NPM is is a package manager for NodeJS. It installs packages so that they can be used with Node applications using the Node require() keyword. NPM uses a repository of NPM packages, similar to the NuGet Gallery package repository.
Bower, on the other hand, calls itself “A package manager for the web”. Bower installs front-end frameworks for your website. Bower doesn’t have a repository and can grab packages from many places, most notably straight from GitHub!
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Visual Studio has spoiled us .NET developers. In Visual Studio we have a GUI that does everything for us: compiling, source-control, editing, you don’t even have to remember class or method names because of auto-complete and parameter guessing! It is all there and it holds your hand and it feels safe and easy.
The next version of ASP.NET is going to use a lot of the web functionality that many .NET devs have never seen: NPM, Bower, Grunt, and others. Visual Studio will probably cover the front-end of those things, but it will be invaluable for you to learn them the way they were meant to be used: from the command-line.
Unit Tests are the backbone of Agile development. Unit Tests ensure that you are done making a “unit” of a program, that a change or refactoring you have done to a “unit” has not broken the program, and they also help to ensure that you are not over-programming – creating more than you needed to in the wrong place.
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Probably the least interesting and noticed and talked about feature of the new iPhone 5S and iPad is the 64-bit A7 processor.
I guess it had to happen eventually but why now? Maybe this is to get Apple ready to ditch Intel for desktop and move into A* processors across the board?
How do you compare the Model-View-Controller (MVC) design pattern with the Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) design pattern? What is the difference between the MVC and MVVM design patterns? I’ll try to explain here.
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Last November I had to trade in my LG Windows Phone 7 phone. Unfortunately I was a month early for the new wave of Windows Phone 8 phones, so I ended up going the safe route and getting a Samsung Galaxy S3. To me there is one thing that sets Android based phones head-and-shoulders above the iPhone and Windows Phone competitors.
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I ran into an interesting problem yesterday. All I wanted to do was some simple tokenizing of a partial HTML document, an HTML fragment (it was article content from the website I work on) based on certain elements. At first it seemed like a really simple string manipulation thing, but quickly blew out of proportion into something crazy.
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I’ve spent almost a full year with my LG Windows 7 smartphone now, so here is my look back on that year.
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Recently, after an Apple Terms of Service change the Audible and Amazon Kindle apps had to update their apps removing links to their respective online stores. I’m assuming this is to force people to use the iTunes and iBooks stores instead. I think this is anti-competitive in its own right, but there is another problem I see for Apple here…
Apple has deliberately ruined the user experience for me on their devices! I can now buy books easier on other devices than I can on the iPad.
I do not feel compelled to use Apples stores instead because I already use these other services.
I wonder if this will ever cause people to stop using Apple products?
Doesn’t anyone else think it is odd that while there was a Windows XP Tablet Edition (in 2002 even), and even Vista had an on-screen keyboard, most people say Microsoft was late to the tablet party? I do.
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