Windows App Developer Links - 2012-04-25

posted on 24 Apr 2012 | Windows App Developer Links

Windows 8

  • Windows 8 Release Preview Coming June 2012 (Doug Holland)

    • "Steven Sinofsky, President, Windows and Windows Live Division, announced today from Japan's Windows 8 Dev Days that the Windows 8 Release Preview will be available during the first week of June. /via @BuildWindows8"

Visual Studio 11

Expression Blend

  • Video Demo: Overview of the Html Authoring Features in Blend (Microsoft Expression Blend Team Blog)

    • "Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to Robert Green about the HTML authoring features you can find in Blend. You can view the recording of this Visual Studio Toolbox episode below (or download a high-quality MP4)"

Metro App Development

  • We Want YOUR Windows 8 Metro style Apps! (G. Andrew Duthie)

    • "With the Release Preview of Windows 8 coming in June, it's time to get cracking on your apps. If you haven't already, you should download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, and the Visual Studio 11 Beta and start working on an app. If you're already working on an app, you may have heard that at present, you need a token to get access to submit your app to the Windows Store. So how do you get a token?"
  • Diving deep with WinRT and await (Windows 8 App Developer Blog)

    • "The recent blog post Keeping apps fast and fluid with asynchrony in the Windows Runtime includes examples of how the await keyword in C# and Visual Basic enables developers to use WinRT asynchronous operations while still maintaining and reasoning about good control flow. In this follow-on post, I dive much deeper into exactly how await works with WinRT. This knowledge will make it easier for you to reason about code that uses await, and as a result, will enable you to write better Metro style apps."
  • Developing Windows Azure, Cloud-Based Applications With Windows 8-What you need and how to get there (Bruno Terkaly)

    • Bruno walks us through getting setup for Windows Azure development on the Windows 8 Customer Preview.
  • Accessing the Accelerometer in a Windows 8 Metro Style App using HTML and JavaScript (Dave Isbitski)

    • "I have recently been coding a Windows 8 Metro Style App using the new Windows 8 Consumer Preview bits and Visual Studio 11 Express. ... The language I chose to use was HTML and JavaScript but this example could just have easily been done in C++/XAML or C#/XAML. The code needed to access the accelerometer was very small and I was impressed just how easy it was to add to my game. "
  • Accessing the Camera in a Windows 8 Metro Style App using HTML and JavaScript (Dave Isbitski)

    • "I have recently been coding a Windows 8 Metro Style App using the new Windows 8 Consumer Preview bits and Visual Studio 11 Express. ... I thought it would be neat to let players take a picture of themselves for their Avatar by accessing the webcam. Fortunately for us WinRT makes this super easy to use. We can even pull up prebuilt camera capture UI by using the built-in Windows.Media.Capture API's. If you are an existing Windows Phone Developer this may remind you a lot of Windows Phone Development Tasks - something I absolutely loved. "
  • Converting Windows Phone to Windows 8 (Nick Randolph)

    • "Migrating a photo-sharing Windows Phone application to run under Windows 8."
  • Page Navigation with Windows Phone and Windows 8 (Nick Randolph)

    • "Nick Randolph continues to look at building applications across both Windows Phone and Windows 8, this time focusing on the navigation model."
  • Windows 8: Virtual Earth API and Foursquare in 15 minutes (Quentin Sallat)

    • "The latest update to Visual Studio 11 has seen the addition of templates to control applications using Virtual Earth for Windows 8. Control already existed, but its use is now greatly simplified. I propose you to see how we can use this control, along with the Foursquare API. Thus, we will locate the user on a map, and then offer him a list of interesting places around."