Quick Thoughts

James Quick- Microsoft Technical Evangelist South Florida

June, 2014

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    Quick Links of the Week- 6/30/2014

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    “Quick Links of the Week” are here to highlight and share interesting and exciting articles about Microsoft, focusing on Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Trade in Your Macbook Air Right now, Microsoft is offering $650 store credit for trading in their Apple...
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    Data Binding- Video Version

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    As a follow up to my five part series on Data Binding, I wanted to include videos that followed along.  So, check them out! Data Binding Part 1- The Basic Idea Data Binding Part 2- Movie Ex. Hands On   Data Binding Part 3- Implementing the INotifyPropertyChanged...
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    Apps of the Week 6/19/2014

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    Here’s to the second round of “Apps of the Week” which includes apps for shopping and steaks!  JackThreads is a go to source for men’s clothing, and I’ll admit, I signed up to receive their emails :).  HSN is the Home Shopping Network… Let’s...
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    Data Binding Part 5- Dynamic Data from Rotten Tomatoes

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    In Part 1 of this series I covered the basic theoretical idea behind data binding, and in Part 2 , we got a little more concrete with a hands on example in code.  We created a Movie class, then bound the three properties of that object (title, rating...
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    Data Binding Part 4- Observable Collection

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    In Part 1 of this series I covered the basic theoretical idea behind data binding, and in Part 2 , we got a little more concrete with a hands on example in code.  We created a Movie class, then bound the three properties of that object (title, rating...
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    Data Binding Part 3- Implementing the INotifyPropertyChanged Interface

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    In Part 1 of this series I covered the basic theoretical idea behind data binding, and in Part 2 , we got a little more concrete with a hands on example in code.  We created a Movie class, then bound the three properties of that object (title, rating...
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    Apps of the Week 6/9/2014

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    I have been writing what I call “Developer of the Week” posts for the last several months- although not every week I grant you :) – so I figured I would try and follow suit with apps each week.  The “Apps of the Week” posts will try to promote apps...
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    Data Binding Part 2- Movie Ex. Hands On

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    In Part 1 of this series on Data Binding, I tried to provide a high level understanding; what it does, how it works,  and how it can benefit the developer.  I talked about the four different components that make up a typical binding (binding...
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    Custom Styles in Universal Apps Part 2

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    In Part 1 of this two part series, I covered how to create a ResourceDictionary with a custom style and reference that style in a Textblock control.  Although, I created a Universal App, I did mainly focus on the Windows 8 project not taking advantage...
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    Custom Styles in Universal Apps Part 1

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    Let’s say that you are working on the UI for an application, and you have several different buttons, textblocks, etc.  Each of them will have similar characteristics; the same font size, horizontal alignment, and vertical alignment for example. ...
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    Data Binding Part 1- The Basic Idea

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    If you are or have ever been part of the Microsoft development community, you probably have heard a lot of talk about data binding.  “Data binding is the best”, “I don't know what I would do without data binding”, you know, that sort of thing. ...
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    Developer of the Week: Chris Jackson

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    A couple of weeks ago I gave a talk about using Microsoft Project Siena to build applications for Windows 8.  In the presentation, I went through most of the basics that are covered in the tutorial videos online.  I have a couple of previous...
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    App Studio DVLUP Offer!

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    OFFER: Windows App Studio Beta has new features that will help make your apps more engaging, while helping you reach more users. Check out some of the new features: • From a single template, build apps for phones, tablets, and PCs running Windows • Incorporate...
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