Thursday, October 27, 2011

HTMLApplicationHost Framework Posted to Codeplex

One of my projects has been building an HTML Application framework for phone 7. Basically so I can build HTML5 based applications using HTML, JavaScript and CSS for mobile devices in particular Windows Phone but then being able to use that application on other platforms. Today I uploaded version 4 onto codeplex ( which adds HTML Host Application back stack integration with the Phone's application navigation stack. On wp7 that means that when you hit the back button it doesn't just navigate out of the app but just to the last view in HTML making really applications easy to do that will get past the marketplace and into the hands of the public but even more important setting the stage for apps on iPhone and android using similar HTML5 based application frameworks.

The first app using this framework was the JavaScript application but now that test app is in the marketplace I've been working on a new real app called 'SMART Spending Habits', its a simple budgeting application designed to priority and sort your purchases automatically. Its a great little tool and it should be in the market place next week or so.

download the HTMLApplicationHost Framework Source code here:

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Metro Design Aesthetic and Windows 8 and the new Gesture Language

In next months Seattle Interactive Conference check out David Kelley’s session on “Metro Design Aesthetic and Windows 8 and the new Gesture Language.”

Abstract: Building off the Metro Aesthetic designed for touch and mobile devices the new Windows 8 application model is wrapped around encouraging apps designed around the Metro Aesthetic. This session is about designing for metro, the use of touch and gesture in interaction design and implementation along with thinking around the new gesture types, and how the experience in the win8 Metro environment can be integrated into other experiences on the slate.

The Seattle Interactive Conference
When: November 2nd – 3rd
Where: The Conference Center at the Washington State Convention Center

The first-annual Seattle Interactive Conference is a two-day...

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Crazy Ones, One More Thing and Apple

I found out today that Steve Jobs has died today. I know over the years I've had a love hate relationship with Apple, some of you know me for my work as a Silverlight MVP drinking the kooliade but in 1996 or so I was sporting my Powerbook 150 and doing some ANSI C in code warrior and waiting for the next edition of Mac Addict in the mail while I would fight with the Mac Toolbox. I still keep that power book on my shelf to remind me of where I started.

Steve Jobs was a visionary, no one was perfect and like most shining stars they were not always fun to work with but Steve Jobs vision for industrial design and out of the box thinking has really changed the world. In my industry with so many smart people coming up with cool stuff all the time, Job's has been in many ways our guiding light, raising the bar and moving civilization forward. Steve knew that it wasn't about what we could do as much as how we can do it with style. His life's work is littered with revolutionary work that has fundamentally broken us out of the box. Even at the big Microsoft Conference BUILD a few weeks ago looking at all the new hardware coming out next year... really it was all inspired by Jobs. He has made us all better and his loss no matter what side of the kooliade your are drinking is lose to us all. He inspired us, he changed us and his mark will forever be felt in the human family. It truly is a sad day when one of our brightest stars passe's and to all those in the community, at Apple and his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we all morn his loss.