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My learnings, my perspective.

Show file thumbnails in your Windows Store App

If your app has a requirement where you use a filepicker and then show the files that the user...

Author: Amar Nityananda Date: 01/14/2015

Slide to shutdown in Windows 8.1 – great for touch devices

  This is going to be a small post! I found a small gem in Windows\System32 folder called...

Author: Amar Nityananda Date: 05/19/2014

Status Bar (SystemTray) for Silverlight Apps for Windows Phone 8.1?

In my last post, I talked about using the “Status Bar” in Windows Phone 8.1 to make optimal use of...

Author: Amar Nityananda Date: 05/12/2014

Status Bar in Windows Phone 8.1

Have you used the Bing apps for Windows Phone? You know, Bing News, Weather, Travel etc.? How about...

Author: Amar Nityananda Date: 05/11/2014

Creating a simple “Tile” button in HTML/CSS and as an ASP.NET MVC HtmlHelper

If you have worked with SharePoint 2013, you may have noticed a “tile” button. Something that looks...

Author: Amar Nityananda Date: 11/15/2013

How are shortcuts created and managed on the Windows 8 Start screen?

To summarize: Shortcuts can be created on the Windows 8 Start screen by creating a folder in...

Author: Amar Nityananda Date: 03/06/2013

Better control(s) with Visual State Manager

We had talked about Visual States very briefly when we were discussing how we handle different views...

Author: Amar Nityananda Date: 02/26/2013

Hello world, with Knockout JS and ASP.NET MVC 4!

I heard about Knockout a few months ago, but never gave it a proper try – at least not with...

Author: Amar Nityananda Date: 12/11/2012

The “Light” theme for Windows store apps

I was recently talking to a developer working on a Windows store app and he said: “Dude, why the...

Author: Amar Nityananda Date: 11/26/2012

A non-traditional “Hello World” app with Windows 8

As developers, we start exploring any new platform/framework/language with a traditional “Hello...

Author: Amar Nityananda Date: 11/07/2012

Handling different orientations and views with Windows Store Apps

Microsoft recently set the Guinness World Record for the maximum number of developers (2500+) coding...

Author: Amar Nityananda Date: 10/08/2012

Windows Phone and Windows 8 learning resources

That’s right – 400 million new devices on the Windows ecosystem this year obviously represents the...

Author: Amar Nityananda Date: 09/05/2012

The small joys of using PowerShell

I was looking for some good tech talks to download for the weekend and came across “Techdays 2012...

Author: Amar Nityananda Date: 05/04/2012

“Task List” and comments

I found something very interesting with Visual Studio from a code-commenting/todo-list perspective....

Author: Amar Nityananda Date: 04/25/2012

The Windows Phone Application Bar

We talked about providing quick access to key functionalities in my earlier post, and one of the...

Author: Amar Nityananda Date: 11/22/2011

Windows Phone - Put people first!

The first thing that you will notice when you visit the Windows Phone home page is the logo. It says...

Author: Amar Nityananda Date: 11/19/2011

My first blog post on MSDN!

I always thought my first blog post will be a tale to tell, totally interesting piece of work that...

Author: Amar Nityananda Date: 11/19/2011