I know why you’re here. I know what you’ve been doing… why you hardly sleep, why you live alone, and why night after night, you sit by your computer. You’re looking for it. I know because I was once looking for the same thing. And when I thought I found it, it wasn’t really what I was looking for. I was looking for an answer. It’s the question that drives us. It’s the question that brought you here. You know the question, just as I did.
Yes, just how the heck do I write a functional WinRT app?
The answer is out there, and it’s looking for you, and it will find you if you want it bad enough. Maybe.
I’ve been able to get a functioning application going that looks … “OK” …, but still with no love on the local storage front. I found that you can use SQLite components (but only on x86, not ARM, unless you want to spend the time to migrate all the code yourself!) and I have wasted many hours looking at that. It’s one of those things that looks great from a distance, but when you start to actually use it, you find out things like the sqlite-net package doesn’t support joining two tables (really?!!!). I understand that it’s an open source project that needs some contributions, but right now I’m just trying to learn WinRT. If I take yet another side trip to contribute writing the code to do joins for LINQ, that will just make me another month later to get my project running. I was expecting these tools to be there. Is it any wonder that there’s not a lot of apps in the Windows App Store yet?
On a related note, I’m excited to get my hands on my new Surface that’s supposed to arrive on Friday. I’m not sure exactly where this is headed, but I’m afraid Windows 8/WinRT/Surface is going to be a bumpy ride for Microsoft. I’ve been trying to wrap my head around this and figure out how I explain it to my customers and non-technical friends and family. I don’t have any good answers yet that produce anything but blank stares and questioning looks.
So far, when I’m explaining Windows 8 and Surface, I feel like I’m making an awkward social introduction:
Hey – let me introduce you to Windows 8. He’s Windows 7’s bi-polar schizophrenic cousin that’s having an identity crisis. (Just don’t call him Metro – he gets really update if you use that nickname!)
I’m not sure exactly what you should call it, … or how you will use it, … or why the Start menu is gone, or lots of other things.
Why yes, this tablet does run Windows.
Umm… no, you can’t run Windows applications on this Windows tablet because it’s an ARM-based Windows tablet (duh! isn’t that obvious?)
But – I’m sure you’ll love him – isn’t he awesome?…
hey – where are you going? Come back here!
Sorry if this post is a bit of a rant, but I’m more than a little frustrated with WinRT right now. There’s not a lot of good clean information on this topic, and I’m beginning to think my next book should be about how to do this, because I can’t seem to find this information anywhere. Unfortunately, I have a long ways to go to get to that point before I feel like I know enough to write even a good blog post about this! I’ll keep you posted as things evolve.
Written by Lyle Luppes.