Windows Dev News for March 22, 2012 - #0055
In This Issue:
Above The Fold:
"Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio 11 Beta - Show Message Dialogs and Popup Menus (Part 9/11)"
"LightSwitch Cosmopolitan Shell and Theme for VS 11 Beta"
"Windows Phone Performance Part 4 of many - The Power of the GPU"
Desert Mountain Developers
Visual Studio #LightSwitch Daily
announced a trio of releases, not the least of which is
Silverlight Spy March 2012 Update
check out his
Document Toolkit March 2012 Update
Document Toolkit for LightSwitch 1.5
Part 68 - Windows Phone - Launch Marketplace App
explains the use of the MarketplaceDetailTask to provide your users with a link to buy the ad-free version of your app, for example
Part 69 - Windows Phone - Launch Application from Picture Hub
shows how to get your image-related app to appear in the Picture Hub and launch from there.
Insider's view: Authoring XAML-based Metro style apps in Blend Beta
discusses Blend in VS11 and what the team's considerations and thoughts are... this should give you a good feeling about the tooling and keep those cards and letters coming!
Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio 11 Beta - Show Message Dialogs and Popup Menus (Part 9/11)
talks about why thre's no MessageBox in Metro, but there is a MessageDialog, and popup menus... all with pictures and code
Fixing an Element's Position (CSS)
talks about the Fixed property in CSS and getting some content to scroll while other does not
Showing a message box from a ViewModel in MVVM
educates us luddites on proper MessageBox display in MVVM... I was expecting to be doing mine wrong but was pleasantly surprised :)
Windows Phone 7 Text Style Picker Control
Another anonymous user posted on WindowsPhoneGeek with a short discussion of his (her?) Codeplex project for a text style picker control
What's changed for app developers since //build/ (part 2)
has part 2 up of this series talking about Tile & Toast, JS tools, C++ Data Binding, HTML/JS controls, etc... and there's lots of good info in the comments as well
LightSwitch Cosmopolitan Shell and Theme for VS 11 Beta
reworked her Contoso Construction sample app to use the new Cosmopolitan Shell and Theme released last week
announced the release of a tool on Codeplex that is a searchablecode snippet repository that plugs into VS2010... He has some great info in 3 articles linked at the bottom, and they also have the Codeplex link... which doesn't have a download yet I'm afraid...
Windows Phone Performance Part 4 of many - The Power of the GPU
has Part 4 in his series taken from the book he helped author... in this one he discusses turning on the GPU Acceleration and what that all means for us
takes a good look at SolidColorBrush and how to define and use it in the various ways possible - good reference for the days you need that info.
How to Launch the WP7 Marketplace Hub using the MarketplaceHub task
describes the MarketplaceHubTask and how to use it to launch the marketplace hub client and display marketplace items in your app
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