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  • Blog Post: Windows 8: IsConnectedToInternet?

    In writing my own app, I found myself wondering, “how to I detect if the machine is actually connected to the internet before I start making all manner of web services calls?”. Well, below is my solution written in C#. Enjoy!   Code: private bool IsConnectedToInternet() { bool connected = false...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8: Should I still develop for desktop?

    Absolutely! I had a question from a friend a few months ago about the Windows 8 Modern UI replacing WPF and if he should still invest in training for desktop development. I understand where the concern is coming from – WinRT is the new shiny kid on the block and there is a fear of irrelevancy. Stave...
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