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A gesture-driven Windows Phone to-do application

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This blog post describes the implementation of a gesture-based todo-list application. The simple interface is controlled entirely by drag, flick and swipe: So far the application supports deletion and completion of tasks, but not the addition of new ones. I’ll get to this in a later blog post! Introduction – gestures, why don’t we use [...]

Creating an Earthquake Monitoring Application with Visiblox

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The following post describes how to develop an Earthquake Monitor application based on live data from the USGS, using Silverlight, the MVVM Pattern, Visiblox and the Silverlight Bing Maps Interactive SDK. Project Structure When developing applications for Silverlight, the MVVM pattern provides an ideal architecture. MVVM makes code much more manageable and allows the use [...]

Don’t Hate on Windows 8 (Infographic)

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source: We’ve put together an infographic that breaks down the improvements and new features on 8. I’m hardly a computer wiz, but reading up on Windows 8’s apps and cloud software sure makes me wonder how Microsoft’s big release will fare against Apple. Check out the graphic below and let us know if you think Windows 8 can gain some ground against Apple’s OSX!         .....Read more

Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

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source: blogs.msdn Hello! To help celebrate the Windows 8 Release Preview and the Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate, we’re happy to release a preview edition of Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, by Kraig Brockschmidt (who, some of you might remember, many years ago worked with us on a couple editions of Inside OLE). This first preview contains the first four chapters of what we think will be an 18-chapter final ebook. Who This Book Is For This book is about writing Metro style apps for Windows 8 using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Our primary focus
will be on applying these web technologies within the Windows 8 platform, where there are unique considerations, and not on exploring the details of those web technologies themselves. For the most part, then, I'm assuming that you're already at least somewhat conversant with these standards. We will cover some of the more salient areas like the CSS grid, which is central to app layout, but otherwise I trust that you're capable of finding appropriate references for everything else. .....Read more ...(Read whole news on source site)

Truth in advertising

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So I am at a client site discussing things about their new version of the software. And while it is easy to promise things, we did a POC to make sure that things will work out. Because I know users, I made sure to have this ready: I do software behavior, but I know my limitations, and doing good looking UI is one of them. I had too many software demos blow up because of silly UI issues.

The Morning Brew #1119

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So much interesting stuff, a release plus a 4 day weekend has left my RSS somewhat backed up, so content from the last few days will trickle through over the rest of the week. Software Announcing Microsoft Roslyn June 2012 CTP, Announcing Microsoft "Roslyn" June 2012 CTP & Announcing the Microsoft "Roslyn" June 2012 CTP - [...]

Part 6: Developing for a multitude of clients: strategies for code reuse and keeping costs in check.

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Welcome to the sixth part of this article series on developing for a multitude of clients, in which we talk about strategies for code reuse and keeping costs in check.  In the previous articles, we've looked into different ways of getting our code split up in modules, so they can be loaded on demand, and easily reused across different types of clients - thus cutting costs and saving on development time. However: up until now, we've focused on clients that were alike: a Silverlight web client, and a Silverlight Out of Browser client.  In this article, we'll look
into a different one: a Windows Phone client - in which code sharing isn't possible by default, as those apps are built against another version of the CLR. In this article, we'll look into what we can reuse from the existing code base when creating a Windows Phone client. Interesting to notice here is that "being...(Read whole news on source site)