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Windows 8 Development – C# XAML

In our last video, we replaced an empty control with a Basic Page control. Now, we will go over the XAML in more detail, and add some layout items to the Main Page XAML. In this video, I will show you what the XAML for the generated files looks like, and how to add controls to a page using only XAML. References C# Hello World – http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh986965.aspx

Windows 8 Development – C# Replace Main Page

In our last video, we went over the basics of Windows Store applications, and created a blank Visual C# Windows Store project. Now, we need to start filling this project with meaningful content. The first step is to replace the MainPage.xaml, currently blank, with a new MainPage.xaml, a Basic Page type. In this video, I will show you how to replace the MainPage element in your project with another. References C# Hello World - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh986965.aspx

Windows 8 Development – Javascript App Bar II

In our last video, we created a new control and started to create a 'Full View' that is launched when a user brings up the App Bar and activates that view. Next, we will complete the logic and UI code for bringing up the button. Once finished, our blog reader will be completed. In this video, I will show you how to fully implement an App Bar interface in your Javascript application. References Javascript Blog Reader – http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh974582.aspx

Windows 8 Development – App Bar I

In our last video, we explored how to add a split control to a Windows Store application. Now, we will need to add an additional 'details' control. Page controls are relatively easy to add in Visual Studio, and the code generated is relatively straightforward and easy to modify. In this video, I will show you how to add a page control, and start laying the foundation for creating an App Bar. References Javascript Blog Reader – http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh974582.aspx

Windows 8 Development – Javascript Split Control

In our last video, we used data binding to replace sample data with actual blog feeds acquired within our program. Next, we will alter the layout in the HTML markup itself, and replace some default values with information specific to our application. Finally, we will fix a common issue with the previous version of the application being cached. In this video, I will show you how to tie data bound elements together in the HTML layout, and add custom headers. References Javascript Blog Reader – http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh974582.aspx

Windows 8 Development – Javascript ListView Binding

In our last video, we explored AJAX with the XmlHttpRequest object. Now, we're going to look at data binding using a ListView control and Javascript. Data binding is a familiar concept to .NET developers, and that skill will easily transfer to developing Windows Runtime applications. Data binding allows a set of a data, displayed by a control, to be updated without directly updating the control. In this video, I will show you how to bind data to a Windows Javascript ListView control. References Javascript Blog Reader – http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh974582.aspx

Windows 8 Development – Javascript XmlHttpRequest

In our last video, we looked at JSON and how it is used to model objects in Javascript. Now, we will look at how to do useful things with data, in particular both send and receive XML using the XmlHttpRequest object. XHR's are a familiar concept to Javascript developers, and a cornerstone in AJAX, or Asynchronous Xml And Javascript. This technology allows websites to present rich and interactive content that doesn't prevent a user from doing other tasks while operations are in progress. In this video, I will show you how to use a XmlHttpRequest in Windows Javascript, and how to add a Data Promise. References XmlHttpRequest - http://www.w3schools.com/xml/xml_http.asp Javascript Blog Reader - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh974582.aspx

Windows 8 Development – Javascript JSON Arrays

We've just begun to create a blog reader application, and so far we've customized the background color of the application and the title. Next, we need to start replacing the sample data with real data. To do this, we'll need to start using a fundamental concept in Javascript development, JSON or JavaScript Object Notation. JSON is a way to use data objects in Javascript, and are simply an ordered list of key:value pairs. Given the flexibility of this notation, a wide variety of data can be accurately modelled. In this video, I will show you how to create JSON objects and a JSON object array.

Windows 8 Development – Javascript Blog Reader I

Previously we have looked at same basic concepts in using Javascript on Windows 8. Now, we will take these skills and use them in a practical example. Microsoft has a very good blog network, and the Windows 8 Team has a series of informative blogs that are regularly updated. We will now start building an application that will, when complete, allow us to consume those blogs from a desktop application. In this video, I will show you how to create a Javascript Split App project, and customize the initial look. References Javascript Blog Reader : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh974582.aspx

Windows 8 Development – Installing Visual Studio

In the previous video on Windows 8 development, we demonstrated how to set up a Windows 8 Oracle VirtualBox VM, and in this video we will take that process to completion. Installing the Visual Studio environment and SDK is an easy, one-step process that will allow developers to get up and running very quickly. A new part of that process, however, is obtaining a Windows Store developer license. It is also fairly intuitive to obtain as it is integrated into Visual Studio itself, and is free. In this video, I will show you how to install Windows 8, and Visual Studio 2012 express including Blend, and the Windows 8 SDK.

How to Install a New Virtual Machine in Oracle VirtualBox

Desktop virtualization is a must for techies. Serious tools for testing and running multiple workloads on your workstation. There are 2 main competitors in this space the first and most awesome is obviously VMWare. Virtualbox is the next best thing to run on Windows. Windows Virtual PC on the other hand does not even support 64 bit virtualization. Until Windows 8 comes out, virtualbox is your best free alternative. With Windows 8 Hyper-V is going to be integrated on the workstation versions of the operating system as well which is awesome, however main thing that lacks with hyper-v on the desktop is the integration features. One thing I loved with Virtual PC 2007 back in the day was its speed, sleeknes of its interface and the integrated copy paste and file drag and drop. This feature was removed for Windows Virtual PC and is also non-existent with hyper-v.