W8WIL #5: Bringing the Awesome in Search

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 Search For starters, if you haven’t enabled the Search contract in your app, you probably should. Unless your app is a game … Continue reading W8WIL #5: Bringing the Awesome in Search

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Windows 8 Game Development…

…but didn’t know to ask. OK, perhaps not everything…but certainly all the options for developing great games on Windows 8. Bob Familiar, who manages some of my fellow Technical Evangelists on our East Region team, managed to find time between updating SharePoint and emailing Excel files to do some really thorough research on the state … Continue reading Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Windows 8 Game Development…

W8WIL #4: Pinch-to-Zoom and Rotate in the Simulator

As most of you may have figured out, I’ve been doing a fair amount of Windows 8 development over the last year or so, much of it focused on HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript apps. In this 3rd (whoops! It’s the 4th, not 3rd) installment of my Windows 8: What I’ve Learned series, I’ll share some … Continue reading W8WIL #4: Pinch-to-Zoom and Rotate in the Simulator

Exploring HTML5 Canvas: Part 7 – Optimizing Animations

[This is part 7 of an ongoing series of posts examining the HTML5 Canvas element. In Part 1 of this series, I introduced Canvas and prepared a template to make further explorations a bit simpler, and also introduced JsFiddle, a neat tool for experimenting with and sharing web code. In Part 2, I demonstrated the … Continue reading Exploring HTML5 Canvas: Part 7 – Optimizing Animations

Building Data and Services for Windows 8 Apps

Introduction In this post, I’m going to kick off a series in which I’ll walk through the creation of a back-end service for a Windows 8 app. This first post will provide an overview of the series, and introduce a couple of potential technologies you can use to build your back-end services. The Challenge As … Continue reading Building Data and Services for Windows 8 Apps

Want to Match Windows 8 Colors in Your HTML?

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. I’m not much of a designer, but sometimes I like to play pretend. I was able to grab … Continue reading Want to Match Windows 8 Colors in Your HTML?

Microsoft DevRadio: Reasons Why You Should Develop a Windows 8 App

I’m pleased to announce the availability of my next episode of Microsoft DevRadio, in which I talk to my fellow Technical Evangelist Jennifer Marsman about the top reasons for developing applications for Windows 8. From market potential and size, optimized discovery, flexible and money making opportunities, as well as free tools and guidance— there’s no … Continue reading Microsoft DevRadio: Reasons Why You Should Develop a Windows 8 App