Stand up and be counted.

Last Year I joined a number of the Canadian MVPs for a day of NDA, skill improvement and general interactions. For most of the sessions, the key word was caNaDA, so the only thing I can say about those sessions is the Microsoft has some interesting announcements coming up in the near future. Of course,Continue reading “Stand up and be counted.”

UWP Samples generate hundred of errors?

For the past few months I have had problems trying to run any of the Windows 10 UWP samples. Each attempt resulted in hundreds of errors.  Yesterday, thanks to Colin Melia and a little Google spelunking I may have found the issue and the solution. The Googling turned up https://github.com/Microsoft/Windows-universal-samples/issues/182 which indicates the same issues andContinue reading “UWP Samples generate hundred of errors?”

Universal Apps – Multilingual Toolkit

I fell in love with the Multilingual Toolkit when it was first introduced and found it very useful to add multiple languages to my apps. The only down side was that the submission process increased with each language. Even so, the Toolkit was useful in translating the text that is submitted with the app. AllContinue reading “Universal Apps – Multilingual Toolkit”

Universal Apps – Navigation

Unlike the navigation on Windows Phone 7, the navigation is a bit more complex in a Universal App, but luckily, Microsoft has provided some helpers. To add the helpers, you need to create the page with a Basic rather than a Blank page. You will be told that you are missing components and do you want toContinue reading “Universal Apps – Navigation”

WP7 Multilingual AppBar.

The current phone app I am working on is based around a pivot and to get the most out of the pivot I want to use a different appbar for each pivot item. Luckily, Microsoft has a good article on how to do it. How to use different app bars in a single Pivot controlContinue reading “WP7 Multilingual AppBar.”

MVA is not just for IT guys

For the past month I have been looking at MVA – Microsoft Virtual Academy.  I did check it out when it was first released, but it basically had IT Pro related courses. Though I prefer to wear a dev hat, I did play an IT Pro in the past. My IT Pro experiences were backContinue reading “MVA is not just for IT guys”

WP7/8 Mystery of the screen bounce?

I have been working on a new app that required more screen real estate than the phone provided.  All my attempts to get a canvas inside a standard ScrollViewer ended in having the unusual effect that I could not scroll to the bottom or far right. As soon as I took my finger off the screen,Continue reading “WP7/8 Mystery of the screen bounce?”

C# – The new APL?

Thanks to a heads up by HockeyGeekGirl, I have spent the last few days dissecting and digesting a new Mango example for handling a database. It is more than what I need, but it is useful exploring the code to figure out what makes it tick. My immediate interest is to dynamically create PivotItems forContinue reading “C# – The new APL?”