Walkthrough: Let’s build a control like that awesome new one in Windows 8.1.

If you are like me, then every time you get a new MSDN magazine, you flip to the advertisements first. There’s nothing cooler than looking to see what component and control vendors come up with and present as next-gen UI. I have my own ideas on UX, but I would be dishonest if I didn’t…

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Walkthrough: Reordering items in a GridView with Drag and Drop

So, you have some data showing in a GridView. You have ordered it programmatically. Now, you want to let the user reorder it, manually, by dragging and dropping GridView items anywhere they want. Is it easy? It sure is. GridView inherits from ListViewBase, which ultimately inherits from ItemsControl – the core repeater for the XAML…

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Walkthrough: Windows 8 Extended Splash Screen

So we have two real problems: If your app does not present a UI to the user in a given time, Windows 8 will assume your app is frozen and will terminate it. If your app does not present a UI to the user in a given time, the user will assume your app is…

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Horizontal Screen Breakpoints for Web Designers to Support

It’s difficult to create a site that looks great across browsers. The weaker web developers simply give up – supporting only a piece of the market, squandering opportunity for themselves or their customers.   But, now the ante is raised with responsive web design. Leveraging CSS media queries, developers rearrange content to accommodate the width…

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Binding to an ENUM in Windows 8

You create a Settings flyout for your app so users can configure their experience. Sometimes, your settings are based on a ENUM that you use throughout your app. But how do you bind to an ENUM in XAML? Our sample ENUM The first thing you should know is that you cannot really bind to a…

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Walkthough: Use XAML’s 3D PlaneProjection to Open a Window and See What’s Inside

Here we go again, down the fun road with XAML. This time, since it’s Christmastime, I’ll throw together a Christmas-themed demo for you! Of what fun it is to code in XAML and Expression Blend, hey! So in the video below I will use some awesome features of XAML. Here’s the list if you want…

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Walkthrough: Implementing SnapView in your Windows 8 App

There are four supported orientations in Windows 8. There is Full View, Snap View, Fill View and Portrait View. Each is important in the overall strategy of Windows 8. In order to get your app into the Windows Store, you must support the Full, Snap and Fill view. And to support them, XAML uses ViewStates…

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DevRadio: Developing your Windows 8 Apps using Visual C++

Abstract: Jerry Nixon welcomes Eric Battalio, Ayman Shoukry and Raman Sharma from the Visual C++ team as they discuss how you can develop Windows 8 apps using C++. Tune in as they provide best practices and reasons why you would want to use this language.

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DevRadio: You’re Coding from the Wrong End! Adventures in Advanced Data Modeling

This is a combined post of part 1, 2, and three especially united for my readers. in this episode I have a lot of fun with Buck Woody who has forgotten more about Data Modeling that most of us. Listen in and take a course with the professor. Abstract: Jerry Nixon welcomes Sr. Technology Specialist…

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