To Metro and Back Again: A Developer’s Tale (Part 2)

In my last post, I started a journey to see if I can share data between a WPF application and a Windows 8 Metro application.  We left off with the data in the Metro application.  According to the map the way back to the WPF application is through the Documents folder. Only when the data... Continue Reading →

Using the Metro Share Contract With Custom Data

In a few months Windows 8 will be released.  This is an exciting, reimagining of the Windows operating system.  With this new operating system comes a new application paradigm.  Metro applications are optimized for tablets device.  These new applications operate in a restrictive, sandbox environment.  This is part of the security that is intended to... Continue Reading →

Windows Phone 8 – Its Coming!

Last week was a busy week for Microsoft. First they announced that they were building their own Windows 8 tablet. Then later in the week they conducted a Windows Phone Summit, giving developer their first glimpse into the next version of Windows Phone. Rant After getting over the initial shock of the fact Microsoft has... Continue Reading →

Windows 8 in the Enterprise

Microsoft recently released the Release Preview of Windows 8 on their way to a final release later in the year. This new reimagining of Windows is the most radical change to Windows in a long time. There has been a lot of talk about the new design, some good and some bad. I recently delivered... Continue Reading →

Windows 8 Release Preview–Early?

It appears that the the Windows 8 Release Preview may be being released earlier than announced.  Microsoft has previously announced that the Release Preview would be released in the first week of June.  According to a blog post on an new blog, the Windows 8 Hardware blog, it looks like it is going to be... Continue Reading →

What is This ‘LayoutAwarePage’ You Speak Of

Update: The LayoutAwarePage is no more in Windows 8.1. Check out my new post What Happened to My LayoutAwarePage?The other day Microsoft released the Consumer Preview of their  next version of Windows.  The next version of Windows will bring Microsoft in direct competition with iPad and the various Android tablets.  I was excited about this release... Continue Reading →

Windows 8 is Coming….Should I Care?

Recently I have been using the Developer Preview of Windows 8.  Back in September Microsoft announced how developers can build the next generation Windows applications. So Microsoft is trying to revamp its tablet industry while moving their operating system forward. They are developing an operating system that is attempting  unify their operating system across platforms... Continue Reading →

Everything Goes in Cycles

Recently a colleague of mine at BlueMetal Architects presented to the following trend image: State of The Environment I find it funny how these things go in cycles.  It is like the cycle of Client/Server –> Desktop –> Distributed.  If you think about it the technology of the time dictates the paradigm flavor of the... Continue Reading →

Code Once Use Twice….or More

If you have programed against any of Microsoft’s Xaml based user interface frameworks then you might have heard about the MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel) pattern.  One of the benefits of this pattern is the separation of the view  from the view model.  All of the logic lives in the view model which is then bound to the... Continue Reading →

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