Windows 8 Store Apps: Class Library vs. Windows Runtime Component

October 30, 2012

When working with Windows 8 Store apps in C# (or VB, but I’ll stick with C#), there are several ways of creating reusable (or at least seemingly reusable) class libraries for Windows 8 Store projects. In this post, I’ll take a to look at the options, contrasting their features and usefulness.Looking at the new project dialog in Visual Studio 2012, under the Windows Store node (under Visual C#), we can see the following:There is a third option, the traditional Class Library project located under Visual C# / Windows. Where does that fit in?A Windows Runtime Component project is a...
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Sandy and I – Hate Story

October 29, 2012

It seems my last post was a bit premature…The hurricane Sandy caused my flights to the US to be cancelled; looking for alternative flights proved difficult (full flights or insane costs), so I’ll be staying home. At lease my CodeValue buddies made it OK (most arrived earlier to Seattle), so still formidable CodeValue force!I’ll still try to cover some of BUILD from Channel 9 information and sessions (that should be available 24 hours after the live ones).This year, No BUILD for me!

BUILD 2012, Here We Come!

October 28, 2012

Microsoft’s BUILD conference is starting in the coming Tuesday, at Microsoft campus in Redmond. I’m proud to say that 11 (yes, eleven!) guys from CodeValue (myself included) will be attending.If you happen to be there, feel free to approach us – we’ll be wearing distinctive shirts, with the CodeValue name and logo.I will do my best to provide blog coverage for each conference day, so stay tuned!

Windows 8 & Phone 8: Next User Group Meeting

October 14, 2012

The upcoming user group meeting is a special one: the post BUILD conference meeting. It’s going to take place on November 6th, just a few days after BUILD is over. Elad Shaham and myself will be joined by Tzvia Gitlin from Microsoft, to discuss Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 (due to be released on October 29th, just one day before BUILD starts), including impressions from the BUILD conference (where I will attend personally). We’ll talk about new Windows Phone 8 features, the SDK, emulator among other things, some of which will be first unveiled at the BUILD conference.Since...

Windows 8 Store apps with C++/CX: thoughts & tips

October 5, 2012

I’ve been working on Windows 8 apps lately using C++, not C#. I’ve been doing a lot of C# work in the past few years, and I must admit I love the elegance of C# and the productivity of .NET, not to mention the powerful toolset bound with Visual Studio. Still, ever since WinRT was introduced, the idea of using native code only had its appeal. Even if the app does not require special libraries, such as DirectX or C++ AMP, native code has less overhead and lower memory consumption compared to a .NET app.Naturally, I was using the...