Recent blog entries

Windows 10 IoT-Core: Take Two

After an absence from significant IoT-Core activity, whilst working on a significant phone app (as blogged here) I’m back in the IoT-Core space. Things have changed for the better so here goes.  This blog covers my experiences with getting a RPI3 going with the latest Technical Preview build. Tools are now available to simplify setup and there is now a Remote Viewer.  As a test UWP app, I have used (after a small modification) the Icons app on Codeplex,  Universal Windows 10 SDK App Icons app as blogged in a previous blog. The app was modified because popups (as in MessageBox) are not supported in IoT-Core (Use thereof can cause an app crash in later OS versions). This feature change is covered.

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Universal Windows 10 SDK: Symbol Enums as Icons

This blog covers the use of the Symbol Enumeration class as the displayed icon of XAML buttons. Data binding of them to ViewBoxes is also covered including in a MenuItem template. This includes implicitly creating a list of Symbols for the menu in a couple of lines of code. AppBars are also covered

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Gumstix gets 1Gb flash support

Many of you know I am the author of a Windows Embedded Compact Board Support Package (BSP) for the Beaglebone development board. This is an open source project hosted on Codeplex at http://beaglebonebsp.codeplex.com/. I also have a sister project targeting the Gumstix COM modules. I have made a recent change to its BSP to support 1GB Flash memory which is now included on newly purchased Gumstix OVERO modules. I have several video posted. See https://gumstixbsp.codeplex.com/

Universal Windows 10: Screen Scraping an HTML Table into a List

Screen Scraping tools have been around for some time.  These enable an app to download HTML source and extract specific entities from an HTML page.  Given that an HTML table IS structured data it shouldn’t be hard to programmatically extract a table. It could be done with Linq queries to teh page text. This blog uses the HTMLAgilityPack’s HtmlDocument  in a Universal Windows app to extract an HTML table directly into a list of  a matching class.

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Universal Windows 10 SDK: Adding GPS to the Camera Sample

Its not too hard to add GPS capability to the Universal Windows SDK Camera sample so that captured images can have GPS information embedded in them.  Here’s how.

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Universal Windows 10 SDK: Adding Flash to the Camera Sample

Its not too hard to add flash capability to the Universal Windows SDK Camera sample.  Here’s how.

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Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 is now available

For those who have missed this, its at https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/news/vs2015-update2-vs.aspx

 

I think that these two improvements are gems:

  • Universal Windows SDK Version Picker. When creating a new UWP project, you can now select the version of the Windows SDK to target as well as the minimum OS version on which the apps are to be available.
  • Debugging C++ Background Task in Universal Windows Apps. You can now debug Background task processes in a Universal Windows app in Visual Studio. You can access this option on the project Properties Debug tab.

 

PS: Has anyone tried Compact 2013 Platform Builder and App Development with this release.  Have they made it through unscathed?

I’ll try Iot-Core tomorrow.

Win 10 Phone: Universal Windows Apps Sideloading - Winappdeploycmd: (Further Updated)

In a previous blog I dicussed discussed in detail deployment of an app to a Windows 10 Phone.  One of the options, Sideloading required the winappdeploycmd tool that is installed with the Windows 10 SDK.  I suggested that maybe you could just install winappdeploycmd as its .msi installing is a separate entity in the SDK installation files.  I now have tested this.

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Universal Windows Windows App: Create A Project Test Certificate

Visual Studio automatically creates a Test Certificate when the project is created. But in moving the code around, especially to and from a repository you might need to create a new one. Also, the default certificate that Visual Studio generates expires one year after the date on which the certificate was created. Before the certificate expires, you must use the App Manifest Designer to either regenerate the certificate or to create a new one. Without this you can’t create an AppX package for app installation. Here’s how to create a Test Certificate.

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Unlocking a Windows Phone

I purchased some Windows 10 Phones for business use where they are to run a custom UWP business app.  Being about $100 they are quite economic but they were locked to local Telco, Optus (Australia). The Telco would give you the unlock key for $90 but I found an online site that could do it for about $20.

 

The key take home is that the instructions for implementing it as per the Telco and as per the source of the key I used, did not work for me but there is a simple method that worked for me that others had used with AT&T:

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Windows Embedded Compact 7

The Windows Embedded Compact 7 (Compact 7) getting started series is created to provide simple and easy to follow information to help academic, hobbyist and commercial developers to learn and engage in Compact 7 development.

**This is a series of 9 articles, with additional supplements, that cover the following subjects:

  • Development environment
  • OS design
  • Managed code application
  • Native code application
  • Silverlight for Windows Embedded application
  • SQL Compact database application
  • Debug and remote tools
  • More..

http://www.embedded101.com/compact7.aspx

Embedded101 Articles & Application Notes

Apr10CEDriverWiz Version 2.00: Using the Wizard
Created by David Jones on 4/10/2013 8:56:42 AM

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Apr10CEDriverWiz Version 2.00: An Example
Created by David Jones on 4/10/2013 7:28:32 AM

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Apr09Installing CEDriverWiz for Visual Studio
Created by David Jones on 4/9/2013 8:41:27 AM

Install Visual Studio 2012/2008/2005 (depending upon your version of CE/Compact) and all of t...
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Apr01CEDriverWiz V2.00: About this release
Created by David Jones on 4/1/2013 7:33:39 AM

This brings the wizard in line with our Wrox book: "Professional Windows Embedded Compact 7" . ...
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Apr01CEDriverWiz Version 2.00 User Manual
Created by David Jones on 4/1/2013 6:40:34 AM

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May15Configure Flash Storage to Launch Compact 7 OS Runtime with DiskPrep
Created by Sam Phung on 5/15/2012 8:41:50 PM

The DiskPrep powertoy is a useful utility to configure different type of flash storage to launch Wi...
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