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Beware the perils of async/await in application lifecycle event handlers (in fact in *any* event handlers)
Many developers are, quite rightly, adopting the use of async and await when writing Windows Phone and Windows 8 Store apps. It’s the right thing to do, as it allows long-running operations such as network calls and file i/o to complete efficiently without any risk of inadvertently locking up the UI...
31 Jul 2013
SQLite-WinRT: Database programming on Windows Phone and Windows 8
Today at TechEd North America in New Orleans, I am presenting a session on programming the SQLite database on Windows Phone 8. You can watch the video and download the slides from here: Support Your Demanding LOB Apps With SQLite and Windows Phone 8 . The sample application I walked through is here:...
6 Jun 2013
Async and Await for HTTP Networking, Part 2–HttpClient
In my previous post on this topic, Async and Await for Http Networking on Windows Phone , I described how you can use extension methods to create awaitable methods on the WebClient and HttpWebRequest APIs. Courtesy of Microsoft’s .NET Framework team, there have been more developments in this area – the...
12 Mar 2013
UK App Builders: Reward Program *One Day Special* and Bonus Rewards
Show us that you’re a game changer and collect points every step of the way to redeem rewards like a brand new Windows 8 RT Slate. Create the next app phenomenon by building your original and unique Windows Store and/or Windows Phone App. Get recognised and rewarded for building your original apps. Further...
5 Mar 2013
UK Windows App Builder Reward Programme
www.appbuilder-rewards.co.uk Show us that you’re a game changer and collect points every step of the way of your app building journey to redeem rewards like a brand new Lenovo Tablet 2. Create the next app phenomenon by building your original and unique Windows Store and/or Windows Phone app – and get...
19 Feb 2013
UK Windows Phone App Developers–’Port Your App to Windows 8’ Competition!
Having just completed the Windows Phone 8 JumpStart, you might think I would be totally focused on helping our developer community to incorporate some of the great Windows Phone 8 features into their phone apps. Well I am – but we also want to focus on the great opportunities awaiting Windows Phone developers...
7 Dec 2012
*Postponed* : iOS to Windows 8 Live Event
Windows 8 is all about simplicity, for that reason we have decided to cancel this weekend’s event and combine it with a global event that is taking place in Seattle on the 14th and 15th of December. This 2 day event will start at 5pm on the 14th and will be run by the Big Nerd Ranch, all sessions will...
5 Dec 2012
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