[Colorful Friday] Hallstatt and the Chinese

[Colorful Friday] Hallstatt and the Chinese
We’re one week late with this [Colorful Friday] pic, but it’s worth it the wait. This is the old, traditional village of  Hallstatt in Upper Austria. Tourism is a big industry in Austria, people from all over the world, especially from China, are visiting this lovely, small town. In fact Hallstatt is so adored in China, that the ...

[Colorful Friday] A Walk in the Park

[Colorful Friday] A Walk in the Park
This time – a photo shot in Timisoara’s Central Park – a wallpaper. Enjoy the day! Happy Friday!

[Colorful Friday] – Rainy Days

[Colorful Friday] - Rainy Days
It has been a rainy week here in Timișoara and we would all enjoy a bit of sunshine, that’s for sure! Yet the rain has some benefits, the urban landscape is a lot greener now. :-) Happy Friday!

[Colorful Friday] – The Japanese Tea Ceremony

[Colorful Friday] - The Japanese Tea Ceremony
It’s the third Friday of the month, it’s Colorful Friday. This time we’ve chosen a theme close to our hearts & souls - the four principles of the Japanese Tea Ceremony: harmony respect purity tranquility  Find your Tea Mood and check out more pictures from our new Zen Room at http://www.cobaltsign.com/meet-the-zen-room/.   Happy Easter Friday!

Build Windows 2014

Build Windows 2014
Microsoft’s BUILD conference started yesterday with plenty of news on Windows Phone and Windows 8. Here is a quick list of yesterday’s launch event news. Windows Phone 8.1: Action Center New personalized lockscreen Brand new homescreen with parallax backgrounds Cortana, a personal assistant, also extended to apps (Bing Health & Fitness) Record breaking Swype-like Keyboard ...

[Colorful Friday] – Solventul

[Colorful Friday] - Solventul
Since the Bega Canal area is getting a serious makeover in Timișoara these months, I decided to add a picture of the unfortunate current state of the Solventul “offices” building. It is located in the Southern part of the city, along the canal, and is only one of the former industrial buildings of a larger ...

[Colorful Friday] – Barcelona

[Colorful Friday] – Barcelona
Time flies and it has been almost one year since our last visit to this amazing city in Catalunya. The picture below has been shot in front of a beautiful café at the seaside, just outside the Maremagnum mall – a perfect spot to relax, alongside a good cup of coffee, tea or a glass ...

[Colorful Friday] Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

[Colorful Friday] Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!
Enjoy the holidays and have a joyful new year! Cheers, Oana, Alex & Arthur

Introducing async and await on Windows Phone

Introducing async and await on Windows Phone
It has always been quite complicated handling asynchronous calls to web services, especially when having to wait for information to arrive from different sources. In a simple example, traditional “callback” code would look this way: The Callback Way C# WeatherService weatherService = new WeatherService(ApiKey, ApiSecret); void GetWeatherForLocation(string location) { weatherService.FindPlaceAsync(location, FindPlaceAsyncCallback); } void FindPlaceAsyncCallback(Place place) ...

Microsoft AppChallenge 2013 – Windows Phone SkiResorts Demo App

Microsoft AppChallenge 2013 - Windows Phone SkiResorts Demo App
I am presenting at one of the two technical talks at the Microsoft App Challenge in Timisoara, and we will build together a demo Windows Phone app that shows a report for Ski Resorts in Romania. What we will do: connect to an API and receive data build a basic MVVM structure use data bindings and data ...