Sunday, April 20, 2014

Project types using the Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows

Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Update 2 RC was installed on a Windows 8.1 Laptop computer. In addition to the Windows program Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Web and Blend for Visual Studio 2013 (This will be installed if you are to run just the Update 2 RC) were also installed on the computer. With Blend you can develop HTML and XAML Store Apps.

Here is a screen shot of the details of Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Update 2 RC.


Using this interface you can create a variety of project types using the templates as shown in the next image.


On line resources provide lot more samples.

Except Visual Basic the other project types (JavaScript, C# and C++) allows you to create Universal Apps which is a single page universal app for Windows and Windows Phone that uses the Windows Runtime and has no predefined controls or layout.


If you are only developing Store Apps with JavaScript then you have the following options:

1. Universal Apps
  •    Blank Universal App - single page Windows & Windows Phone APP
  •    Hub/Pivot Universal App - three page app that uses a Hub control for Windows and Pivot control for Windows Phone
  •    Navigation Universal App - Windows and windows Phone app that has predefined navigation  controls
2. Windows Apps
  •    Blank App - single-page app
  •    Grid App  - three-page app
  •    Split App - two-page app for master detail
  •    Hub App   - three-page app using a Hub Control
  •    Navigation App -An app with predefined navigation controls
3. Windows Phone Apps
  •    Blank App - single page app with no predefined controls/layout
  •    Pivot App - an app that uses a Pivot control
  •    Navigation app - An app with predefined navigation controls

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview makes Nokia Lumia Icon loose its touch sensitivity

I have been using Nokia Lumia Icon for the past few weeks. It has perhaps one of the best camera systems. Recently couple of days ago, I installed Windows Phone 8.1 Preview despite the warnings.

http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/04/get-windows-phone-81-developer-preview.html

Actually I was trying to get on to Cortina, which of course I did.

http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2013/12/i-dont-mind-cortana-to-be-my-digital.html

http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/04/microsoft-closes-gap-with-apple-and.html


However, last night I had left the phone for charging and in the morning when I wanted to read news, I switched on. OMG! the splash screen came up and would not move. I asked my wife to call me; the call reached my phone but I could not swipe up and go the start screen.

Then I tried the camera, it worked and I took pictures, but I could not zoom with one finger (not even with two fingers!). I tried to bring up the browser and I could not.

I judged that the phone has lost its 'touch sensitivity'. I tried to put it in 'vibrate' only mode by bringing down the volume and it would not.

Then with zero volume setting I hit the on button several times. Finally, it started working when it was hard turned off and started up with NOKIA followed by Windows Phone welcome message.

I am sure some of my readers might have gotten into this situation and I would like to hear from you. Kindly leave a comment.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Deixe-nos trabalhar com servi├žos de nuvem Azure -Azure in Brazil


Microsoft has announced Azure service from Brazil through its Azure South region located in Sao Paulo. It is now available for public preview. With Locally Redundant Storage data can remain in Brazil.

Nature of Locally redundant replication:
With locally redundant replication, storage account data is replicated three times within the same data center. Locally redundant replication is offered at discounted rates.

Note that changing from Locally redundant replication to geo-replication will incur additional costs.

More on Locally Redundant Replication here.
http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/storage-manage-storage-account/

According to Microsoft,
"The Azure website has been updated to provide detailed information on service availability and pricing for the new region. Azure Virtual Machines, Cloud Services, Storage, SQL Database, Web Sites, and Data Transfers hosted from Brazil South will be offered at a discount during the preview period. "

Brazil joins other countries in hosting the center