Microsoft talks more about Windows 8 app development

Last week, Microsoft launched its new Windows 8 app development blog site with a discussion on what had changed for app makers between the release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview and the new Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Today, the app development blog has posted the second part of that discussion with even more information for app creators.

Once again, the blog post is highly technical and is mainly for programmers. One of the topics discussed this time is tile and toast notifications for Metro apps. The blog states that the Windows 8 Consumer preview now lets app maker use the periodic tile notification API for apps that use cloud services. The API tells Windows to check out the cloud server to update the tile content on the Metro app.

The blog post also gives information for app developers who want to make Metro apps via JavaScript. Microsoft says it has improved the performance of JavaScript IntelliSense in Windows 8 and has also improved the JavaScript debugging and diagnostic tools.

Other improvements mentioned in the blog include changing the HTML AppBar for easier use by developers and being able to create Metro style apps with a combination of programming languages in Visual Studio.

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JavaScript is the worst possible thing you can use to write applications. I deal with them on daily basis. What happened to true coding and trusty C and C++ languages.

techguy77 said,
JavaScript is the worst possible thing you can use to write applications. I deal with them on daily basis. What happened to true coding and trusty C and C++ languages.

There is nothing wrong with Javascript unless you don't actually know it, then it might be bad. But then again the same can be said of C and C++.

SharpGreen said,
There is nothing wrong with Javascript

right… I think you may need your head examined…

techguy77 said,
JavaScript is the worst possible thing you can use to write applications. I deal with them on daily basis. What happened to true coding and trusty C and C++ languages.

I have to agree, although if you understand C you should be able to work through Javascript. It is the DOM tie ins that confuse people with the object nature that the language was not truly designed to handle as elegantly as other solutions.

However, for Windows 8, you do not have to use Javascipt, in fact unless you have a specific need in porting a site or existing code, why not just use C# or any of the other .NET languages available?

It is like developing ASP.NET you can do server side javascript, but why put yourself through the pain when there are better languages available?

MFH said,

right… I think you may need your head examined…

Javascript is super great - More so with a library like jQuery.

SPARTdAN said,
Javascript is super great - More so with a library like jQuery.

That's like saying Pascal is the perfect language for systems engineering as you can interop to C-code…

SharpGreen said,

There is nothing wrong with Javascript unless you don't actually know it, then it might be bad. But then again the same can be said of C and C++.

I know JavaScript well and just because i know it i am saying all this. I think Metro Apps should be written in C# with combination of HTML5. Everything else is a bad choice.