Category Archives: Windows 8

Yet Another Podcast #92–Jeremy Likness on Windows 8

  Discussion with Jeremy Likness about the state of Windows 8, where things are going and what to expect in the near future.  Jeremy also discusses his existing and forthcoming books and the Sterling Database.  Jeremy’s blog Sterling Database Building … Continue reading

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Windows 8 Conference Buddy–Be A Sharing Target

Yesterday, we looked at being a sharing source.  This was surprisingly easy.  Being a target would be more complex except that Visual Studio provides a template that greatly simplifies the process.

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Windows 8 Conference Buddy–Be A Sharing Source

Everybody loves to share.  (At least after they are beaten into doing so in pre-school.) The ability to share from one application to another can be anything from useful to critical.  Historically, we’ve seen a number of ways of doing … Continue reading

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Windows 8–Let Templates Simplify the Search Contract

In a previous post, I showed a bit about how to implement the Search contract.  Once you understand the changes to Package.appxmanifest and App.xaml.cs, however, you can save yourself the bother of mucking about with these, and let the template … Continue reading

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Win 8 – Conference Buddy. Storing to Local or Roaming Files

In a previous post, I explained how to store data to a “known location” such as the My Documents folder. Often, however, you will want to store local data to a subfolder of AppData on the user’s disk. This is … Continue reading

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Windows 8–Storing App Data

While your Windows 8 Store application is running, you want to be saving data all the time.  After all, the user can switch to another application at any time, and you only have five seconds to store out your data … Continue reading

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Windows 8: Creating Great App Bar Buttons

With chrome pushed out of Windows 8 Store applications, most of the navigation has been moved into the AppBar.  A good AppBar has buttons that are easy to reach and easy to recognize.

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Windows 8 – Conference Buddy and Remote Data

While there is much work yet to be done on Conference Buddy on the client side, it isn’t too early to start thinking about how we’ll store data on a server. One option that might be ideal would be to … Continue reading

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Using the Grid App Template in Windows 8

Microsoft Visual Studio offers a number of templates for building Windows 8 applications. In most of my postings, we’ve been using the Blank application template, but the Grid App template is extremely powerful.  Unfortunately, it is not obvious how to … Continue reading

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Yet Another Podcast #89–Laurent Bugnion on MVVM and Windows 8

Talking with Laurent Bugnion about MVVM in detail, including the ins and outs of commanding and managing events in Windows 8.   MVVM Light Laurent’s blog IdentityMine Behaviors for Windows 8 (Joost van Schaik, uses Rx) Jesse’s book on LINQ … Continue reading

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Yet Another Podcast #88–Chris Bowen on Game Development for Windows 8

Talking with Chris Bowen, Principal Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, about developing games for Windows 8 Store. Chris’ Blog  30 Days to a Windows 8 Game – Resources & Guidance (See both the Games and App Frameworks sections) Introduction to JavaScript … Continue reading

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Windows 8 Theme Transitions

Much of the animation that you want in your application is already built in.  Pages and objects make their transitions smoothly. At times, however, adding a bit more animation can make the difference between a “fast and fluid”  application and … Continue reading

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