First published Win 8 app

October 25, 2012 at 7:40 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I just released my first application for Windows 8. QuakeView is an app that displays USGS earthquake data on a Bing map. It has the ability to download recent events in the background, display them on live tiles on the Start page and send toast notifications for significant events. I originally wrote the app in HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript in the Developer Preview to learn about this method of app development for Win 8 but switched to XAML/C# when the Bing Maps SDK became available.

The effort has been a terrific exercise in learning many of the key concepts and techniques for writing Win 8 apps.

Here is a link to the app int the Store.


Data binding made simple

September 1, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Posted in Silverlight, Uncategorized, WPF | Leave a comment

Data binding is a very important topic for WPF and Silverlight applications and Microsoft has created a very rich set of functionality in the frameworks to make it work in a variety of ways.  The problem is there are so many ways of doing things that I find the documentation from different sources to be quite confusing.

Today, I was working on a little application which should be very amenable to the use of data binding UI controls (listboxes and textboxes) to data objects.  After being away from WPF for a time, I was struggling to relearn exactly the best way to do it.  The MSDN documentation is thorough but is TMI at times.

I finally ran across a tutorial that captures the essence of what I needed to do in this application as well as others that I have worked on in the past.  If you want a clear example of how to implement data binding for either Silverlight or WPF, I recommend you check out this post. 

It’s a start

August 12, 2007 at 7:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

OK.   I am all set now.  I have my blog and have just installed Windows Live Writer.  Now all I need is an idea!

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