Performance tips for Metro style apps written in xaml

Microsoft has released a well written paper taking care of performance in Metro style apps written using XAML.Grab it here.

Yahoo Axis

Yahoo today announced new visual search called Axis with desktop plugins and for mobile. Try it out axis.yahoo.com.

More details here.

Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 8 is mainly touch based interface.. Still these shortcuts comes handy.

Even though i like the usability of the chrome hiding the charm bars is a major hindrance.

To activate the application menus use right click.

Key Windows Logo Ctrl Alt Ctrl + Shift Ctrl + Alt
A Select All
C Open Charm Copy
D Show Desktop Select Windows Explorer Address bar
E Windows Explorer Search in Explorer Docked Mode
F Go to files in Search Charm
G Cycle through Desktop Gadgets
H Share Charm        
Settings Charm Invert Colors in the settings Charm
J Switch focus between snapped and larger apps
K  Devices charm
L Switch User
M Minimize all windows
N New Window New Folder
O Lock Screen Orientation
P Projections Options
Q Search Charm
R Run Refresh
T Set focus on task bar & cycle through all running processes
U Open Ease of Access center
V Cycle through Notifications (+Shift to go to previous) Paste
W Go to Settings in Search charm Close current window (Explorer)
X Quick link power user commands Cut
Y Redo
Z  Open app bar Undo
1 to 9 Go to app at the given position in taskbar
+ Zoom in (Magnifier)
Zoom out (Magnifier)
, Peek at the desktop
. Snap a metro app to the right
Tab  Cycle through metro app history (use Ctrl to use arrow keys) Cycle through metro app history Switch between apps

Setting up a Development Machine

Common tools(Browser, Messaging, Media, Runtimes, Imaging, Security, Filesharing,utilities, developer tools) easy one step installer – Visit this site.. This will install all the above common tools with one click.

LINQPad – lets you interactively query databases in amodern query language and also you can learn LINQ & C# samples (5.0 included).

Fiddler – Don’t forget to add the addons.

Do you want Visual Studio Ultimate for free? Do you have MSDN?

MSDN Licensing details..Read this post.

Installing Windows 8 in a Virtual Hard drive (VHD) or in an external Hard drive

Windows 8 Release preview is released yesterday and i was looking around to install it in my laptop. Well.. If you do a upgrade with the existing OS it becomes a pain later.. Most of the programs won’t work etc.. Searching around i found 2 excellent ways to install it.

1. Install it in a VHD and have Windows 8 booted as dual boot.

2. Install it in a external HDD.

Scott Hanselman has written an excellent post of installing Windows 8 in a VHD with plain simple steps and it works great and all you need is :

1. 40 GB of HDD

2. USB Drive to have the Windows 8 ISO.

Manas Patnaik has written a post of installing Windows 8 in an external HDD. Read it if you want to go through the route of installing it in an external HDD.

If you want to install SQL Server 2012 from command line in Windows 8 Machine follow these steps.