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#1 spek   Prime Members   -  Reputation: 997

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 04:14 AM

About Windows 8...

 

Maybe not the right place, but I was too lazy to create another account on some forum for this single question. And I'm sure you smart boys & girls know answers :)

 

For work, I'll start making a Tablet application soon. This tablet uses Windows 8, which should be aimed specifically at touch devices. So, I'd better utilize those functions properly right?

 

 

However, I never used Win8 so far, and I have MS Visual Studio 2008. I'm pretty sure I can just make a program that runs on that tablet, but how about all those nifty modern touch, swipe, drag, pinch, twitch, snitch, snatch, crap, "gestures"?

* What are really useful new Win8 features?

* To use those, is it recommended to upgrade Visual Studio? Or is there some expansion pack for VS 2008?

 

For the info, this program doens't have to be a state of the art cutting edge thing. It's mainly used in a warehouse to scan articles, navigate through stocks, handle picking lists and that sort of things. Nevertheless, having a nice UI really works. 50 year old non-technical persons should feel comfortable as well with this program. And since my 4 year old daughter knows how to use/screw up these kind of devices as well, I guess the concept works hehe.

 

Ciao,

Rick



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#2 Bogdanas   Members   -  Reputation: 130

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 04:35 AM

As far as I know Visual Studio 2008 cant' create windows 8 Metro apps (You are talking about metro)

 

What are really useful new Win8 features?

Well, tablets can't run standard Win32 applications so that's new :). Metro is like whole new OS. You didn't specify what programming language You will use so not much help about gestures.

You .can use C++/C#/JavaScript/VB for creating Metro apps.

 

Metro is that new windows tiled look.



#3 spek   Prime Members   -  Reputation: 997

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 07:59 AM

>> You are talking about metro

Am I? Hehe, as said I haven't touched a Win8 device yet :)

 

The language I'll use probably depends on what fits best with these new features. Normally I would use VB(.NET), but C++ would be fine too if needed. Or something else than Visual Studio such as Qt C++ is also an option. Just as long it:

* Works with Win8 (and its eventual new handy features)

* Can connect with a ASP.NET webservice.

 

This program has database features, but instead of directly connecting with a SQL Server, it connects with a Webserver (or Webservice, I always forget the right name). Normally I would do that with VB.NET which has nice tools to do this in an easy way.

 

 

Seems that I need to specify this new tablet Metro OS as a target platform for the compiler. Is there some sort of SDK I can download for VS-2008, or is it really necessary or recommended to upgrade to a modern VS2013? It's my boss wallet, nevertheless those upgrades are kinda expensive.

 

Thanks!

Rick



#4 SiCrane   Moderators   -  Reputation: 9668

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 08:14 AM

Basically you need Visual Studio 2012. You should also have Windows 8 on the development PC.

#5 Bogdanas   Members   -  Reputation: 130

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 08:45 AM

Yes,  just upgrade to Visual Studio 2012

And read more:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229512

http://www.jayway.com/2012/11/20/windows-8-xaml-based-metro-apps-with-visual-studio-2012-and-blend-2012slides-and-code/



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Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:21 AM

Some misinformation in this thread....

 

You can make win32 applications that respond to touch and that run on windows 8.

 

x86-based tablets can run win32 applications, only arm-based windows 8 tablets can't.

 

The win32 wm_gesture messages work on windows 7 and windows 8.

 

You can make win32 applications that respond to gesture messages using any compiler/IDE that works with the windows 7 platform sdk or later.




#7 spek   Prime Members   -  Reputation: 997

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:54 AM

Ah unforeseen consequences. Sounds the boss has to open his wallet.... and not only for a VS upgrade but also for a new laptop for me hehe.

Although it might be possible to install VS on the target tablet just as well I assume (using a real keyboard and mouse of course)?

 

Well, thanks guys!



#8 spek   Prime Members   -  Reputation: 997

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:55 AM

@mrbastard

Ah, didn't read that yet. That sounds good. Though I still may want to poke for a new version at work and tell it wouldn't work otherwise hehe



#9 eppo   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2621

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 03:10 PM

How about the express editions of Visual Studio 2012? These are free and may offer all the functionality you need.






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