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Keeping Up with Online Business


One of the most important things for a business is to obtain a positive online presence in order to succeed. A business’ online presence is the one thing that gives it validity and a greater chance for more customers to visit the website, trust its source, and ultimately make more sales. If a company does not have a reputable website, or does not come up in internet search engines, individuals often question how great the company and its products or services are. This prevalence of online business has now forced companies to focus on the importance of programming and web knowledge. One of the most important aspects is to able to design an effective, great looking website which will help the overall goals of the company.

If you are a company that is looking to enhance your website and design, one of the most important things is to ensure your employees are receiving adequate technical training. Taking part in an MVC 3 tutorial and a HTML5 tutorial can teach important programming skills that are needed to create the best performing websites. If you are looking to enhance your skills these tutorials can ensure you will get the best training from trained experts, and you are able to access this information at any time when you may need to be refreshed. Don’t wait, sign up and enhance your computer skills today.


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We’re Excited to Bring You: LearnNowPlus!


It’s an exciting time at LearnNowOnline – for us and for you!

We’re making a few changes “on the outside,” but rest assured that we’re still the same company on the inside, continuing to bring you practical technical learning and reference material for the latest technologies. So what’s new?

More Options for You!

LearnNowOnline has joined forces with AppDev to bring you more learning options, including new enterprise features to help you manage learning and measure results.

Now you can choose from two learning solutions:

1. LearnNowExpress

Encompasses our popular learning library subscriptions: LearnDevNow, LearnMobileNow, LearnJavaNow, LearnCloudNow, LearnUXNow and LearnCertNow. As always, these subscriptions continue to include our basic features: professional video tutorials, online support, and optional online courseware, hands-on labs and sample code.

If you are a current LearnNowOnline customer, nothing changes — you will continue to enjoy the same award-winning content, same nationally recognized instructors and same cutting-edge content. We’ve simply added the LearnNowExpress name to present these basic learning libraries together.

2. NEW! LearnNowPlus (presented by AppDev)

If you want a full-featured learning solution complete with enterprise options to manage learning and measure results, LearnNowPlus is for you! Subscriptions include our basic features PLUS courseware you can download and print, pre/post assessments, administrative tools, reporting, SCORM compliance and premium support.


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If you have questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you. In the meantime, happy learning!

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Craig Jensen

President & CEO

Creating Dynamic Properties in XAML

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Usually, the standard XAML property syntax provides the functionality you need. Sometimes, however, it’s not possible to set the property value at design time—some properties require their values to be set dynamically, at runtime; others require the ability to set the property to an existing object. In these cases, you’ll need to use a markup extension, which allows you to set property values in a non-standard way.

You can specify a markup extension either as a nested element, or as an attribute. When you use a markup extension as an attribute, it always must be surrounded by curly braces ({ }), indicating that XAML must supply the value at runtime.

For example, XAML supplies the Binding class, which allows you to bind a property of one object to a property of another. The Binding class provides several attributes that you can use to provide binding, but the ones you’ll use in the example that follows are the ElementName and Path properties. ElementName allows you to supply the name of the object to which you want to bind, and Path supplies the property of the object to which you want to bind.

In order to bind a property of one object to a corresponding simple property of another object, you can use syntax like the following:

You can express the same property binding in this way, using a child element:

The attribute syntax, using curly braces, is simply a shortcut that represents the same XAML as the more verbose Parent.Property syntax.

This post is an excerpt from the online courseware for our Windows 8 Applications Using XAML: Apps and UI course written by expert Ken Getz.