Even though I’ve been using Windows 8 for some time now, the truth is that the Widows 8 Developer Preview version I’ve decided to install at the time didn’t allow me to build Metro Style apps nor to debug existing applications (btw, I’ve decided to go with that version because it was the only one which allowed me to upgrade from Windows 7 and, at the time, the page didn’t mention that you could only only build Metro style apps from the Developer Tools version).
Even more interesting is the DOM Explorer window (which you can see in the first tab). The next image shows that window in detail:
This should be a really huge help for building those nasty layouts. Btw, if you’re building an app for several devices, then you’ll probably be happy to know that you can use the simulator. To use the simulator, you must change the default properties of your project (to access the dialog, right click your project in Solution Explorer and choose the properties option):
After setting the debugger to launch dropdown to Simulator, you can simply hit F5 and you’ll end up with the simulator. Even though the simulator takes some time to start, it’s well worth it because you’ll end up with an environment where you can change the current screen resolution, change the way you interact with the app (mouse vs. touch) or even change the current orientation of your screen:
This should be really useful for everyone who needs to build an app for several devices and is stuck with a PC (like me!).
And that’s it for now. Stay tuned for more.