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)…


Windows Store tiles and logos done right

Tiles are the most important piece of art your Windows Store app has, so you should get them right. Note that this post is just about basic, static tiles, not the dynamic ones. Here are the principles: Do not ship a lame tile. Supply a Wide Logo (again, if your art is not lame) Get…

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Making money with my Windows Store and phone games

So I made a few simple text adventure games for Windows Store and Windows Phone (see this post) and now I want to make some dead presidents, moolah, fat stacks, greenbacks, etc. off my hard work. As someone who lives in a country that has more names for money than Eskimos have words for snow, I, being a…

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Creating a Line-of-business app in .NET? Enterprise Library recently updated

If you want to kick the re-usability and overall sophistication of your LOB .NET app (including Windows Store) up a notch, consider the Enterprise Library from Microsoft’s Patterns and Practices team. They recently launched an update that you can read about here: Enterprise Library.   I’ll steal P&P’s blurb about it: The Microsoft Enterprise Library is…

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Windows Store versus Google Play

Related to the subject of making money with Windows 8 apps, is a comparison with Google Play (main outlet for Android apps), mostly around how each store compares in terms of making money. Jennifer Marsman did a lot of research putting this together: Comparison of Windows Store vs. Google Play.

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