I got a new shiny this week (actually arrived on Friday, but since I was heading to Roanoke Code Camp over the weekend, I did not have time to set it up before I left). As an aside, pictures don't do … more
If you've spent any time at all browsing the Windows Store, you may have noticed that there are more than a few apps that show up with the default store logo, which is a simple box with an X through … more
In this installment of Windows 8: What I've learned, I'll discuss a bug in my app that came from a poor understanding of the underlying template I'd built on. Getting Started with a Template To jump … more
I'm a big fan of reuse wherever possible, so in this 6th installment of my Windows 8: What I've Learned series, I'm going to share a tip on how you can essentially get some great features for your … more
In this, the 5th, installment of Windows 8, What I've learned, I'm going to share a single line of code that can make your search-enabled Windows Store app absolutely awesome! Start by enabling … more
My fellow evangelist Ed Donahue shows you the hex color codes: In my own projects I really like to have correct colors. With Windows 8 coming out, more and more of my projects are around Windows 8. … more
Now that the Windows 8 RTM version is available to MSDN Subscribers (and a 90-day trial version is available for non-subscribers), it's a good time to update your app to the RTM version of Visual … more
Yesterday, I posted about my practice of using the built in system image creation tools in Windows 7 and Windows 8 to create a backup of my system whenever I'm getting ready to upgrade. Now, if … more
Getting RTM Bits You've probably heard by now that for folks who are MSDN Subscribers, the RTM version(s) of Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 were made available for download today. Even better, for … more
In this, the third, post in my series "Windows 8: What I've learned," I'll share how the behavior of script loading and unloading in some Windows 8 Metro app templates require a different approach … more
I've been playing quite a bit over the last few days with the new Windows 8 Release Preview, as part of a special team project I'm working on with some of my fellow DEs. One of the areas I was … more
UPDATE: Since the technique below was for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, I wanted to share how you can accomplish this in the RTM release of Windows 8, from my reply to a commenter on the post: For … more
Today, I'm kicking off a new blog series, which I'm calling Windows 8: What I've Learned, or W8WIL for short. I've had the good fortune of spending some quality time with the Windows 8 Consumer … more
You can teach people a lot by writing about best practices. But sometimes, you can also teach by illustrating your own boneheaded moves that tripped you up. In other words, don't do what I did. Case … more
I am a fan of small changes that open up big opportunities. I'm also a fan of reuse, and leveraging code in multiple apps or scenarios. And those of you who've known or read my blog for any length of … more
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