Windows Phone tooling is more advanced than that for Windows 8. But savvy developers can use that to their advantage when building Windows Store apps.
- By Nick Randolph
Don't re-invent the wheel when building your Windows 8 apps. Instead, save coding time by using (and customizing) the Search contract to add this critical piece of functionality.
- By Tony Champion
Learn how to use asynchronous controller actions in ASP.NET MVC 4 by building a simple Contacts Manager app.
Google has replaced MapView with MapFragment for adding mapping and location in Android. Learn what the new API can do, and how to use it.
- By Wallace McClure
In-App purchasing helps you make money after the initial sale. Learn how to use the new API to set it up.
- By Michael Crump
The products are "go-live," so Microsoft will support them in production.
One key change that will smooth your transition from ASP.NET to Windows 8 is to think like a designer from the outset.
- By Brandon Downing, Phillip Stewart
The Prototype Pattern involves cloning objects. Learn how to create both deep and shallow clones for instances in your program where creating a new object won't work.
In a Bring Your Own Device (BOYD) world, .NET Framework support for Portable Class Libraries (PCLs) provides a base for writing code that will run on any platform -- provided you understand the limitations of PCLs and how to structure your applications to exploit them.
- By Muhammad Siddiqi
The Open Technologies Group has open sourced ASP.NET, MVC 4, and the Entity Framework, among other technologies.
- By John K. Waters
Peter Vogel compares both of the Microsoft dependency injection managers/inversion of control containers and comes up with a decision tree for picking the correct one.
The Windows Phone 8 SDK added a speech recognition API that's easy to use and flexible. Learn how to put it to work in your application.
- By Michael Crump
Documenting your code is a critical part of development, but too many developers pay too little attention to proper commenting. C++ devs have a tool that can help.
Eric Vogel demonstrates how to use the Windows Runtime MediaCapture API to record audio.
Learn how to play multimedia files with the Windows Runtime media API.