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Liquid Newsletter Template Week:42
Year:2012
Date:2012-Oct-16
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Books we recommend

Don’t make me think

You are a developer. Most of the times you need a ui expert to solve your web usability issues but none can be found. If you want to know the basics on web usability this is the book to read. Concise info, to the point with some humour kicked-in. Happy reading!

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Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (Second Preview)

We’re happy to release the Second Preview of our free ebook Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, by Kraig Brockschmidt.

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Articles we enjoyed

How to call WinRT APIs in Windows 8 from C# Desktop Applications
Access the functionality of WinRT using C# in a Windows 8 desktop application

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Rich JavaScript Applications – the Seven Frameworks
A very detailed comparison of the most popular javascript frameworks for rich applications.

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Using the MVVM Pattern in Windows 8
Any programmer with previous experience in any of the XAML-based frameworks has probably at least heard of the Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) pattern. Some have been using it extensively in all of their Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Silverlight or Windows Phone applications. Others have avoided it, either because they misunderstand what the pattern does, exactly, or because they don’t want to add what they see as a new level of complexity to their application.

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Transform Your HTML/CSS/JavaScript Apps into Windows 8 Application
With HTMLand JavaScript becomes the first class citizen to develop windows 8 apps, you can transform your existing HTMLor web apps into windows 8 apps quite easily. You may already have a web app on the Internet and want to reach customers with a new, targeted experience on Windows 8. In this article, I will provide some practical guidance and best practices on how to reuse your web assets, and how you can use your Web skills to build deeply-integrated Windows apps.

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The Windows Store App Lifecycle
Windows 8 is changing how and when applications run, and you’ll want to understand the nuances of the new application lifecycle so you can build apps that respond as they should at every point. Apps that conform to the Microsoft lifecycle management guidelines offer a better experience for the user, especially on small devices where memory and battery conservation are warranted.

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Videos we favorited

Microsoft DevRadio: Using Blend to Help Design Your Windows 8 Apps (Part 2)

In Part 2 of our Using Blend for Windows 8 apps series, Andrew Duthie and Kirupa Chinnathambi take a deep dive into how you can use Blend to easily design your Windows 8 apps for various devices. In this episode they’ll show you how to use the device panel and how to react to views and view states.

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