Building A Windows 8 Metro Style JavaScript / HTML5 / CSS3 App Using ListView

  Background The new Windows 8 Developer environment is seriously under documented at this point in it’s product life.  Microsoft released a “Developer Preview” at the Build Conference in September, than has not done any noticeable updates or improvement on those bits.  The Video’s online from build are very helpful because you can go through them in slow motion and see how to make things work.  In this article, I’m going to go through the steps necessary in a lot of detail to build a simple list read-only list viewer of US Congress legislators in California.  At the end, we’ll have something like the following working:   (actual tablet from build running the app)   and the completed solution from … Continue Reading

How to Format HTML with Windows Live Writer

Ever since Microsoft released Windows Live Writer, posting articles to this blog (and others) has been really easy.  Even though this blog is powered by WordPress, Microsoft’s Live Writer let’s me author my blog posts, include pictures, format code and do all kinds of other tricks really easily.  One of the side benefits of using Live Writer is it gives you a very easy way to format HTML code. So, turns out, that when you are writing a post with Live Writer, at the bottom of the page there are three tabs, Edit, Preview and Source.     When you switch to source, you will see the raw html.  You can also modify the source there which is our trick for formatting the HTML. So, here are the steps:   1.  … Continue Reading


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