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Matthew Baxter-Reynolds (@mbrit) Independent software development consultant, speaker, author, and trainer June 2012 Entries
Detecting right-click on XAML GridView control item
Leaving aside why you would ever want to do this in a touch-centric world, here's how you tell if the right-mouse button has been clicked on a GridView in XAML/WinRT/Metro-style. You have to retrieve a point relative to the UI element you're in, and then query its properties. void itemGridView_PointerPressed... sender, PointerRoutedEventArgs e) { if (e.GetCurrentPoint(this).Pr... { this.BottomAppBar.IsOpen = true; } } (The reason why you might want to do this can be ......

Posted On Sunday, June 24, 2012 7:31 AM

Virtualising Windows 8 on OS X with VMware Fusion above the 8GB limit
tl;dr - don't.VMware Fusion has an 8GB limit, so on my 16GB MacBook Pro (which is an old one with a 16GB memory upgrade), I wanted to use more than 8GB. You can fudge it my editing the .vmx file and changing the memsize value to whatever you want.However it turns out that if you do this the performance on the whole machine turns into a pig. It beachballs all over the place, both in VMware and without. Constant hanging of VMware, fan running hot the whole time, etc.This is just an apocryphal view, ......

Posted On Friday, June 22, 2012 9:08 AM

Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts when virtualising OS X
Seriously, I have no idea why this took me so long to actually sort out.So in Windows 8 you have new keyboard shortcuts for accessing search (Win+Q), charms (Win+C), settings (Win+I), etc. Problem is that some of those collide with standard OS X mapping - for example Win+Q will close down VMware, Win+C will issue copy, etc.You can add additional mappings into VMware. Use the Preferences panel to do that. Here you can see that I've mapped Win+Shift+C to Win+C. (OK, that assumes you use a Windows keyboard ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 20, 2012 9:50 PM

RIM's current BB7 developer toolset is a joke
tl;dr - RIM's current developer toolset is not fit for purpose.Background to this is that I'm currently working on a PhoneGap/Cordova project for a client that has to run on BlackBerry. The tooling is so ridiculous to use that even though I had a gentle dig at them in a Guardian piece it's worth having a more full-on attack.At the moment, RIM's pitch is that apps are built for the current BBOS7 devices using WebWorks. This is an HTML-based toolset. Essentially a browser is spun up in a native app ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 6, 2012 2:26 AM

Say goodbye to System.Reflection.Emit (any dynamic proxy generation) in WinRT
tl;dr - Forget any form of dynamic code emitting in Metro-style. It's not going to happen.Over the past week or so I've been trying to get Moq (the popular open source TDD mocking framework) to work on WinRT. Irritatingly, the day before Release Preview was released it was actually working on Consumer Preview. However in Release Preview (RP) the System.Reflection.Emit namespace is gone. Forget any form of dynamic code generation and/or MSIL injection.This kills off any project based on the popular ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 5, 2012 8:19 AM

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