Check out Part 4 of 4 in my blog series for Magenic featuring Windows Store Apps Using HTML5 – UI Virualization (Part 4 of 4). In this article I introduce UI Virtualization using asynchronous data template functions. The performance of Windows Store Apps is important to consider, especially when handling large collections of data. When displaying the collection, performance can be degraded. In part three, first steps were taken to alleviate the performance problems that can arise under heavy data usage. Part four will describe further performance improvements using UI virtualization.
Asynchronous data template functions enable substantial user experiences by keeping an app responsive and informative. This article’s implementation of UI virtualization relies on these concepts of asynchronous data template functions. The following sections will describe the main components of the implementation along with the differences from simple asynchronous data template functions. First to be examined is the markup.
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Check out Part 3 of 4 in my blog series for Magenic featuring Windows Store App Using HTML5 – Asynchronous Data Template Functions. In this article I introduce asynchronous data template functions. The nature of Windows Store apps is asynchronous. To follow along with this asynchronous nature (as Windows Store app developers should), this article will detail asynchronous template functions.
Asynchronous template functions provide enhanced usability by allowing a user to interact with the app during information retrieval while keeping the user aware of incoming information. This is essential in providing the user with an optimal experience.
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Check out Part 2 of 4 in my blog series for Magenic featuring Windows Store App Using HTML5 – Basic Nested Data Templates. In this article I introduce data template functions. The potential of data template functions easily stretch beyond added scalability. They give the developer complete control over the presentation of each data object. By taking template functions into account when designing Windows Store Apps, the app will have the potential of a very powerful data presentation layer.
Read more here: http://magenic.com/Blog/WindowsStoreAppsUsingHTML5BasicDataTemplate
Check out Part 1 of 4 in my blog series for Magenic featuring Windows Store App Using HTML5 – Basic Nested Data Templates. In this article I introduce nested data templates where data templates have data templates! Like basic templates, there are four necessary components when working with nested templates: Template, Data Source, Binding, and Render Target. Building off basic templates, nested templates provide further flexibility by adding more levels of control over the presentation of data. Using the methods described will allow the potential for indefinite levels of nesting. This greatly increases the flexibility of data presentation. Please note that this article will only go as far as a single nested template.
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Recently I wrote a blog entry called “Extension Me Serialize: With Encryption!” for Magenic focusing on encrypting serialized data. The url is: http://magenic.com/Blog/ExtensionMeSerializeWithEncryption.aspx and it has been referenced on Channel 9: http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/This+Week+On+Channel+9/TWC9-Windows-8-C-Amp-NuGet-Mouse-Mischief-and-more.
Embracing the power of extension methods, I offered the ability to easily serialize objects while simultaneously offering security by default and defense in depth approaches. Also, as noted in the post, depending solely on encryption is not a responsible form of security for your IT system. The protection and maintenance of your encryption keys must be the first step. Encryption is meaningless unless the encryption keys are properly managed. If an attacker can easily access the encryption keys used for data encryption and can apply those to decrypt the data, the data is plaintext to them. I implore you, protect your keys !