Has anyone used Team Foundation Service and got to a point where he suddenly is no longer authorized to connect to his projects? It happened to me a couple of times and as frustrating it might be, there is an easy solution I found after digging a little bit into the issue. Here is what I got as a message:
At first, I started wondering if something’s messed up my service URI, but this was not it… I tried to Unbind/Bind my local solution and after a few other unsuccessful similar acts it got me thinking in another direction. In my, case I have one Microsoft Account (previously called Live ID) which I most often use, but apart from it, there are a few others for different needs of mine. Visual Studio “learned” about my last successful login with a Microsoft Account different than the one I use for my Team Foundation Service. Logically this got me nowhere near accessing my projects :). What was an easy trick is to open the web browser in VS (View -> Other Windows -> Web Browser) and log out from my wrong account, and after that, log in with the write one. Then, everything was back the old ways…
My guess is some clearing of cookies/history form the regular browser might do the job as well, but haven’t tested this one to be sure… I hope the above few sentences might save some minutes to someone getting pissed off by the same issue…
Some time ago I started working on a Windows Store cooking app in Bulgarian. I was eager to play a little bit deeper with the new platform from a developer perspective and see how far a got… Now as the result is evident: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/bg-BG/app/6b5999aa-2466-452c-ab26-fe9b77851928 (feel free to give some feedback), I decided to drop a few lines with some of the impressions I got during the process of development.
In my search for new functionalities, there are a few that you might probably find necessary for every other app you develop:
Also, in my case of an app, I have to download the content from a server, which takes some time for the initial loading of the app. In such scenarios it is good to use the so called “Extended Splash Screen” - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh465338.aspx, in order to give some visual feedback to the user, telling him that the app is still loading.
Apart from the above, this test app of mine is pretty straightforward. It is working in a passive mode (the user is not allowed to add new recipes), but very convenient for the cooking hobbyists to look at their Windows 8 tablet, displaying the recipe they are currently using for a delicious meal :).
Bottom line – with the ready to use templates in Visual Studio 2012 it seems fairly easy to get traction and create a fairly good Windows Store App. Anyone who is curious (itchy) about it – consider it a small challenge… a game if you would, which will help you learn a few new things.