Overcoming the New Visual Studio UI

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In a blog post last week, Monty Hammontree, the Director of User Experience for Visual Studio, announced the UI refresh for Visual Studio. This is a project that I had some involvement in (mostly as a reviewer) while still at Microsoft, and have been waiting patiently for this announcement so that I could talk about […]

Data Snacking Metro Style: Part 1 Working with Web APIs

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In a previous post I discussed the five different types of Metro style apps that are relevant for Windows 8. In this series I will walk you through building a basic data-snacking application. Topics Covered Windows 8 Metro apps HTML & JavaScript Metro apps Using data from Web APIs Asynchronous calls JavaScript Promises ListView UI […]

Language Choice in Windows 8 is Not About Portability

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Every time I go to talk to folks about Windows 8, the same questions pop up. I blame this largely on Microsoft’s silence about Windows 8 following the release of a tidal wave of information followed by the Windows 8 Developer Preview at Build in September. C’est la vie. This too shall pass. One of […]

There is a need for only five Metro style apps in the world.

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Over the past week I have spent some time playing with Windows 8 and the Samsung Windows 8 Developer Preview Device (SW8DPD). If you’ve spent any time lurking around the Start page or trying out the Metro apps you’ve likely come to the same conclusion I have. There are only five (5) Metro style application […]

I know what you’re thinking, and you’re wrong.

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Its day 2 of the Microsoft Build conference, and if you’ve been keeping up with the hype you are probably thinking that you need to throw away that WPF or Silverlight app you’re building and start fresh with HTML5 or this new XAML that is the future. If that is what you are thinking, you […]