Category Archives: Tutorials

Setting up your first use of the Animation library in WinJS

The WinJS Animation library provides some pre-scripted animation functions that allow you to easily reproduce the signature animations of Metro-style apps.  Since there is no “Animated Application” template (and I don’t think there should be).  I thought I’d share the first … Continue reading

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No Alert in WinJS! Use console or MessageDialog instead

Please excuse the superfluous exclamation point in the title, this is not a true emergency. Most JavaScript developers have moved on from debugging with the alert function, but sometimes the quick and very dirty function comes up as an old … Continue reading

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New Windows Phone “How Do I” Video Series

“How do I…do something new in and cool in Windows Phone ‘Mango’? This is Adam Kinney for Microsoft and today we’re going to answer that question by…” If you are new to Windows Phone 7 Development or you want to … Continue reading

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Metro List View double line – from PSD to Silverlight

I was recently working on a Windows Phone 7 application where one of the goals was to be very true to the Metro design guidelines. Like many applications we were using the trusty ListBox to show items with titles and … Continue reading

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Golf Tracker and DailyAwesome – New WP7 tutorials on the Toolbox Site

The Microsoft Toolbox site has been updated with extra credit. The new material covers Widnows Phone 7 and includes 4 apps with source code, video and written tutorials. You can see a few shots from Andy Beaulieu’s Air Hockey app, … Continue reading

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New Windows Phone 7 tutorials for Designers on toolbox!

One of my recent focuses has been diving into the topic of designing applications for Windows Phone 7.  Although simple upon first glance, the Metro design language has strong guidelines and can make a real impact on the design of … Continue reading

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An easy way to preview your HTML in the WP7 web browser

This is an easy to preview what your HTML will look like in the version of IE used as the browser in Windows Phone 7. There is a feature in Expression Web called SnapShot that provides a way to easily preview … Continue reading

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Dissecting the IE9 Fish Tank demo: PNG based sprite sheet animation with Canvas

One of my favorite demos from the IE9 Test Drive site is FishIE Tank. Labeled a “Speed Demo” the FishIE Tank demonstrates hardware acceleration, canvas based image manipulation and PNG based sprite sheet animation. And watching the FPS meter on … Continue reading

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Import Art from Photoshop and Make into Silverlight Controls

One of my favorite features of Silverlight is the ability to completely redefine the visual elements of a control. By editing templates and visual states you can reuse the functionality of controls without having to write any custom classes or … Continue reading

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New tutorials on .toolbox on PathListBox and Fluid UI

We tweeted about them, but I realized this morning I haven’t blogged about the new tutorials on the .toolbox site.   To go along with the Expression Studio 4 launch, the team has put together a new 5-day OnRamp training … Continue reading

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