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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Android

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...

Augmented Reality

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...

Azure

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...

Binding

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...

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...

Bluetooth

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...

Community

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

Data

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...

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...

Devices

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

Fluent

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...

Game development

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...

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...

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...

HTML

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...

IIS

LeapMotion

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...

MSDN

MVP

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...

MVVM Light

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Metro

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...

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...

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....

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 ...

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...

MonoGame

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...

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...

NFC

NUI

NuGet

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...

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...

OSS

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...

PCL

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...

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...

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...

Patterns

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...

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...

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...

Presenting

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...

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...

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...

REST

Silverlight

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...

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...

Talk

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...

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...

UWP

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...

Validation

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...

WCF

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...

WP7

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

WP8

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

WPF

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...

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...

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...

Web development

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...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

WinRT

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Windows 8

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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 ...

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 programming

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

XAML

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

XNA

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Xamarin

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...

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...

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...

continuous delivery

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...

geofencing

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...

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...

github

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...

msbuild

mvvm-light

myget

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...

netstandard

signalr

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...

xamarin