Slides and Workbooks for 10/19 Game Dev Workshop

My thanks to all the folks who attended today’s Windows Game Development Workshop, and particularly for the folks who stuck around for hands-on fun with building games with Construct 2. I’ve uploaded the slides and workbooks from the workshop to our Github WinGameKits hub. The slides and workbooks have all the links you need to … Continue reading Slides and Workbooks for 10/19 Game Dev Workshop

Building Back-end Data and Services for Windows 8 Apps: Authentication Tips and Tricks

In previous installments of this series, I’ve shown how you can quickly create REST-based services accessible via HTTP that allow you to easily store and retrieve data in a Windows Store app, using several different approaches including WCF Data Services, ASP.NET Web API, and the new Windows Azure Mobile Services. You can read all of … Continue reading Building Back-end Data and Services for Windows 8 Apps: Authentication Tips and Tricks

Windows Store App Template to Live Data in 3 Easy Steps

One of the things that I like about building Windows Store apps using Visual Studio 2012 is the availability of several rich and useful templates. One of my favorites is the Grid App template, which demonstrates how to build an app with a hub page listing grouped items in a ListView control, a group details … Continue reading Windows Store App Template to Live Data in 3 Easy Steps

Building Back-end Data and Services for Windows 8 Apps: Adding Authentication

In previous installments of this series, I’ve shown how you can quickly create REST-based services accessible via HTTP that allow you to easily store and retrieve data in a Windows Store app, using several different approaches including WCF Data Services, ASP.NET Web API, and the new Windows Azure Mobile Services. You can read all of … Continue reading Building Back-end Data and Services for Windows 8 Apps: Adding Authentication

Building Back-end Data and Services for Windows 8 Apps: Adding Push Notifications

In previous installments of this series, I’ve shown how you can quickly create REST-based services accessible via HTTP that allow you to easily store and retrieve data in a Windows Store app, using several different approaches including WCF Data Services, ASP.NET Web API, and the new Windows Azure Mobile Services. You can read all of … Continue reading Building Back-end Data and Services for Windows 8 Apps: Adding Push Notifications

Windows Store apps and 3rd-party JavaScript Libraries

If you’ve attended one of my talks on building Windows Store apps with HTML5 and JavaScript, you’ve heard me say that although the default for our app templates is to use the WinJS library for providing rich databinding, controls, and a great look and feel that makes your app fit into the Windows store ecosystem, … Continue reading Windows Store apps and 3rd-party JavaScript Libraries

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