When incorporating images into your toast and tile notifications, there are
three options for hosting those images:
within the application package itself, using an ms-appx:/// URI, within local
application storage, using an ms-appdata:///local URI, or on the web using an
HTTP or HTTPS URI.
The primary advantage of hosting images on the web is that it insulates the
application from changes to those images. The images hosted on the web can
be modified or refined without requiring an update to the application, which
both necessitates a resubmission to the Windows Store and relies on users to
update the application.
Windows Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud offering, can be an incredibly
convenient and cost effective way to manage the images used in notifications.
The easiest way to serve image content from Windows Azure is via blob
storage, which provides highly scalabl... (more)
Designing and implementing an n-tier or Internet application is a complex
task, and issues resulting from errors in the runtime configuration or the
application code itself are practically inevitable. Problem analysis and
troubleshooting are part art, part science. Therefore, although the
techniques discussed here can be helpful, the sheer diversity of client and
server environments precludes a single recipe for resolving all issues.
We'll focus on problems that involve PowerBuilder that occur from the point
of connectivity all the way through an EAServer component's lifecycle, an... (more)
In this article we'll discuss connectivity requirements, Informix-specific
data type processing, and the use of Informix stored procedures within the
PowerBuilder offers developers four specific connectivity options for IBM
Third-party Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) drivers Third-party Java
Database Connectivity (JDBC) drivers Third-party OLE-DB providers The
"native" driver available in the PowerBuilder Enterprise version
In this article we'll focus on the last option and in Part 2 we'll discuss
TEXT and BYTE data, Stored Procedur... (more)
It’s been a busy day! Both the Windows 8 team and the Visual Studio teams
have reached significant milestones in their respective releases.
Per Steven Sinofsky’s blog, Windows 8 has been Released to Manufacturing
(RTM), and the Windows Store is officially open for paid applications and
company accounts (and with a considerable expansion in the number of markets
and certification languages).
And Jason Zander just announced the final build for Visual Studio 2012, with
MSDN availability on August 15th, and a online launch event on September
Here’s a quick rundown of the timel... (more)
As the march toward general availability of Windows 8 (on October 26th)
continues, I’ve had the opportunity to chat and work with lots of Windows 8
developers via hackathons, mini-meetups, and in-person and e-mail
conversations. Many of them are well on their way to, or already have apps,
in the Windows Store – and I’ll be profiling some of them in the weeks to
They got there because they recognized the significance of the first-mover
advantage; there’s nothing better to increase your visibility - and
profitability - than being the first (and perhaps for a while, the only... (more)