Silverlight Show: Connecting Windows 8 applications with services: Part 1: Using services to get data in our Windows 8 applications

Windows 8’s biggest novelty is without a doubt “Apps”. Microsoft is entering the world of apps and is for the first time introducing a “real marketplace”, named the Windows 8 Store where developers can publish, market and sell their applications. This new (for Microsoft developers at least) way of working requires in many views a…

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Recording of Part 1 of the Webinar ‘Advanced Windows 8 Metro’ by Gill Cleeren

Watch a recording of Part 1 of the webinar ‘Advanced Windows 8 Metro’ delivered by Silverlight MVP Gill Cleeren on July 18th, 2012. Download the slides (.ppt/.pptx) | Get the demos Join part 2 next Wednesday, July 25 at 10 am PST. Webinar summary: Windows 8 is just around the corner! As developers, we need…

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Windows 8 Metro Apps: The 8 Must-Know Tricks! Day 2

This is Day # 2 in the Windows 8 development article series on common tips & tricks towards developing real-world Metro apps.  Over the next several weeks, you’ll see 8 articles talk about some must-do things for Windows 8 Metro app developers. Simple & to the point, with some code examples on XAML/C# stack. Here’s…

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Windows 8 Metro Apps: The 8 Must-Know Tricks! Day 1

You’re at a chic coffee shop or on a plane.  Just like everyone around you, you have a tablet. Watch a movie, play a game, do the social stuff. And then while everyone starts getting bored, you flip part of your tablet and out comes a thin keyboard. May be you are also carrying your…

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Windows 8 Metro: Improve GridView and ListView with SemanticZoom and Incremental Loading

In the previous article from this series I’ve explored the main controls that support the new user experience in metro style applications. GridView, ListView and FlipView are a big help to fully embrace the metro-styled experience and having a deep knowledge about their features is important to develop effective applications. In this number I would…

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Windows 8 Metro: Asynchrony made easy

After the birth of Silverlight the developers have had to deal with asynchronous programming much more than before. The responsiveness of the user interface has always been an important matter and asynchronous programming has been the right response also before than Silverlight, in Windows Forms and WPF. But for the first time, Silverlight made a…

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Windows 8 Metro: Something about application lifecycle

Also if currently you are probably running Windows 8 on a virtual machine or luckily on a computer, there is not any doubt that this new operating system and especially the metro-style interface is dedicated to touch enabled devices like tablets. The plans of Microsoft infact include the new WOA keywork where the acronym stands…

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Windows 8 and the future of XAML Part 6: Tiles, toasts and badges

Welcome to part 6 already in this Windows 8 series. Since the goal of this articles is bringing you in touch with all the important aspects of Windows 8 development, we need to dive into tiles. Tiles are therefore the main topic of this very article. If you’re coming from a Windows Phone 7 background,…

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