Make it snow with XAML

XAML is a very flexible technology platform. This time of year, some of the nicest things you can do is release apps that contain the character of the season. Since I am in Colorado, a lot of that character surrounds the weather. Snow is an easy ambiance to add to any XAML app. In this…

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Decorate your tree with XAML.

Next week is Christmas. I know most of you are scrambling to find the perfect gift for that special someone. Here’s an idea: a custom app built just for her. What could she love more than vector-based graphics on a touch screen? How she’ll remember this year and bring it up again and again, reminding…

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The two ways to handle orientation in your Windows 8.1 app

Ah, elegance. Handling orientation basically means adjusting your app to account for real estate changes when the user pivots their device from Landscape to Portrait, or when the user adjusts your app’s width. In Windows 8.0, there were four possible orientations: FullView (1366×768), FillView (1024×768), SnapView (320×768), and Portrait (768×1366). In Windows 8.1 there are…

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Over $100 million available to purchase Windows apps this holiday

Like most retailers, the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store see a spike in shopping activity around the holidays. Last year holiday sales of paid apps grew 40% over baseline, and we expect an even more robust Holiday 2013 due to an even larger base of Windows and Windows Phone users with more ways to…

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XAML: How to add ItemsSource to the Windows 8.1 MenuFlyout

With Windows 8.0, Flyout options for developers were constrained to 1) custom development to get what you wanted or 2) using my Settings and Flyout helpers to shortcut the custom work, or using Tim’s Callisto Flyout to do it for you. They all worked, but none was ideal. With Windows 8.1 there are several new…

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Students can make real cash this holiday season on Windows 8.

Introducing the Windows 8 Holiday App Challenge! Build an App Build your Windows 8 App and publish it to the Windows Store. Submit the app link HERE to be eligible to win a $50 gift card. Promote the App Promote your app and get 100 downloads. Find tips and tricks on how to promote your…

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Windows 8.1: How to use Visual States in your XAML App

There’s no question that XAML’s résumé has a few items in bold. It’s ability to data bind sets it apart from any other technology. It ubiquity across the Microsoft portfolio of products establishes it as the go-to for developers. But, perhaps it is visual states in XAML that ironically provide developers with remarkable capabilities, and…

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3 inevitable things; a glimpse into the future of our industry

In our industry, the future is uncertain. As technology gets more complex, employment seems assured. But as technology gets more complex, perhaps a unified theory of technology will emerge, wiping away the need for keyboard monkeys pounding out apps. It’s just uncertain. But in the short-term, there are three inevitable things. And, here they are….

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Everything I know ‘bout Behaviors in Blend for Visual Studio 2013

When Visual Studio 2012 was released, it supported a new way of building apps – Windows Store apps using the Windows Runtime. These apps could be built in XAML, of course. But, unlike previous Microsoft developer tooling, Expression Blend was not shipped separately; it was moved out of the Expression Suite (which was discontinued), and…

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My XAML Contribution to the Star Trek Universe

After several painstaking minutes, I was able to create a fully-vectored rendition of the Star Trek 2009 Enterprise as rendered by Alain Rivard. It’s a beautiful image and mine is a close approximation. Anyway, I wanted to have something complex to put into my new Windows 8.1 hub template without having to include an image…

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