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  • 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 – some of those would be out of date today with respect to Windows 8.1 Store...( read more )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: DirectX immediate mode rendering in your C#/XAML app using the SharpDx library.

    Last week we had a huge Microsoft representation at Eurogamer ranging  from Xbox360, XboxOne, Windows Phone and Windows 8 demonstrating our devcies, services and latest titles. During the event I had a lots of interesting discussions with game devs, educators and students, one of the key themes...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013–Blank Template Explorations

    In order to start getting myself feeling “comfortable” with Visual Studio 2013 from the point of view of developing Windows Store apps, I thought I’d make a quick blank project. Where better to start than “Hello World” to figure out your surroundings? So, I...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Prism for WinRT Applications–Sketchy Explorations

    Following up on my previous post about Prism for WinRT applications, I thought I’d start digging in and trying to see what’s present in the Prism framework libraries. I wasn’t entirely sure how to approach this. With the Prism bits you get three things; The...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Wherefore art thou, “Composite Application Guidance” ?

    Ok, the title is meant to be a little jokey and is with reference to both Shakespeare and to The Gaslight Anthem and that’s quite a mix to start a blog post with Quite a while ago, I made a set of videos on the PRISM framework which was also known by the earlier...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Annotating PDF Documents in a Windows 8 Store App

    There’s a Windows 8 app that I have a minor involvement with that needs to be able to display PDF documents and also capture annotations (ideally ink) on those documents. I haven’t looked in great detail at how to display PDF documents (other than to ...read more
  • Blog Post: Patterns & Practices - Develop Windows Store apps using C++ & XAML: Hilo

    If you are developing a Windows Store app using C++ and XAML and you want to use Microsoft DirectX to improve performance or to reuse the assets in your app more effectively, you can use this article to get started. XAML and DirectX Interop QuickStart You will learn How to perform interop between XAML...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 (or XAML generally): Loading Images with Progress/Fallback Content

    I think I may have written something similar to this before but I got asked about loading images from the web and so I thought I’d write something down. It’s a pretty common scenario that you have an image control and you want that image control to display ...read more
  • Blog Post: Patterns & Practices: Developing an end-to-end Windows Store app using C++ and XAML: Hilo (Windows)

    The Patterns & Practices team have been busy and have just released their latest sample called Hilo. The Hilo end-to-end photo sample provides guidance to C++ developers that want to create a Windows 8 app using modern C++, XAML, the Windows Runtime, and recommended development patterns. Hilo comes...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8–Connecting to SkyDrive

    I wrote my first Windows 8 code which connected to SkyDrive the other day so I thought I’d share in case it helps anyone who’s doing a similar thing. The main documentation set for Live is on the web so drop that into your favourites if you’re going to ...read more
  • Blog Post: Windows 8, XAML and Displaying Multiple Sized Items

    One of the common layouts that you see in Windows Store applications is one that looks a little like the one below; If I’m data-binding to a set of items that I’ve slotted into my DataContext with something like; this.DataContext = from i in Enumerable ...read more
  • Blog Post: From the Windows 8 Camps: GridViews/ListViews and Large Data Sets

    One of the questions that got asked at a recent Windows 8 developer camp was around how a control like a XAML GridView/ListView can deal with a large amount of data or, even, an “infinite” amount of data. I thought that I’d write that up here with the ...read more
  • Blog Post: From the Windows 8 Camps: GridViews with Inlined Group Headers

    One of the questions that got asked at a recent Windows 8 developer camp was around how the XAML GridView control can be used to set up a view that looks something like the one used in the People app which is a bit like this;   That is – a GridView ...read more
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 UK Developer Events

    There have been a flood of Windows 8 announcements in the past few days… The RTM of Windows 8 has been announced and we know that from August 15th the RTM code will start to drop into the hands of developers and IT professionals who have MSDN and TechNet ...read more
  • Blog Post: Windows 8, Stacked Conference, August, Liverpool

    I’m excited to say that I’ll be speaking at the free “Stacked” Conference in Liverpool on August 7th on Windows 8 related topics. alongside me will be my good friends and colleagues Gill Cleeren and Giles Davis – should be an excellent day and I look ...read more
  • Blog Post: The .NET Ninja

    by Chris Eargle The ninjas of legend evoke images of a mysterious figure in black, able to perform super human feats and defeat enemies with cunning tactics. Nowadays, the term is applied to those that have mastered a skill to such an extent they are considered more than mere mortals. Telerik JustCode...
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