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What’s new in Visual Studio 2013 for Windows 8.1 developers?
Visual studio 2013 came with amazing changes to developers. Some could be counted for Windows 8.1 and others could be counted for visual studio 2013. These improvements were mainly focused around how to help our developers build better apps and have a better development experience. I’ll be trying...
2 Dec 2013
Windows 8.1 small changes huge difference
I borrowed the title from this Gizmodo article that was written before the windows 8.1 lunch and was talking about the changes for the normal user. But in this post I’m going to be targeting developers and I'll make a series of posts featuring each category of changes by its own. I'll be mainly focusing...
1 Dec 2013
Activate your free store account using DreamSpark
So I always get asked on the steps you need to follow in order to activate your store account from DreamSpark . but first what is: DreamSpark DreamSpark is a program targeting mainly students, with the aim of providing them with software that will help them in converting their ideas and dreams into reality...
27 Nov 2013
Windows Azure Notification Hubs: Tags and creating a breaking news app
This is part 2 of a 3 part series where we will get to know how Notification Hubs work and why they are a cool feature of Windows Azure. You can get the source code of the projects in this blog post here: http://github.com/sabbour/breakingnews Recap In the first part of this blog series, we created a...
22 Oct 2013
Rencontrez Chervine Bhiwoo
On a fait la connaissance de Chervine lors d'un atelier, quand il s'est mis en avant comme chef d'équipe de 3 développeurs. Il les a soutenu et coacher afin qu’ils puissent acquérir les connaissances et les techniques nécessaires les permettant de développer des...
13 Oct 2013
AppStars Event Kenya
This was the Kick start of the Appstars Initiative where we met the MSPs, Champs and Community influencers. It was really a great experience with a lot of passion in the air. The main objectives of that event was to enable the community and get them on the latest Microsoft technology. While introducing...
30 Sep 2013
Windows 8.1 online sessions
Starting from the 25th of September İbrahim KIVANÇ will be delivering a series of 10 online sessions covering Windows 8.1, what’s new in it and how to add some of the new features in your existing app. below your find the sessions dates titles and outlook appointments. Add your Outlook/iCal calendar...
23 Sep 2013
Windows Azure Notification Hubs: Getting Started
This is part 1 of a 3 part series where we will get to know how Notification Hubs work and why they are a cool feature of Windows Azure. You can get the source code of the projects in this blog post here: http://github.com/sabbour/notificationhubw8 Push Notifications you say? Most users of mobile applications...
23 Sep 2013
October Event: Uganda .NET Usergroup - Windows 8 development
The Uganda .NET usergroup meetings are progressing naturally from ALM to specialised skills in Windows 8 development in October. You may have been wondering what features you can take advantage of as a developer. This is an opportunity for you to learn and apply the skills on your innovative ideas and...
16 Sep 2013
August 2013 online training
The invitation is public, so feel free to distribute it. In Accordance to our effort to deliver deep technical training to our partners and developers community, we are resuming the Triple Play training sessions for developing apps and solutions on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Windows Azure. ...
27 Aug 2013
Rencontrez l'héro d'Août : Fehizoro Andriamitandrina
Fehizoro Andriamitandrina est un étudiant en cinquième année de Mathématiques à l’université d’Antananarivo. Il a appris l’informatique et le développement tout seul et est devenu un Microsoft Student Partner et a déjà développé...
18 Aug 2013
21 Jun 2013
Windows 8 getting StringFormat functionality
So in WPF and windows phone you were able to StringFormat your bindings so you can display your binded data in different formats so for example if you have a datetime variable and you want only to display the minutes or the month name using StringFormat you can easily achieve that. But that functionality...
4 Jun 2013
Interview with Sasha Winston the TwinkleMap Developer
1. Could you please tell us a bit about yourself and your background? My name is Sasha Winston-Onyiah. I have a degree in Electrical Engineering. I love watching movies. When I’m not writing code, that’s the next best thing I like to do. I blog too occasionally 2. How the idea of...
3 Jun 2013
Serializing objects to JSON in Windows 8 using C#
So In one of my old posts I was talking about how to deserialize JSON you can head there if you’re interested in that. Today I’m going to talk about how to serialize JSON and how to use HttpClient to post it to a service. Converting object to JSON For the first part you need to convert your C# object...
29 May 2013
The new Windows Dev Center
If you haven’t visited the Windows Dev Center before, I advice you to do it now as it’s like a one stop shop containing information and best practices about how to design your app, how to build windows 8 applications with different coding languages, how to monetize your app and some success...
26 May 2013
The cross platform Shopping List demo with a Windows Azure backend
We've been doing a combined demo in our dev camps recently, which is a shopping list application that works cross platform (Windows 8, Windows Phone and Android) with a Windows Azure Mobile Services backend. The source code is posted on GitHub: https://github.com/sabb0ur/ShopingListFinalDemo ...
9 May 2013
Interview with The Developer Akinwale Ariwodola (Windows 8 Apps)
Interview Questions Could you please tell us a bit about yourself and your background? I’m a 26 year old from the southwest of Nigeria who’s had a passion for computers since the age of 4. I’ve always enjoyed programming and video games, as well as good books and...
2 May 2013
Introduction to Windows 8 with a simple camera application
This is My first video tutorial, in it I'm giving a small introduction about windows 8 and building a small demo application in C# and XAML that uses the WinRT APIs to connect with the camera. I hope that you like it and I'll be waiting for your comments.
12 Apr 2013
What does the LayoutAwarePage Class provide?
In this post I’m going to be discussing what’s available in the LayoutAwarePage Class. So First what is that class and how can we get it? The LayoutAwarePage is a class that Microsoft has developed for us in order to help us in handling the applications Navigation, Visual State Switching...
28 Mar 2013
Building a shared core between Windows 8 & Windows Phone 8
So a week ago I was a building an application that was planned to be running on both windows 8 and windows phone 8 and since both of them are running on the same logic and both of them was written in C# and XAML it should be very easy. So after 2 days, I faced 2 problems with my approach: That...
14 Mar 2013
Creating Hashtag Monitor app. A application using Windows Azure Mobile Services
Introduction In this post, I'll be creating an application that registers for monitoring a specific hashtag on twitter for new tweets. When there is a batch of new tweets, the application will be notified via a Push notification. I'll be using Windows Azure Mobile Services . If you didn't know, you...
12 Mar 2013
Routing using Bing Maps for Windows Store Apps
One of the most common tasks carried out by online maps users is taking an address and returning its equivalent coordinates as a location on the map. So when you simply type a location, like “Kampala”, on the Bing maps search bar, the underlying process takes your address and translate it...
6 Mar 2013
Parsing JSON in Windows 8 store applications
Since you reached here I don’t think you’ll be interested why JSON is better than XML you are already using it, but if you are interested in why? Here is a great web page speaking about that ( JSON: The Fat-Free Alternative to XML ) but I think it’s a little bias towards JSON, but for...
21 Feb 2013
Windows 8 free Design assets Part 2
So after my last post about windows 8 free design assets , I discovered some more resources that I wanted to share with you. So the first thing that I should have started with is the Modern UI icons that Microsoft has provided you with. So there are two main places to find these icons and use them...
14 Feb 2013
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