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2017

Binding to the Window Title in UWP

I was recently in a scenario where I had a UWP app with a timer. The running timer was supposed to be displayed in the title bar of the app (the app is a UWP...

Android Floating Widgets In Xamarin

I first noticed the floating widgets when I saw Facebook Messenger on a Samsung. I really liked the idea of the chatheads with the conversation folding out w...

2016

using the surface dial as a debug tool

Update: here’s a small video of the extension in action   The Surface Dial is a nifty little device, it feels great and can add some nice capabilities ...

the future of xaml styler

A while ago I forked the popular Visual Studio plugin XAML Styler. The original author had abandoned the project before Visual Studio 2013 came out. I forked...

httpclient in mobile apps

I’ve been seeing a lot of discussions lately on how to correctly use HttpClient in mobile apps, both UWP and / or Xamarin apps. In this post I’d like to shar...

2015

xamarin forms bindable wrappanel

A wrappanel is something XAML developers are very familiar with. It’s a panel that orders its children either horizontally or vertically but when the childre...

2014

lowlandswpdev 2014 slides & demos

Last weekend I had the distinct honor and pleasure of co-organizing and speaking at an international Windows Platform developer event. Lowlands WP dev 2014 w...

a practical guide to mvvm (light)

You don’t have to look very far into the pits of the internet to find that there are still a lot of devs with questions on how to build a Windows / Windows P...

geofencing in windows phone 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1 brings the concept of Geofencing to our beloved Windows Phone platform. Geofencing allows us to trigger an action whenever a user is at a p...

wp8 as bluetooth start button

If you’ve ever used applications like the Office Remote that seem to take over your computer you’ll know that it can provide quite the “magic” experience. As...

branching xaml styler

Some time ago I blogged about having recompiled the great XAML Styler plugin so it would install into Visual Studio 2013. The recompiled plugin suddenly beca...

first time mvp!

The year 2014 started of with a bang for me. On January 1st I was very honored to receive this mail Meaning I just became a Microsoft MVP in the field of Cl...

2013

marker based ar with monogame and wp8

Marker based Augmented Reality is really easy thanks to toolkits like SLAR. A bigger challenge is when you want to use those toolkits in a Monogame applicati...

data validation in windows phone 8

Whenever you need to do data input you’re probably going to add some form of data validation. There is a ton of information out there on how to do this in Si...

xaml styler for visual studio 2013

Xaml Styler is a free Visual Studio 2012 extension available from the gallery. I’ve been using this extension for quite some time now and I’m really happy wi...

navigating pages in wp8 like in win8

Currently, there are quite some inconsistencies between the Windows Phone SDK and the Windows 8 SDK. One of the very first that you’ll run into when developi...

community day 2013

Yesterday was the day for Community day 2013, already the seventh edition. A bunch of user groups working together to create a great agenda of presentations...

extending the windows phone pivot

As I was working on a Windows Phone 8 project I needed a pivot that could hide its title, giving back some screen real-estate when needed. The basic pivot th...

presenting at multi-mania

Today I delivered a session at Europe’s biggest free multimedia conference. The session was an introductory session on Windows Phone 8. As promised dur...

taking over msdn belux

The Belgian MSDN team started an initiative a few weeks ago. They give the password to the MSDNBeLux Twitter account to someone from the community, that pers...

porting a real win8 app to wp8–part 3

It’s been a good while since I last worked on porting Comic Cloud from Windows 8 to Windows Phone. If you can still remember, the goal was to maximize code r...

sessions at nxtgenug

Last week I had the pleasure of travelling to the wonderful country of the United Kingdom (home of The Doctor!) to do some talks about Windows Azure Mobile S...

using myget for those common classes

Every .net developer, be it a mobile, web or windows developer, uses (or should use) NuGet. A big, and fast growing, gallery of useful (and less useful but f...

windows phone 8 and fiddler

Fiddler and the WP8 emulator Fiddler is a great tool for capturing network traffic. I find it especially useful when I’m working with services. It sniffs out...

