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Windows 8.1: The Hub Control

July 16, 2013
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When you launch Visual Studio 2013, you will see there happens to be a new project type in the Windows Store app category: Hub App. The Hub App template is centered around the new Hub Control that was added to Windows 8.1. It also happens to be my second favorite XAML feature of the new […]

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Windows 8.1: Data Binding

July 15, 2013
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By now you all probably have heard all of the latest and greatest things that are coming with Windows 8.1. If you weren’t at Build 2013, make sure you head over to Channel 9 and see what you missed. If you have been keeping up with it, I’m sure there are things that you are […]

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MSDN Article – Creating a Windows Phone 8 Company Hub App

July 2, 2013

The July issue of MSDN Magazine has my first contribution to the magazine, Creating a Windows Phone 8 Company Hub App. The online version of it can be found at The article was probably the most involved article that I have written to date. So what’s in the article? Why all kinds of awesomeness […]

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TechEd Europe Background API Session

July 1, 2013

I’m currently traveling home on the first leg back to Houston. Of course, as luck would have it, the flight is late and I’ll be lucky to catch my connection out of London. Oh well, it just means that my trip to TechEd Europe will be one day longer. There are worse places to be […]

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TechEd Europe 2013 Recap

June 29, 2013

Well it’s the day after TechEd Europe 2013 and I have just finished up a day of sight seeing in Madrid. Let me just say that it is one beautiful city. Being a Texas boy, we simply don’t have cities with buildings this old and ornate. It is always quite interesting to see the blending […]

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TechEd North America Session Demos

June 10, 2013

I have to say, TechEd was a blast. Now it is true that having a few more developers running around would have been nice, however I still had an amazing time. In fact, I’ll most likely get a post up on some of the take a-ways from last week. However, first thing is first: demos. […]

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Background API’s at TechEd North America and Europe

April 14, 2013

It looks like my first opportunity to speak at TechEd will be followed up by my second opportunity a few weeks later. I will be presenting on Windows 8 Background API’s at both TechEd North America and Tech Europe 2013. It’s quite an exciting opportunity to for a little old computer geek from Texas and […]

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CXML and DeepZoom on Azure

February 20, 2013

I have been migrating my sites to Azure over the last month. The last couple of sites to go were the sample sites for PivotViewer Lessons. In doing so I also moved over a CXML collection of the MIX 10 videos. During the migration  I realized that the MIME mappings for DeepZoom and CXML needed […]

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Examining the Windows Store apps AppxManifest at Runtime

January 30, 2013

If you have spent any time at all working on Windows Store apps, then you have become familiar with the package.appxmanifest file. This is a very important part of your application and helps define how your application will run within Windows 8. At a very basic level, this is where you set things like the […]

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Semantic Zoom with Silverlight 5 PivotViewer

September 5, 2012

If you have visited this blog before, you might have noticed a few posts on the Silverlight PivotViewer. The September issue of Visual Studio Magazine includes my first published article, which maybe fittingly is centered on PivotViewer. The article introduces the concept of semantic zoom with PivotViewer and how to get up and running with […]

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