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    Developing an end-to-end Windows Store app using C++ and XAML: Hilo (Windows) - Book Download




    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 with source code and documentation. This is a PDF version of the on-line guidance "Developing an end-to-end Windows Store app using C++ and XAML: Hilo (Windows)."

    Developing an end-to-end Windows Store app using C++ and XAML: Hilo (Windows) - Book Download

    This is a PDF version of the on-line guidance "Developing an end-to-end Windows Store app using C++ and XAML: Hilo (Windows)"

    Quick details

    Date published:11/29/2012
    Language: English

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    3.0 MB

    System requirements

    Supported operating systems: Windows 8

    Sample Code

    The sample code can be found here: Hilo C++ sample.

    Additional information

    The sample code can be found here: Hilo C++ sample.
    The online documentation can be found here: Developing an end-to-end Windows Store app using C++ and XAML: Hilo (Windows).
    For help and support visit the Hilo community site.

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    Windows Phone 8 Training Kit now available

    Want to get Hands on and up to speed on Windows Phone 8 App development? You can now Download the Hands on Labs for the Windows Phone 8 Training Kit is now available to download for FREE

    Quick details

    Version: 1.0
    Date published: 11/26/2012
    Language: English


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    157.3 MB


    Hands on labs for Windows Phone 8 software development

    System requirements

    Supported operating systems: Windows 8

    Windows 8 –  
    Windows Phone SDK 8 –

    Additional Learning Resources

    Windows Phone API QuickStart Poster (PDF)
    Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 platform comparison
    What's new in Windows Phone SDK 8.0
    Using the MVVM pattern in Windows 8
    Targeting Multiple Platforms with Portable Code: Overview
    Sharing XAML UI
    Polymorphism (C# Programming Guide)
    MVVM Quickstart
    Implementing the Model-View-ViewModel pattern in a Windows Phone app
    How to: Add Existing Items to a Project
    Getting started developing apps for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8
    Develop Windows Store apps using C++ and XAML: Hilo
    Design library for Windows Phone
    Design guidance for Windows Store apps
    Cross-Platform Development with the .NET Framework
    Creating Windows Runtime Components
    Create a Continuous Client Using Portable Class Libraries
    Asynchronous Programming with Async and Await (C# and Visual Basic)
    Announcing the release of the .NET Framework for Windows Phone 8


    Create Cross-platform Apps using Portable Class Libraries (Build 2012)
    How to Leverage your Code across WP8 and Windows 8 (Build 2012)
    Windows Phone 8: Using C++ in your Applications (Build 2012)
    Windows Phone 8: Native C/C++ Game Development (Build 2012)

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    TouchDevelop: A touch-first IDE for the Web created with TypeScript



    Last week a student at the University of York asked me about my views on typescript.

    So what is Typescript

    Typescript is a new JavaScript development environment, its been designed to help developers write more complex apps with the popular scripting language.

    TypeScript is free, open source and compiles into JavaScript, additionally Typescript will run on any browser, host or operating system.

    TypeScript is also extending JavaScript developers, by allowing enterprise tools to build large-scale apps around HTML 5 in the browser and on mobile devices. Apps for the Windows 8.

    Microsoft Technical Fellow Anders Hejlsberg states that. TypeScript is designed to add those extra bits, with static typing and classes at the top of Hejlsberg's list of developer desirables.

    Existing JavaScript code and libraries work in TypeScript, and it also support for Emacs, Vim and Sublime Text. A TypeScript editor plugin for Visual Studio 2012 has also been released. Code samples are already available, too.

    So how is Typescript being used, TouchDevelop is a novel, touch-first IDE originally written as a Windows Phone 7 app using C# and XAML.

    TouchDevelop lets you create WP7, Win8 and Web-apps directly on your phone, tablet, or desktop. Trying to build the JavaScript version, both for Win8 and the Web, we were frustrated by the complete lack of compile-time checking. We thus got very excited to be one of the very early adopters of TypeScript, a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to idiomatic JavaScript.

    For more details on Touch Develop Development see the following //build session. 

    Typescript site

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    TouchDevelop Web App Preview at runs on Windows, iOS, Android


    New feature now available in Microsoft TouchDevelop, the mobile programming environment.

    TouchDevelop Web App Preview at runs on

    • PCs with Internet Explorer 10 or the latest versions of Chrome or Firefox
    • Microsoft Surface and other devices running Windows RT
    • iPad 2 or later (including the mini)
    • iPhone 4 or later
    • various Android phones and tablets with Chrome
    • Macs with the latest versions of Safari, Chrome or Firefox

    For Windows Phone 7/8 you can get the fully featured app in the Windows Phone Store that can access even more sensors and data.

