Windows Runtime via C# Book and Windows Phone 8.1

My Windows Runtime via C# book originally targeted developers building Windows Store. However, with the introduction of Visual Studio’s universal apps, the book is now applicable to Windows Phone 8.1 app developers as well. So, Maarten and I have created a document that goes through chapter by chapter explaining the few places where the book’s…

Dependency Injection Explained via JavaScript

When learning a new framework I often find it is useful to examine the source, use the framework, then go into a separate project and build the functionality from scratch to better understand the motivation behind the framework and what it may be saving me by using it. Angular is no exception. There are many…

WebSockets in Windows Store Apps

The WebSockets protocol provides full-duplex communication on top of a TCP connection that is initiated by an HTTP handshake. The fact that it runs over existing HTTP and HTTPS ports allows it to pass easily through most existing firewall configurations. The Windows Runtime provides a powerful set of networking APIs that includes components specifically designed…

Score Big with WintellectNOW during the FIFA 2014 World Cup

The FIFA World Cup™ is the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world and is contested by the senior men’s national teams from the 208 Member Associations of FIFA. There are 204 entries across six continents competing for 31 available spots. With over 700 million viewers this month-long championship is broadcast in every single country…

WintellectRAW: Jeffrey Richter

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 co-founder, Jeffrey Richter. A Microsoft-proclaimed “Software Legend,” Jeffrey shares with…

WintellectNOW Authors on the Road: June Update

What better way to spend your summer than at an industry event?! Over the next two months, we’ll have WintellectNOW authors speaking, working the booth, and attending a handful of fun conferences. If you find yourself at any of the below, please stop by and say “hi.” We’d love to meet you in person!  …

WintellectNOW Author Blog Round Up: June

The WintellectNOW “Best Beach Reads 2014” list is here! Check out what our authors have been writing for you over the past 30 days and add them to your summer reading list.  This month, Dwight Goins published a cool Kinect for Windows Version Feature Comparison Chart. If you’re interested in developing for the platform, you’ll…

Programming the Windows Runtime (WinRT) by Example

In 2011 I heard the first rumors about Windows 8 and knew immediately what my next book would be about. Unlike Designing Silverlight Business Applications that captured years of experience writing Line of Business (LOB) apps in Silverlight, this book would be an introduction to an entirely new platform. My goal was to take what…

10 Rules Every Software Consultant Should Follow

Understand the business As a software consultant, your sweet spot lies between the business problem and the software implementation (use your imagination for the venn diagram here).  You can be the #1 JavaScript contributor on Github but you won’t succeed as a software consultant unless you also understand the business domain.  Before I ever step…

Interviewed on the Hello World Podcast

Shawn Wildermuth has been doing the Hello World Podcast for a while and it’s very interesting to hear about how great developers got started and what they’ve learned along the way. For the June 2nd edition, Shawn interviewed me! You can listen to it here: http://wildermuth.com/hwpod/27_John_Robbins. If you ever wanted to know what being a…

Convert a Windows Store App to the Web in Under 10 Minutes

Microsoft held an event called re//build in Atlanta and I had the opportunity to speak about what’s new with WinJS. The event used a lightning talk format so with only 30 minutes to present, I decided to make the presentation itself the demo. I wrote the re//build WinJS Windows Store app by starting with the…