Book Review : Getting Started with Windows 8 Apps

I picked up the “Getting Started with Windows 8 Apps” by Ben Dewey recently, as part of the O’Reilly Blogger Review Program  and wanted to provide a quick review of the book here. The book is primarily targeted at existing .NET developers who want to jumpstart their sojourn with building Windows 8 apps. The author…

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Binding WebView directly to Html Content using C++ /CX

This post is inspired by Tim Heuer’s Html Source extension property that uses the WebView’s NavigateToString method to bind webview directly to Html Content. Tim’s code is written using C#. I wanted a C++ version of the same for one of my sample projects and here it is. Feel free to use it in your…

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C++ Windows Store apps and Windows Azure Mobile Services

I had promised earlier that I will blog about using C++ /CX and Windows Azure Mobile Services to develop Windows Store apps. Today is the big day Before you begin In order to successfully build Metro-style apps that communicate with Windows Azure Mobile Services, you should obtain the Mobile Services SDK from http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/mobile/tutorials/create-a-windows-azure-account. Creating a…

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Learning C++ /CX with a console app

Most of the samples on MSDN and the project templates that ship with Visual Studio 2012 contain a lot of generated code and it is easy to get lost. If you want a simple project template that allows you to code “Hello World” style code samples and learn the language, then this project template is…

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The power and flexibility of C++ or why you should write C++ apps for Windows 8 and beyond :-)

Last Friday, the C++ team in Redmond released source code for “Project Austin” a skunk works project that is essentially a note taking app. Check out the team’s announcement blog here. This app is one great example of the power of C++ allowing you to code in a largely ISO-C++ code base and then interface…

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The book is complete and is off for final reviews

I just wanted to share a quick update on the status of “Programming Windows 8 Apps using Microsoft Visual C++”. As of today, I have completed the content and samples of the 6 chapters that comprise the book. For first timers, here is the list of chapters in the book. I have sent the final…

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Registration now available for the Bengaluru Developer AppFest

Head over to http://www.microsoft.com/india/events/win8appfest/ and register quickly. If you have a cool idea that can be categorized into one of the 20 that are listed on the event page, please do sign up. There will be plenty of opportunities to talk to folks from Microsoft, meet other folks from the industry, network, learn, have fun and…

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Windows Azure Mobile Services is now available

If you want to connect a scalable cloud backend for your Windows 8 Apps, check out the just announced Windows Azure Mobile Services. Here are some useful links to get started: 1. http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/mobile/ 2. http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2012/08/28/announcing-windows-azure-mobile-services.aspx 3. https://channel9.msdn.com/posts/Introduction-to-Windows-Azure-Mobile-Services You can sign up for for the free trial or add Mobile Services preview to your existing subscription….

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Wanna be part of the world’s largest AppFest?

I will be traveling to Bangalore and will be present at the event which will be conducted on Sep 21-22, 2012. Bring forth your ideas, coding and design skills, learn to develop Windows 8 Apps, have fun and get a chance to network with your peers from the industry. More details at http://www.microsoft.com/india/meetmyapp/ -Sridhar

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Release Preview edition of Programming Windows, 6th Edition is now available

The 6th Edition of Programming Windows, updated for the Release Preview of Windows 8 is now available. Here are useful links, both for procuring the book as well as the companion content. Release Preview edition of Programming Windows, Sixth Edition available tomorrow Update on companion content for Release Preview edition of Programming Windows, Sixth Edition…

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