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  • Blog Post: Silverlight Show: Windows 8 and the future of XAML Part 7: The application lifecycle of Windows 8 applications

    In the previous articles of this series, we have touched on quite a few important aspects of Windows 8 application development. In part 6, we looked at tiles. We saw that live tiles are a way of allowing your application to displaying up-to-date information to the end-user while it’s not running. A valid...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Show: Connecting Windows 8 applications with services: Part 1: Using services to get data in our Windows 8 applications

    Windows 8’s biggest novelty is without a doubt “Apps”. Microsoft is entering the world of apps and is for the first time introducing a “real marketplace”, named the Windows 8 Store where developers can publish, market and sell their applications. This new (for Microsoft developers at least) way of working...
  • Blog Post: Recording of Part 1 of the Webinar 'Advanced Windows 8 Metro' by Gill Cleeren

    Watch a recording of Part 1 of the webinar ' Advanced Windows 8 Metro ' delivered by Silverlight MVP Gill Cleeren on July 18th, 2012. Download the slides ( .ppt / .pptx ) | Get the demos Join part 2 next Wednesday, July 25 at 10 am PST . Webinar summary: Windows 8 is just around the corner! As developers...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Metro Apps: The 8 Must-Know Tricks! Day 2

    This is Day # 2 in the Windows 8 development article series on common tips & tricks towards developing real-world Metro apps.  Over the next several weeks, you’ll see 8 articles talk about some must-do things for Windows 8 Metro app developers. Simple & to the point, with some code examples...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Metro Apps: The 8 Must-Know Tricks! Day 1

    You’re at a chic coffee shop or on a plane.  Just like everyone around you, you have a tablet. Watch a movie, play a game, do the social stuff. And then while everyone starts getting bored, you flip part of your tablet and out comes a thin keyboard. May be you are also carrying your Arch Touch mouse...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to Windows 8 Metro Part 1: Ebook

    This ebook collects the first 7 parts of SilverlightShow article series 'Windows 8 Metro' , together with source code. In this first part (2 more parts expected to be released, following the development of the series) Andrea introduces the basic concepts of Windows 8 development, and covers developing...
  • Blog Post: Recording of Webinar '10 Things Silverlight Developers Should Know About Windows 8' by Michael Crump

    Watch a recording of the webinar ' 10 Things Silverlight Developers Should Know About Windows 8 ' delivered by Silverlight MVP Michael Crump on July 3rd, 2012. View the webinar slides ( .ppt / .pptx ) | Get demos | Go to the QandA page Webinar summary: In this webinar Silverlight MVP Michael Crump will...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Metro: Improve GridView and ListView with SemanticZoom and Incremental Loading

    In the previous article from this series I've explored the main controls that support the new user experience in metro style applications. GridView, ListView and FlipView are a big help to fully embrace the metro-styled experience and having a deep knowledge about their features is important to develop...
  • Blog Post: Recording of Webinar 'Prism and WCF RIA Services' by Brian Noyes

    Watch a recording of the webinar ' Prism and WCF RIA Services - Two Great Toolkits That Work Great Together ' delivered by Silverlight MVP Brian Noyes on May 30th, 2012. Download the slides | Get the demos | Go to the Q&A page Webinar summary: In this webinar Silverlight MVP Brian Noyes will give...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Metro: Asynchrony made easy

    After the birth of Silverlight the developers have had to deal with asynchronous programming much more than before. The responsiveness of the user interface has always been an important matter and asynchronous programming has been the right response also before than Silverlight, in Windows Forms and...
  • Blog Post: Creating SilverlightShow Windows Phone App: Ebook

    This e-book collects the 4 parts of SilverlightShow article series ' Creating the SilverlightShow Windows Phone Application ' authored by Peter Kuhn . From the author: At the end of February, the official SilverlightShow Windows Phone app has been accepted into the Marketplace. The app gives you access...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Metro: Something about application lifecycle

    Also if currently you are probably running Windows 8 on a virtual machine or luckily on a computer, there is not any doubt that this new operating system and especially the metro-style interface is dedicated to touch enabled devices like tablets. The plans of Microsoft infact include the new WOA keywork...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 and the future of XAML Part 6: Tiles, toasts and badges