2012

windows app day belgium 23-11

That Microsoft loves his communities is no secret. The past months we literally drowned in hackathons, trainings, competitions and many more Windows 8 relate...

monogame–xna on windows 8

UPDATE: The good people of MonoGame brought it to my attention that MonoGame currently does not support Windows Phone 7 (XNA is supported on Windows Phone th...

techdays belgium 2013

Word just got out this morning that Techdays Belgium will happen on 5, 6 and 7 March. Just as the previous years I'll be there! Although this year will be ki...

weekly update on my xna project

My first week back on the job is finished, that means I’ve had about 5 hours of time to work on my lunch game. Progress started of pretty small because of so...

xna lunch game update

So I’ve already missed my first blog appointment about the Windows Phone game that I’m developing during my lunch brakes. Not a good start, but I’m taking tw...

windows 8 summer app-a-thon

Last week, on June 12, Microsoft Belgium organised a Windows 8 App-a-thon. Place to be this time was the casino in Blankenberge, a city at the Belgian coast....

lunch development

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been developing a game during my lunch break at work. Why? Mainly because I had this project in my mind for a while and I w...

slides and demo for my wiphug talk

Yesterday I did a talk in the Belgian Windows Phone User Group about beginning XNA development. It was the first time I did a talk in my own user group and I...

will microsoft pull a hattrick

Microsoft has had a busy week and currently is the topic on social media. How come? Well for starters at their E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) they announ...

community day 2012

Here in Belgium we .net developers have an awesome community. An entire washlist of User groups (including the Windows Phone User Group that I'm a founding m...

not another rant on windows 8

So Windows 8 consumer preview is available for a couple of weeks now and I see a lot of different reactions. Most negative reactions I’m seeing is about the ...

blockaddiction v2.0 online now

Version 2.0 of BlockAddiction has passed marketplace certification and is available for download now. The biggest change is the all new Time Attack mode wher...

windows 8–the road so far

So it’s official, the Windows 8 beta, nicknamed Consumer Preview, will hit the worldwide web on February 29th. Time to list what we know so far. For consumer...

windows phone 8, first official details!

A video of Joe Belfiore detailing Windows Phone 8, codename “Apollo”, to Nokia has been leaked. The video has a bunch of rumors that are confirmed and some n...

techdays belgium 2012

So Techdays is right around the corner and I’ll be attending for the third time.I’ll be attending all kinds of sessions going from Windows 8 development to t...

overview of wp7 devices

I’ve created an overview of all currently known Windows Phone devices. I’ll try to keep this as up-to-date as possible but don’t shoot me if it takes some ti...

nokia lumia 800 launch party

Last friday Nokia Belgium officially showed the Lumia 800 to the crowd in Belgium. 1300 people signed up for the event, 100 received an invitation. I was one...

2011

starting new blogseries

My comic application for Windows Phone 7, called ComicDB, has been published for a good month now and as I’m working on version 2 I got an idea to build a Wi...

blog status

Work on my own blogengine is going slow but steady. I currently have a SQL CE 4 database, an Odata service that exposes an entity model of the database and 2...

lightswitch beta tutorial

I wrote a tutorial on how to create a basic Lightswitch application without writing a single line of code check it out here! This is an imported post. ...

sql server ce is a life savior

Update So the conversion to MVC3 is about done, I've uploaded the first testversion to http://www.huizedegraef.be/test and so far it's working fine.The next ...

blog updates

So keeping a blog does sound simple, but as it turns out it's not so easy to make time to update it :)I'm going to try and update this more often as I contin...

ms certification

I'm currently working on getting my MCPD (Microsoft Certified Professional Developer) certificate on Windows development in VS2010. I need to pass 4 exams fo...

asp.net dynamic data

I just found an interesting article about Dynamic Data in ASP.net. This technology allows you to build a SQL powered website in mere minutes. The article is ...

2010

techdays belgium 2011

The Belgian Microsoft Techdays 2011 will take place 26-27-28 April at Metropolis Antwerp. I'll be attending, hope it will be as good as last year.Things...

back to blogengine

I reverted my blog back to BlogEngine.net, the newest version has everything I need. And I felt really dirty using a PHP weblog solution So back to ASP.net ...