Supporting background audio in your Windows 8.1 app

I’m still working away on my latest Windows App Store app, and one of the features I wanted to make sure to support was background audio: that is, I wanted the app to still play music when it was snapped to the side of the screen, or even pushed to the back when another app…

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More on ListBoxes: Using databinding to control appearance

In a previous blog posting, I discussed how I used a XAML ListBox to create a control rather like an iOS UITableView. In this installment, I’m going to expand upon that a little and explain how you can change the appearance of individual items in the list. In iOS development, you usually get data into a UITableView…

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Moving data around your C# app, and the potential perils of async

One thing that I think can be a little tricky when writing apps is how to manage how your app’s data as it moves around between its various components. For example, I was working on an app that tracks “tasks” (you know: feed the cat, remember to wear pants etc.) and I designed it to have…

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Dell Venue Pro 8

After the disappointment that was the Acer 8″ Windows 8 Iconia W3 (but they’re back with the W4!) and a distinct lack of Surface Mini I didn’t have much hope for smaller tablets in the near future. And then seemingly out of nowhere, Dell introduces the Venue Pro 8. Not only is this a tablet…

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