Building Windows 8 Apps with C# and XAML is Here!

“Jeremy builds real apps for real customers. That’s why I can heartily recommend this book. Go out and write some great apps … and keep this book handy.” – from the forward by Jeff Prosise. When my wife stuck her head in the office and said, “Honey, there’s a UPS truck in front of the…

Windows 8 Hands-On Videos from Engadget Round-Up

With the launch of Windows 8 right around the corner, OEMs are releasing a ton of exciting hardware. In fact, there are so many options for Windows 8 machines that it is causing information overload. I thought I’d help simplify things by pulling together some of the hands-on videos I’ve watched over the past few…

The Microsoft Surface and Apple iPad 3 Head to Head

I was in a recent discussion about the Microsoft Surface and how it will be received by the consumer market. Obviously there are a lot of emotional reactions. Everyone is speculating about the price points, comparing features, and wondering if average consumers will even care. I would argue that there is a technical aspect to…

Updated WintellectPowerShell for October 14, 2012

Recently I had to compare a bunch of directory pairs and while PowerShell offers the Compare-Object, I needed something more that would not only look at filenames but compare binary files as well. Figuring some nice person on the Internet had already implemented this, I thought I’d just borrow and go about my business. Turns…

Windows Runtime Components in a .NET World

The new type of program known as a Windows Store app—optimized to run on Windows 8 devices—has a default view with a full-screen window and no distracting chrome, so the content is the focal point. Windows Store apps support fluid layouts that adapt and scale to a variety of screen sizes and resolutions. They provide…

Fixing TFS 2012 Power Tools PowerShell CmdLets in PowerShell x64

The TFS 2012 Power Tool installation only installs the TFS PowerShell Snap-In for the 32-bit flavor of PowerShell on an x64 machine. With nearly all developers running x64 machines, we miss the ability to script TFS access in the ultimate scripting language. Needing to script so TFS automation I went looking to see if we…

Building Backbone Applications with TypeScript

Hot off the press, TypeScript was announced earlier this week and has resulted in an explosion of commentary over Twitter and various blogs. The language claims to be tailored for application-scale development using JavaScript by providing a typed superset. It compiles to JavaScript so it will work in any browser. The promise is to make…

Updated WintellectPowerShell for September 29, 2012

While looking why I was running running short on disk space, I noticed that my IntelliTrace file directory was very large. The default option for debugging with IntelliTrace is to delete the .iTrace file as soon as you stop debugging. I feel it is better to always save the files because that one time you…

Merging Symbol Servers

Conservation is always good so I’m going to recycle some keystrokes. Today I got an email where a company had two symbol servers set up. One was no longer used but held symbols for previously released projects. Since PDB files are as important as source code, they wanted to know if there was a way…

Entity Framework: Expressing the Missing LINQ

I have worked on quite a few projects that use the Entity Framework. It is a powerful ORM and does quite a lot out of the box. I’ve worked with code-first, database-first, and every other flavor in between. If I were to name the one reason I believe developers enjoy working with LINQ the most,…