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  • Blog Post: How to apply an “Opacity Mask” to an image by mixing XAML and Direct2D

    If you are a XAML graphics dev you may be lamenting the fact that in Windows Store 8.x apps the “opacity mask” property is conspicuously missing from the XAML image based controls. This is an unfortunate omission because there really isn’t an easy way to facilitate the opacity mask...
  • Blog Post: Developing an app for both Windows Store and Windows Phone 8 platforms

    This article surveys various approaches in porting an application for use in the Windows Store and Windows Phone platforms. The Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 – building together article identifies some benefits of this approach. You can plan in advance to ensure that the programming technologies...
  • Blog Post: Datagram Socket Communication in Windows Phone 8

    New to Windows Phone 8 is the Windows.Networking.Sockets namespace. This namespace is also used in the Windows Store app development environment, which makes it convenient for developers who wish to port networking applications to both targets. Windows.Networking.Sockets is the replacement for the...
  • Blog Post: Where did all my gestures go?

    A common problem we’ve seen from customers is how to handle pointer input and manipulations on elements inside of collection controls such as ListViews, GridViews, and FlipViews. The app can get the PointerPressed event on items inside the View, but after that the pointer events disappear and the app...
  • Blog Post: Skip the path: stick to the StorageFile

    To build user confidence, a user’s files are protected from arbitrary access by Windows Store apps. This has produced a large number of threads in the Windows Store apps Forums from developers who are used to having full access to the file system and who don’t expect to need the user’s permission to...
  • Blog Post: Looking back to understand the future: OpenFileDialog vs. FileOpenPicker

    Most of us are familiar with the standard .NET OpenFileDialog object. With the introduction of Windows 8 Store apps the OpenFileDialog has gotten a facelift, a simplified API and yet somehow it’s still not quite the same. The new FileOpenPicker (or Picker) has been the subject of much mystery and...
  • Blog Post: Why does the XAML designer report that my custom elements have not been built?

    Consider a scenario where you've been working on developing business logic for your Windows Store app and you switch to the Visual Studio designer to check a UI element. You may notice the below message in the designer view of some XAML pages: The Design view cannot display correctly because some...
  • Blog Post: About WebView and Fonts...

    In my previous blog post, I posted some information about using a font which is included as part of the appx package (point #9) which turned out to be not correct. I took that information from this post on the Windows Store C# forum. Since then, I've received requests to more fully explain how to achieve...
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