    Welcome to part 6 already in this Windows 8 series. Since the goal of this articles is bringing you in touch with all the important aspects of Windows 8 development, we need to dive into tiles. Tiles are therefore the main topic of this very article. If you’re coming from a Windows Phone 7 background...
  • Blog Post: Recording of Webinar 'Contracts and Charms in Windows 8' by Gill Cleeren

    Watch a recording of the webinar ' Contracts and Charms in Windows 8 ' delivered by Silverlight MVP Gill Cleeren on April 24th, 2012. Download the slides Webinar summary: In Windows 8 Metro, applications don’t communicate directly with each other. The OS has built-in contracts available out-of-the-box...
  • Blog Post: Metro style applications – designing for the user

    It has been months since Windows 8 is available for developers and the need for new applications is growing in a fast pace. And nothing is more exacting than a computer user in 21 st century. It’s quite difficult to build the right application, moreover – it’s even more difficult to stay on top and not...
  • Blog Post: Workaround for CA0055 Error with Silverlight Projects in Visual Studio 2010

    This connect bug describes an issue with creating certain types of Silverlight projects in Visual Studio. If you're referencing Silverlight 4 DLLs from a Silverlight 5 project, you may run into this code analysis/FXCop issue yourself if code analysis is part of your process. The core of the problem is...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7.5 - Using advanced tiles API

    by Andrea Boschin There is not any doubt, the first thing you meet when you use Windows Phone are the tiles. These are the large squares on the home screen that identifies some applications and they are also a distinguishable character that make your Windows Phone unique. As you know for sure, the tiles...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 and the future of XAML: Part 1: An overview of the Windows 8 platform

    by Gill Cleeren Introduction to the series Welcome to this first part of a whole series on Windows 8 articles, which I’ll be writing over the coming weeks and months. It’s my goal in this series to introduce you to what we know at this point about Windows 8 and how we as (XAML) developers will need to...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Show: 10 Laps around Silverlight 5 (Part 10 of 10)

    In this article, a discussion about several new features that did not fit in any of the above categories. We will discuss In-Browser HTML, PostScript and Tasks for TPL. Please review the Roadmap for the series before going any further. The Roadmap for this Series Included, the Roadmap for the series...
  • Blog Post: New Silverlight Show articles: Windows 8 XAML Metro Apps with OData

    Silverlight Show has two new articles that provide some really interesting info about building Windows 8 XAML Metro Apps with OData written by Samidip Basu ( @samidip ). Windows 8 XAML Metro Apps with OData - Part 1 Windows 8 XAML Metro Apps with OData - Part 2
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Show: 10 Laps around Silverlight 5 (Part 9 of 10)

    In this article, a discussion of several new features/controls such as Double and Triple click support, PivotViewer and ComboBox Type-Ahead. Please review the Roadmap for the series before going any further. The Roadmap for this Series Included, the Roadmap for the series below as you may want to visit...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Show: 10 Laps around Silverlight 5 (Part 7 of 10)

    In this article, a discussion of a few more operating system integration features in Silverlight 5 including: Default Filename for SaveFileDialog, 64-bit browser support and Power Awareness for Media Applications. Please review the Roadmap for the series before going any further. The Roadmap for this...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Show: 10 Laps around Silverlight 5 (Part 6 of 10)

    In this article, a discussion of several new operating system integration features in Silverlight 5 including: P/Invoke, Multiple Windows and Unrestricted File System Access in Full Trust. Please review the Roadmap for the series before going any further. The Roadmap for this Series Included, the Roadmap...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Show: 10 Laps around Silverlight 5 (Part 5 of 10)

    In this article, a discussion of the new text improvements in Silverlight 5 including: Text Tracking and Leading, Linked and Multi-column Text, OpenType Support, Pixel Snapped Text and TextOptions. Please review the Roadmap for the series before going any further. The Roadmap for this Series Included...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Show: 10 Laps around Silverlight 5 (Part 4 of 10)

    In this article, a discussion of media features such as low-latency sound using features right out of XNA. We will also discuss Remote Control and Media Command (Keys) support using Silverlight 5. Please review the Roadmap for the series before going any further. The Roadmap for this Series I’ve included...
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