W8WIL #8: Creating Your Store Logo

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 it. The default logo included with the Visual Studio project templates is intended to look … Continue reading W8WIL #8: Creating Your Store Logo

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:

W8WIL #6: Leverage the Maps app for location-based features

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 app, with very little effort, by leveraging an app that ships with every copy of Windows 8. … Continue reading W8WIL #6: Leverage the Maps app for location-based features

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

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

W8WIL #3: Timers using setTimeout in a Windows 8 app

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 to using setTimeout for timers. Background I recently had the opportunity to spend some more quality time with the Visual Studio … Continue reading W8WIL #3: Timers using setTimeout in a Windows 8 app

W8WIL #2: Declaratively Specifying an ItemTemplate in a Fragment

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 working on is doing some simple databinding using a ListView control in a JavaScript Metro … Continue reading W8WIL #2: Declaratively Specifying an ItemTemplate in a Fragment

W8WIL #1: Friendly Names for AppBar Icons

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 Preview release, and there are plenty of little things that can make your life easier as a developer, and I’ll … Continue reading W8WIL #1: Friendly Names for AppBar Icons