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WinRT/XAML Performance Fundamentals

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 27, 2013

The three Pillars of Performance, Fast, Fluid, and Efficient, have been the common theme at the performance sessions this year. In the session XAML Performance Fundamentals we see ways to detect and solve problems that prevent us from achieving these pillars.

Application Reliability in Windows Store Apps

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 27, 2013

Testing is critical, but not enough. This is the theme of Harry Pierson’s session on application reliability in Windows Store apps.

Programming with Connected Devices

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 26, 2013 1

A major emphasis of WinRT 8.1 is the ability to control devices over HID, Bluetooth, and USB interfaces. These devices range from toys and gadgets to Point of Sale (POS) hardware to powerful 3D printers.

WinRT 8.1, Ready for Line-of-Business

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 26, 2013 1

Windows 8.1 brings with it a lot of much needed functionality to WinRT (i.e. Windows Store) apps that make is a viable platform for line of business and point of sale applications. These include multiple-window support, USB/Bluetooth integration, and a HTTP stack that is unified with Internet Explorer’s shared cache.

Portable Compression Libraries for .NET 4.5, Windows Store and Windows Phone

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 21, 2013

Microsoft has released a beta of a new portable library called Bcl.Compression that adds support for zip archives and compress streams (i.e. deflate and gzip) for the Portable Http Client. Unfortunately it requires a native library so Silverlight and Windows Phone 7.x developers are out of luck.

Project and Class Templates for Prism and Prism with Unity

by Jonathan Allen on  May 30, 2013

Building Windows Store apps using Prism can be a rather tedious and error prone endeavor. When using it correctly, practically all models and views have to have their base classes replaced with Prism alternatives. To make things easier on developers, David Britch has released a set of project and class templates for Prism and Prism with Unity.

Develop Utility, Productivity, Financial and Media Apps with RadControls for Windows 8

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Mar 21, 2013

Telerik has recently released RadControls for Windows 8, which enables developers to build touch optimized applications for desktop and mobile devices.

Stimulsoft Released Report Designer For WinRT

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Mar 08, 2013

Stimulsoft has released a new report designer for WinRT that enables you to create and edit reports on any device running Windows 8.

Syncfusion WinRT 2013.1 Released with 14 New Controls

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Feb 19, 2013 1

Syncfusion has released WinRT 2013 volume 1 with which you can build windows store apps using guage, grid, PDF, Word, Excel including the ability to integrate reports.

ANTS Performance Profiler 8: Web request, Async code, WinRT

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Feb 16, 2013

ANTS Performance Profiler 8 beta release provides support for Web request, Async code, Windows Store Profiling including that of SharePoint 2013. In this interview, Ben Emmett, Red Gate Software shared additional information about the new features.

Windows 8 and WinRT - A Close Encounter with Microsoft

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jan 17, 2013

Windows 8 throws open a wide range of opportunities for developers. In this marathon interview, Microsoft official spokesperson discloses facts behind the various aspects of Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Tools for Building Advanced Media Applications

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 27, 2012

In the //Build/, Mike Downey demonstrated the key technologies that are employed by developers to create advanced media rich applications using Windows 8.

Studio Enterprise with Localization and Visual Studio 2012 Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 03, 2012

ComponentOne has released Studio Enterprise 2012 V3 with new controls for Windows 8, WinRT and existing control suites with support for localization RTF and Visual Studio 2012.

Panel: Answers from Microsoft Developers Who Built WinRT

by Abel Avram on  Nov 05, 2012

Chris Anderson, Chris Guzak, Jerry Dunietz, Kamen Moutafov, Martyn Lovell, Elliot H Omiya, lead developers working on various WinRT components, have taken questions during the BUILD 2012 panel The Windows Runtime Q&A, answering some of the developers’ ardent questions on Windows 8 applications, especially WinRT ones. Following is a digest of the answers to main topics discussed.

Notes on Writing a Windows Store Apps with C++/CX

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 31, 2012 2

In a session titled Diving deep into C++ /CX and WinRT, Marian Luparu talks about exception handling and performance for C++ applications that target Windows 8. The most important thing for developers to understand is how the boundary between WinRT and normal C++ code effect exception handling and performance.

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