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Don’t Hate on Windows 8 (Infographic)

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source: frugaldad.com 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)

HOW TO: Use SQLite in C# Metro style app

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I got a few questions and comments about how to actually include SQLite in a C# Metro style app.  Since perhaps it wasn’t clear in describing in my post, I thought a quick video might help demonstrate the steps to build and use SQLite in a C# Metro style app. The video walks through actually building SQLite from the source (Visual Studio 2012 required…express is fine) and adding it to a C# Metro style app, create a database, populate with some data based on a class and databind the query to a ListView.  The video references my
href="http://sdrv.ms/Kz8XKV">OneNote notebook on the tools you need to download and build the SQLite source.  It also demonstrates using the sqlite-net library from NuGet on interacting with SQLite in a C# application. This is a quick video to demonstrate the concept on how to get started and is not a full end-to-end sample. NOTE: This video only demonstrates how to build SQLite until the team itself merges the WinRT changes and produces the supported build.  Until then this is a step you’d have to do on your own and these private branches are...(Read whole news on source site)

Visual Studio 11 ALL CAPS

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The following is my response to the VS blog post about the design for all caps in top level menus: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2012/06/05/a-design-with-all-caps.aspx First off, why would you want to add *EMPHASIS* to menus when the design philosophy stated for the new look of VS was it didn't distract from the content we are creating? Second, the examples provided of Bing, Azure portal and Zune are complete mismatches. Bing doesn't add top level menus in ALL CAPS, quite the opposite: they are all in proper case. What you
see in Bing is all caps used for pane titles. This difference is very important. Bing was more like the first beta of VS 11, not the latest bits. Also note the use of all caps is only about four or five items over the entire screen. VS top level menu is **SEVENTEEN** distinct items!! Zune uses lower case at top level (quickplay, collection, marketplace), and all caps at the individual pane level, again not totalling more than 5 distinct items on any pane. Azure portal on the web does use ALL CAPS...(Read whole news on source site)

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