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  • Blog Post: Forget Login Screens! How to Add Single Sign On for Universal Windows Store Apps

    Ever wonder how you can get rid of the ugly login screen and have the user jump straight into your app? The login screen is one of the pain points of building an app and has always required detailed attention from a user experience and design perspective. The last thing a developer wants is to have...
  • Blog Post: Don't Launch Your Universal Windows Store App Before Reading This

    Your Universal Windows Store App is ready to go to the Windows Phone and Windows 8 markets and I am assuming you have read the 5 most important resources before building your app . Well, don't launch just yet! There's a few things that you need to make your app an even greater success on the market....
  • Blog Post: Day 1 of //build/ In a Nutshell

    I have the pleasure of being here in San Francisco to experience //build first hand, and it has been amazing so far. A lot was talked about yesterday, so I put together this recap to give you day 1 in a nutshell. Notable announcements of day 1 Windows 8.1 update is available today via MSDN, and on April...
  • Blog Post: Get Your Game On (with Unity, Windows 8, and Windows Phone)

    Unity is a free game engine – software you can use to make your own games (and interactive apps). Unity has been chosen by over 2 million developers because it provides all the core functionality needed, right out of the box, to develop great games (and interactive apps). The following are sessions recorded...
  • Blog Post: Security Risks and Recommendations for Mobile Apps

    For the purposes of the below, let’s set the context that mobile apps include both Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps. Windows 8 introduced several security features, which are being rolled out gradually. Secure Boot , Early Launch Antimalware , as well as the new AppContainer technology added the security...
  • Blog Post: Data Everywhere, All the Time

    For people visiting Data.gov for a little while there, this is what met them. From a developer perspective, this meant the data housed there, the same data many of those developers had built apps around, was inaccessible. Unless they took some action to ensure their continued access that meant their...
  • Blog Post: Know Your 8.1 (Windows 8.1 that is)

    With Windows 8.1 now generally available and starting to come down to Windows 8 machines worldwide, now would be a good time to flip open Visual Studio 2013 ( also now available ), crack open your apps, and take a look at what you can do to update your apps to Windows 8.1. In a previous post, Developers...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows 8 WinRT APIs in .NET Desktop Applications

    WinRT is a set of modern, object-oriented APIs introduced in Windows 8. WinRT is built on top of Win32 and COM and is designed to provide interoperability for the various languages using metadata. In addition to the previously available Windows and .NET APIs, now exposed in a cleaner, streamlined way...
  • Blog Post: Developers, There Are UI Updates for You in Windows 8.1

    With the RTM bits now available for MSDN subscribers, as you would have read in Jonathan Rozenblit ’s editorial in the latest MSDN eNews newsletter , Windows 8.1 is here and should not be ignored. For those of you who already have some experience developing Windows 8 apps, I compiled a (partial) list...
  • Blog Post: April Showers Lead to May Flowers…and an Updated Windows Store App

    I don’t know about you, but I’m so excited that May is upon us… it’s about time! The winter was starting to feel like it was never going to end! But it did give us an opportunity to use those not-so-great-weather days to get some updates done on the Canadian Developer Connection Windows Store app , which...
  • Blog Post: App Building Made Easier–Step 3

    In the last few posts, hopefully I’ve been able to plant a seed in your head about training – learning new technologies and skills – as a hobby rather than trying to do it through work (unless you can, of course, which would make it that much more efficient!). I talked about training through real experiences...
  • Blog Post: Fortune and Glory, Kid. Fortune and Glory. (or Just Fun)

    To continue the conversation that Bruce Johnson started earlier this week with his post, Taking It to the Next Level , Syd Millett presented the below session at Windows 8: Pure Imagination (all of the sessions from the two-day event are available for you to watch when you please. You can also find them...
  • Blog Post: Taking It to the Next Level

    In the last few posts, hopefully I’ve been able to plant a seed in your head about training – learning new technologies and skills – as a hobby rather than trying to do it through work (unless you can, of course, which would make it that much more efficient!). I talked about training through real experiences...
  • Blog Post: Building Secure Windows Store Apps

    Security on the Brain Security is something we all know is important, but is it something that we always do? Most likely, not always. That’s partially because security is complex and takes time to implement. Many of you, these days, don’t have that time (it’s all about shortest time-to-market, right...
  • Blog Post: App Building Made Easier: Step 2 - Choose Your Own Adventure

    In the last few posts, hopefully I’ve been able to plant a seed in your head about training – learning new technologies and skills – as a hobby rather than trying to do it through work (unless you can, of course, which would make it that much more efficient!). I talked about training through real experiences...
  • Blog Post: App Building Made Easier: Step 1

    In the last few posts, hopefully I’ve been able to plant a seed in your head about training – learning new technologies and skills – as a hobby rather than trying to do it through work (unless you can, of course, which would make it that much more efficient!). I talked about training through real experiences...
  • Blog Post: Technology Post Roundup–8th Edition

    In Canada, we’re fortunate to have many community experts and MVPs. Throughout the month, they write about and talk about some really cool things. Many of you have told us that you’d like it to be easier to discover them and what they’re writing about. The team and I will be curating top picks and sharing...
  • Blog Post: Two for the Effort of One

    Well, almost for the effort of one, but still a lot less effort than starting from scratch. If you’ve read, watched, or attended various sessions on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, you would have heard about their “shared core”, a.k.a. their shared codebase. Many have taken that statement quite literally...
  • Blog Post: Building Apps as a Hobby Made Easy

    Last week I hope to have planted a seed in your head about training – learning new technologies and skills – as a hobby rather than attempting to do it during work hours (unless you can, of course, which would make it that much more efficient!). I talked about training through real experiences and how...
  • Blog Post: Turn Your Future into a Hobby

    For a large number of you, your daytime work doesn’t give you the opportunity to work with the latest and greatest technologies (some, of course, do have this privilege, but not most…). Further, usually the training courses that you go on, given that they are paid for by your employer, apply to the technologies...
  • Blog Post: Technology Post Roundup–7th Edition

    In Canada, we’re fortunate to have many community experts and MVPs. Throughout the month, they write about and talk about some really cool things. Many of you have told us that you’d like it to be easier to discover them and what they’re writing about. The team and I will be curating top picks and sharing...
  • Blog Post: Build Yourself a Windows 8 App Dev Lab

    Through reading various discussions on the Canadian Developer Connection group on LinkedIn (have you joined the group yet?) and talking to some of you at conferences and workshops about developing (or rather, not yet developing) Windows Store apps, one pain point was common – though the desire to build...
  • Blog Post: Starting From Absolute Beginnings, Not Such a Bad Thing

    Over the last few weeks, when things were relatively quiet around the office and in the developer community, I decided that I was going to take advantage of the “extra” time, roll up my sleeves, and finally sit down and write a Windows Store app from start to finish. “What?”, you ask, “you haven’t yet...
  • Blog Post: Technology Post Roundup–6th Edition

    In Canada, we’re fortunate to have many community experts and MVPs. Throughout the month, they write about and talk about some really cool things. Many of you have told us that you’d like it to be easier to discover them and what they’re writing about. The team and I will be curating top picks and sharing...
  • Blog Post: What’s Up: Developer–December Edition

    Here’s the news as seen on this month’s episode of D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE : Developer Movement is back - join the Developer Movement to earn points and be rewarded for publishing Windows Store and Windows Phone apps, with bonus points for adding in Windows Azure services...
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