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

Quick Hits Issue #5: Resources for App Developers and User Groups

In this issue, I’ve got some great resources for app developers, as well as for user groups: Get up to Speed on HTML, CSS3, and JavaScript If you’ve done some web development, but want to kick your skills up a notch, check out Learn HTML5 with JavaScript & CSS3 Jump Start Training, a course from … Continue reading Quick Hits Issue #5: Resources for App Developers and User Groups

Building Back-end Data and Services for Windows 8 Apps: OData – Part 2

In part 1 of this post, I showed how to create a SQL database in Windows Azure, create a schema for adding leaderboard functionality to a game, create an Entity Framework model for the database, and then create and test a WCF Data Service on top of the model that provides a rich REST-style interaction … Continue reading Building Back-end Data and Services for Windows 8 Apps: OData – Part 2

W8WIL #7: Uniquely Identifying Items in the Grid App JS Template

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 start the development of my Windows Store app, Community Megaphone, I used the Grid App JavaScript template, shown below:

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

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…

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

Microsoft DevRadio: Developing a RockPaperAzure Windows 8 app

Abstract: In today’s episode Developer Evangelists Andrew Duthie, Brian Hitney and Peter Laudati recap the “Rock, Paper, Azure” – (#BeatTheGu) challenge from this year’s TechEd as well as how they built a Windows 8 App for the competition. Tune in for this lessons learned session on what considerations and features Andrew took into the design … Continue reading Microsoft DevRadio: Developing a RockPaperAzure Windows 8 app

Exploring HTML5 Canvas: Part 6 – Managing Animated Shapes

[This is part 6 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 6 – Managing Animated Shapes

Databinding in Windows 8 JavaScript Metro style Apps

[ NOTE: This post was written using the Visual Studio 11 beta and Windows 8 Consumer Preview…as with any pre-release software, the code and concepts are subject to change in future versions ] One of the nice features of the new JavaScript Windows Metro style app templates in the Visual Studio 11 beta is that … Continue reading Databinding in Windows 8 JavaScript Metro style Apps