Monthly Archives: April 2012

WinRT XAML Toolkit is Growing

Updated WinRT XAML Toolkit on CodePlex – a set of controls, extensions and helper classes for Windows Runtime XAML applications

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XAML Spy

A while back I blogged about Debugging visual tree/layout issues in Silverlight and on Windows Phone. My little helper library – the VisualTreeDebugger has been updated for WinRT and is available as part of the WinRT XAML Toolkit project that I have been working on recently. I also mentioned that you could use Silverlight Spy to debug your Windows Phone app, but it was not free. Well, now it seems like Koen Zwikstra has come up with a new version that, for a limited time, is free and it is called XAML Spy. Grab it while you can!

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Microsoft Dev Camps – Free Events

Got this E-Mail. Looks like an interesting addition to the Windows 8 Developer Camps I mentioned earlier.

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WinRT XAML Toolkit

There it is. No time to write about it or make it pretty, but you forced me to publish it, CodePlex, so there it is….

http://bit.ly/WinRTXamlToolkit

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Impressions of Windows 8 Part 2 of 2

This is the second part of my impressions of Windows 8. You can read the previous part here.

The Impressions

  1. Windows 8 and the Cloud
  2. Using Windows 8 on a Slate
  3. Using Windows 8 on a Laptop
  4. Using Windows 8 on a Desktop
  5. Desktop IE vs. Metro IE
  6. Frustrations of Being an Early Adopter

Continue reading on http://labs.vectorform.com

This is the second part of my impressions of Windows 8. You can read the previous part here.

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Impressions of Windows 8 Part 1 of 2

I have been using the Windows 8 Preview For six months now – the Developer Preview since its public release in September and more recently, the Consumer Preview that was made available in February.

I have used Windows 8 on a tablet, a touch screen laptop and an old desktop and the experience has been good on all of these platforms. I have used it for anything from developing Windows 8 Metro style apps, through typical Office applications scenarios, browsing the internet, playing games, listening to Spotify, instant messaging etc. What I have not used it much for actually is to run Metro style apps, except for the ones I was developing myself, since there are not so many available yet (around 100) and the ones available do not fit into my daily use of a tablet or computer.

I have been using most versions of Windows available in the past 20 years or so. I have also been using an iPad for a few months now. I think Windows 8 is going to be huge…

The Impressions

  1. The Desktop
  2. The (Missing) Start Button
  3. The Start Screen
  4. Metro Style Apps
  5. Windows Marketplace
  6. Next Up

Continue reading on http://labs.vectorform.com

I have been using the Windows 8 Preview For six months now – the Developer Preview since its public release in September and more recently, the Consumer Preview that was made available in February.

I have used Windows 8 on a tablet, a touch screen laptop and an old desktop and the experience has been good on all of these platforms. I have used it for anything from developing Windows 8 Metro style apps, through typical Office applications scenarios, browsing the internet, playing games, listening to Spotify, instant messaging etc. What I have not used it much for actually is to run Metro style apps, except for the ones I was developing myself, since there are not so many available yet (around 100) and the ones available do not fit into my daily use of a tablet or computer.

I have been using most versions of Windows available in the past 20 years or so. I have also been using an iPad for a few months now. I think Windows 8 is going to be huge…

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WinRT/Metro Style App Data

I was trying to find out where the WinRT apps files are stored and found 3 locations. Not sure how much benefit would be in digging deeper, but this could help in debugging your or reverse engineering someone else’s applications…

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