Windows 8 app developer blog

Insights on building Windows Store apps by the Windows 8 engineering team

June, 2013

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    All about promises (for Windows Store apps written in JavaScript)

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    When writing Windows Store apps in JavaScript, you encounter these constructs called promises as soon as you do anything that involves an asynchronous API. It also doesn’t take very long before writing promise chains for sequential asynchronous operations becomes second nature. In the course of your development work, however, you’ll probably encounter other uses of promises where it’s not entirely clear to see what’s going on. A good example of this is optimizing item rendering functions for a ListView...
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    Optimizing ListView item rendering

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    For many Windows Store apps written in JavaScript that work with collections, cooperating well with the WinJS ListView control is essential for great app performance. This isn’t surprising: when you’re dealing with management and display of potentially thousands of items, every bit of optimization you make with those items really counts. Most important is how each of the items gets rendered, which is to say, how—and when—each item in the ListView control gets built up in the DOM and becomes a visible...
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    Introducing the Windows App Builder blog!

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    Hey everyone, I wanted to let you know that we’re bringing the Windows 8 app developer and Windows Store blogs together into the new Windows App Builder blog . With the upcoming release of Windows 8.1 Preview we have a lot to tell you about what’s new for Windows app builders, and we’re excited to do so in the new blog. With the new blog, you’ll be able to get what you need to build, design, and market your apps. For those of you currently subscribed to our RSS feed, don’t worry. We’ll automatically...
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    Join the Game On Virtual Event

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    Games are a key class of apps in the Windows Store. If you’re looking to build a Windows Store game, we’d like to help you with this virtual game building event. The event is free and open to both new game developers and professionals. We’ll be using GameMaker: Studio from YoYo Games, to show you how to create and publish high-quality games in less time. GameMaker:Studio has a lot of great built-in design options and drag-and-drop tools that make it easy to get started even if you don’t have a game...
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