Jerry Nixon on Windows

Friday, February 20, 2015

Creating a WrapPanel

Recently I saw a friend, Glenn Versweyveld, write a blog about showing a “tags” (eg blog tags) within an app. The blog documents how to create a horizontal list of tags that are not formed into columns and rows. The list would let the items flow naturally. He used something I never would have thought of to accomplish this. He used a RichTextBlock. This was a rather cool idea that again, I would have never thought of.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Microsoft January 21 Event Highlights

Microsoft had a series of major announcements on January 21. Most of them around Windows 10. Did you miss it? Let me summarize for you.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

12 things you should teach your daughters about Microsoft Word

My daughters are getting into typing their homework, so I am making sure they understand OneDrive, OneNote, and Word. These are like Visual Studio for the student. OneDrive is their source control. OneNote manages their assets. And Word guides them away from simple, stupid errors without writing their papers for them.

I’ve been giving them some small tutorials, and thought I would take a little of the lesson and put it here. This is, as far as I am concerned, the basics of what you should teach your daughters (or sons) about Microsoft Word. Lots of these features are part of the web version of Word that comes in OneDrive – only a few of them are parts of Google Docs (yuck) some of their classes use. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Resources for making apps accessible


Accessibility Resources for Developers (Portal with many links)

Accessibility for Windows Runtime apps using C#/VB/C++ and XAML

Accessibility for Windows Runtime apps using JavaScript and HTML

Make your Windows 8.1 app accessible. Reach more customers!

Testing for accessibility in Windows Store apps

Using Narrator on the Desktop

Using Narrator on the Phone

Microsoft Accessibility Standard (MAS)

Channel 9 Videos

Introduction to Accessibility

Designing with Narrator in mind

How to Build an Accessible Windows 8.1 App

Lessons Learned from Building Alarms and Calculator for Windows 8.1

Tips and Tricks for Designing a Great Accessibility Experience for Your App

Friday, December 5, 2014

Let’s code! Data binding to a Radio Button in XAML

In XAML, RadioButton is like CheckBox (they both inherit from ToggleButton) with 2 differences: 1) they look different, and 2) when grouped together, checking one RadioButton will uncheck the others. But how should a developer implement the RadioButton? It is a little confusing, especially when data binding. I will demonstrate three approaches. 

Aside: I will also point you to this article which discusses the problems of a three-state CheckBox and how binding to a nullable type in WinRT-XAML can create a lot of developer consternation. I realize that article is about CheckBox and this article is about RadioButton, but it’s tangentially relevant.

DevRadio: Application Insights

How do your users actually use your application or website? Jerry Nixon welcomes Rahul Bagaria to the show as they help answer that question by introducing us to Application Insights, a new service offered in Microsoft Azure with ties to Visual Studio 2013 and Visual Studio Online.

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!