Jerry Nixon

Microsoft Developer Evangelist

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  • Blog Post: The most Comprehensive Blend for Visual Studio training you will ever receive – for Free; you’re welcome!

    November 2013, immediately after the release of Visual Studio 2013, I sat down for an all-day session with Unni Ravindranathan, the Senior Program Manager for Blend. Who better to walk through, not the new features of Blend, but all the core features of Blend – and the new features, too. In some cases...
  • Blog Post: Walkthrough: Let’s build a control like that awesome new one in Windows 8.1.

    If you are like me, then every time you get a new MSDN magazine, you flip to the advertisements first. There’s nothing cooler than looking to see what component and control vendors come up with and present as next-gen UI. I have my own ideas on UX, but I would be dishonest if I didn’t admit those ads...
  • Blog Post: Walkthrough: Reordering items in a GridView with Drag and Drop

    So, you have some data showing in a GridView . You have ordered it programmatically. Now, you want to let the user reorder it, manually, by dragging and dropping GridView items anywhere they want. Is it easy? It sure is. GridView inherits from ListViewBase , which ultimately inherits from ItemsControl...
  • Blog Post: Walkthrough: Windows 8 Extended Splash Screen

    So we have two real problems: If your app does not present a UI to the user in a given time, Windows 8 will assume your app is frozen and will terminate it. If your app does not present a UI to the user in a given time, the user will assume your app is frozen and will terminate it. And, fortunately,...
  • Blog Post: Horizontal Screen Breakpoints for Web Designers to Support

    It’s difficult to create a site that looks great across browsers. The weaker web developers simply give up – supporting only a piece of the market, squandering opportunity for themselves or their customers.   But, now the ante is raised with responsive web design. Leveraging CSS media queries, developers...
  • Blog Post: Binding to an ENUM in Windows 8

    You create a Settings flyout for your app so users can configure their experience. Sometimes, your settings are based on a ENUM that you use throughout your app. But how do you bind to an ENUM in XAML? Our sample ENUM The first thing you should know is that you cannot really bind to a ENUM, but with...
  • Blog Post: Walkthough: Use XAML’s 3D PlaneProjection to Open a Window and See What’s Inside

    Here we go again, down the fun road with XAML. This time, since it’s Christmastime, I’ll throw together a Christmas-themed demo for you! Of what fun it is to code in XAML and Expression Blend, hey! So in the video below I will use some awesome features of XAML. Here’s the list if you want to do a little...
  • Blog Post: Walkthrough: Implementing SnapView in your Windows 8 App

    There are four supported orientations in Windows 8. There is Full View, Snap View, Fill View and Portrait View. Each is important in the overall strategy of Windows 8. In order to get your app into the Windows Store, you must support the Full, Snap and Fill view. And to support them, XAML uses ViewStates...
  • Blog Post: DevRadio: Developing your Windows 8 Apps using Visual C++

    Abstract: Jerry Nixon welcomes Eric Battalio, Ayman Shoukry and Raman Sharma from the Visual C++ team as they discuss how you can develop Windows 8 apps using C++. Tune in as they provide best practices and reasons why you would want to use this language. Next Steps: Step #1 – Download the Tools for...
  • Blog Post: DevRadio: You’re Coding from the Wrong End! Adventures in Advanced Data Modeling

    This is a combined post of part 1, 2, and three especially united for my readers. in this episode I have a lot of fun with Buck Woody who has forgotten more about Data Modeling that most of us. Listen in and take a course with the professor. Abstract: Jerry Nixon welcomes Sr. Technology Specialist from...
  • Blog Post: Training Resources for native C++ and C++CX programming, graphics and gaming

    Looking for a great set of C++ resources out there? There is an increasing focus on native programming on our client stack, especially with gaming and high fidelity graphics being super important. If you look at the number of sessions dedicated to DirectX and C++ in the recently concluded //build, it...
  • Blog Post: Announcing: WCF Data Services 5.1 Released!

