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Windows 8 Developers Day (08 June 2013) - A Recap

It was the hot, sunny morning when we reached the venue for giving a seminar on Windows 8 Store application development as part of C# Corner Jabalpur Chapter. As it was a “Windows 8 Developers Day”, we had two speakers (including me) demonstrating various path of development.

 

As it was the first event there, we expected very little crowd and there were 12 people joined it and I can say that, it was a great success. I hope to see more crowd in coming days.



Microsoft announces availability of Outlook 2013 RT with Windows 8.1

Today, Microsoft announces about Outlook 2013 RT which will come with Windows 8.1 (earlier known as Windows Blue). This will come installed for free on all new Windows RT devices like Surface. As Windows 8.1 will be an free upgrade, you will get the Outlook RT with this update.

 

To know more about Outlook RT announcement, check out the complete post. I am also embedding a video which will give you first glance to Windows 8.1.


Getting Started with Telerik’s RadNumericBox for Windows 8 XAML

Numeric control is not new and all of us already experienced it in various applications and websites. Telerik also has this control in all of their control libraries but was missing in Windows 8 for XAML library. Recently they announced the beta release of 2013.Q2 for Windows 8.

 

In this post, we will start with this new control that’s first introduced with Q2 2013 release of Telerik’s RadControls for Windows 8 XAML and find out the common properties a developer needs.


How to auto publish a website each time a #TFS build succeeds?

Once you set up your TFS build server with an automated build, the big boss will ask you to publish the web project to the intermediate server each time a new build occurs. This might be for the testers to make sure that the code is working properly.

 

What to do? You analysed that, it will hamper your productivity. Isn’t it? Then what to do? Can we automate the build server to deploy the new code each time it succeeds? Let’s discuss it.


Solution to TFS Build Error - The Silverlight 4 SDK is not installed

Today while creating my first CI Build definition in the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, I noticed that, though the Silverlight 5 SDK is installed in the server, I was unable to run the build. It was throwing an error message that says “The Silverlight 4 SDK is not installed”.

 

The issue was not actually with the Silverlight SDK and I found the solution after lots of analysis. In this post, I am going to share it so that, if you come across the same issue, it will be helpful.


How to Navigate to an URL in LightSwitch?

Sometime we might want to navigate to a specific URL in LightSwitch application. That might be a web page URL or a direct URL to some file. If you are a Silverlight developer, you might know how to navigate to an URL but there are some trick in case of LightSwitch.

 

If you are looking for a piece of code to learn the mechanism and to include in your project, then this post will guide you step-by-step.



How to create custom XMLNS namespaces to keep your XAML clean?

XAML namespace is an extension of XML namespace and conventionally written as “xmlns” in XAML pages. We use it on all XAML pages in Silverlight, Windows Phone, Windows 8, WPF related technologies to better reference assemblies and namespaces.

 

In this post we will learn more about this XMLNS namespace and the way to customize it for a cleaner XAML page. Interested to know it? Continue reading and share your feedback about the post.


Microsoft Surface won’t Turn ON - Now what to do?

I just faced an issue with my Surface RT device. I was unable to turn on the device though it was completely charged. Though I had no idea about the issue but I was guessing about the Power Switch issue. Did a lot of stuffs, searching online etc. but nothing help.

 

Finally I tweeted about the issue and got a reply which helped me to turn on the device. If you came to this page just because your Surface is not turning on, this post will help you.


Microsoft confirms Windows 8.1 (Blue) Availability and Pricing

Today Tami Reller, Chief Marketing Officer for the Microsoft Windows business confirms the general availability and pricing of Windows 8.1 (Blue) at the JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in Boston.

 

The first public preview of next version of Windows 8 will be available during BUILD Conference going to happen at the end of June 2013.


Now I am a Nokia Developer Champion from India

It’s the sunny morning when I woke up from bed and opened my Surface to check the mails and tweets those I received while I was sleeping. In the collection of all unread mail, I noticed a mail with the subject line that says “Welcome to Nokia Developer Champion”.

 

At the very beginning I thought it as dream but now my dream comes true. Yes, I am now a Nokia Developer Champion from India and I am feeling very proud to announce it to you.


How to Capture a Screenshot as File in Microsoft Surface?

Last year we discussed “How to Capture a Screenshot as File in Windows 8?” which you will find useful in your desktop PC or laptop. You will also find that post useful in a Surface if you have a keyboard attached to it, because “Win + Print Screen” key combination is needed to capture the screen.

 

What about Microsoft Surface which does not have a keyboard attach to it? In that case, a touch keyboard will be require to press the keys but that will fill half of the screen.


 
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