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Introducing Windows 10

Hope most of you are aware that in the mid of last week, Microsoft announced Windows 10 (Technical Preview).  This preview is a small set of new code and is not the final one. It means lot more is on the way :) This release contains desktop-focused features, primarily for business customers. Actual consumer preview is plan to launch somewhere around January. Windows 10 will run across unbelievably broad set of devices from 4 inch screens to 80 inch screens. Some of the devices we can hold in hand and others are 10 feet away. So, are you ready to dive into the new features? Well, let's start. Start Menu: Start menu with Live tiles and favourite apps Everything runs in a window: Windows store apps now opens in the same fashion as desktop apps format – can be re-sized and move around – have title bars Snap Enhancements: New quadrant layout to view four snapped apps in single shot M

What's New In Prism 5.0?

Are you WPF, Silverlight or Windows Phone developer and used Microsoft’s patterns and practices library to build your applications? If you are, then you might want to know that Microsoft’s patterns and practices team have just released Prism 5.0. All the applications built using the previous versions of Prism are now broken. So, in this artifact, I’ll be discussing about the new assemblies, new objects and deprecated objects which can/can’t be used with Prism 4.1 and Prism 5.0. Downloading Prism 5.0 Prism 5.0 can be downloaded and installed either from patterns and practices site having URL as or by using Nuget package inside Visual Studio. Mentioned link also discusses about all the changes which are part of Prism 5.0 Supported Platforms Let’s have a quick look at the supported platforms of Prism 5.0. While working with previous versions of Prism (i.e. 4.1), one was able to create applications like WPF (.Net 4.0), Silverlight 5 and Window

Propagating Property Change for Static Properties

While working on any XAML based app, first thing which comes into mind is Binding . There are lot many articles on what is Binding and how it works. Don’t worry, I am not going to repeat all that stuff again. But definitely, I would like to touch upon few things which are base of my today’s write-up. To make any property bindable or let’s say to propagate property change, we usually follow one of the below two options: Implement INotifyPropertyChanged interface or Create an event with name PropertyNameChanged Point to notice here is, both the above options will work only on instance properties. Now what if my property is Static??? INotifyPropertyChanged is not going to work for static properties. None of the above options will make x:Static extension work. What to do now ? No worries, all these hazards can easily be overcome when you will jump to .Net 4.5. Approach 1: Property specific static event for each and every static property Let’s have a look a

Identify WPF version

If you want to figure out the current version of WPF installed on your machine, then one has to navigate to registry for below path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v3.0\Setup\Windows Presentation Foundation Version value on above path will give your the required information.

.Net Framework 4.5.2 is available

Microsoft recently released .Net Fx 4.5.2 which is in-place update for .Net Framework 4, .Net Framework 4.5 and .Net Framework 4.5.1 and is ready for download on below links: .Net Framework 4.5.2 Offline Installer .Net Framework 4.5.2 Web Installer This includes updates for ASP.Net, Windows Event Tracing (ETW), better profiling as well as for DPI settings. Enjoy...

EF warning while using Database first approach

Error 6002: The table/view 'AdventureWorks.dbo.BuildVersion' does not have a primary key defined. The key has been inferred and the definition was created as a read-only table/view. Explanation: The above warning is generated when you use Database first approach for Entity Framework model creation. Such warning appears due to entity key. Every Entity needs to have an entity key and when EF creates an entities, what it does is, it tries to find an primary key from the database and creates an entity key from that.  But it may be the case that few of the database objects doesn't have primary key defined. In that case, EF tries to infer a key based on your view or table's columns. So, here it becomes necessary to have at lease a non-null column in your database object.  It's just a warning, so nothing harmful here. But still if you need a solution to get rid of this warning, then it is posted by Hilmi Aric.

Visual Studio Extension for Installer Templates

Finally Installer Projects templates are back with Visual Studio. Hope most of you are aware that few years back, Microsoft removed the templates for installer projects from Visual Studio and we all were obliged to use InstallShield.  Till Visual Studio 2010, these templates were shipped along with VS but post releases were not having these templates. But user voice and vocal feedbacks made this possible and now these templates are again part of Visual Studio 2013 and will continue to be the part in all the Visual studio’s future versions. This Extension can be downloaded either from Visual StudioGallery or by using ‘Extensions and Updates’ dialog’s online section with a search string as ‘Visual Studio Installer Projects Extension’. Important point to mention here is, Visual Studio will still provide the in-box solution for InstallShield limited edition. As of now, this update is part of preview release version;)