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  • Blog Post: The Porting Sandwich ™

    I was at the NDC London conference last week talking a little to a few developers about the idea of building for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 using .NET and XAML. It’s nothing too radical by any means and I’ve recorded a variant of this talk before, ...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1: ListViews, GridViews, ListViewItemPresenter, GridViewItemPresenter

    Once upon a time, I wrote a post about using Blend to explore the templates that you find in a ListBox in Silverlight as part of a series of a bunch of posts I wrote about using Blend. – some of those would be out of date today with respect to Windows 8.1 Store...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1: Accounts, Settings, Authentication, Azure Mobile Services

    It’s pretty easy with Azure Mobile Services to build either a custom end point or an end point that exposes tabular data and to require users to authenticate before they can access that end point. For example, if I create myself a free service called mtTimeService...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1, Visual Studio 2013, Blend for Visual Studio–the return of Behaviors

    One of the odd things of having been around the XAML platforms (WPF, Workflow, Silverlight, Windows Phone and then Windows 8) for a while is that certain pieces of functionality have come and gone along the journey from the initial introduction of XAML with...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1: Search Contracts and Search Boxes

    One of the more obvious changes around Windows 8.1 is the change to the way in which search is handled. In Windows 8.0, the search charm presented a UI where I could search my local system (e.g. for apps, files, settings) or I could take a search term and pick...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1: Contacts API

    One of the things that I’d really wanted to try out on the 8.1 Preview was the Contacts API which was talked about in the Build 2013 session below; But I don’t think that it worked in the preview and I’ve a vague memory of the Build session perhaps even mentioning...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Preview: Bye bye snapping, snapping bye bye

    For Windows 8.0, I built an app called KwiQR which was meant to be a QR code scanning application. It’s in the Windows 8 Store – you can find it here and, to date, it’s been downloaded only 6000 times so it’s need of a little love - I spent a long time working...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Preview–the Manager of Projection

    In writing up a few experiments with multiple windows on Windows 8.1 ( post one and two ) there was an aspect that completely passed me by and it’s one that my colleague Mike pointed out to me. There’s a class hiding away in the WinRT libraries called ProjectionManager...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Preview: Experiments with SkyDrive and Files

    One of the things that I’m really happy to see in Windows 8.1 is a more complete inclusion of SkyDrive. Windows 8.0 had SkyDrive – there was a built-in Store app but in order to do something on the desktop you needed to go and download a separate client app...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 UK Launch at NDC London, 3rd December 2013

    Visual Studio 2013 is here and the UK launch is going to be happening in the day before the big kick off for NDC London down at the Excel centre in Docklands. This is a free pre-conference workshop and you do not need to be attending NDC in order to attend...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Preview: Multiple Windows (Part 2)

    Yes, I’m still on the Windows 8.1 preview even though Windows 8.1 has gone out of the door and is generally available as per posts below; Windows 8.1 now available! Now ready for you- Windows 8.1 and the Windows Store Visual Studio 2013 released to web! I just...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Preview: Multiple Windows

    In talking to developers in the UK about Windows 8.0, one of the things that always struck me as slightly unusual about modern, Windows Store apps was that, even on an operating system called “Windows”, those apps didn’t really have much of an opportunity to...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 (Preview): Flyout, MaxWidth and FlyoutPresenter

    A simple thing, if you create a XAML UI you’ll find it pretty easy in Visual Studio 2013 to make something like a CommandBar button which has a Flyout associated with it. For example; and then; followed by changing the icon on that button; and adding a Flyout;...( read more )
  • Blog Post: NDC London– 2nd to 6th December, 2013

    For the first time, the incredibly successful NDC (which you can now interpret as either “Norwegian Developer Conference” or “new DevelopersConference();”) is coming to London in December of this year. As always, there’s a a great line of speakers filling up...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Preview: Geo-Fencing Triggers

    I’ve been trying to track the ability of a Windows 8 Store application to do work in the background since the first previews of Windows 8 shipped. The idea that a Windows Store app is more than the UI that you see on screen is a really interesting one and,...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1: New Diagnostic APIs (and Tools)

    In flicking through Computer World’s “ What Todays’ Software Developers Need to Know ” I stopped for a little while on the section around diagnostics and tracing where Luke Kanies of Puppet Labs was talking about; “The most important part of an application's...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Preview: Declarative Polling of Tiles

    One of the easiest ways in which you can get a tile (or a badge) to be ‘Live’ on Windows 8 is to set up a URL which delivers tile content. This is known as a “ periodic notification ” and the essence of it is; Web service which returns dynamically generated...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Preview: Web Authentication Broker

    Here’s an “interesting thing” that I came across the other week. I go to the Windows Store on Windows 8.0 and I install the Metrotwit application and then run it then it asks me to log in to Twitter. In order to do that, it uses oauth authentication and in...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Preview and ‘Alarm’/’Call’ Applications

    First things first – although the Windows 8.1 RTM is available at the time of writing this post, I’m still working on the preview as I haven’t had a chance to catch breath and replace the OS. Windows 8.1 came with a beautiful new application called “Alarms...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1–Resource Packages and App Bundles

    One of the things that I’d heard about in a couple of places for a Windows 8.1 store app was the idea that work had been done to improve the situation where you might have an app that supported a number of different variants such as; processor architecture...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013–Grid Template Explorations

    Following up on my previous post I thought I’d poke a little into the Grid project template that ships with Visual Studio 2013 with a good starting point being to do a File->New Project and have a look around. Here’s the “bill of materials” for what’s inside...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Store Apps and Visual Studio 2013 Preview (#1 of Many, Many, Many)

    It’s taken me a little while to start to catch up but I wanted to begin adding a few posts about new features and changes to existing functionality coming with Windows 8.1 for the Windows Store app developer. For me, there are perhaps three main things that...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Windows 8, Windows Phone 8: Building for Both

    Earlier in the week, I made a little video for Channel 9 with my colleague Andy about a particular aspect of building code with portable class libraries to span across both Windows Phone and Windows 8. I’ll add the link to the video when it’s published but...( read more )
  • Blog Post: HttpClient, Parsing Content, Awaiting and Showering :-)

    Background I’m making a short video with my colleague Andy about the HttpClient class that got introduced in .NET Framework 4.5 (the Windows 8 .NET Framework version) and specifically around how it’s packaged as a portable class library so that you can use...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Azure Mobile Services Update–Custom APIs

    Three weeks ago, Scott Guthrie posted about updates to Azure Mobile Services – I’ve written a little about Mobile Services here in the past and which I’ve also demo’d at various conferences, user groups and so on around the UK (and beyond). Then just last week...( read more )
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