This article is related to Angular 2+.

Angular is supposed to work in IE10+, according to the official website:

Recently, if you create a brand new project with the Angular CLI and test it in IE11, you see that it is not working (not displaying anything).

It is because the required polyfills are not included anymore by default.

You need to manually edit the src/polyfills.ts file and uncomment:

/** IE9, IE10 and IE11 requires all of the following polyfills. **/

import ‘core-js/es6/symbol’;

import ‘core-js/es6/object’;

import ‘core-js/es6/function’;

import ‘core-js/es6/parse-int’;

import ‘core-js/es6/parse-float’;

import ‘core-js/es6/number’;

import ‘core-js/es6/math’;

import ‘core-js/es6/string’;

import ‘core-js/es6/date’;

import ‘core-js/es6/array’;

import ‘core-js/es6/regexp’;

import ‘core-js/es6/map’;

import ‘core-js/es6/set’;


Angular 4 is coming…

Looking to upgrade your project to Angular 4 ?

You can simply try an in-place upgrade:

iOS/Linux:

npm i @angular/{common,compiler,core,forms,http,platform-browser,platform-browser-dynamic,platform-server,router}@next typescript@latest –S –E

npm i @angular/compiler-cli@next –D -E

Windows:

npm i @angular/common@next @angular/compiler@next @angular/core@next @angular/forms@next @angular/http@next @angular/platform-browser@next @angular/platform-browser-dynamic@next @angular/platform-server@next @angular/router@next typescript@latest –S -E


npm i @angular/compiler-cli@next –D -E

> For me, there was no code changes and my bundles became 25% smaller!


Visual Studio Code has been my favorite tool to build Angular apps since 1 year ago (October 2015).

It comes with lots of good stuff from the “big” Visual Studio rich code editor, like code navigation, IntelliSense and refactoring, plus adds tons of productivity stuff in the context of web development and has TypeScript built-in, see: http://code.visualstudio.com/docs/editor/editingevolved

I particularly like the extensions model for productivity and I want to list here my TOP 3 extensions used while working on an Angular 2 app with TypeScript.

If you are new to VS Code you might want to read how to install extensions:
https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/editor/extension-gallery

My TOP 3 Code Extensions

  • Angular 2 TypeScript Snippets by John Papa

This is a must have! type “ng2-”… and you’ll get access to several TypeScript code snippets (think about code templates), some of them are available in your HTML files.

Angular 2 TypeScript Snippets by John Papa

  • Path Intellisense by Christian Kohler

This extension autocompletes filenames when you reference a file in your project, like a link to a css, a component template or an ES import.

Path Intellisense by Christian Kohler

  • Auto Import by steoates

Sometimes I don’t want to import objects myself, so I auto import them!

Auto Import by steoates

What are your fav extensions ?

Feel free to comment!


Autoruns is a free tool made by Microsoft, and runs on Windows 10 (and previous versions as well).

It finds autostarting programs (add-ins, drivers, codecs, gadgets, shell extensions, …) anywhere, even the most obscure places of your PC, then it lets you turn off individual items.

Note: you have the ability to filter out Microsoft-signed programs.


angularjs

Here are a bunch of AngularJS cheat sheets that I found very helpful while creating my training.

Online (HTML)

AngularJS Cheat Sheet by ProLoser:
http://www.cheatography.com/proloser/cheat-sheets/angularjs/

Download Pdf

The Ultimate cheat sheet from Dot Net Curry Magazine:
https://dncmagazine.blob.core.windows.net/downloads/AngularCheatSheet-DNCMagazine.pdf

3 excellent AngularJS cheat sheets to download from egghead.io:


postsharp xamarin

PostSharp 4.1 (currently RC) adds support for Xamarin and Visual Studio 2015!

If you don’t know this tool, I encourage you to try it!

=> www.postsharp.net

Here are the main other features of PostSharp 4.1:

  • Xamarin Support, now at the same level of functionality and testing as Windows Phone. It lets you use PostSharp to build applications that target iOS and Android, additionally to Windows, Windows Phone, and Windows 8.
  • Visual Studio 2015 Support, including light bulb integration, live code diagnostics and coding guidance, makes it easier to get started with PostSharp, and then assists you in more complex tasks.
  • Conservative NuGet Versioning prevents unwanted upgrades of PostSharp packages.
  • PostSharp Explorer Improvements let you see where aspects are being used in your code.
  • Shared Projects Support makes PostSharp integration with Visual Studio more relevant in large cross-platform projects.
  • Localizable Code Contracts allow you to customize or localize the runtime exception texts thrown by code contracts.

