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  • Silverlight: Where Do We Go From Here?

    Silverlight made its debut in 2006 with the confusing acronym WPF/E (that’s Windows Presentation Foundation, Everywhere). Indeed the original dream was that a slimmed down version of the .NET Framework could run as a plugin in any browser (including smart phones) and enable developers to wield their weapons of XAML, data-binding, and C# to write line of business apps that would run everywhere. Although it took a few versions to mature, in May of 2011 version 5.0 was released with the features …

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  • Under the Hood with Windows Universal Projects

    One of the main themes coming out of the keynotes and content at this year’s //Build 2014 conference was the continued convergence of the Windows Store and Windows Phone development platforms.  One exciting result of the fact that both these platforms now target very similar Windows Runtimes (WinRT and WinPRT, respectively) is the support for the new “Universal Apps” in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2.  (Another exciting result is that the “Programming the Windows Runtime by Example” book …

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  • Video: A JavaScript Feed Reader in Under 10 Minutes Using Angular JS

    An important component of the decision to use a framework should be the amount of ceremony and ritual involved. You must carefully weigh what it takes to ramp up on the technology and how common tasks are performed. It does no good to adopt a library that forces you to solve a problem with more effort than it would take using your basic tools. One of my favorite examples to showcase technology is a simple feed reader. Several years ago I recorded a video to demonstrate how to build a …

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  • The Great Indian Developer Summit, Day 1

    Today was a great day at the Great Indian Developer Summit at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore.  The excitement about WintellectNOW in India is intoxicating. Developers were thrilled to hear of our India pricing and were equally excited by the 14-day trial each attendee received just for being at the show.

     

    We were able to spend some time with our Delhi-based WintellectNOW author, Sathyaish Chakravarthy, which was wonderful for all of us. We got a chance to …

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  • Special WintellectNOW Pricing for Customers in India

    Today is an exciting day for WintellectNOW and our customers in India.  At the Great Indian Developer Summit in Bangalore, we unveiled regional pricing. 

     

    We recognize that economics vary based on countries and regions. We believe all developers will benefit from our in-depth technical library and want to make it as accessible to the people in India as it is to the people in North America and Europe

     

    To that end, effective immediately developers in …

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  • Sharing Views in Universal Apps

    My previous two blog posts presented a pair of universal apps named Contoso Cookbook and MyComix Reader. Universal apps are apps that run on Windows and Windows Phone and, in the future, on other devices such as Xbox Ones. When you create a universal app in Visual Studio, the resulting solution contains three projects: a Windows project, a Windows Phone project, and a shared project containing code and resources shared by the other two projects. Typically, the shared project holds source-code …

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  • WintellectNOW Author Blog Round Up: April

    It’s time for this month’s blog round-up! Check out what our authors have been creating over the past month! 

    This month in MSDN Magazine, Rachel Appel looks at the many new enhancements in features in Windows 8.1 designed to help developers innovate and built the best creations possible. Curious about the substantial update to the Windows OS and how it will impact developers who build Windows Store apps? Check out What’s New in Windows 8.1 for Windows Store …

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  • WintellectNOW in India

    Later this week, Wintellect’s Jeff Prosise, Todd Fine, and Sara Faatz are making their way to India for the Great Indian Developer Summit in Bangalore.  While they are there, they will be participating in the conference (both as speaker and exhibitors), sponsoring a special evening with the Bangalore .NET User Group, meeting with partners, customers, and influencers. 

     

    Below is a brief schedule of events.  If you are going to be in the Bangalore area the week …

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  • WintellectRAW: Jeremy Likness

    Welcome to WintellectRAW – featurettes about your favorite authors.  Each month we’ll give you a quick glimpse into the life of a WintellectNOW author – how they got their start, some of their hobbies, their favorite projects, and more!

     

    This month we feature Wintellect Principal Consultant, Jeremy Likness.  A Microsoft MVP, author, presenter, and avid blogger, Jeremy gives us a glimpse into his world – from sunburns, to Quake, and sage advice to …

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  • More Fun with Universal Apps: MyComix Reader

    A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the new universal app model that Microsoft introduced at BUILD 2014. In that post, I introduced a version of Contoso Cookbook that runs on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. That sample covered the basics of universal apps, including using a shared project to share code and resources between Windows and Windows Phone projects. Today I’d like to take it one step further by introducing a more sophisticated universal app named MyComix Reader, or simply “ …

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