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    Day 2: Building a Metro App with Visual Studio 11 Express

    September 20, 2011 Share
    Yesterday I blogged about using my Windows 8 tablet as my main machine for work and device for play. Today I will share my experience in using the device for building a Metro app. The first application that I ever wrote was 19 years ago for the Timex Sinclair 1000. (I can’t believe that I am that old!) I’ve come a long way now writing for a touch enabled device (but the TS 1000 was about the same size of an iPad.). Keeping with tradition, I will write a simple “Hello World” and see how it goes. Step 1: Load Visual Studio Sounds easy, right? Remember this is Windows...
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    Day 1 at the office with my Windows 8 Developer Tablet

    September 19, 2011 Share
    Today was my first day back in the office for my job at Telerik and I decided that I would try an experiment. I would use only my Windows 8 tablet that I received at the Build conference last week for both my work and play. I put away my Lenovo laptop (for work) and my iPad (for reading in bed) and decided I would use only the tablet for the next few days. The tablet came with a Bluetooth keyboard and dock, so I put that together and started to play around.   The first thing that I realized is that the traditional Windows “Start” menu is gone, completely replaced by...
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    A bad picture is worth a thousand long discussions.

    September 15, 2011 Share
    A blog by Doug Seven, Executive Vice President at Telerik. (Original post here) While here at Build I’ve been in lots of conversations with customers, other attendees, Microsoft MVP’s, Microsoft Regional Directors, and Microsoft engineering team members. One of the recurring topics that I’ve been talking about ad nausium is the “boxology” diagram of the Windows 8 Platform and Tools (shown here). Now let me tell you, I have drawn a lot of these “marketecture” diagrams in my time and its not easy. These kind of diagrams are never technically accurate. There is simply no easily digestible way to make a technically accurate diagram for a complex system...
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    RadControls for WP7 Showcase Gallery Grows

    September 15, 2011 Share
    10 new customers’ apps are added to the RadControls for Windows Phone Showcase Gallery and with 10 more in the pipeline, we will soon be celebrating our 100th customer showcase app.   Among the fresh apps is Baby Expert which is currently on #22 in its category. It’s always a pleasure to hear such news.
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    Why Microsoft Needs a Metro-Only Edition of Windows 8

    September 15, 2011 Share
    The Microsoft developer ecosystem has been alive with buzz about Windows 8 all week at the Build conference. What everyone is talking about is the new Metro user experience and interface and the new WinRT API that supports it. I was one of the lucky ones who got a ticket to Build before it sold out and received the developer prototype hardware tablet running the early preview of Windows 8 (I’ve never had prototype hardware before!) After playing with it for a few days, I can say that while the app store is not open yet and it is obvious  that the software is pre-alpha (there is no Metro mail client for...