Tag Archive | coding

//build/ Conference is coming again! To San Francisco, in June.

http://www.buildwindows.com/

Registration opens at 09:00am PDT, April 2, 2013
Early bird (first 500): $1,595 // Full: $2,095

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Make sure to visit the website.

It’s simply spectacular.

Coding4Fun Toolkit v2 http://coding4fun.codeplex.com released! New items and the start of Windows Store support! The same XAML / APIs will work against either platform.

The Coding4Fun toolkit is a set of API wrappers and XAML UI controls for building Windows 8 & Windows Phone apps.  Keeping with a Coding4Fun tradition of making hard things simple, complex APIs are as simple as Start and Stop and controls all have a system-level polish to them.  The new version’s target was to give same API/Control works against Windows Store and Windows Phone applications.  Write once, deploy anywhere.

Download from http://coding4fun.codeplex.com/

I have used the toolkit myself for my Sphero Control app. http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=35cd9766-6888-4bfa-b515-13ed5fc9fed5

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Varous Color Picker controls for Windows Phone 8 and for Windows 8.

Windows 8 & Windows Phone Cross Platform Development Resources

With development of apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 getting much closer but still not being the same, there are some good resources out there in regards to creating projects that share a maximum amount of code between the two platforms.

The cornerstone of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 cross platform development are portable class libraries and MVVM pattern that help separate UI and logic.

The main area on the topic on MSDN including articles and code samples is here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/jj714089(v=vs.105).aspx

There is also a section on the “Microsoft Virtual Academy” called “Building Apps for Windows Phone 8”  https://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/tracks/building-apps-for-windows-phone-8-jump-start that has a Module (#19) on this.

You can sign up to the Microsoft Virtual Academy for free using any Microsoft ID.

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Furthermore, the following sessions on the topic were presented at the Build conference last fall in Seattle:

“How to Leverage your Code across WP8 and Windows 8”: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2012/3-043

Link provided by Stuart Lodge: “Create Cross-platform Apps using Portable Class Libraries”: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2012/3-004

Happy coding (and code reusing)!

modern.IE launches with two great offers for web developers.

The http://modern.ie site has launched today and has two real gems in stock for web developers.

 

First, an online suite of tools that scan your website and give you feedback on common compatibility problems.

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Second, modern.IE offers a free 3 month subscription to BrowserStack.com, hosted and locally managed virtualization that can help provide quick access to a large number of browsers and operating systems for you to test your site against.

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Git support coming to Visual Studio 2012 and Git hosting to Team Foundation Server/Service.

Brian Harry has just announced Git support in Visual Studio 2012 coming as a VSIX plugin for the Visual Studio 2012 Update 2.

  • You can get a good overview of how to get started (including all the download links) by reading this tutorial.
  • Watch this video for a 10 minute walk-through.
  • Also you can read the news and the Learn content on the Team Foundation Service welcome portal.
  • Team Foundation Service – As of today you can host Git repos in TFService projects.  It is “shipping” now and ready for use.  We still have lots more capabilities to add but it’s ready to use for real.
  • Team Foundation Server – Our plan is to include Git support in the next major release of TFS.  No date has yet been announced.
  • Visual Studio 2012 support – We provided a VSIX today.  It is a “community technology preview” of the Git VSIX on top of a “community technology preview” of VS 2012 Update 2 (VS2012.2).  We’re very pleased with the performance/stability of it but it is not yet officially “go-live”.  You are welcome to try it out but it is a preview release for evaluation, so be aware that there may be issues.  We’ll be releasing updates about every 3 weeks and you should expect it to converge fairly quickly.  I don’t know at this time when it will “RTM” but I expect it to have a “go-live” designation before too long.
  • Visual Studio V.Next – Our Git plugin will be integrated into all editions of Visual Studio V.Next (including Express) and will appear in the various pre-releases and RTM.
  • Older versions of VS & TFS – At this time, we are not planning to include Git integration in older versions of VS or TFS.

Windows Phone SDK update adds Windows Phone 7.8 Emulator and features

Available today, the Windows Phone SDK Update for Windows Phone 7.8 is an optional update that adds two new Windows Phone 7.8 emulator images to your existing SDK installation. These two emulator images should enable you to fully test how your Windows Phone 7.5 app’s Live Tiles will look and behave when they are run on a device running Windows Phone 7.8.

The SDK update requires an existing installation of the Windows Phone SDK:

If you have both the Windows Phone SDK 8.0 and Windows Phone SDK 7.1 installed on the same computer, both SDKs will be updated.

If you have a Windows Phone 7.5 app in the Marketplace, it is highly recommend downloading the Windows Phone SDK Update for Windows Phone 7.8 today and starting to experiment by using the new tile options in your app.

Innovation going wild at Nokia: 3D-printing Development Kit released that allows users to create custom Lumia 820 backplates.

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Just announced in the Nokia Conversations blog.

In short: Nokia is releasing 3D templates, case specs, recommended materials and best practices—everything someone versed in 3D printing needs to print their own custom Lumia 820 case. Nokia refers to these files and documents collectively as a 3D-printing Development Kit, or 3DK for short.

They can be found here, here and here.

An I so swore to resist the temptation to buy a 3D printer…