Announcing WpWidgetLibrary – HTML Widgets for Windows Phone


WpWidgetLibrary - HTML Widgets for Windows Phone

-Do you want to implement apps for cross-browser support?
-Do you want to have HTML5 Widget App which can be published through Windows Phone Marketplace, with ability to be updatable?
-Do you want to develop hybrid app in Windwos Phone 7?

Is so and if you are Windows Phone developer this is the right project for you.

Daenet team is proud to announce the first version of the WpWidgetLibrary – HTML Widget for Windows Phone – library for building HTML5 apps on Windows Phone mango.  The latest update for WP 7 enables the usage of HTML5 content via the Marketplace. These Applications always need to be hosted on a webserver so they are not useable offline. Even for Microsoft itself this issue was a problem without solution. With this library you can build HTML 5 Widgets app as a native WP7 app, which you can publish on the windows phone  marketplace and  easily make update for the app. Widgets for WP also tries to solve problems of running HTML page in offline mode on  Windows Phone. Library works so that on the first time installs the HTML5 content in isolated storage by simulating the real hard disk, and paths of the HTML pages, scripts, images etc.

With Widget library you can build cross –platform jQueryMobile HTML5 apps for Windows Phone, and other kind of HTML mobile apps.

More info about this open source project can be found on codeplex site http://wpwidgetlibrary.codeplex.com.

Inspiration about this library and problems handling HTML5 apps in WP7 you can read on Damir’s blog series HTML5 for Windows Phone 7.1+ – Episode I : HTML5 Support and HTML5 for Windows Phone 7.1+ – Episode II : Browsing HTML content.

Feel free to contact us for any problems you may have, or send us feedback about the library.

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Metro style Apps in Windows 8


We have seen a lot of news from the past week. There is a new technology announced from Microsoft: Metro Style App and Windows Run Time. This is software platform under new Microsoft upcoming OS Windows 8, which can run on various hardware: PC, Notebook, Tablet and Phone. Great source about this can be found on http://www.buildwindows.com/ and related msdn web site. There are also plenty of sessions about all programming languages and platforms, so if you want to be uptodate with the latest Microsoft technologies don’t lose time, go to site and learn about new Metro style Apps and Windows 8.

I am going to show two diagrams which are very important, in order to understand how metro style apps and Windows Runtime stand in Windows 8 and what about existing .NET platform.

Arhitecture diagram of Windows 8 for developer perspective is shown here.

Windows 8 Architecture diagram

As can be see Windows Runtime is neither .NET nor a part of it. This is brand new platform natively supported by Windows 8. C# and VB are not exclusively .NET languages. By C# you can program .NET applications and Metro style App as well.

Regarding the Windows Runtime you can develop Windows 8 Metro style apps in several languages like C++, C# and VB, as well as JavaScript and HTML5. Every Metro style App goes through Language projection before access Windows Runtime and Windows 8 Core. Language projection has similar logic as IL in .NET but it is completely different technology.

The big thing is that every language supports asynchronous programming model which metro style applications gives responsiveness and better user experience.

You can also mix the JavaScript and C# components. Just make a C# components define it as WinMD file output type, include in JavaScript and HTML project and use it as ordinary JavaScript component. We can see this in further blog post. With WinMD file you can reuse some C# components and use them in HTML and JavaScript project.

Windows Runtime architecture

That’s all for the first blog post about new Windows 8 and Metro style app. In the next post we going to talk about WCF service and consuming it in Metro style apps.