It seems inevitable. At some point, you get into a situation where you need to shutdown Windows without a display or a mouse. Maybe your laptop screen has failed or your display driver is problematic. Or perhaps, you need to drive some automation to shutdown Windows. This little trick will allow you to shutdown Windows … Read moreHow to Shutdown Windows with Your Eyes Closed
If you are trying to get started with creating a Windows 8 Store App, there are some great starter kits that show you how to use several public web service APIs. The kits have sample code to access APIs such as Edmunds, Tom-Tom, Twitter, Tumblr, Yelp, Meetup and many others. Check them out on GitHub. … Read moreCheck it Out! I Wrote a Windows Store App! You can too with APIMASH Starter Kits.
Believe it or not, way back when Windows Vista was in beta, there were a bunch of “app compat guys”. Over the years, many of us have moved on to other things but one guy has stood the test of time. Chris Jackson has earned the title of “The App Compat Guy” hands down. Chris … Read moreTHE “App Compat Guy” – Still Crazy After All These Years
If your developing a new Windows 8 app and you want to test it on another device (e.g. Surface), you’ll need to use a technique called sideloading. This can easily be done through a few steps that I’ll describe in this post. What is Sideloading? Windows 8 Store Apps are deployed through the Windows Store. … Read moreHow Do I Deploy a Windows 8 App to Another Device for Testing?
I had the opportunity to go to TechEd North America 2011 in Atlanta this year. Channel 9 has made all the sessions from TechEd available on their website. Now you can listen to Ben Farmer and me discuss Windows 7 multitouch development. In the Windows 7 Touch Application Development: Selecting the Right Platform presentation, I … Read moreWindows 7 Touch Development Sessions from TechEd
In a previous post, I discussed pros and cons of different development platforms for Windows 7 touch applications. In this post, I’ll continue elaborating on each development environment and discuss common development considerations and issues for a touch application when using native C++. If you haven’t read the Windows Touch Guidance whitepaper, please review this … Read moreDeveloping a Native Win32 Application for Windows 7 Touch
In my previous post, I discussed pros and cons of different development platforms for Windows 7 touch applications. In this post, my goal is to discuss common development considerations and issues for a touch application when using WPF. If you haven’t read the Windows Touch Guidance whitepaper, please review this document for good general guidance … Read moreDeveloping a WPF Application for Windows 7 Touch
If you are planning on developing a Windows 7 Touch application, you may be wondering what development platform is the right choice for your application. Reviewing your requirements for your application and picking the right platform before you start can help you avoid roadblocks and design around limitations. Each development platform that is enabled for … Read moreDevelopment Platforms for Windows 7 Touch
My earlier post on Interactive Services Detection is very popular. It was targeted toward developers. Based on the comments I receive, I think most readers are users looking for some help. If you’re a developer, make sure to check out my previous post. If you are just a user trying to figure out why Interactive … Read moreTroubleshooting Interactive Services Detection
Did you know Windows 7 has built in multi-touch API’s? Have you been wondering how to convert your current application to be touch enabled? Perhaps you want to develop the next cool slate PC app? Maybe you would like to start developing for touch but are wondering how to get started in C++, Silverlight, or … Read moreDeveloping for Windows Touch? Windows Touch Guidance Document Now Available