    Create apps ON any devices - smartphones, tablets, PCs

    We have quite some fun testing the latest TouchDevelop releases on many different devices…


    TouchDevelop is a modern programming environment


    TouchDevelop lets you create and run apps on pretty much any modern computing device you might own from smartphones to tablets and even PCs. TouchDevelop features a predictive on-screen code keyboard and a touch-optimized programming language.

    Having been designed for mobile devices from the ground up, TouchDevelop is an excellent option for programming on touchscreen devices without keyboards. You can also use it with a traditional keyboard and mouse if your device supports them.


    After you have designed your fun game or a useful tool, you can share it with other people with a single tap or mouse click, so that they can run it or tweak it. More than 12,000 scripts have already been shared with over 40,000 users who have signed in to the TouchDevelop experience.


    Education and Learning


    TouchDevelop is also an excellent option for learning programming.

    The high-level programming languages makes it super easy to create simple apps. But TouchDevelop is not just for beginners – for more complicated tasks only sky is the limit, thanks to the underlying powerful language and extensive library support.

    Touch Develop for Building Windows 8 and Windows Phone Store Apps

    If the TouchDevelop environment is not enough, you can export true apps and submit them to the Windows Store or the Windows Phone Store to start earning money and building a portfolio

    Try it now!

    Start coding with the Web App in your browser at or get the Windows Phone app.

    Like TouchDevelop on Facebook to stay up to date.


    Win cash by developing apps with TouchDevelop! Winners will take the stage in Las Vegas at a special live event during IEEE CCNC 2013.*

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    Windows 8 Shortcuts


    Last week I was travelling the country talking to academics and students about the opportunity of building apps for Windows 8.

    During the week I had a number of  really interesting discussions, however on Friday I had a comment from one student, who simply believed Windows 8, was for touch devices only.

    We got onto the topic of keyboard and mouse as I was presenting using a Lenovo thinkpad which supports both touch and keyboard and mouse. I was simply demonstrating Windows navigation via touch and then via keyboard and mouse during the presentation demos and the student in question seemed to be blown away by this and when we discussed this it more detail after the event he wasn't aware of the number of Windows Shortcut keys available.


    So here a quick list of some of my favourites


    Charms and menus

    image Charms

    image Share

    image Settings

    image Devices

    image Second Screen

      image Admin Menu



    image Apps Search Screen

    image Files Search Screen

    image Settings Screen



    image Lockscreen Orientation

       image Split to the right

      image Split to the left


    Start Screen

    image image Scroll Start Screen

    image Apps Options/App bar

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    Imagine Cup UK – North East regional activities




    So if your an academic or student based in the North East of the UK then you need to be aware of the Imagine Cup North East regional events which are being coordinated by Sunderland Software City. Last year the North East flew for the UK at the World Wide Finals with team eye works as the UK winner.

    Sunderland Software City and the regional support in the NE from Microsoft Partners and MVPs want to be the UK winners again!

    This week the teams from Sunderland Software City and a number of MVP Based in the North East held an event in Gateshead.

    I will be in the North East on Thursday and Friday presenting on the opportunity of Windows 8 Game Development at the University of Newcastle, Northumbria University and Teeside University so the Imagine Cup Gaming competition is ideal for students studying or with an interest in gaming.

    Sunderland Software City and the teams are hosting another event at the University of Teesside on the evening of Monday 3rd December and then are following this up with an event on Saturday 8th December which will help form teams and work on their entry ideas so we can ensure before Christmas teams are formed, know who they are working with (how to communicate with each other etc) and what they are working on. 

    Then at the end of January they are planning a 36 hour hack event with additional workshops and presentations (presentation skills, core skills - TFS, UX, Win8 Apps, WP8 Apps, Azure, Business Plans etc) running alongside the hack.

    If anyone shows interest and wants to know more direct them to where they can register for events

    You can stay in touch with us through and

    For more details of ImagineCup see

    The Competitions are:

    World Citizenship

    Make an app that could change someone’s life. Pick your cause: the environment, education, health, you name it. Use technology as an agent of change.


    Build amazing games for Windows 8, Windows Phone and the cloud.


    Reinvent social networks. Transform online shopping. Experience music in a new way. Do something amazing with GPS. It’s time to take that crazy idea of yours and ship it!

