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

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  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

Microsoft To Add Auto-Compiled LINQ Queries to Entity Framework V.Next!

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  In May of 2009 I discovered some significant performance problems that I blogged about.  In summary, I had tracked it down to the issue of LINQ2SQ having to create a full expression tree on every instantiation of a LINQ2SQL query.  I’m not a compiler write kind of guy but do respect the complexity of that and doing things like building expression trees, but still this really sucked.  Using the compile syntax in LINQ2SQL is very awkward, and IMHO takes all the fun out of using LINQ2SQL.  If you don’t remember my post, here is the graph showing the evil happening.   So, what is a Microsoft MVP to do?  I complained to everyone at Microsoft I knew.  I made this my mission for about a year.  I … Continue Reading

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