More details:
http://www.postsharp.net/blog/post/Announcing-PostSharp-41-Preview-4-Xamarin-Support-and-More


It has been a while since I last used my Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet… but having heard the news, I quickly sold my Surface RT and I am using my Dell again, starting by installing Windows 10 Preview.

It is a great device, but it has an atrocious battery life (compared to my iPad for example) and one weakness: there is only one USB OTG port and you can’t use USB devices with your Dell Venue 8 Pro and charge it at the same time.

After some research, I found some cable hacks online, and then was happy to learn that Dell recently released an official Data and Charging Dongle.

http://accessories.dell.com/sna/products/Tablet_PC/productdetail.aspx?c=ca&l=en&s=dhs&cs=cadhs1&sku=470-ABES&baynote_bnrank=0&baynote_irrank=0&~ck=baynoteSearch

“The Dell Micro USB Dongle for Data and Charging is designed to provide Dell Venue Tablet users easy port expansion, by allowing them to add an additional full-size USB port while also simultaneously charging the device via the micro USB port”

BINGO, take my $15!


Problem

Trying to install Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9926 on my Dell Venue 8 Pro with Windows 8.1 and gets the Error: “Modern Setup Host has stopped working”.

Modern Setup Host has stopped working error

Cause

It appears that you should make sure your system has a certain amount of hard disk space available before installing
16 GB available disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit).

Solution 1

Having this much free space on a Dell Venue 8 Pro is impossile so one solution is a fresh install by booting from a USB key containing the iso file content extracted  with a software like rufus.
For Dell Venue 8 Pro users: Don’t forget to format the key as FAT32 and to install the 32-bit version of Win10, then press and HOLD the volume down button until the DELL logo screen shows ENTERING BIOS in order to enable boot from USB.
I had an issue with this solution as touch refuse to work during setup, you might want to try with a keyboard and a USB hub.

Solution 2

Unpack the content of the .iso file onto a micro SD Card then plug it into the Dell Venue Pro, open the SD card and run setup.exe from it. The in-place upgrade from Windows 8.1 worked for me. Touch and Wi-Fi worked at first try without any trouble.


Windows Phone 8.1 has been released for developers, and will be available for all soon.

Of course you can already find great in detail reviews of Windows Phone 8.1:
http://www.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-81-review

or this nice video tour of its new features:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4Bygaqp3Wk&feature=share

 

Here I want to focus on the new features that help me boost my productivity since I installed the update on my phone.

 

Settings

  • “Show more Tiles” (now for non 1080p phones) increase tiles density on your start screen, more tiles = more tasks done quickly.
  • “Sync my settings” across devices, particularly interesting in IE where you can see tabs opened in your other devices.
  • “Project my screen” (TV, PC, projetor), this feature *will* allow you to mirror your screen to an external display, wirelessly using Miracast technology and *new* WP8.1 hardware, or via USB but we need to wait for the desktop app to be released by MS first. So it is not there yet, but it sure will be an excellent business feature.

 

Action Center

  • The long awaited feature, now on your Windows Phone! All your notifications in one place: essential.
  • Action center is also available under Lock screen! Yes, just swipe down on your lock screen, even if PIN protected.

 

Calendar

  • “This week” view is a very nice addition, I already can’t live without it!
  • Also includes weather info for each day, perfect to schedule your next activities and movements.

 

Keyboard

 

Phone

  • “Speed Dial”, quickly call your favorites contacts.
  • Pin both “Battery Saver” and “Storage Sense” to your Start screen, they both are now separate apps which can be pinned with Live tiles, showing actual battery usage and storage info! Battery Saver also shows running background tasks, perfect to efficiently find the culprit if an app drains your battery!
  • Mute SMS message threads (no more notifications and Live Tile updates for this thread), go into the message thread you want to mute, check out more options at the bottom of the screen, and tap on mute thread. Also, note that a setting allows you to automatically mute messages during quiet hours (which is automatically activated while you are on a meeting or via different options you can set).

 

Cortana

Cortana, the new personal digital assistant, is truly amazing to organize your busy life!!

It is beta and USA only for now, but you can get it if you set both your region and language to english United States.

You can open Cortana with the search hardware button, an try questions like:

  • “What’s my schedule like tomorrow ?”
  • “Set up an apointment with Joe Black tomorrow at 11am”
  • “Directions to the nearest pizza restaurant”
  • “Track United Airlines flight 250”

And much, much more… watch this video to learn more about its features and see it in action: