New project type has XAML forms by default

Xamarin has some great documentation. The article at [ https://developer.xamarin.com/guides/xamarin-forms/xaml/xaml-basics/getting_started_with_xaml/ ] shows how to get started with Xaml by using the Blank Xaml App ( Xamarin.Forms Portable ) template. The Blank Xaml App template sets up a project without any Xaml, just C# classes for creating a Xamarin Forms project. You must manually add a…

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Web Camps Winter 2015 East Coast Tour Announced

Note from the blog author: Web Camps are ramping up again and they’ve asked me to help get the word out. So the stock blurb is below. Peruse at your leisure and sign up for the nearest camp. The new release of ASP.NET and Web Tools for Visual Studio 2013 puts the power to build…

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November Connect(); Event Downloads Now Online

On November 12-13 Microsoft held a virtual event called Connect(); Topics were geared towards Visual Studio vNext and Azure. If you would like to view it over forty sessions are available online at https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Visual-Studio/Connect-event-2014  . During the sessions a fully integrated cross platform demo was shown. I’m happy to announce the assets (aka code) for…

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Azure Cloud DevCamps – Fall 2014

What: Azure Cloud DevCamp for Fall 2014 Where: Fort Lauderdale – October 29 Miami – November 18 Tampa – November 20 Other locations and addresses – see https://aka.ms/clouddevcamps Registration: https://aka.ms/clouddevcamps  Here’s your chance to roll up your sleeves and learn about the latest Microsoft Azure development tools and technologies. Join us at a Microsoft Cloud…

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Visual Studio 2014 CTP – Dev Eye for Azure Client VMs

The VS2014 CTP is was released in June 2014. Particularly exciting to me is the new Universal Apps with WinJS support. WinJS Universal Apps really aren’t called out in many other VS2014 CTP resources.  Quite a pleasant find! Other goodies include looks at Rosalyn compiler, ASP.NET vNext, C++ 11/14. More info on new features can…

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Unable to activate Windows Store app – Dev Eye for Azure Client VMs

SUMMARY As documented here [  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/devfish/archive/2014/05/19/visual-studio-wpf-app-in-win81-dev-eye-for-azure-client-vms.aspx ] I recently setup a Windows 8.1 with Visual Studio 2013 Client Virtual Machine in Windows Azure. The second thing I did after creating the VM ( creating a WPF app being first )execute Windows 8 app using Visual Studio inside the cloud. After a successful build and install,…

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Visual Studio WPF App in Win81 – Dev Eye for Azure Client VMs

I spend a great deal of time with devs and Windows Store App development. Strangely, not all devs at my sessions (who are learning about Win8 dev) are able to go to Windows 8 at this time. Yet the devs still want to build apps for Windows Store (aka Windows 8.1) for publishinging. At TechEd…

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"Remove Mapping" hassles in TFSPreview

I’m happily crunching away on my new machine setting up Visual Studio and such. I’ve mappped in a workspace using TFSPreview to my c:\dev drive. Somehow I accidentally wind up with a second mapping to my c:\dev drive. Attempting to pull down any files results in the following wonderful error message: In Source Control Explorer,…

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What the Hyper-V? WP8 SDK Emulator and Hyper-V Insights

As I noted in an earlier post [  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/devfish/archive/2012/11/06/are-you-slat-compatible-wp8-sdk-tip-01.aspx ], the Windows Phone 8 emulator requires Hyper-V if you wish to work against the emulator.  So what’s going on under the hood?  Let’s take a peek at some of the Hyper-V points going on with Windows 8 and Hyper-V. The Windows Phone 8 SDK ships…

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HOW TO: CREATE YOUR FIRST XNA/MONOGAME FRAMEWORK APPLICATION FOR WINDOWS 8 METRO [ported]

Many people were quite annoyed by the decision to not ship XNA as part of the Windows Metro Development space for Windows 8. The MonoGame project has stepped in and is building a cross-platform game solutions for XNA.  Note that MonoGame is still under development, and you may hit some things that don’t work.  I’m…

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