10 Reasons Web Developers Should Learn AngularJS

There is no doubt that AngularJS – the self-proclaimed “superheroic JavaScript framework” – is gaining traction. I’ll refer to it frequently as just “Angular” in this post. I’ve had the privilege on working on an enterprise web application with a large team (almost 10 developers, soon growing to over 20) using Angular for over half…

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…

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…

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…

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.  …

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Showing the Onscreen Keyboard in Silverlight OOB Applications

Update – 4/10/2014  Wow!  Quite a lot has happened since I originally posted this.  Certainly one of the biggest changes is the diminished role that Silverlight now plays in both enterprise and consumer applications.  However, I’ve noticed that this particular blog post is still getting some attention, so I figured I’d try to provide some…

Initializing the Microsoft Azure SDK 2.3 Storage Emulator

Last night I worked my way through some dev tool updates and happened to install both SQL Server 2014 and the new Azure SDK 2.3. I prefer to host the databases for the storage emulator in my primary SQL Server instance instead of the default LocalDB, and had grown accustomed to running the command-line DSInit.exe…