Silverlight game loop – revisited for Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 RTM

I finally found the code I created when I ported Mike Snow’s Silverlight snowflake “game” into a Windows 8 C#/XAML “game.”   See (Yes I had checked my Release Preview-based code into Team Foundation Service, but I couldn’t remember which project I’d put it in. And I’ve rebuilt all my machines onto RTM bits, so…


Porting a simple Silverlight game loop to Windows 8 Metro style

The other evening I went on the hunt for a XAML/C#-based example of a game loop. I ran into a couple of OLD blog posts by Mike Snow. Naturally it caught my eye, simply because of his last name. In his posts he described game loop based on Silverlight 2. OK. Silverlight uses XAML, and…


Windows 8 Dev Camp materials now available

The slides and hands-on labs materials (both JavaScript and C#) are now available for download. Trot on over to Happy Windows 8 developing! –bliz (@snowstormlife)


Curious about how to get your app into the Windows Store?

My Orlando Windows 8 Dev Camp co-presenter, Dave Isbitski, has written an excellent post about it. Bottom line, today you need an invite “token” to register. So how do you get one? Take a look a Dave’s post. –bliz


Metro Accelerator Labs – Speeding Your App Development

Yesterday I blogged about the live webcast series on Windows 8 Metro style development that’s currently underway. Today I want to make sure you’re aware that we have a Metro Accelerator Lab coming up at the end of May here in Tampa. Joe Healy and I are looking forward to seeing you there. Oh, by…


Can’t make it to a Windows 8 Dev Camp?

. . . But wish you could? You’re in luck! Microsoft is going to be delivering the content via webcasts, beginning TODAY (May 14) at 11:30 AM Eastern. Too late for today’s session. Here is the session list via Jamie. Good lunchtime feasting! (for Eastern Time Zone anyway) [UPDATE: Webcast recordings are being made available. Please see…


Developer, do your Windows 8 Metro style tiles look like this?

Have all the Metro style apps and samples that you’ve created all gotten a disease of little X’s in the lower right corner of every tile, like an outbreak of the chicken pox? What the …? And if you try to launch one of the apps you created, do you see this screen? “Store     Your…


World-class Windows 8 Metro style apps wanted

Do you have what it takes to create a world-class Metro style app? Would you like to have your app available in the Windows store on “Day 0”? If you do and you live in Florida, shoot an email to me ( or Joe Healy ( If you don’t live in Florida and don’t know…


Simple camera capture in Window 8 Metro style application

During one of my sessions from the Windows 8 Developer Camp I talked about how easy it is for current .NET developers to write Windows 8 Metro style apps. One slide in particular showed how easy it is to interact with devices, etc., through the Windows Runtime in Windows 8 as compared to how difficult…


A must-read blog post on deploying Metro style Windows 8 apps to businesses

The Windows Store blog has an important post on deploying Metro style Windows 8 apps to businesses. Very much worth reading – twice. From the blog post: When it comes to building a Metro style app for business users, the first thing you should consider—whether you are a developer or an IT admin—is how you’ll…