How to install iOS and Android SDKs for Visual Studio 2013 Premium & Ultimate

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I was going to install Visual Studio Community 2013, but it asked me to uninstall Visual Studio 2013. I started checking some demos about Visual Studio Community 2013 (you can check the demo from Channel 9) and noticed that you can install the same tools as in Visual Studio Community 2013 to Visual Studio 2013. So let’s get started.

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Updated – A FREE fully-featured edition of Visual Studio!

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Among yesterday’s great product launches by Microsoft, was the FREE unrestricted version of Visual Studio – Visual Studio Community Edition 2013. What I didn’t notice is that “this version lets developers target any platform from desktop and mobile to web and cloud”. Instead of waiting for Visual Studio 2015, we can start creating Android and iOS applications as from today!

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Create iOS and Android apps using Visual Studio and .NET

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Microsoft today announced some amazing news:

First the big news. Microsoft just launched the preview versions of Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 2015. This release includes the “Roslyn” .NET compiler platform, new language features in C#, improved debugging and profiling, and code analysis tools. And the biggest new of all – VS2015 supports “C#, C++ and HTML/JavaScript development targeting iOS, Android, Windows and more.” There’s even a Visual Studio Emulator for Android (see picture below).  I’m drooling! Continue reading

Bye Bye Nokia Lumia

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Yesterday, 11th November, Microsoft officially unveiled their first Microsoft Lumia – Microsoft Lumia 535 It has the same design like most other Lumia’s, the biggest difference of all is the name. No more Nokia! I have been using Nokia phones like forever. At first I didn’t think the logo would make a difference. I love everything Microsoft so I thought I wouldn’t have any problems. But the Microsoft logo on a Lumia, at least for me, is really a no no. Continue reading

Nokia Reading is a Battery Drainer

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I love everything Nokia (now Microsoft). My current phone is a Lumia 1520, the previous one was an 820, and I had the Lumia 900 and 800. I also love their software. I use the Here Drive daily, the Nokia Camera App which is the best when taking photos, and Nokia Creative Studio to edit them.

Lately I’ve started reading ebooks, currently reading Ultimatum by Simon Kernick, and used the Nokia Reading app to read them. I downloaded my ebooks from OneDrive directly from the app. It’s easy to use and I can pin my books to the Start Screen. Everything was well and good, until I started noticing that the battery was draining quickly. Continue reading

Force Windows to Stay on Top

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During the World Cup, I like watching the matches. But sometimes when I’m on the PC, I watch the matches in a browser. The problem is that when I open a new window, it will load on top of the browser, hiding the game. After a while, it becomes tedious. So I found the solution in this little nifty app.

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Xaml – Add and Update Row Definitions

XAML-LOGO Row and Column Definitions are used to set the rows and columns in a grid on a xaml page. I wanted to add or remove any of these definitions from the code behind using C#. Next is the solution:

Add Row Definitions:

RowDefinitionCollection defs = myGrid.RowDefinitions;
defs.Add(newRowDefinition(){Height=newGridLength(140)});
defs.Add(newRowDefinition(){Height=newGridLength(1,GridUnitType.Star)});

Update Row Definitions:

RowDefinitionCollection defs = myGrid.RowDefinitions;
defs[0] = newRowDefinition(){Height=newGridLength(140)};
defs[1] = newRowDefinition(){Height=newGridLength(1,GridUnitType.Star)};

 

To add and update columns, just change RowDefinition with ColumnDefinition in the above code. Hope this helps you in your Windows Phone and Windows Store apps! Happy Xamling!