Windows Store apps that start up to 60% faster and have a smaller memory footprint – that’s what .NET Native is a about.
.NET Native compiles C# to native machine code that performs like C++. You will continue to benefit from the productivity and familiarity of the .NET Framework with the great performance of native code.
Released in April 2014, you can download the Microsoft.Net Native Developer Preview to get started today.
The developer preview enables building apps for Windows Store on ARM and x64 architectures (stay tuned for x86.) .NET Native will soon enable a consistent and converged experience across devices.
.NET Native continues to provide a first-class .NET developer experience in Visual Studio. You still get a great edit/compile/debug environment with productivity enhancers like Edit and Continue and code refactoring. You continue to upload MSIL app packages to the Windows Store.
Some of the most popular Windows Store apps on Surface devices are already running on .NET Native. This includes applications such as Wordament and Fresh Paint, which are seeing multi-second startup wins.
Have you checked out the Windows Store apps Dev Center lately?
It’s been filled with excellent resources for learning about and developing Windows Store apps. From code, to design guidelines, it’s chuck full of what you need to develop Windows Store Apps.
Our design principles
Index UX guidelines
iPad to Windows Store app
From Wikipedia: “Parallax is a displacement or difference in the apparent position of an object viewed along two different lines of sight, and is measured by the angle or semi-angle of inclination between those two lines.”
A Parallax can create an interesting visual effect when used for a background in a Windows Store App.
David Catuhe explain how in this blog post ‘How to create a cool parallax background’.
Windows 8.1, a free upgrade for Windows 8 users, has features to make it more familiar to users of previous versions of Windows plus new features and functionality.
The Windows 8.1 update was released last Thursday, October 17, 2013.
It is a free download available from the Windows Store.
The ASP.NET Identity system, new in Visual Studio 2013, is designed to replace the previous ASP.NET Membership and Simple Membership systems. It includes profile support, OAuth integration, works with OWIN, and is included with the ASP.NET templates shipped with Visual Studio 2013.
My experience with it is that it is simpler to use yet provides more options and easier extensibility.
ASP.NET Identity can be used with all of the ASP.NET frameworks, such as ASP.NET MVC, Web Forms, Web Pages, Web API, and SignalR.
Check out it’s claims based authentication. It gives you the ability to use more than just roles to grant access/permission to a user.
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