Alvaro Dias

My tryst with Code - archive from year

Integrating StyleCop in builds and VS express

While there are a lot of forum posts around this topic, I found the below extremely helpful since they give clear concise instructions on integrating StyleCop.
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How to obtain query string values from JavaScript

he query string of the current URL can be obtained from the location object. This object can be accessed using the window.location property on the window object.
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Knockout JS: How to change the data context for an HTML node

As I explored Knockout, I encountered a scenario where I needed to change the data context for a node and it's descendent nodes. And to stop the bindings from one of this node's ancestors from propagating.
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Knockout JS: The power of MVVM on the web

This is a long overdue post that I've been meaning to write for a while now. I am a big fan of the MVVM pattern used originally in WPF, then in SilverLight and more recently in WinRT apps ...
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How To: Add a watermark to a WPF TextBox

I recently was working on some code where I needed to add a watermark to my WPF TextBox. Now this is not built-in functionality. So i thought of implementing a similar functionality myself.
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Published a Window 8 app - Goa Attractions

As I browsed through the Windows 8 Store, I couldn't find any decent app portraying the beauty of Goa, my home town in India. So I set out to create one. I finally published a decent version to the Store.
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WebMatrix 3 released to the Web

WebMatrix 3 has been released to the web. You can download it from the following location.
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How to create a website in WebMatrix and publish it to Windows Azure

This post basically provides a step by step walkthrough to create a website in WebMatrix - provision the site to Windows Azure and once you’re ready - publish it.
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“My Sites” gets a revamp: WebMatrix 3 Preview

As you might already know, WebMatrix 3 preview build was released a few weeks back. I posted some links to walkthroughs and videos about some of the new features. You might want to check those out.
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Walkthroughs of features in WebMatrix 3 Preview

The preview for WebMatrix 3 was released a few weeks back. The below videos provide walkthroughs on new features in this preview.
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Using WebMatrix to create, publish and maintain websites with ease

Last week I talked about developing LESS on WebMatrix. So, this time I thought I’d talk a little bit about what WebMatrix is. Well, it is a lightweight tool that helps you create websites, and then publish and maintain websites with ease.
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Styling websites with LESS and WebMatrix

With Microsoft WebMatrix 2, styling websites has gotten easier than it has been before.
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ThreadAbortException thrown on Response.Redirect

I’m in the process of separating my articles on music from software blog entries and moving them to a different domain. So as part of this, I thought of doing permanent redirects for articles on my existing website from code.
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ASP.NET Request Validation modes in ASP.NET 2.0, ASP.NET 4.0 and ASP.NET 4.5

My posts these days usually revolve around XAML. This one diverges a bit to blog about an issue I encounter in ASP.NET every few months or so and forget what I did to solve it.
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Going the InputBindings way: Part 4 - How to code Mouse Bindings

Getting straight to the point, in this article, I will be explaining how to create command bindings to certain mouse events such a RightClick or a LeftDoubleClick among others.
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Going the InputBindings way: Part 3 - What’s the WinRT equivalent of KeyBindings?

Now, if you have already worked on some windows 8 apps and cared about keyboard accessiblity, or maybe just from the title of of this post, there is no KeyBinding to perform an action.
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Going the InputBindings way: Part 2 - .NET 3.5

Now, if you are on .NET 3.5, you will have noticed that the XAML I have provided does not work. Shown it below again for reference.
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Going the InputBindings way: Part 1 - Keyboard Accessibility

You can specify an input binding in XAML as shown below.
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