Windows 8 Introduction to XAML – Part 4

Hi All, I can’t believe it is here, the fourth and final part of this series.  After completing this part, you will be not only competent and functional at doing Animations, but you will have completed all 4 parts and be well on your way to being a great developer utilizing XAML. Easier in Blend…

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Windows 8 Introduction to XAML – Part 3

Hello All, Welcome to Windows 8, Introduction to XAML – Part 3.  In the last 2 parts we covered the Blank Application, Layout, Controls, Content and some code behind.  In this part I will delve a little deeper into Styles and Resources. Styles So what are Styles?  Styles are a set of properties and attributes…

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Intro to XAML Part 2 – Challenge Solution

Hi All, So this is a solution to the challenge from Windows 8 Introduction to Xaml – Part 2.  Hopefully you were all able to get it in some fashion.  What I am posting below is just a single answer to the problem.  I would not recommend using this solution as a basis for how…

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Windows 8 Introduction to XAML – Part 2

Hi All, To start, lets recap what was covered in Part 1.  In Part 1, we discussed what you get out of the box in the Blank App Template from a XAML standpoint.  This included MainPage.xaml, App.xaml, and StandardStyles.xaml as well as how they interact together through extensions.  In this part of the series I…

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Windows 8 Introduction to XAML – part 1

Hi All, This particular blog article series aims to get readers understanding XAML on a functional level.  The primary focus will be Layout, Content, Control, Styling, Animation, Resources, a little theory and some code behind.  The assumption I am making of my readers is that you know how to open Visual Studio, create a project and navigate…

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Functioning with Tasks, Async, Await and the Core Dispatcher

Hi All,  This Blog article is written for the explicitly purpose of getting functional with Tasks, Async, Await and the Dispatcher.  It will discuss the basics as well as a few more advanced scenarios.  It is not intended in anyway to provide in depth knowledge on any of these topics, it is purely a How-To…

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Beginning Azure – Part 1 Introduction and Architecture

Hi All, So I have been experimenting with a few new technologies lately, and my latest endevour has been to play with Azure.  My initial thoughts on Azure was, “well sure, its a Server in some location with IIS, should be simple write a WCF Service and access it just as normal”.  Well that was…

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Beginning Azure – Part 2 Initializing Storage And the WCF Role.

Hi All, Alright, so lets start digging into some code and explanation as to what is going on here and why we are doing some things.  Also I will point out pitfalls and difficult to find problems that you will probably run into.  Feel free to post more comments regarding any questions or problems that…

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Quick and Dirty Linq to XML

Hi All, So this is a topic that I personally found semi difficult to find some good documentation AND explanation on.  The goal here is to provide a single sample of Linq to XML and a peice by peice explanation of it.  Lets first start off with, Why?  Well parsing xml can be a painful…

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