December 26th, 2012

Custom colours in Windows 8 apps

Something I want to touch on is custom theme colours in Windows 8 apps. For the CAG app I restyled the app bar buttons, ListView item and slider colours. Most of the colours aren’t available in the properties of these controls. Strangely, you have to change them in the App.xaml page. Here’s an example: MORE

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December 21st, 2012

Appy Christmas in London

On Monday and Tuesday this week I was invited down to Modern Jago in London for Microsoft’s Appy Christmas event. It was a relaxed workshop to hear some presentations about Windows 8 app design and develop your own apps to submit to the Store. I had a lot of fun, even though it was tiring having early starts and we walked around London a lot on the second day. The event was well catered with lots of crisps, coke and pizza - and some alcamahol on Monday night :D MORE

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December 7th, 2012

My orrery is trippin'

I’ve made lots of progress on my JavaScript orrery coursework for the 2D Graphics module. I only have a few more features to add now, unfortunately some of them are the big ones like koch snowflake and gravity simulation. MORE

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November 29th, 2012

Windows 8 Developer account verified at last!

Apparently it was a known fault and was being fixed. It took them a few weeks (seems a long time to me) but it has finally been addressed and I can now submit apps to the Windows 8 Store. I have canceled the previous submission of Flashdeck as I wasn’t happy with the file system in-place. I believe I have found a solution and will try to implement it in the coming days but I have a lot of Uni work to do as well still. MORE

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November 7th, 2012

A JavaScript Orrery

Anyway, I have all the planets orbiting around the sun at different speeds. You can speed up and slow down time, even reverse it which is fun. I’ve also added the ability to zoom in and out and navigate around. There is still a lot to do to meet the spec, such as different drawing modes and gravity simulation which sounds difficult. MORE

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