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  • Blog Post: New "Missing Platform APIs" UserVoice site for Windows Store development

    Hopefully you are familiar with the existing WPDev UserVoice site, where you can provide suggestions (or vote on others' suggestions) for developer features to add to Windows. Note that "WP" now stands for "Windows Platform" instead of "Windows Phone," and it is intended...
  • Blog Post: Updated LayoutRules Code

    I updated the LayoutRules sample attached to the //build/ post I made the other day. This version is much more comprehensive and easier to use. The sample usage is slightly more realistic, as well. At its core, the sample exposes a LayoutableUserControl and a LayoutablePage that let you specify a set...
  • Blog Post: Optimum Emulator Sizes for Windows Phone 8.1

    [4/4 changed typo: 1080p -> 720p] As I mentioned in my //Build talk , the emulator is not a good place to perform visual verification of assets because the display characteristics of your monitor are highly unlikely to match those of any physical devices. But it is an excellent tool for verifying...
  • Blog Post: //Build talk "From 4 to 40 inches" (with sample LayoutRules code)

    [Update 4/6/2014: I uploaded a newer and better sample; see the end of the post for a link] Thanks to everyone who made it to my talk, which is now available online (so if you didn't make it, you can watch it now!). Also, thanks to everyone who has provided feedback so far! If you saw the session...
  • Blog Post: Opening a Windows Phone project after you have upgraded SQLite

    If you are using the SQLite for Windows Phone package in Visual Studio, and you install one of the upgrades (which happen relatively frequently), the next time you open C++ project that references SQLite the project will fail to load with an error similar to this in the Output window: D:\Path\ProjectName...
  • Blog Post: Revisiting an old post - Application.Terminate

    Well, I already did that once today , but in doing so I realized I should address another old post (or two ). Yes, in Windows Phone 8 we have added the Application.Terminate method so that you can quickly exit your application in the case of insurmountable roadblocks such as the user refusing to accept...
  • Blog Post: Update on sample code

    A lot of people are asking for access to the SQLite wrapper I demoed at //build. Rest assured we are working on getting it out to you but it is taking some time. Also I should set expectations in that it is by no means a complete wrapper for all SQLite features but does allow use of basic SQL statements...
  • Blog Post: Inside Windows Phone 41

    Hello from //BUILD ! As you probably know by now, we've released our SDK and have a bunch of content to deliver at the Microsoft campus this week. Time permitting, that means I can get back to blogging about some of the cool new features, but in the mean time you can check out this video I did with Larry...
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