    For a student information pack click here

    For a faculty information pack click here

    If your interested in becoming a mentor click here

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    Windows Azure Camps in Manchester 10th Dec




    In conjunction with Salford Software we are holding an exclusive,  IT Professional Azure Camp

    Monday 10th December, 2012

    Location – Media City, UK Plot B4, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 2HE

    This event is a technical hands on introduction to some of the IaaS Cloud Services that Microsoft is now offering to Academic organisations.

    The camp will be led by an Azure specialist and is aimed at the IT Professional. On it you will build and deploy an entire SharePoint infrastructure with a dual-machine server-farm, Active Directory Domain Controller and SQL Server. On the road to that infrastructure you will create a dual-server, load-balanced IIS website, a WIndows Azure Virtual Network in to which you will deploy the Active Directory Domain plus all the member servers (SQL and SharePoint) and you’ll also learn how to generalise your images and add them to your library of images to make future deployment simpler.

    All running in the Cloud!

    You will walk away with a complete – Cloud based – service that you will be able to continue to use, further develop and show colleagues following the camp.

    Please register at the site below:

    Windows Azure IT Pro Camp



    09:00 – 09:30


    09:30 – 10:00

    The Windows Azure Platform

    10:00 – 10:30

    Windows Azure Virtual Machines

    10:30 – 10:45


    10:45 – 11:15

    Lab: Windows Azure Virtual Machines

    11:15 – 11:45

    Windows Azure Virtual Networks

    11:45 – 12:15

    Lab: Windows Azure Virtual Networks

    12:15 – 12:45


    12:45 – 13:15

    Active Directory in the Cloud: Windows Azure Active Directory, Running a DC in Windows Azure


    Lab: Running an Active Directory Domain Controller in Windows Azure

    14:15 – 15:00

    SQL Server and Sharepoint in the Cloud

    15:00 – 15:15


    15:15 – 16:45

    Lab: Running a complete infrastructure in the cloud (Sharepoint, SQL Server, Active Directory)


    Wrap-up and Review

    Note: Because you can leave your Windows Azure service deployed and you will have all the configuration and projects etc. on your laptop when you leave the camp, any unfinished labs can be completed at home/in the office.

    You will need to bring a laptop and complete some pre-requisites to participate in the camp. Please see details below:

    You will need a working Windows Azure subscription and you need to have applied for and successfully been granted access to:

    Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks – for the IT Pro camp.

    There is a video that describes how to apply for these features here.

    Any working subscription is suitable; paid or free.

    You can get a free trial subscription. This grants you access to certain resources free for 90 days. You will need a Windows Live ID and a Credit Card to register. The spending limit on the free trial account is set at £0.00. When the free trial period of 90 days has passed you will be asked if you’d like to remove the spending limit and from that point on treat it as a standard paid subscription.

    If you use more than the free allocation of resources in a month, you will also be asked if you’d like to remove the spending limit. There is no perpetually free subscription available for Windows Azure.

    Details of the free trial accounts are here:

    To get a free trial subscription go to . To register for this offer, you need a credit card to activate it, but the spending limit on the subscription is set to £0.00 so you won’t be charged.

    To add Windows Azure benefits to your existing MSDN subscription, go to

    To add Windows Azure benefits if you are a BizSpark customer, go to

    To add Windows Azure benefits if you are an MPN member go to

    There are also free trial subscriptions available to certain MSDN subscribers. Or if your at teaching academic you can apply for a Azure Educator account which offer a 12 month FREE subscription at

    IT Pro camp pre-requisites

    As an IT Pro who uses a laptop, you’ll almost certainly have the required software already installed. You will need:

    A working Windows Azure subscription – see details above. You need to have successfully applied and been granted access to the Windows Azure Virtual Machines preview.

    A wireless-enabled 64-bit laptop with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 8 RTM. The camp is written with Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2 users in mind. If you are using Windows 8 there will be variations in the way the UI is described.

    Bring the power supply: you will be using the laptop all day.

    A basic knowledge of the Windows infrastructure stack (Windows, Windows Server, Active Directory, Web, Security, SQL Server etc) to the level required by an IT Pro.

    Perform the following software setup:

    1. Log in to an account that has full administrative privileges on the 64-bit machine. This is the account you will do the machine setup from and also the lab-work. It’s essential to ensure you use the same administrative account for both setup and lab-work to avoid permissions problems. By far the biggest problems on this bootcamp are to do with permission problems on machine setup.

