Windows App Developer Links - 2012-05-09

posted on 08 May 2012 | Windows App Developer Links

Windows 8

  • Top 10 Windows 8 Features #7: Client-side Hyper-V (ReadWriteWeb)

    • "Server-side virtualization is a modern-day fact of life. Today's data centers pool their processing, storage and even network resources to create macrocosmic virtual-machine entities that transcend the boundaries of hardware. We call that "the cloud." With Windows 8, Microsoft extends its server-class hypervisor platform to the desktop. And no, it's not just a play for enthusiasts and testers: There's a solid reason for Hyper-V to become the backbone of future Windows versions."
  • Windows 8 Feature Focus: Charms (Paul Thurrott)

    • "While befuddled new Windows 8 users certainly have a lot on their plate when it comes to using this operating system version, I have a few tips about getting up to speed quickly. Key among these is learning the new user interfaces that are available system-wide, from the Start screen, the desktop, and in all Metro-style apps. And the most important of these interfaces, by far, is the Charms."

Visual Studio 11

  • Visual Studio 11 User Interface Updates Coming in RC (The Visual Studio Blog)

    • "With the release of Visual Studio 11 Beta back in February of this year, we introduced changes to the user experience based on two core design principles, the first being to give you more space for your content and the second being to draw more focus to that content. Since the debut of these changes there's been significant community response and feedback. We've taken this feedback and based on what we heard have made a number of changes planned for Visual Studio 11 RC. I want to thank you for your continued feedback through this blog, and also through the various other community channels - please keep it coming. The purpose of this post is to provide you with an update on the changes we've made since beta. I've also included a brief summary of the beta feedback that we've leveraged in making these updates."

Metro App Development

  • Converting to Windows 8 from Windows Phone | Looking back-what would we do differently (12 of 12) (Jayway Team Blog)

    • "We started with a Windows Phone application and converted it to a Windows 8 equivalent. The end result was far from a clone, neither visually nor in function, but that was never the goal. The goal was to take a real application through the trembling steps of converting into a fully functional prototype on Windows 8. The idea of this last post in the series is to look back and discuss what we had done differently building the Windows Phone app, knowing what we know now."
  • Adding Touch support to 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 app is going to be a retro shooter that takes advantage of HTML5 Canvas for the main game engine and then several Windows 8 Metro Style App Features. I wanted to add Touch Support to the game enabling players to use their fingers to destroy the on screen ships. This meant supporting multiple fingers on screen at the same time as well still supporting mouse for players who did not own a touch device. Thankfully this is super easy to do via the MSPointer API's!"


  • New Git Homepage (Scott Chacon)

    • "For the last few months a few of us here at GitHub have been working on a new homepage for the Git project. I designed the original site years ago as a simple refresh of the content that Petr Baudis had put up at - the first Git project homepage - and have been maintaining it ever since. Since then I've gotten tons of feedback on how the page could be better and what people want out of it. When went down several months ago, taking all of the hosted Git documentation and wiki with it, I decided this would be a good time to make a new and improved homepage for Git. Today I'm proud to announce the new!"