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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

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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Windows ShotsHey, welcome back to another Windows 10 Shots blog post.  I hope you read my last post, Windows 10 Tips – Snap Assist.

I have mentioned in previous posts, with most shots, after about a handful, things will start to get a little hazy.  But, with Windows 10 Shots, the hope would be that the opposite would happen.  That clarity and insight into the highly anticipated release would free your mind to great new features and power of Windows 10.

Microsoft just recently released their latest update for Windows 10, called Windows 10 Anniversary Update.  Oh, and this isn’t just a small update either.  It is a major update, with a lot of new features, performance enhancements, and bug fixes.

Read more: https://www.intertech.com/Blog/windows-10-tips-windows-taskbar-badges-anniversary-update/
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Windows ShotsHey, welcome back to another Windows 10 tips blog post.  I hope you read my last post, Windows 10 Shots – Streaming and Cast to Device.

I have mentioned in previous posts, with most shots, after about a handful, things will start to get a little hazy.  But, with Windows 10 Shots (this new series of posts), the hope would be that the opposite would happen.  That clarity and insight into the highly anticipated release would free your mind to great new features and power of Windows 10.

Have you ever been in a meeting presenting, demo-ing or even pitching a great idea to your business, when a notification quickly pops up on your screen from a colleague or friend talking about the exciting bender the two of you are going to have later that night?   Suddenly, your face turns red and you frantically try to close the notification.  In some cases, you accidentally click the link in the notification and an inappropriate website/application comes up to display in all of its glory to all those participating in the meeting?  Well, hopefully that scenario, if it hasn’t already, will never happen to you.

With Windows 10, there are a couple of things that you can do to keep those pesky notifications from popping up on your screen during presentations or odd hours of the night.  (There is nothing like hearing your computer binging and bonging all night long with notifications.)

Read more: https://www.intertech.com/Blog/windows-10-tips-stop-those-notifications/
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Hey everyone!  So, I have decided to start a new series on Silverlight.  I am calling it Silverlight Shots.  Silverlight Shots will be small blog posts that discuss a simple aspect/feature/thought about developing in Silverlight.  The goal is to keep the post small enough that you can read it and learn something in less than 3 minutes.  I will be starting from the very basics and then move into more advanced topics.  So, in order to keep with this goal … I better start now …

To start off with this series … we need to ask ourselves this question … what is Silverlight?  Sweet … easy answer … as defined by my Microsoft on their Silverlight home page, http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/overview/default.aspx … stating this …

 

What is Silverlight?

Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform and cross-device browser plug-in that helps companies design, develop and deliver applications and experiences on the Web. A free download that installs in seconds, Silverlight enables a new class of rich, secure and scalable cross-platform experiences.

Examples

If you want some great examples of sites using Silverlight … check out their showcase … http://silverlight.net/showcase/.  Very impressive!

Final thoughts …

Silverlight, though it seems like it is Microsoft’s version of Flash, if far more than that.  Can it do all the things that Flash can?  Yes, well mostly.  In my opinion, one of the most intriguing aspects of Silverlight is this … if you are already a .NET/Web developer … you are pretty much ready to start developing and deploying Silverlight applications.  You don’t have to learn a new language, a new development environment or setup new servers.  You simply do what you are good at … and that is develop!

Coming next …

In my next blog post … I will discuss how to quickly get up and running with with the Silverlight development environment!

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.