Windows 10, UWP, Raspberry PI 2, AllJoyn and Lightbulb Demo

Just bringing together a few recent posts;

Windows 10–Simple Universal Windows Platform Demo App

Windows 10 IoT Core, UWP and Raspberry Pi 2–The Switched Blinking Light Demo

Windows 10 IoT Core–Network Enabling the Blinking LED Demo with AllJoyn

Windows 10 IoT Core–More Baby Steps with AllJoyn

I brought some of that into one little screencast video of ‘an app’ which does (in a very basic form);

  • Code which is both universal and (at times) device-family specific running on desktop, phone and IoT Core
  • UI which responds to device changes
  • A simple service which advertises itself on AllJoyn
  • A simple client which consumes that service

Here’s the video;

Windows 10 – Universal Windows Apps and Background Work

One of the sessions that I delivered at TechDays in Holland;


was around doing background work in Windows 10 Universal Windows Apps.

I’m of the view that background work is at least as important as the work that an app can do in the foreground and so this is a topic that’s close to me and one that I’ve spoken about on the platform prior to Windows 10 and UWP.

My session wasn’t recorded at the event and so I’ve made a little screen capture of the essence of it below;

and in doing that I made use of some of what I saw in Shawn Henry’s session here from //Build 2015;

and I also made use of some of what I saw in Jerry Nixon’s talk from Ignite 2015;

so thanks to those 2 sets of folks for providing great material to lean upon and, hopefully, that provides a decent set of starting videos that talk about this area of background tasks in Windows 10 UWP.

Windows 10–Simple Universal Windows Platform Demo App

I’ve been out and about on my travels a little in the last few weeks and so haven’t published much here. I’d been talking at the fantastic Techorama in Belgium;


and also at TechDays over in the Netherlands where I had a great time;


and in both cases I gave sessions about the Windows 10 Universal Apps Platform and in both cases I made some use a small demo app that I put together to talk about some aspects of Universal Windows Apps.

I was asked whether I had a recording of that demo and I didn’t and so I promised I’d make one and that recording is here;

I tried to do a mostly ‘from scratch’ approach in sharing this and because of that it turned out to be around 60 minutes long. I know from past experience that I can play my recordings at 1.4x at least so if you want to speed it up a little then there’s your opportunity.

I also tried to take out the snippets where I played a video and my system volume went through the roof so you might find me seeming to stop and laugh at something that is entirely silent in the recording Smile


Update: Here’s the code as at the end of the demo with one exception. You will need to open up App.xaml and on the ViewModelLocator declaration you will need to add your own ApiKey for Bing Search API.