    2. Install the Windows Azure Powershell Cmdlets by following the instructions on this page:

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How much do I need to know about Windows Azure to attend this Camp?

    You don’t need any prior experience or knowledge about Windows Azure to attend this Camp. The purpose of the event is to provide you with the basic skills and knowledge to get started with learning about Windows Azure.

    Who can attend the Camps?

    Students, developers, technologists, IT Pros, architects, hobbyist, technology enthusiasts. Everyone is welcome! All we ask is that you are ready and keen to learn about Windows Azure.

    How much does it cost to attend this Camp?

    Your luck’s in – it’s free.

    What do I need to prepare in advance to make the most of the Camp?

    There are a basic set of things you should prepare before attending the Camp, listed above. Please make sure you are prepared so you can make the most of your day at the Camp.

    What if I have registered already and cannot make it on the day?

    Please let us know as soon as you can if you can’t make the camp as there’ll be plenty of people who are keen to take your spot. Please respect the trainers and your fellow delegates by turning up if you have registered and committed. Thanks!

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    Get to grips with Application Lifecycle Management & Visual Studio 2012



    Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2012

    Register and attend one of our Free and in-person events in London or Reading

    In these sessions we will look at the Application Lifecycle Management capabilities of Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012 and how that supports the entire software development lifecycle.

    · Overview of the Microsoft development tools

    · Requirements capture and Agile planning

    · Development including version control, code quality and automated builds

    · Test case and defect management including exploratory testing

    · Automated and performance testing

    · Working with the extended team, including using the feedback client, reporting, IntelliTrace and System Center integration

    15th January 2013 – London

    24th January 2013 – Reading

    12th February 2013 – London

    28th February 2013 - Reading

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    Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 – Now available



    Visual Studio 2012 Update 1, is now available.  You can install it today from the download page (see "Visual Studio 2012 Update 1" under the "Additional software" section).

    With this and future updates, we’re striving to ensure that developers and development teams always have the best solution for building modern applications and for managing the modern application lifecycle.  This approach to delivering updates, integrated directly into the IDE, should make it much easier for developers to keep the Visual Studio client up-to-date.

    Importantly, this isn’t just about bug fixes, though it contains quite a few of those to measurably address issues reported through Connect, UserVoice, and Windows Error Reporting.  This update also delivers a wealth of new functionality into Visual Studio 2012. 

    The new functionality in Update 1 primarily spans four areas of investment:

    1. Windows development,

    2. SharePoint development,

    3. Agile teams

    4. Continuous quality.

    For more details see

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    Free Training - Windows Store App Development for iOS Developers 13 Dec 2012



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    Microsoft Online Event ID: 1032536068 13th Dec 2012
    Starts: Thursday, December 13, 2012 9:00 AM
    Ends: Friday, December 14, 2012 5:00 PM
    Time zone: (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

    The iOS Resources page ( is now live on dev center. This is a great starting place for iOS developers to begin their Windows app building.  So if your an existing iOS developer have you considered developing for Windows 8 and Windows Phone?

    This is FREE, two-day training designed to jumpstart your Windows Store app development run by the Big Nerd Ranch and Microsoft.

    You will learn the ins-and-outs of the Windows platform from iOS developers who are now building Windows apps. Sessions will follow a low-key, interactive format where iOS terms and concepts will be mapped to Windows alternates. You will also get hands-on time to apply what you’ve learned.

    What’s the agenda?

    Day 1:

    • Introduction to the platform and the Windows Store
    • Design differences between iOS and Windows 8
    • Tooling: Visual Studio and Blend
    • C# for Objective-C developers
    • Asynchronous programming
    • Consuming web services
    • Intro to building Windows Store apps with XAML (controls, layout and styling)
    • Advanced UI development with XAML (data binding, templates, and collections)
    • Contracts and extensions
    • Ask the Experts panel
    • InstallFest

    Day 2:
    • Process Lifecycle Management and State Management
    • Notifications and Live tiles
    • Bing Maps, SkyDrive, and Microsoft Account integration
    • C++ for Objective-C developers
    • Reusing code with Windows Phone
    • Hands-on-labs

    Live Streaming
    If you can’t attend in person, watch the live stream of the event at Please register for the live stream here, then just point your browser to Channel 9 or to our registration site on the day of the event.

    Any iOS developer will benefit from this training, but we will focus more on those apps that are not games. For this event, there will be no deep game/graphics coverage (no OpenGL ES and no DirectX deep-dives).

    Email your questions to

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