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Year:2012
Date:2012-Nov-20
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User experience integration testing for Windows 8 apps
We explore the new user experience a bit further and highlight some of the interesting interactions and scenarios your app can run into based on our testing of existing apps, and what you can do to make sure your app works correctly.

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Enabling great Play To experiences from your Windows 8 apps (and websites!)
The Play To feature allows you to stream music, photos and videos from apps to Xbox and other supported devices on your home network. Imagine being able to easily flick photos and videos from your app to the big screen TV. Or music from your app to your living room speakers. Using the Play To contract, you can easily enable those scenarios for your users from your apps.

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Building quality Windows 8 apps: Important pre-submission checks for your Windows Store apps
When you get ready to submit your app to the store, you'll run it through the WACK (Windows App Certification Kit) tool. That tool will report to you the most egregious errors, but it doesn't catch everything you'll want to do to finalize your app. In this post, I have a number of suggestions ranging from the most simple to some more interesting system integration ideas.

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Optimizing JavaScript Windows 8 application: Using the Visual Studio performance analysis tool (profiler)
Performance is always an important point in any project. And you must be well equipped to find potential issues in your code in order to provide the best experience for your user regardless of the device he uses.

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Javascript – The bad parts!
A presentation on Javascript, the real bad parts.

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Videos we favorited

Core technologies for Windows 8 games

Windows 8 provides a rich set of core technologies that are vital to creating top-selling games.  You will hear about the three programming languages for games  (JavaScript, C#, C++), and the game genres most easily created in each.

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Using SQLite in Windows Store Apps

In this episode, Robert shows you how to add SQLite support to your Windows Store apps. SQLite is a free open source library that provides a self-contained transactional SQL database engine.

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Easy Asynchrony with C#: No More Callbacks!

Easy Asynchrony with C#: No More Callbacks! The Windows Runtime and .NET Framework 4.5 rely heavily on an asynchronous programming model to ensure the responsiveness of client apps and scalability of services. The new async feature in the C# and VB languagesmakes it easy to coordinate asynchronous functionality without callbacks, leaving the plumbing to the compilers. We’ll explore a simple sequential asynchronous Windows Store app, and build up to easily embrace cancellation, coordination of concurrent asynchronous activities and offloading of CPU-intensive work through the Task Parallel Library.

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