Advanced Windows Store App Development Using HTML5 and JavaScript Microsoft Official Course

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Advanced Windows Store App Development Using HTML5 and JavaScript Microsoft Official Course Today we got the announcement that another Microsoft Official Course (MOC) that I co-authored was released. The course is “Course 20482A: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using HTML5 and JavaScript” and you can find its syllabus here. About The Course “In this course the students will learn the more advanced programming skills and techniques that they can use to optimize their Windows Store app and differentiate their app from other apps in the Windows Store. These advanced skills and techniques include a combination of...

Quick Tip – Windows Store apps and StoreManifest

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Quick Tip - Windows Store apps and StoreManifest Lately, a Windows Store app that I help to build was published to the Windows Store. Not a day passed and the customer contact us with a problem they are having. As it seems, the app exists in the Windows Store but it doesn’t appear in the store search results. After a quick investigation we learned that the customer license was OEM channel license and as such the app was deployed by default exclusively to the OEM channel and to public use. Solving The Problem In order...
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SDP13 Windows Store app is Available

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

SDP13 Windows Store app is Available SELA Developer Practice (SDP) is Sela Group’s annual conference. The next scheduled conference will occur between May 5-9, 2013. I’ve written about the conference in a previous post. Yesterday, we launched a new companion Windows Store app for the conference. I had the pleasure of developing the app so if you find any bugs or have feature requests please don’t hesitate to contact me. App Features Browse through sessions and speakers Browse through conference tracks ...

Announcing – 20481A and 20484A Microsoft Official Courses

Friday, January 18, 2013

Announcing - 20481A and 20484A Microsoft Official Courses I’m pleased to announce the release of two new Microsoft Official Courses (MOCs): Course 20481A: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using HTML5 and JavaScript Course 20484A: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C# Both of the courses were created by Sela Group and I had the pleasure of co-authoring course 20481A. This is the third Microsoft Official Course that I’m co-authoring. The previous ones were: Course 10953A: HTML5 Programming Course...

Debugging Windows Store app Background Tasks

Monday, December 31, 2012

Debugging Windows Store app Background Tasks Windows Store apps can run operations in the background using background tasks. Background tasks are triggered using a background triggers like time or system maintenance. That raises a question which is how we can debug background tasks. Visual Studio 2012 to the Rescue Visual Studio 2012 can help you trigger a background task manually. First you need to add a breakpoint to the background task code that you want to check. After you set your breakpoint, you can trigger the background task using the Suspend drop down menu (part...

Launching URIs in a Windows Store app

Launching URIs in a Windows Store app During the writing of a Windows Store app, we got a requirement to launch a web page from the app. Launching a web page means opening a browser with a given URI. So how can you accomplish that? The answer is very simple and is explained in this post. The Windows.System.Launcher Namespace In Windows Store apps you can use the WinRT Windows.System.Launcher namespace to launch web pages or files. The namespace includes the following API functions: launchUriAsync – receives a Windows.Foundation.Uri and open it in...
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