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  • Blog Post: Retargeting your Windows Store apps to Windows 8.1 and WinJS 2.0

    Eric Schmidt has the lowdown on navigating your Windows Store apps using JavaScript to the release build of Windows 8.1 (available on October 18th). He gives us a detailed walkthrough for: Syncing versions of Windows Library for JavaScript (WinJS), Visual Studio 2013, and Windows 8.1.  Updating...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows SDK v1.8 released, with HTML5, Kinect Fusion improvements, and more

    Download it here: Kinect for Windows SDK v1.8 . Also: Kinect for Windows Developer Toolkit v1.8 . Here’s Bob Heddle with the announcement: I am pleased to announce that we released the Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) 1.8 today. This is the fourth update to the SDK since we first released...
  • Blog Post: Asynchronous programming for Windows Store apps written in JavaScript

    Kraig Brockschmidt has a nice intro to the async model for Windows Store apps, focusing on JavaScript: All about promises (for Windows Store apps written in JavaScript) . Here’s the kind of code you’ll be writing: var promise1 = someOperationAsync(); var promise2 = promise1.then( function completedHandler1...
  • Blog Post: jQuery 2.0 supports Windows Store app development

    From the Windows 8 app developer blog : If you’ve already done some web development, it’s likely you’ve used the open source JavaScript framework jQuery. And if you’ve tried building Windows Store apps using jQuery, you might have run into errors related to JavaScript runtime or dynamic content. With...
  • Blog Post: Developing games for Windows 8? Start here.

    Following up on Shai Hinitz’s post, Developing Windows Store games , the Dev Center is hosting new guidance for creating Windows 8 games , in time for GDC 2013 . You’ll find: Prepare your Windows Store DirectX game programming environment Add Windows Store features for DirectX 11.1 games Prepare your...
  • Blog Post: Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript by Kraig Brockschmidt

    Download: PDF (17.9 MB) EPUB (37.3 MB) MOBI (69.5 MB) Are you a web developer who wants to get your code into a Windows store app? Kraig Brockschmidt’s excellent new book is for you, at the right price: $0.00. From the introduction: This book is about writing Windows Store apps using HTML5, CSS3, and...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Windows Store App Labs for app builders

    From the Windows 8 app developer blog : Windows Store App Labs are in more than 30 cities around the world for all app builders – developers, designers, and entrepreneurs. Check out and test the newest Windows 8 devices. Get technical guidance from Windows 8 experts. Get design guidance from leading...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 background tasks and lock screen hotness

    The indispensible Windows 8 app developer blog has a new post that shows the nuts and bolts of background tasks, maintenance triggers, and the lock screen . The lock screen is a particularly neat scenario, because your app gets to share a highly visible bit of UI with other important apps: Windows PM...
  • Blog Post: MIX 11 - April 12-14, 2011, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

    Register. Oh, to be able to go this year. So many interesting sessions, I’d be a kid in a candy store. If any of you go and blog, please send me links. In addition to the obligatory boot-camp sessions for HTML5 Canvas, jQuery, and the like, these are the MIX 11 sessions that I’d love to dive into: Good...
  • Blog Post: Test driving the fourth IE9 Platform Preview

    At a recent demonstration of Apple’s xCode IDE, the speaker asked the audience how many people liked the Objective C language. One hand went up, with enthusiasm (not mine). The speaker muttered something about the ancient schism between Smalltalk and Simula. This made me feel old. After installing the...
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