Surface RT and Surface 2 USB to Ethernet Connection
Friday, November 1, 2013
My company has a very secure WiFi connection. Part of that security comes at a cost though. We can’t do remote debugging of the NOOK for Windows 8 app over WiFi. As many of you know the Surface RT and Surface 2 don’t have an Ethernet port. Under Windows 8 there was a single USB to Ethernet device that you could use, and it worked well. Microsoft asked people hosting that ARM based driver to remove it, and Windows 8.…more
HttpRequestException in mscorlib.dll
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
If you run into this exception in a Windows 8 App: A first chance exception of type ‘System.Net.Http.HttpRequestException’ occurred in mscorlib.dll you should probably check to make sure that Internet (Client) is enabled in the App Manafest:
EventToCommand is now built into Windows 8.1!
Thursday, October 24, 2013
In MVVM code is separated to make it easier to test. You write a View Model and bind it to the View. Sometimes the View has elements that trigger events that you want to listen for in the View Model. This is where EventToCommand comes in handy. However, up till now this has been a bit of a trick to do in Windows 8 because it isn’t built in. You have to use a third party extension or write all the wiring up yourself.…more
Acer Iconia Ad Featuring NOOK!
Friday, October 4, 2013
Recently Microsoft let out an ad that featured that Acer Iconia W3. This is an 8.1 inch tablet that I got at the //build/ conference. I use it quite a bit for reading and some lite web surfing. The neat thing about this ad below is that it is featuring NOOK not only on the Iconia, but on the iPad Mini too! Check it out!
Upgrading Apps to Windows 8.1 - Deprecated Methods
Thursday, October 3, 2013
In upgrading NOOK from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 there are four methods/properties that we were using that have been deprecated since Windows 8. Here they are and the replacement: ScrollViewer.ScrollToVerticalOffset and ScrollViewer.ScrollToHorizontalOffset have been replaced with ScrollViewer.ChangeView(OffsetX, OffsetY, ZoomLevel) ApplicationView.View has been replaced with ApplicationView.GetForCurrentView().Orientation which is an ApplicationViewOrientation DisplayProperties.LogicalDpi has been replaced with DisplayInformation.GetForCurrentView().LogicalDpi The first one has a catch though. Previously if the horizontal scroll width was smaller than the requested position it would fail silently.…more
Packt Microsoft Carnival
Friday, May 11, 2012
A little over a year ago I wrote a book: Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Applications on Windows Phone 7. Packt Publishing has since taken three of the chapters from this book and added them to a compendium: Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Developer’s Compendium: The Best of Packt for Extending SharePoint. And for a limited time you can purchase this book at a discount during Packt Microsoft Carnival. See the site for more details, and let me know via Twitter @spatacoli if you want some help updating any of my examples for Windows Phone 7.…more
Hello from Windows 8
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
I am writing this from Windows 8. I have been running the developer preview since last September, but just last week I upgraded all of my machines to the Consumer Preview. So far it is an interesting transition from Windows 7. Windows 8 was built around the idea of touch first, and using the OS really reminds you of this fact. Many commenters on the Internet have looked down on this fact and dismissed the entire experience as either too childlike or too much of a change.…more
Asus Eee PC 1001P Hard Drive
Friday, August 19, 2011
I’ve been searching everywhere on the Internet for this information but I couldn’t find it anywhere. I even went to Central Computers hoping they’d have the answer. I got the truly unhelpful, “crack it open and look” answer. So I did The Asus Eee PC 1001P has a standard 5400RPM 150GB 2.5” hard drive in its belly. Also, you can max out the memory at 2GB with PC-5400 DDR2-800 memory.…more
Coffee and Code Announcement!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Come meet other programmers and talk about our craft. Starting August 6th at 11AM we will meet at Peet’s in downtown Los Altos and will try to meet every week at about the same time. This is an open discussion so all disciplines are welcome. If you have any questions please let me know on Twitter ([@spatacoli](http://twitter.com/spatacoli. RSVP here
OCZ Vertex 2 SSD
Sunday, December 5, 2010
“All developers should have an SSD.” Have you heard someone say that before? I hear it about once a week. I hear the great amazing things about Solid State Drives (SSD - there’s no moving parts so the “drive” part of it is historical or maybe I’m wrong and it stands for “device” now). I finally fell prey to the ribbing about still using spinning rust in my laptop. After doing some research I eschewed the advice of experts and went with the OCZ Vertex 2 128GB SSD.…more