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Mobile Applications?

As mobile applications continue to gain in popularity, businesses are presented with a very serious question.  Do we need a mobile application?  Per ComScore, Digital Media usage has increased 26% for tablets (small form factors), 99% on Smartphones and decreased 8% on Desktops in the past 3 years.

I know what you are thinking.  “We have a responsive website that people can use, so we are covered for mobile already, right?”  Not exactly.  Here are some interesting statistics that I have come across while scouring the internet to find answers to this question…

Read more: https://www.intertech.com/Blog/mobile-applications-xamarin-forms-why/
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I just rolled off a client recently that needed to build a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) application as part of their hardware and software solution.  For those who aren’t yet familiar with UWP, you can check out this article by Tyler Whitney.

As many of you developers out there are aware, sometimes you have to build or bring with you a number of application infrastructure items before you can even get started with the core application logic.  For example, you might need some helpers, services and base classes that make your job easier or allow you to start with your base patterns, such as, MVC, MVVM, etc.

So, I have decided to create a series of posts that build up a bunch of common, important parts of an application that you might want to have in place before you even start developing your core functionality.  I have discussed a number of topics in my previous posts:

Building a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Application, Part 1 – Using Template10

Building a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Application, Part 2 – T4 and Strings

Building a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Application, Part 3 – Multilingual Support

Building a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Application, Part 4 – Logging w/ MetroLog

If you haven’t already read the previous posts, I recommend you do since they all build on each other.

In part 5 of this series, I thought that maybe before we start writing any application code, we might want to add a service that allows us to analyze and get insight into how our application gets used.  There are several analytics packages out there, but I thought I would take a brief look at Visual Studio Application Insights.

My goal is to create a service that allows us to use this service, along with the ability to add others.  I won’t only show you how to gather the data with the service, but briefly show you how you can view the data to help you make decision about your software.  For example, “What screens do people visit most frequently?”

How does that sound?  Excited?  Well, let’s get started…

Read more: https://www.intertech.com/Blog/building-a-universal-windows-platform-uwp-application-part-5-analytics-with-visual-studio-application-insights/
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I just rolled off a client recently that needed to build a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) application as part of their hardware and software solution.  For those who aren’t yet familiar with UWP, you can check out this article by Tyler Whitney.

As many of you developers out there are aware, sometimes you have to build or bring with you a number of application infrastructure items before you can even get started with the core application logic.  For example, you might need some helpers, services and base classes that make your job easier or allow you to start with your base patterns, such as, MVC, MVVM, etc.

So, I have decided to create a series of posts that build up a bunch of common, important parts of an application that you might want to have in place before you even start developing your core functionality.  I have discussed a number of topics in my previous posts:

Building a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Application (Part 1) – Using Template10

Building a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Application (Part 2) – T4 and Strings

Building a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Application (Part 3) – Multilingual Support

If you haven’t already read the previous posts, I recommend you do since they all build on each other.

Every developer knows the pain of distributing their application to someone who isn’t running it in debug mode in Visual Studio and is having a problem with the software.  “Oh, I haven’t done anything.”, “It used to work!” or “This software just isn’t working.” are common statements that we hear, right?

Today, we are going to discuss how we can add logging support to our application so that we can get better information from a user to help find and fix any issues that they are experiencing.

Read more: https://www.intertech.com/Blog/building-a-universal-windows-platform-uwp-application-part-4-logging-w-metrolog/
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I just rolled off a client recently that needed to build a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) application as part of their hardware and software solution.  For those who aren’t yet familiar with UWP, you can check out this article by Tyler Whitney.

As many of you developers out there are aware, sometimes you have to build or bring with you a number of application infrastructure items before you can even get started with the core application logic.  For example, you might need some helpers, services and base classes that make your job easier or allow you to start with your base patterns, such as, MVC, MVVM, etc.

So, I have decided to create a series of posts that build up a bunch of common, important parts of an application that you might want to have in place before you even start developing your core functionality.  I have discussed a number of topics in my previous posts:

Building a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Application (Part 1) – Using Template10

Building a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Application (Part 2) – T4 and Strings

If you haven’t already read the previous posts, I recommend you do since they all build on each other.

Today, we are going to discuss how we can add multilingual support to our application.

Read more: https://www.intertech.com/Blog/building-a-universal-windows-platform-uwp-application-part-3-multilingual-support/
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I just rolled off a client recently that needed to build a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) application as part of their hardware and software solution.  For those who aren’t yet familiar with UWP, you can check out this article by Tyler Whitney.

As many of you developers out there are aware, sometimes you have to build or bring with you a number of application infrastructure items before you can even get started with the core application logic.  For example, you might need some helpers, services and base classes that make your job easier or allow you to start with your base patterns, such as, MVC, MVVM, etc.

So, I have decided to create a series of posts that build up a bunch of common, important parts of an application that you might want to have in place before you even start developing your core functionality. Check out the previous post about Using Template10. If you haven’t already read the previous post, I recommend you do since they all build on each other.

Today, we are going to discuss how we use strings in our application. Sounds easy doesn’t it? I mean, just type in your text like this, “Hello World!”, right? Well, not exactly.

Read more: https://www.intertech.com/Blog/building-a-universal-windows-platform-uwp-application-part-2-t4-and-strings/
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FelixTo play off of my last post on Text to Speech in Windows Phone, I thought I would continue the theme of cartoon characters.  So, anyone out there heard of Felix the Cat?  Felix the Cat was a funny cartoon character in the silent film era.  He always found himself in a fix and needed to resort to his bag of tricks.  Well, let’s jump into the Windows Phone SDK bag of tricks and see how we can send voice commands to our Windows Phone 8 application.

Windows Phone 7.x introduced simple voice commands such as “Open Ebay”, “Call Ed Glogowski”, “Find food in Apple Valley”, “Text John Cannon” or even “Note It is my wife’s birthday on Friday”.

Windows Phone 8 has given developers the option to extend the voice commands to call directly into their application.

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imageHey everyone … to keep to your 3 minute learning lesson goal .. let’s get started.  Today’s topic is going to be setting up your development environment so that you can begin development of Silverlight applications.  I am going to assume you are running a Windows OS …

First thing … let’s download the Microsoft Web Platform.  This will include the Silverlight tools and the runtime necessary for development.

Click on the link below…

http://www.microsoft.com/web/gallery/install.aspx?appsxml=&appid=Silverlight3Tools

Click on the following…

From here you will be prompted to run the Web Platform installer … so, you should see something like this…

Select Run…

You may be prompted with a security warning … if so, you will see the following …

Select Run…

After install, the Web Platform Installer 2.0 screen should be displayed. 

From here select the Web Platform tab…

Select Click to include the recommended products under Web Server, Frameworks and Runtimes, Database and Tools…

Select the Install button …

Once you finish the install, hopefully everything installed correctly, you can shut down the Web Platform Installer 2.0.  I won’t go over any of the other options in the installer … maybe another 3 minute topic later.

Okay … at this point … you should now have everything you need to start writing your first Silverlight application.  Yahoo…are you excited?

Coming next…

Next blog post, we will focus on creating a Silverlight application using the Visual Web Developer 2008 Express tool from Microsoft.

Any comments?  I would love to hear them.  Comment on this blog or contact me on Facebook or Twitter … at http://facebook.com/edglogowski and  http://twitter.com/edyg023 respectively.