Implementing the share contract in my Windows 8 App

So I’ve blogged already about my first Windows 8 app and how I got the background task to update my live tiles. But for me one of the coolest things about Windows 8 App development is how amazingly easy it is to integrate with other apps. Some things which would have potentially taken some considerable time to…

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Creating a background task for a Windows 8 app

My first Windows 8 app has a “Live Tile”. To update this live tile I have a background task. The scenario is as follows: My app “Irish Tides” pulls tide height and time prediction values back from a website. The user can chose between 130 different ports around the Irish coast. It gets values for the next 7…

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Scraping text from web pages

We’ve all written some html over the years (ok, in my case not so much), and maybe we all have our own standards, and most likely our standards differ. My test automation had to crawl through a product which is in effect a fairly large website, capturing all the different screens and the html behind…

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Removing duplicate screenshot images

Readers of some of my other posts will have gathered by now that my day job involves work on a large test automation harness. Some may also know that that my current project involves the saving of screenshots and their respective html during test case execution. It also involves the use of those screenshots and data in various…

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Building a searchable compiled help file

Working in test automation sometimes involves more than just working towards good infrastructure, harnesses and cases. I have produced a side product (by-product?) recently which allows translators to see the screens associated with new features and search for the text they need to translate. So they can see the text in the working product, and hopefully…

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CareerZoo 22nd September – links

I’m giving/gave (depending on when you read this) a short talk on building apps (mainly WP7, little bit of Win8) at the Career Zoo event in Dublin on 22nd September (http://careerzoo.ie). On the deck I use there are a number of links listed. Instead of either distributing printed sheets, or even just expecting folk to write them down…

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Managing multiple changelists/check-ins in Source depot with help from Excel

I’ve been working on some changes which involve both the additon of new projects as well as changes to some of the base layer projects in the depot. When it came to check-in time I discovered that the check-in automation and testing ran things in an order which required splitting my check-in into at least…

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Windows Phone 7: Dynamically adding an Rss feed per panorama page

My first WP7 app was a little Rss reader for one of my favourite news sites. It’s quite easy to learn how to consume Rss feeds in a WP7 app. A quick search will throw up numerous samples including those on msdn (https://dev.windowsphone.com/en-us/home). So I got as far as consuming feeds and displaying the titles, associated…

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Updating an entity’s related entity set

The problem: I had an issue with entity updates from a CRM solution. I have a plug-in with a step registered on the Update event, fired by a jscript call to Save(). This allows me to trigger the plug-in manually with my own button. The feature requirement is to update not the current record, but…

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Resolving/deactivating entities in a CRM based job or bug tracking system

I have a prototype job tracking system based on CRM 2011. I’ve used job tracking systems and bugbases where reporting is a low point, but here we get the power of CRM reporting, dashboards and views; users are free to design their own private views and dashboards and of course they can also use the…

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