Offline Sync for Mobile Services – Part 1: Resources

The Azure Mobile Services SDK offer a very useful preview feature for syncing a mobile apps backend data with a local database on the device.

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It’s Poster Time!

Time to redecorate your dev corner:

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Kickstart your Xamarin adventure with these links

Xamarin has grown to become the most powerful tool for building native apps in C# using shared code with a customized UI for each platform; iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Windows. I have only tried it out during a competence day at work, but spent my lunch break today collecting links for future research.
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Visual Studio 2013 and Blend design-time exception debugging

This blog post describes how to debug a design-time exception by attaching a second Visual Studio instance to the XAML designer worker process. A demo solution is included to let you practice the debugging scenario. I will also point out a problem with using ‘Application.Current’ in design-time.
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How to build a simple Win 8 Store App and also implement the Search Contract without using VS built-in Search Contract Template

I have looked into some videos and MSDN articles about the Search Contract and created a cleaner MVVM example without using the Visual Studio template for Search Contracts. The result is a fully working app also showing concepts like Search suggestions, Converters, Horizontal Listbox, XAML Resources, Blendability and INotifyPropertyChanged injection without becoming complex. Source code is included.

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How to shorten a link with Bitly and share it in a Windows Store app

I am working on a Windows Store app where one of the features is to share shortened links. This is a brief description on how I solved it.

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Label printing in your .NET application with a DYMO LabelWriter 450

I am involved in a side project to create a minor visitor management application. One feature is to print name badges. This post is about my first experience to use DYMO:s LabelWriter 450 and their .NET SDK to communicate with it.

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Google Analytics for your WinRT app

I have looked into how to use Google Analytics in a WinRT app and would like to share my findings.

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Design resources for Windows Phone and Windows 8 programmers

I enjoy working with WP- and Win8 projects. New cool hardware, new application architectures, new tools and no more battleship-grey experiences! The developer scene has changed, especially at the frontend. I have collected some useful design resources for developers in this post.

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Can you trust the Windows App Certification Kit (WACK)?

Yesterday I finished a Windows 8 store app after a couple of weeks work. Everything looked good on a test slate, my dev machine and my colleague’s machine. The app had also passed the WACK tests less than a week ago.

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