Xamarin forms : intellisense in Visual studio

Originally posted on Code it then blog it:


Xamrin.Forms is a fantastic library, it helps improve productivity, especially when used with Visual Studio.

If you start using it with your visual studio, you may get frustrated when writing your xaml pages, because there is no intellisense support in visual studio for Xamarin forms xaml pages.

This is a good reason for some people to drop it and never back to it, but wait ! For every problem there is a solution :) , and this one has a solution too! and it’s called « Mobile essentials »

Mobile essentials is a costume gallery for visual studio that contains a beta extension which adds the intellisense feature to Visual Studio. let’s see how it work.

installation process :

Open your visual studio, go : Tools->Options->Environment then select extensions and updates, click Add to add a new custom gallery. Fill the name with what ever you want, and the URL with : http://gallery.mobileessentials.org/feed.atom


Now, go Tools->Extensions and updates… ->Online, now you should…

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Can a $600 3D Printer Beat a $20,000 Machine?

Originally posted on Make::


The internet is such an incredible and beautiful place: Two strangers with amazing toys came together to give us a showdown that is sure to amuse and inform. In one corner, we have Scott Hanselman, armed with a $600 Printrbot simple metal he got two weeks ago. In the other corner, we have Brandon Potter, armed with a $22,000 Stratasys Uprint SE +.  The two chose a file, printed it, and shared the results with the world.

The first step of this process was to establish exactly what kind of printers they were comparing.


Stratasys Uprint SE+ 

This information was taken directly from Potter’s blog:

  • uPrint SE Pro Printer and Dissolving Bath – about $22,000
  • 1 Spool of Model Material (Black) – $205 (produces 42 cubic inches of printing)
  • 1 Spool of Support Material – $200 (42 cubic inches worth)
  • Box of Build Plates – $125 for 24 (you need one…

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1er salon national sur les start-up en Février

Originally posted on Startups Algeriennes:

Un salon national sur les start-up du secteur des technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) créées dans le cadre des dispositifs de soutien à l’emploi, se tiendra en Février à Alger, selon le ministre du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Sécurité sociale, Mohamed El Ghazi. L’objectif

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Kano Ships Its First 18,000 Learn-To-Code Computer Kits, Fueled By $1.5M Kickstarter

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Kano Computing, a startup that plays in the learn to code space by adding a step-by-step hand-holding layer atop the Raspberry Pi single-board microcomputer to make hacking around with code and learning about computational thinking child’s play, has shipped all the hardware kits in its first batch of crowdfunded orders and pre-orders.

That’s around 18,000 kits in all, co-founder Alex Klein confirmed to TechCrunch. « They are all in the wild, they are out of our hands. About 1,000 have arrived already — the early bird kits. And the rest, the general release, will be arriving [shortly], » he said late last week.

The company revealed it has also taken on a new senior hire, bringing in Thomas Enraght-Moony, former CEO of Match.com, as COO. Enraght-Moony will be managing sales and marketing as Kano seeks to scale globally. « He has a deep understanding of how, not only to make physical products but also to finance it — which…

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This Video Sums Up How Our Behavior on Social Media Is Super Creepy

Originally posted on TIME:

This new video produced by Relationship Science (a networking tool for business professionals) aims to show Internet users how interactions on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn are extra awkward when they occur in the real world.

For example, actress and Internet prankster Jena Kingsley spoofs new Twitter follower notifications by walking up to a random New Yorker and saying, « Ma’am. Hi, I just want to let you know that I’m following you. Just like, [to] give you an alert. You don’t have to do anything. Just know it! And enjoy it! …Just like, do whatever, and I’ll just watch. Is that creepy? »

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Books worth reading, as recommended by Bill Gates, Susan Cain and more…

Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:

Find repose by exciting the mind. Some of the world’s leading thinkers offer the books that inspired them and their work. Skim the list for your favorite speakers, or get nerdy on a topic you’ve always wanted to know more about. Below find 52 books, recommended by TED speakers.


Creative Confidence, by Tom Kelley and David Kelley
Crown Business, 2013
Recommended by: Tim Brown (TED Talk: Designers — think big!)
« ‘Creative confidence’ is the creative mindset that goes along with design thinking’s creative skill set. »
See more of Tim Brown’s favorite books.

Creating Minds, by Howard Gardner
Basic Books, 2011
Recommended by: Roselinde Torres (TED Talk: What it takes to be a great leader)
« Gardner’s book was first published more than twenty years ago, but its insights into the creative process — told through the stories of seven remarkable individuals from different fields —…

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3D Scanning And Printing The President

Originally posted on Make::

This week the White House has released a video showing state of the art scanning and printing processes being used to create the first ever digitally fabricated presidential bust.

Image from whitehouse.gov Image from whitehouse.gov

Working in conjunction with Smithsonian Digitization Program Office and USC Institute for Creative Technologies the President was digitized.  The Mobile Light Stage was brought to the whitehouse to take a detailed scan. This light stage uses 50 custom LED arrays to reflect different types of light off of the subject while capturing that information in 8 high resolution cameras and 6 wide angle cameras. He was also scanned with hand held 3D scanners.

image from whitehouse.gov image from whitehouse.gov

In the video, they talk about the life masks that were taken from Abraham Lincoln. There are parallels between the two systems as we now have an accurate representation of President Obama’s face. However, one cool thing that didn’t exist before is the…

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