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App Deployment

SurfPad: Your old Surface as a Remote App Touchpad: The UI

Turn your old Surface into into a large touchpad:

Have you got an old RT Surface 1 or 2 gathering dust and don't know what to do with it?

  • Create a UWP app to run on a Surface (ARM or x86), or any touchscreen Windows laptop. Could even recycle an Windows Mobile (8.1/10) phone.
  • Uses rounded boxes a touch keys.
  • Can remotely act as the UI for an app running on any system that supports Serial, Bluetooth(serial) or has network connectivity.  Azure IoT Hub is also envisaged as a communication medium.

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Xamarin for Windows Developers 101: About Xamarin Forms Projects

We are looking a short-cutting getting started with Xamarin Forms for cross platform app development, if you are already a UWP app developer. This article discusses the rudiments of an Xamarin Forms app project from the perspective of a UWP app developer.

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Xamarin for Windows Developers 101: Setup

So we have seen the need to use Xamarin. So lets get started. This article covers installation in Visual Studio on a Windows device

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Xamarin for Windows Developers 101: Introduction

OK so you have been creating Windows apps for ages including UWP. You have developed apps that run on the Windows desktop and the phone. You understand the rudiments of developing a modern UI app MVM etc. You understand PEM, properties events and methods for classes and GUI elements. You understand database CRUD can attach a database to an app using formal database invocation methods. You might even have mastered the Entity Framework and/or have a deep understanding of ORM. Overall, in coding terms, when confronted with a new programming context you know what you want to do and how you do with UWP or Windows Forms; you just need to do it in the new context. Xamarin Forms, bring it on!

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XAML Layout for a Dictionary-Addendum

Solved: How to use one line per item in a UWP XAML ListView

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Build 2017 Sydney

The last leg, of 8, of the world Build tour was held in Sydney this week. What can I say .. it was great. A lot of new and coming Creators features were covered, Insight into the latest Windows technologies was dished out. Here are some of the highlights and summary links.

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Win 10 IoT: AppX Installation Options–2

AppInstall can be used to install Appx packages on an IoT-Core device This blog covers an updated version of the toolkit for use on the latest Winsider IoT-Core builds.

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Win 10 IoT: AppX Installation Options–1 (Updated)

In the previous two blogs I discussed using the Web Portal running on a Windows 10 Phone to remotely or in-phone install and Universal Windows Platform app. In this blog I discuss options for install UWP app packages on Windows 10 IoT devices. This is a work in progress as I have not had success some of these methodologies.

  • Now includes Web Device Portal UWP app running locally on IOT-Core Device.
  • AppInstall issues have now been resolved.

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Yet another GEM: Universal Windows (10) App Settings – Solution

Universal Windows(10) Apps settings is easy. Its simple to specify as part of the build, save them to storage, get them back and modify .. I mean dead easy! Smile

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Win 10 IoT Core: Universal Windows Apps Sideloading (Updated)

This is a work in progress. The objective is to be able to directly load a Universal Windows App from an Appx package on a Windows 10 IoT RPI2, The blocking issue is a PIN requirement. I can package up the app and deploy it to my development machine and a Win 10 phone but not to my RPI2. Updated for Web Portal IoT Package installation.

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