    First and most importantly, this morning (November 7th) we uploaded WCF Data Services 5.1 to NuGet. "5.1" is a deceptive version number - this release of WCF Data Services is arguably one of the most important releases as it contains the new JSON (formerly JSON Light) format. We expect this...
  • Blog Post: Walkthrough: using Windows 8 Custom Protocol Activation

    Protocol activation, what is it? Well, when you run “http:{something}” you expect a browser to launch, right? When you type “mailto:{something}” you expect a mail client to launch, right? What if you could create “custom:{something}” that launched your app? That’s custom protocol activation! MSDN : Windows...
  • Blog Post: There is absolutely *no* reason you aren’t using Visual Studio ULTIMATE!

    Often when I talk to developers the examples I provide them or the walkthroughs I give them don’t match their version of Visual Studio. And why? Because they are using Express. Expression is the free version of Visual Studio and for what it is, it’s awesome. But VS Ultimate is the freakin’ bomb! Here...
  • Blog Post: Walkthrough: The Windows 8 AppBar, you might as well have the coolest! (feat. Expression Design)

    Windows 8 apps don’t have a ribbon. Windows 8 apps don’t have a top menu. Instead, Windows 8 apps have AppBars. An AppBar on the bottom of your app is where you place command buttons. An AppBar on the top of your app is where you place navigation elements. Read the whole article here
  • Blog Post: Walkthrough: Adding Text Translation to your Windows 8 App

    The Microsoft Translator is a powerful service that developers can leverage in their Windows 8 apps. It’s core functions are to detect the language of some text. To translate text from one language to another. And, to read text to you – that’s right! The API is hosted on Azure’s Data Marketplace. It...
  • Blog Post: The HealthVault Windows 8 SDK is now available!

    What is HealthVault? HealthVault is the single repository of your entire medical life – across doctors, clinics, and years. HealthVault is a secure repository for you and your family’s medical and fitness data. It can be, at your control, shared with health providers or anyone you trust – but only if...
  • Blog Post: What web developers need to know about IE10 compatibility

    New browsers introduce new ways of thinking. IE10 is no different. There are compatibility concerns to make your site look awesome everywhere. So where do you start to learn about this stuff? How about right here! Compat Inspector Compat Inspector is a JavaScript-based testing tool that analyzes your...
  • Blog Post: Most people are doing MVVM all wrong. Are you?

    Model View View Model or MVVM is, without question, one of the best things to ever come out of XAML development. MVVM separates the logic necessary to interact with the data from the logic necessary to interact with the UI. Where together it makes a muddled mess, separate it makes an elegant approach...
  • Blog Post: (new episode) DevRadio – Let Odata make your Windows 8 App Sing!

    Abstract: In today’s episode Jerry Nixon shows us how to use OData as a data source inside our Windows 8 application . Next Steps: Step #1 – Download the Tools for Windows 8 App Development @ http://aka.ms/w8download   Step #2 – Download Visual Studio Express for Windows 8 @ http://aka.ms/w8tools...
  • Blog Post: Develop Windows 8 Apps without Windows 8? Yes, you can!

    Windows is the premiere development platform in the world. With Windows 8, developers can leverage their existing skills and code assets to create applications. Step into these virtual labs and learn how to build, share and sell interesting and easy-to-use applications that will make your customers happy...
  • Blog Post: How to uniquely identify a device in WinRT?

    This is a nice trick that has been introduced in RTM. Why do you want to identify a device? Because you might be syndicating content or data from your services to a device or devices and you want to partition based on what is already present (sort of like TFS workspaces) or you want to save bandwidth...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 apps, what’s an Enterprise to do?

    For decades, thousands of enterprises have run their business on custom, line-of-business systems. These can be Windows Forms, WPF, Silverlight, and even web-based Windows apps. These often include a desktop tier, some service tier, and a backend database. Millions, literally millions, of dollars have...
  • Blog Post: Use Expression Design to create a Windows 8 ‘Ratings’ control

    If you are not aware of Expression Design, you are missing a powerful tool in your toolbox. Expression Design allows designers and developers to create original vector assets or edit existing, including those created in other tools (like those from Adobe). An update to Expression Design 4 was recently...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8: Making the case for Expression Blend

    One of the coolest parts of the XAML designer in Visual Studio 2012 is that it is the same code base as the designer in Expression Blend for XAML. That’s right. Blend’s designer used to be better, but now Visual Studio developers are first class, too. Visual Studio inherited quite a windfall! Here’s...
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