Certification requirements for Windows 8 Metro style apps (Release Preview)

If you’re thinking about writing, or are currently writing a Windows 8 Metro style app, be sure to look at the Windows 8 app certification requirements for Release Preview. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/jj128432.aspx

Having a great idea is just the start. Turning it into a compelling, attention-grabbing app that brings users back time and again, takes a lot of work.

There are only 7 main categories of requirements, but the devil is in the details. And there are a lot of details.

During the past few weeks I’ve had the chance to work with some brilliant co-workers on a reference app that we also hope will eventually make it to the Store. The team has devoted a lot of time to the look & feel of the app, trying to make sure it looks and behaves the way the user would expect it to. More to come on the development experience in future posts. . .

— bliz (@SnowstormLife)


Kicking the tires of VS 2010, TFS 2010 and Test Professional 2010

If you’d like to kick the tires a while, Brian Keller has created a very nice virtual machine complete with a sample application, data, and some hands-on labs. Here’s a link to his blog post announcing its availability: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/briankel/archive/2010/06/25/now-available-visual-studio-2010-rtm-virtual-machine-with-sample-data-and-hands-on-labs.aspx

The VM comes in a number of “flavors.”  There’s one for Hyper-V, Virtual PC 2007 SP1, and Windows [7] Virtual PC.

The VM has VS 2010, Test Professional 2010, Team Foundation Server 2010, SharePoint 2010, SQL Server 2008, etc., installed. Brian has created a number of hands-on labs and demo scenarios that will walk you through various aspects of the 2010 product line, including:

  • planning your projects with TFS 2010
  • using the Architecture Explorer in VS 2010 Ultimate to analyze your code
  • understanding class coupling with VS 2010 Ultimate
  • an introduction to test case management with Microsoft Test Manager 2010
  • an introduction to Coded UI tests with VS 2010 Ultimate
  • debugging with IntelliTrace using VS 2010 Ultimate
  • code discovery using the Architecture tools in VS 2010 Ultimate
  • authoring and running manual tests using Microsoft Test Manager 2010
  • branching and merging visualization using TFS 2010

It’s quite a list of goodies, eh?

There isn’t a web load test scenario included in the hands-on lab docs, but here are some links that explain how you would create web performance tests and load tests, including a couple of walkthroughs:


January 17 – it is a good day.


Happy birthday to me. Now where’d I put my bag o prunes?  🙂

And the video of the day is…. 


(no, that’s not me in the video)

Thanksgiving tradition, round 2

Last year (2006) we started a new Thanksgiving tradition for this leg of the Blizzard clan. Both my parents and Pam’s mom are gone, years ago. Pam’s dad is too afraid of hurricanes and tornados that might suddenly attack the Tampa area and won’t visit. (I won’t mention that he lives just outside Pensacola. Think of a bowling lane. Think of the sweet spot for a strike, between the 1 and 3 pins. That’s pretty much what Pensacola is in the game of Hurricane Bowling. Tampa, on the other hand, is a total gutter ball. Hurricanes don’t come through here. Makes us wonder what the real reason is that Pam’s dad won’t visit… but that’s another story, for another time. And this is about our new holiday tradition.)

So our new family Thanksgiving tradition is to take a Thanksgiving cruise. We did last year and loved it. As a result we decided to keep the tradition alive this year, and went on another cruise. And we had another blast. Over the next few days I’ll post about the relaxing time we had on this year’s journey aboard the Carnival Valor.

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Our little family, right outside the terminal in Miami. (I don’t know what’s up with the goofy look on my face.) And the Carnival Valor, our home for the next week.


Well, this is really lame.

SnowstormLife.com is currently dead.

I held on the phone at WebHost4Life for about 20 minutes before a tech support person answered. They said they had to redirect my web site to an empty folder because it was taking up 100% CPU on the web server.

They’ve told me to review my files to see what’s causing the problem. But I can’t view the files because they’ve got the stupid thing redirected to an empty folder. Hard to debug something when it’s invisible.

This is so frustrating.


We went to Mexico for Thanksgiving week. Progreso, Mexico is a very poor city. We visited a little cemetery that was about 300 years old. The grave sites looked like a little city of their own, brightly painted to indicate Mayan ancestors.

Where oh where is Snowstormlife????

Man, I can’t believe that Snowstormlife.com may be on its last legs. Apparently one of the applications on my site caused the web server at WebHost4Life to spike at 100% CPU. They’ve taken the entire SnowstormLife site offline. Ouch. Gotta look into this. . .