TypeScript, Visual Studio, Windows Store apps

Store app Typescript Project Template

Recently I’ve been writing Windows Store apps using TypeScript. Because TypeScript compiles to JavaScript this can be done without any problems. The hardest part at the moment is getting the project up and running. One of the things is that there’s no official Project Template to start a new project. So I made one myself. Feel free to use it and if you run into any issues please let me know. You can download the template here or get it from GitHub. To use it, first extract the file in the ProjectTemplates folder of Visual Studio 2013. You can find…

Blend for Visual Studio, Windows 8.1, Windows Store apps, XAML

XAML Flyouts using Blend

A new control added in the Windows 8.1 preview is the Flyout control. It is used for temporarily showing some UI based on what the user is doing. It could be, or actually must be, easily dismissed by clicking or tapping outside it. You can attach the Flyout control to a button or use the FlyoutBase.AttachedFlyout  attached property on any other framework element. Other than a dialog, the flyout does not create a window and does not block the UI. Button Flyout For demonstration purposes I started by creating a new Windows Store application using Blend for Visual Studio 2013…

Blend for Visual Studio, Windows 8.1, XAML

Hub Control in Blend

HUB When looking at the apps that are in the Windows Store at the moment you might notice a certain pattern. A lot of apps start by showing some various types of content separated in sections, often with the possibility to navigate to more content. Sometimes semantic zoom is also added to make navigating between different sections more easy. In Windows 8.0 you needed to do quite a lot of work to get this done. In Windows 8.1 a new control is added that makes the process of building apps using this hub pattern a piece of cake. Speaking of…

Challenge, Windows 8, Windows Store apps

Telerik Accelerator Challenge

Just wanted to share this challenge my good friends over at Telerik are holding at the moment. Telerik is looking for awesome Windows Store app ideas. If you are a startup and have a great idea for a Windows 8 app this might be a great opportunity for you. You’ll have to enter your idea by March 15. Five teams will than be shortlisted. If you make it to the list, the judges will interview your team in early April. And if the judges pick your idea, you’ll get $30K of funding, a 1 week bootcamp in Hong Kong and…

.NET, Windows Store apps, WinRT

SQLite for WinRT

Intro Often you need to store some data from the application you are building. One option for Windows Store apps is a local database in the file system, SQLite. It’s pretty easy to setup and to use. SQLite is self-contained serverless database engine and is available for free for many platforms ranging from Linux to Windows. In this small tutorial I’d like to show you how to get started using it in you Windows Store app. Bits & Pieces First you’ll have to get the database engine. There is a .visx installation package available at www.sqlite.org. I downloaded the Precompiled…