Running Cordova Apps on Windows and Windows Phone 8.1 using Ionic, AngularJS, and other Frameworks

I just posted a version of the Ionic SideMenu Starter template for Cordova that is available on github. This version of the template is a project built with Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova. After struggling through a couple of issues to get everything working right, I thought I’d write a short post to help…

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Porting a Windows Store App using HTML to Cordova

Visual Studio recently released a preview for Multi-Device Hybrid Apps, that allows you to create Cordova apps in Visual Studio. Cordova is a cross-platform API and build toolset that provides access to native device APIs using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. If you’ve already created a Windows Store app using HTML and JavaScript, you can port…


Quick reference guide for .NET regular expressions

I don’t know about you, but I use regular expressions just enough to be dangerous. By that I mean that I don’t use regular expressions very often and so I often get them wrong. When I want to write a complex regex, I find myself consulting the docs extensively and/or using a regex validation tool…

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Universal apps – create JavaScript apps for Windows and Windows Phone

At Microsoft’s BUILD conference this week, platform and tool supporthas been made available for developers to build “universal apps”.Developers can now create a single solution that targets Windows 8.1 andWindows Phone 8.1 using shared code. You can do this using XAML with C#/VB/C++,or by using HTML and JavaScript. Being a JavaScript enthusiast, and also assigned…


Part III: 3D Chess game using HTML5 and CSS3 now available (Windows Store sample)

The 3D chess app is a hybrid HTML5 and CSS3 app. The board is animated using CSS3 perspective transforms and hardware-accelerated rotations. CSS3 animations are also used to add, move, capture, and remove chess pieces from the board. Board rotations render all chess pieces on an HTML5 <canvas> overlay, moving these animations off the UI…

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Now available: Weathr for Windows 8.1 (C++, DirectX, & XAML)

Looking to use C++ and DirectX to differentiate your Windows Store app? Check out Weathr for Windows 8.1! Here’s a 5-minute video tour of what the app does.   [View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qZ6X14JzMw]   This sample shows off tons of C++ and Windows 8.1 goodness, such as how to: combine C++, C++/CX, XAML, and DirectX. perform work in…

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Part II: Running Multiple CSS3 and HTML5 Animations (Windows Store, IE)

In part I of my exploration of CSS3 for building a casual game, I talked about dynamicallysetting the @keyframes rule using JavaScript. In this, more introductory, post, I’ll talk about some of the options for running animations, and provide some tips for starting animations and running multiple animations at the same time. The game I’m…


Part I: Using JavaScript to set @keyframes in CSS animations (Windows Store apps, IE)

I’m currently exploring the potential of CSS3 for casual game scenarios. For Windows Store apps in particular, CSS3 animations are enticing because you don’t have to worry about cross-browser compatibility or APIs that won’t work with older versions of Internet Explorer, since everything is IE 10+. Compatibility is one of the main reasons why proponents…


Access a Web service using the Hub template (Windows 8.1)

Visual Studio 2013 Preview includes a new project template for Windows 8.1 apps, the Hub App project template. Out of the box, the Hub template demonstrates an implementation of a hierarchical navigation pattern for Windows Store apps. To populate <img> elements, ListView controls, and text elements in the UI, the template uses two data models: (1)…