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Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013

October 16, 2013 Leave a comment

I had a great time presenting at the GSP Developers Guild last night.  Thanks to everyone for letting me go a little long on the presentation!  There was so much to cover and I still didn’t show everything that is new and exciting.

Here is a link to my presentation.

Thanks to everyone for coming out….

Windows 8 – Cage Match – XAML vs. HTML

October 10, 2013 Leave a comment

I had a great time presenting with Brian Hitney over Windows 8 at the Charlotte ALT.NET user group this past Tuesday night.  We had some very good discussions concerning developing applications using XAML and HTML.

Here is a link to the slides.

Thanks to all who came out!

Developing Windows 8 – Unable to activate Windows Store app

April 16, 2013 Leave a comment

I have encountered the following error several times and I am sure that I will continue to encounter it in the future.

Unable to activate Windows Store app.  The activate request failed with error ‘This app failed to launch because of an issue with its license.  Please try again in a moment.’

Unable to activate Windows Store app

If you come across this error when you fire up Visual Studio, you may end up doing a lot of things to try to resolve the problem.  Several that come to mind are:

  • Re-starting Windows
  • Re-starting Visual Studio
  • Modifying your package manifest

None of these actually fix them problem.  It turns out that the majority of time that you encounter this problem is because you have already installed the solution into start screen.  I would recommend that anytime you encounter this error, that you always first uninstall the application from the start screen and then try to run it from Visual Studio again.

Hope this helps…

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Building Immersive Windows 8 Apps

March 26, 2013 Leave a comment

I am excited to be presenting with my friend Brian Hitney tomorrow night at the Charlotte Enterprise Developers Guild.

Here is a summary of what we will be presenting:

Windows 8 opened up a whole new set of possibilities for application developers in terms of how their applications can interact with the underlying operating system, with other applications as well as with the users. Specifically this includes the ability to utilize Contracts (search, share, settings) to give the impression your application is ‘one’ with the operating system as well as creating live Tiles to allow your application to communicate with the users even when the application is not running. In this session we will take a look at how you can use Contracts and Tiles to provide your application a great user experience and make your users feel truly engaged.

Hope to see all of you there!

eBook Giveaway

October 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Congratulations to Thomas Griffin and Chris Bordeman for winning a free copy of MVVM Survival Guide for Enterprise Architectures in Silverlight and WPF.

Hope enjoy the book!

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Windows 8 DevCamp – Reloaded

October 1, 2012 Leave a comment

I am very excited to announce our next Windows 8 DevCamp series! I will be speaking with Brian Hitney.

Join us this Friday, Oct 5th, from 9am – 1:30pm

Here is a summary of our event:

By popular demand, we’re continuing the Windows 8 DevCamp series! We want to make sure your app is ready for primetime, so at each DevCamp, we’ll dive into a specific feature and then go hands on with your app, or using our reference app.

In this DevCamp, we’ll dive into Tiles and Notifications using our Contoso Cookbook reference app. Live tiles are essential to adding an interactive experience to your application, and we’ll show you how to update live tiles either through a local background task, through the application itself, or have Windows 8 poll a service to update its content. We’ll also show how to leverage the Microsoft Push Notification service to push notifications down to users. Applications can also create secondary tiles that allow you to deep link to specific content or pages within your app. We’ll also spend a few hours going hands on to ensure the best experience for your app!

You can registere here. Hope to see you there….

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Windows 8 Development

September 13, 2012 Leave a comment

I wanted to follow-up on the presentations I gave during the Windows 8 DevCamp in Charlotte.  Here are the slides from the two presentations:

Cookbook I – Design Templates and Styles

Cookbook II – Data, Contracts, and Settings

Here is a link to the source code for ContosoCook:

Contoso Cookbook (HTML)

I found a sample of Contoso Labs based on the Release Preview.  If you want to use the HTML labs be sure to follow these steps required to get the code to work based on the RTM:

Contoso Labs (Release Preview)

As you are doing your development, be sure to adhere to the UX guidelines for Windows Store apps here.  You can download PDF of this here:

Windows 8 User Experience Guidelines

Live Tiles checklist

Badge Image catalog

Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8

Push notifications, Live Connect, and Advertising

Finally and probably the most important is the full set of code samples for developing Windows 8 applications:

Windows 8 Camp in a Box

Thanks to all who came out and are interested in doing Windows 8 development!

Hope this helps…