Jerry Nixon on Windows

Jerry Nixon on Windows

Monday, November 24, 2014

Reading and Writing Base64 in the Windows Runtime

Sometimes it’s super-valuable to take an image and convert it to text – let’s call this encoding. This text is base64 and it’s a well-established standard for such things. It can be inserted into JSON, XAML, and even used in CSS. Conversely, it’s important to convert that text back into an image – let’s call this decoding. And, developers can do it all in the Windows Runtime.

Let’s begin by recognizing that how binary information is translated into and out of text isn’t important. It’s all settled by the standards nerds – we’re just leveraging their hard work.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hey! The future of WPF?

How about a quick chat with the Windows Presentation Foundation team? Not sure what that road map article really meant. We’ll get to the bottom of it. Spoiler alert, it’s awesome and you’ll walk away smiling.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ready to learn? Developing Universal Windows Apps with C# and XAML. A new, free course on Microsoft Virtual Academy.

imageI’m back with my buddy Daren May to develop a Universal App on the Windows platform using X# and XAML. Yep. It’s how to deal with the problems you might hit; it’s how to use Prism MVVM for Store Apps, and strategies for implementing common scenarios like Security, Notifications, Local data, Code generation, telemetry, and more.

Friday, September 26, 2014

See you at TechEd in Barcelona

techedI feel pretty luck to have spoken at Build in San Francisco, TechEd in Houston, and now TechEd in Barcelona, Spain.

It’s in October, and I will be speaking on XAML and the Prism Framework. If you are headed to TechEd Europe this year, I hope you find me and say hi.

Best of luck!

Friday, September 19, 2014

DevRadio: Microsoft OCR Library for Windows Runtime

Jerry Nixon welcomes Ivan Stojiljkovic and Jelena Mojasevic from the Microsoft offices in Serbia as they discuss the new features and capabilities found in the Microsoft OCR Library for Windows Runtime. Tune in for this highly informative session where they show us how you can use the OCR Library to extract text from images In your apps. More…

Friday, September 5, 2014

DevRadio: How to use Visual Studio to Build Hybrid Apps that run on iOS, Android and Windows devices

Jerry Nixon welcomes Chuck Lantz, a Sr. Program Manager from the Visual Studio client team to the show as they discuss how you can build Hybrid apps for iOS, Android and Windows devices using Visual Studio with Apache Cordova integration. Tune in for this highly informative session and learn how you can deploy apps to a variety of platforms using a single project based on HTML and JavaScript.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Bing Image Widget

The Bing Image Widget enhances your web site with the power of Bing Image Search and provides your users with beautiful, configurable image galleries and slideshows. Learn more.

It’s that easy. It’s also in the news!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I had a dream. And, I was in charge!

The way Microsoft acquires companies to solve niche problems is very interesting to me. It’s equally interesting to me how Microsoft determines what products and features to build and discontinue. I started considering how this might be streamlined. Yes, it’s just a dream, but isn’t it compelling?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Did you know you can use Visual Studio to write an Android app?

imageYou might think you need x-code to write an iOS app. You might think you need eclipse to write an Andriod app. Visual Studio, is it just for Windows?

The answer is a solid “No”. Since the recent update of Visual Studio 2013 Update 3, developers have comprehensive tooling to support Apache Cordova.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Let’s Code! Strongly-typed Experiences in Prism MVVM for Windows Store

imageMicrosoft Patterns and Practices has created Prism MVVM for Windows Store Apps. This lightweight framework/toolkit gives you what you would get with MVVM Light but with some helper classes specific to Windows Store Apps – like app lifecycle management, extended splash screen, and orientation detection. 

Navigation Service

One key to Prism and every MVVM framework is the Navigation Service. Prism’s Navigation Service has a Navigate(string, object) method into which you do not pass the page type, no. You pass the Experience.