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.
Read more →

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.

Read more →

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.

Read more →