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At last week’s Windows 8 developer events in London, I did a simple demo of putting together a flickR search for photographs using the Windows 8 Metro style app search contract. I didn’t implement all of the search contract, just a little of it and we didn’t get into how your application is launched for search and that kind of thing.

Someone asked whether I could record the demo and put it onto my site here so I’ve done that and am embedding the video below. I also added a bit of a back-and-forth between doing this in both .NET and in JavaScript and I added one or two more bits into the demo like the share contract.

This isn’t meant to be comprehensive or complete or correct or anything like that. I miss various things out like error handling and things like what to do when your app is launched for search rather than when it’s already running.

Here’s the video, I’d recommend full screen or download;

We have some more of these events coming up in Manchester and Edinburgh – hope to see you there Smile

For the definitive source of everything Windows 8, go to http://dev.windows.com


Posted Sun, Apr 1 2012 5:47 PM by mtaulty

Comments

Nick wrote re: Windows 8: flickR searching demo in .NET and JS
on Thu, Apr 5 2012 9:12 PM

Thanks for the great article Mike!

Great to see it all come together and how it fits together.

I've been experimenting with the metro apps myself but for the ideas I had I always got blocked by the restrictiveness of METRO/WINRT. :-/

I can't access custom libraries; unless they are portable ones; can't access the Windows API; no access to the full .NET Framework/...

So I wonder, how did you manage to get the Flickrlibrary in there??? Did you make it a portable library and changed all the ways it communicated by using the winrt api's etc?

I couldn't add any of my custom dll's unless it was a portable one; but then I couldn't port my code in there because most classes weren't supported.

Because honestly I don't see any useful Metro apps coming out with all these limitations. Seems more like it's just for creating some games/status updates from some kind of web service and that's it. :-(

I always think I must be missing something here and I hope I do; because otherwise Metro just's going to be used for all kinds of simple dummy proof user apps/games.

Keep up the good work!

Nick

Nick wrote re: Windows 8: flickR searching demo in .NET and JS
on Thu, Apr 5 2012 9:13 PM

Thanks for the great article Mike!

Great to see it all come together and how it fits together.

I've been experimenting with the metro apps myself but for the ideas I had I always got blocked by the restrictiveness of METRO/WINRT. :-/

I can't access custom libraries; unless they are portable ones; can't access the Windows API; no access to the full .NET Framework/...

So I wonder, how did you manage to get the Flickrlibrary in there??? Did you make it a portable library and changed all the ways it communicated by using the winrt api's etc?

I couldn't add any of my custom dll's unless it was a portable one; but then I couldn't port my code in there because most classes weren't supported.

Because honestly I don't see any useful Metro apps coming out with all these limitations. Seems more like it's just for creating some games/status updates from some kind of web service and that's it. :-(

I always think I must be missing something here and I hope I do; because otherwise Metro just's going to be used for all kinds of simple dummy proof user apps/games.

Keep up the good work!

Nick

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on Sat, Oct 6 2012 4:03 PM

In a lot of the Windows 8 sessions that I’ve given around the UK I’ve been building out a simple demo