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thebeebs

Also known as Martin Beeby, I am a web developer and work for Microsoft as a developer evangelist

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  • Blog Post: How do I get the users current location in a Windows 8 app?

    There are instances whilst developing Windows 8 applications in HTML5 when you discover there are two ways to do the same thing. Geolocation is one of those examples. You can either do it the same way you would in a browser like IE9 or Chrome or you could do it the WinJS way. By providing both methods...
  • Blog Post: How do you test the touch / on-screen keyboard inside the simulator?

    I got asked this question on email last week. The simulator, for those that don’t know, is a way to test your Windows 8 application on simulated hardware. You can, for example, simulate a higher resolution or Pixel density than your actual machine. Amongst other things it also allows you to simulate...
  • Blog Post: How do I ask the user to add my application to the lock screen?

    For background task with timers to launch you must ensure that your app is added to the lock screen. You can request to be added as a lock screen application by adding the following code to your project: var Background = Windows.ApplicationModel.Background; var promise = Background.BackgroundExecutionManager...
  • Blog Post: How do I change the “This app can’t share” message?

    If you build a windows 8 application and don’t implement sharing on a specific page, when a user presses the Windows 8 share charm the default text that is displayed says “This app can’t share” it maybe the case that other pages can share or that you plan to add sharing into a future version so changing...
  • Blog Post: How do I add video elements to a WinJS.UI.ListView

    If you create a WinJS.UI.ListView and add interactive content to it, by default you will not be be able to interact with it. So with a video element you will not be able to press the play button or change the volume. If you want to enable this behaviour all you have to do is add the class name win-interactive...
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