Creating a simple “Tile” button in HTML/CSS and as an ASP.NET MVC HtmlHelper

If you have worked with SharePoint 2013, you may have noticed a “tile” button. Something that looks like this: Normal State On mouse over (hover)      This looks good (at least to me) and I wanted to find a simple way to create such a button. I’m mainly a XAML guy, and can create something…

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How are shortcuts created and managed on the Windows 8 Start screen?

To summarize: Shortcuts can be created on the Windows 8 Start screen by creating a folder in “C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs” Multiple shortcuts to the same exe or app with the same AppId results in only one shortcut on the Start screen, based on its name in alphanumeric ascending order. Windows remembers the pinned/unpinned status (including the…

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Better control(s) with Visual State Manager

We had talked about Visual States very briefly when we were discussing how we handle different views and orientation in a Windows Store App. Let’s go a step further and understand the concept of Visual States and how we can leverage this to create better styles for the existing controls. To understand why this is…

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