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Showing notifications from the browser with HTML5

Browsers are increasingly becoming the new operating systems. What I mean is that a growing number of the applications that we use day to day are now being located more frequently in the browser and less in specific applications on the desktop. Therefore, from HTML5 we need to be able to do more things that […]

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Early access to Internet Explorer’s new features

Google’s been doing it for a long time with their Chrome browser, and now Microsoft’s finally doing the same and Internet Explorer now also has its Developer Channel! Added to this is the great “IE Status” that they recently launched, where you can view the compliance status with standards and the progress of any HTML5 […]

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Code search directly from Visual Studio

This is another one of the great plug-ins for Visual Studio that we like to recommend here. It’s Bing Code Search for C# (sorry if you’re a VB programmer, but it’s only for C#). This fabulous complement is installed on Visual Studio 2013 and it adds a new “How do I…” option to the Intellisense […]

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GEEKERY: Google’s Easter eggs

It appears that some of Google’s programmers, encouraged to spend 20 % of their time in their own projects, like to indulge in creating essentially useless (yet fun!) features for their products. As proof of this, today we present some of the things you can do with such Google products that will amaze you and […]

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TRICK: Greater control over ASP.NET applications for hosters in .NET 4.0

The majority of hosting companies just want to host as many applications as possible in the same server. That translates into more clients within the same hardware and therefore more revenues. For this, they generate a single application group where all the applications are run, thus opening fewer simultaneous processes at the server and saving […]

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Select spectacular CSS effects from a gallery

When developing a web application, it always looks good to add some special elements to help us stand out—one example would be to give it a touch of artistic gloss before handing it in to our client. Unfortunately, we programmers are not generally blessed with the gift of aesthetics (some of us can’t even coordinate […]

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Control all changes in your project in Visual Studio

Yes, we know, any programmer who prides themselves on being a pro should use some kind of source code control system, even if they’re working alone on a small project: be it Git, TFS, VS Online, Subversion, Mercurial… there’s many to choose from. However, a system of this type won’t be very useful if we want to roll […]

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TRICK: Dynamic breakpoints

We all know that, to debug any application, the essential tool that we have is the use of breakpoints. In order to activate one, in Visual Studio we just have to go to the line of code that we want to inspect and hit F9. This places a small red dot on the side of the editor […]

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GEEKERY: Feed real fish through the Internet

There’s nothing as relaxing as watching a big tank full of colorful fish. Sometimes, on very stressful days, stopping for 5 minutes in front of one leaving our minds completely blank is a very pleasant way to recharge our batteries and put our productivity back in gear. The downside is that, generally, we don’t have […]

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Great improvements in artificial vision directly on your iPhone

Artificial vision has always been a tricky issue, very difficult to solve. Until recently, existing systems were rather limited. Yes, for years we have more or less been able to identify types of photographs or moving images easily, but only by analyzing some basic features, such as colors, shapes and similar aspects. For example, when […]

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