Understanding Windows 8 Metro-Style Apps and WinRT

I’ve heard some misconceptions surrounding Windows 8 development. The first one is Microsoft is killing Silverlight. The second is Microsoft is favoring HTML 5 and JavaScript for developing Windows 8 applications over XAML and C#. The third is Microsoft is replacing the .NET Framework with a new framework called WinRT. Understanding Windows 8 Metro Apps […]
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How to use HTML5 data-* in ASP.NET MVC 2

In my last post, I gave a couple of tips on working with ASP.NET MVC and HTML5. The only problem was, one of the tips – substituting underscores for hyphens in HTML5 data-* attributes – only works if you’ve upgraded to ASP.NET MVC 3. That got me thinking about the best way to handle data-* […]
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Tips for Using HTML5 with ASP.NET MVC

The mobile version of jQuery is due out in the next few weeks – it’s currently a release candidate – and I’m working on a project using it. I haven’t done much in the way of mobile development so far, as I’ve been kept permanently busy doing traditional Web development. However, the release of mobile […]
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Simplifying Dynamic Ajax Forms with jQuery Delegates

Recently I was working on an ASP.NET MVC application that made extensive use of Ajax. It’s a version of Chutes/Snakes and Ladders using HTML5 and JavaScript. I used jQuery for the Ajax, of course (what do you expect? I wrote the Learning Tree course jQuery: A Comprehensive Hands-On Introduction). As always, jQuery was a pleasure […]
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Silverlight or HTML 5?

I was teaching Learning Tree course 975: Windows® Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight Introduction a couple weeks ago and a student asked which was better, Silverlight or HTML 5. I program with both, so let me give you a few reasons why each is better than the other. Reasons why HTML 5 is better than […]
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