Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio 11 Beta – Process Lifetime Management (Part 11/11)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Windows 8 Metro applications introduces new (for desktop version of Windows) philosophy behind application execution - when application runs and when it is terminated. In this post I will overview this process also known as Process Lifetime Management (or PLM in short). In addition, I will showcase creation of custom Splash Screen experience which becomes important especially with in PLM in mind. Windows 8 designed to run not only on desktop PCs and laptops (which usually have descent amount of RAM and CPU resources), but also on tablets and low-powered PCs (with limited amount or RAM, slower CPU and usually...

Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“Fast Application Switch (FAS)” – Part 6 of 8)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Windows Phone RTM operating system had only one active application and when application were sent to the background the state was serialized and kept in the application’s isolated storage. This process called tombstoning and application in such state called tombstoned. When user return to the tombstoned application, he would have to wait a while as the application deserialized its state and recovered and we as developers had to take care about saving the application’s state and resuming it. With Mango that is no longer the case: there is only one active (foreground) application, but once an application is sent...