The Top 10 Features Windows 8 Metro Developers Will Love

Windows 8 Metro is a new platform for developing applications that are tailored to the devices on which they run. These devices may include traditional desktops and laptops as well as the new tablet and slate form factors. In this article I cover the top ten features developers will love about the new development environment.…

Using NuGet PowerShell to Replace Missing Macros in Dev 11

When I first heard that macros were being dropped from Dev 11 I was gobsmacked. (I just love that world!) While the macro story up to Visual Studio 2010 wasn’t great because we couldn’t write macros in our .NET language of choice, I expected the situation would start getting better and was saddened when the…

.NET and Metro: The Windows Runtime and the CLR on Windows 8

Many developers tend to look at Windows 8 as a completely new platform and even question whether it heralded the imminent demise of managed code. After spending many months digging into the Windows Runtime (WinRT), Metro style or “tailored” applications, and exploring how they related to the .NET Framework, I’ve come to the conclusion that…

Jounce MVVM WCF RIA Printing and More Example

I finally managed to update and upload my To-Do List Reference Application. This is a Silverlight 5 application based on my Jounce framework that demonstrates a number of different features. I built it as part of my book, Designing Silverlight Business Applications. There are several chapters devoted specifically to the construction of this example application.…

Get Your Next Job Here!!

We are growing like crazy at Wintellect and want you to work for us! We’d prefer full time employment, but would be happy to also work with some of you excellent independent contractors. At this time we need candidates to be based in North America. What we are looking for are excellent project managers and…

Understanding the Portable Library by Chasing ICommand (3 of 3)

Part 1: Creating the Portable Library (this post)Part 2: Portability in Silverlight and WPF: a Tale of Type ForwardersPart 3: Portability in Metro: A CLR and WinRT Love Affair (this post) Portability in Metro: A CLR and WinRT Love Affair In this series we’ve covered the portable library and reviewed how it allows you to…

Understanding the Portable Library by Chasing ICommand (2 of 3)

Part 1: Creating the Portable LibraryPart 2: Portability in Silverlight and WPF: a Tale of Type Forwarders (this post)Part 3: Portability in Metro: A CLR and WinRT Love Affair Portability in Silverlight and WPF: a Tale of Type Forwarders In the last post, I walked through creating a portable assembly that will target Silverlight 4.0…

What’s New in SOS for .NET 4.5?

One of these days Microsoft will release a version of .NET where we don’t have to worry about memory. HA! Who am I kidding!? All you worry about in a .NET application is the memory. Naturally, I personally never want Microsoft to come out with the memory worry free .NET because I’d be out of…

Understanding the Portable Library by Chasing ICommand (1 of 3)

Part 1: Creating the Portable Library (this post)Part 2: Portability in Silverlight and WPF: a Tale of Type ForwardersPart 3: Portability in Metro: A CLR and WinRT Love Affair The portable library tools have been available for several months now. The goal for this add-in to Visual Studio 2010 was to enable you to create…

Cool Dev 11 Trick: Diff Random Files Easily

Dev 11 has a diff and merge view that is simply outstanding and using it to compare changes before checkin is just dreamy. I ran into a situation where I wanted to diff the output of two files and thought that it would be nice if I could do that in Dev 11. Popping into…

Windows 8 Icons: Segoe UI Symbol

Here’s a quick and easy tip for developing Windows 8 Metro applications. Are you looking for decent icons to use in your Application Bar? Windows 8 makes it incredibly easy by using the built-in Segoe UI Symbol font. There are tons of icons embedded in the font that are perfect for using in your applications.…