I’ve received several requests for publishing the MultiTouch Behaviors on the NuGet gallery so I created a simple package containing support for the Windows Phone and Silverlight platforms.
To enable your project for MultiTouch, just run the following command in the Package Manager Console and all the libraries and dependencies will be added to the Visual Studio project:
PM> Install-Package MultiTouchBehaviors
Alternatively just search for the package selecting Tools->Library Package Manager->Manage NuGet Packages for Solution from Visual Studio 2012.
If you are interested in creating a NuGet package for your open-source project, register an account here in the gallery and follow the instructions described in the section “Creating and Publishing a Package“: they are very clear and contain detailed information about the process.
The package definition for MultiTouch is also available in the Source Code section on CodePlex.
As you may know, the Microsoft Patterns & Practices team has recently released the final version of ”Prism for Windows Runtime“, available for download here on CodePlex.
This project contains a complete guidance for building Windows Store apps using C# and XAML and includes the following resources:
Big kudos to all the p & p team: they did an amazing job and I personally felt honored to have the possibility of providing feedback whilst the project was in development.
This is really a great guidance for building Windows Store applications that can be easily tested, maintained and extended: every developer building complex apps will benefit from it.
Other useful links:
Happy coding everyone!
I’m a big fan of separation of concerns: applying the correct architecture and patterns is the right way to make a successful project instead of making it fail.
There’s a lot of buzz in this period around Windows 8 and its programming model based around WinRT, WinJS, CSS3 and HTML: the platform is out from a while and it’s ready for prime time. What about applying some best practices for building awesome applications?
I’m coming from a XAML background and, in the past years, I had the opportunity to verify in real projects how the correct usage of patterns like MVVM, Commanding, Event Aggregation, Dependency Injection (and more…) permits the developer to build reliable, maintainable and scalable applications.
MVVM Stack for WinJS is a new project by my friend and Microsoft MVP Corrado Cavalli: it contains a set of reusable classes that helps you creating Windows Store Applications using MVVM, messaging, suspend/resume support, Blendability (design-time data) and more.
The available documentation contains useful information about:
The code is available for download on Codeplex and contains a sample application describing the concepts.
Happy coding everyone!
Great news for all Kinect for Windows developers and NUI enthusiasts: a new version of the SDK will be available for download on Monday March 18th, 2013 from the official site http://www.kinectforwindows.com.
A comprehensive list of the new tools and features is available in the official Kinect for Windows Blog:
Happy Kinecting everyone!
I’m always interested in evaluating new tools and components for enriching the User eXperience of projects and shortening the time to market.
In the past I used for some projects XAML controls from Telerik and I’ve been always pleased with their performance, availability of samples and ease of use.
Recently I’ve received my copy of the new “Telerik RadControls for Windows 8” and I observed how the same approach has been applied to the new components for the Windows 8 platform.
RadControls for Windows 8 are native XAML and HTML components for creating Windows 8 apps. Built from the ground up for Windows 8, RadControls offer the same intuitive UI and UX no matter if you are developing in XAML or HTML environment. The suite offers functionalities such as DatePicker and Chart to complement the stock UI toolbox and shorten your app time to market.
If you have a certified app using the product, let Telerik know so that your app can get featured in the showcase gallery.
Check out an overview video here: http://youtu.be/yxzXFrlVPfc
Happy XAMLing everyone!
Just a quick post to highlight an interesting article by Blaine Wastell about a new project (codename “Kona“) that will provide guidance on developing line of business (LOB) apps for Windows 8.
Check out this link for the details of this interesting project!
The last week has been very exciting for Microsoft developers: The //build/ conference in Redmond was full of amazing content including Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 SDK, Microsoft Surface, Xbox SmartGlass, Kinect for Windows and the new language TypeScript.
Unfortunately I hadn’t the possibility to participate at the conference but had some free time during the week-end to watch some of the recorded sessions available here on Channel9: this is really a great resource and I suggest everyone interested in Microsoft technologies to download some videos and have fun with it.
I decided then to take a look at the new features available in Windows Phone 8 and the related SDK: Justin Angel has a great article about this topic in the Nokia Developer Community.
To get my hands dirty I moved then on my personal Open-Source project “Multi-Touch Behaviors” on CodePlex: this is a set of Epression Blend Behaviors for different platforms including Windows Phone, Silverlight and WPF for applying gestures and manipulations (like the one available in the “old” ScatterView control) to generic XAML elements.
The project was not yet updated to Windows Phone 8 so I took this opportunity and experimented with the new SDK: this was really a great experience since I was able to upgrade quickly all my samples to the new platform using the same codebase used for the Silverlight version.
Unfortunately I haven’t the possibility to test the performance on a real Windows Phone 8 device at the moment but the first impressions are really positive.
I have already checked in the code for WP8 here, I’m planning more testing and development in the future.
Happy XAMLing everyone
Check out these useful downloads including hands-on labs, presentations, samples and resources from the Windows 8 camps.
More resources available in this post @ ExpressionBlend.com.
Great news for Kinect lovers today: a new version of the SDK and tools has been released and includes tons of new functionalities like
- Kinect Studio: a new tools for recording and playing back Kinect data;
- Face tracking SDK: real-time 3D mesh of facial features;
- Lot of new samples, additions and documentation improvements;
- New seated Skeletal tracking;
- New capabilities to enable avatar animation scenarios;
- Four new languages supported for speech recognition: French, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese.
Click here to read the official announcement in the “Kinect for Windows” blog.
Great days and lot of new tools for Metro XAML developers on Windows 8.
Callisto is a new library of controls and helpers (including SQLite support) for Windows 8 XAML applications (aka Metro style apps) developed by Tim Heuer (@timheuer) and Morten Nielsen (@dotmorten).
Click here to access the project and download the new bits!