Came across an excellent resource for Windows Store app development that goes over the app features from start to finish.

This start-to-finish series helps you add features to your app to engage your customers and to create the kind of experiences that draws people in and delight them. Each guide walks you through building an app from scratch to app certification. Start with a basic flat or hierarchical app and add features from there!

List of app features lists on the site are:

  • Flat navigation
  • Hierarchical navigation
  • App UI basics
  • App state
  • File handling
  • User interaction
  • User interaction customization
  • Media playback
  • Geofencing

Each of these features includes both an HTML and XAML guide. Check it out.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/dn263202.aspx

Enjoy!

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Came across a great post on the Windows App Builder Blog for creating Windows Store apps.

Create great Windows Store apps that provide elegant, engaging, consistent and compelling user experiences in Windows. Idea books are a great starting point to inspire you when designing your Windows Store app. Idea books target different app categories and show what’s possible as well as how to create best-in-class experiences in your app.

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From the blog post, you can see the current list of idea books that have an accompanying code sample:

Enjoy!

References

http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/appbuilder/archive/2013/08/02/idea-books-for-commercial-and-enterprise-app-design-with-sample-code.aspx

Have you ever downloaded a file from the Internet or copied it from another computer and noticed that the file doesn’t behave as expected. This is most likely the result of certain security warnings that Windows has imposed on the file as it can’t determine trust.

To solve this issue, you need to Unblock the file.

To “unblock” a file, right-click the file in Windows Explorer and choose Properties from the context menu:

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Then click the Unblock button in the lower right-hand corner of the Properties dialog, and click OK or Apply:

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It’s important to note that ZIP files need to be “unblocked” before their contents are extracted otherwise the contents won’t be extracted and/or behave correctly.

Enjoy!

Came across a great little video that Brian Keller created on his top 5 reasons for liking Team Foundation Service that I would like to share…

http://vimeo.com/microsoftvisualstudio/review/74686407/42c694668d

Enjoy!

Today Microsoft announced the release of Visual Studio 2013 and .NET Framework 4.5.1. You can checkout what’s new with Visual Studio 2013 page for more information.

Visual Studio 2013 is the best tool for developers and teams to build and deliver modern, connected applications on all of Microsoft’s platforms.  From Windows Azure and SQL Server to Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, Visual Studio 2013 supports the breadth of Microsoft’s developer platforms.

As part of the Cloud OS vision, Visual Studio 2013 enables developers to build modern business applications that take advantage of the cloud and target a variety of devices and end-user experiences, all delivered within today’s rapid and dynamic application lifecycles.

There are great new features and capabilities in Visual Studio 2013 for every developer, including innovative editor enhancements such as Peek and CodeLens, diagnostics tools for UI responsiveness and energy consumption, major updates for ASP.NET web development, expanded ALM capabilities with Git support and agile portfolio management, and much, much more.

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You can download these tools now and start using them today. They’re also available to download through MSDN Subscriber Downloads page.

Enjoy!

References

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2013/10/17/visual-studio-2013-available-for-download.aspx

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