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Windows 8 Icons: Segoe UI Symbol

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Here’s a quick and easy tip for developing Windows 8 Metro applications. Are you looking for decent icons to use in your Application Bar? Windows 8 makes it incredibly easy by using the built-in Segoe UI Symbol font. There are tons of icons embedded in the font that are perfect for using in your applications. Take a look at the following XAML snippet from the Microsoft quick start for adding an app bar: It defines the section of the application bar you see below: The key is in the content tag that specifies the arcane text  – this is simply a notation that references the location of the symbol in the font (you can see the “font family” is set to the appropriate font). So how do you go about finding these icons? Fairly simple: on the Windows 8 machine, press the Windows Start Button (that button that has the Windows logo on it)...(Read whole news on source site)

Nearly 10 million Windows Phones to be sold in USA in Q1 2012: 7.1% Market Share for WP7

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source: wmpoweruser Canaccord Genuity's Mike Walkley has releases some predictions of Q1 2012 smartphone sales based on "channel checks"  and found some good news for Windows Phone. He predicted further market share losses for RIM until their new OS comes out, suggesting Windows Phone will overtake the calculator-like OS in the next few quarters. Gartner claims only 2.7 million Windows Phones were sold in Q4 2011, for a market share of 1.9%. Quadrupling  Windows Phone market share to 7.1% would be exactly the Nokia effect we have been hoping for. ...Read more

Syncfusion Metro Studio with 600 FREE Metro Icons added to the Top Windows Phone Dev Tools

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by WindowsPhoneGeek Syncfusion Metro Studio has been added to the "Top Windows Phone Dev Tools"! All items are arranged based on user votes! So if you have a favorite library or tool do not forget to vote for them. Syncfusion Metro Studio You can submit any library/tool/etc. that you find helpful and want to be listed!

Using the HTML5 <input type="file" multiple="multiple"> Tag in ASP.NET

Per HTML5 spec the tag allows for multiple files to be picked from a single File upload button. This is actually a very subtle change that's very useful as it makes it much easier to send multiple files to the server without using complex uploader controls. Please understand though, that even though you can send multiple files using the tag, the process of how those files are sent hasn't really changed - there's still no progress information or other hooks that allow you to automatically make for a nicer upload experience without
additional libraries or code. For that you will still need some sort of library (I'll post an example in my next blog post using plUpload). All the new features allow for is to make it easier to select multiple images from disk in one operation. Where you might have required many file upload controls before to upload several files, one File control potentially do the job. How it works To create a file input box that allows with multiple file support you can simply do:
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#508 – Displaying a Spinning Busy Indicator

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You’ll often see a circular spinning icon used in an application to indicate that some work is in progress. You can easily do this in WPF by animating an Image control. In the example below, we have an Image control that animates (rotates) whenever a Busy property becomes true.  (The Button triggers this flag).  We start the rotation when Busy [...]

You need to control yourself when adding controls to mobile UIs

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source: By now, most people have realized (in theory) that recreating a PC-based app (or web app) is not exactly the right idea for mobile apps.  In practice, however, it is clear that this is not as easy as it sounds.  When you're building an app that has no history on the PC or web, building the app for mobile is a little easier as you can resist the temptation to add too much of the functionality from that original app to your mobile app.  But even then, it's not always easy to pare
down the functionality of your app to a mobile screen.  The original scope of your app when you wrote it down on a napkin in a bar while talking to friends was a great start, but like most other software projects, you find the urge to add more in with the expectation that more functionality means more useful.  Cluttering your app with more controls is not the answer.  This post will provide some guidance on how to thoughtfully build functionality for your app's user interface so that it meets the right balance of complexity and usability. Let's face it. ...(Read whole news on source site)

WPDEV on W8CP: How to install the Windows Phone SDK

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source: Yesterday I was all day playing around with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (W8CP) as many of us. Today I wanted to get a bit more serious and tried to install the Windows Phone SDK. Once downloaded from App Hub, I clicked "Install", and waited for the SDK to complete  . Install went trough, and I was waiting for opening my current project. But then I was shocked by numerous error messages, all of the regarding XNA plugins and updates. So the dream was over. The SDK does not support

The Morning Brew #1058

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Software Update 4.0.3 for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Roundup - Greg Duncan highlights the release of the .NET Framework 4.0.3 update for .NET 4. This runtime update brings a few new features and high priority bug fixes to the .NET framework Runtime, including SustainedLowLatency mode for Garbage Collection, support for Windows Workflow in partial trust, [...]