Got the Microsoft MVP Award for 2014 in “Windows Platform Development”

July 1st, 2014

Wow, I’ve just received the Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) award for 2014 in the new area “Windows Platform Development”.


Thanks to all the people who made that possible. Thanks to all the readers of my books & articles, thanks to the participants of my public talks, thanks to the MSDN-team and the forum members, thanks to the colleagues at Trivadis and my Boss Benno and thanks to Microsoft Switzerland for their great support. Thanks to all my friends and a special big THANK YOU to my wife. I love you!

More about the MVP award:

My personal MVP profile:


BASTA! Spring 2014 – slides and demos

February 28th, 2014

At this year’s spring edition of the BASTA! Conference ( I gave three talks:

  • Windows 8.1 – UI Neuerungen
  • All you need to know about XAML
  • Asynchronous Programming with C#

Thanks to all the people who joined my sessions. I hope you liked them. If you’ve any feedback to share with me, feel free to contact me via this link.

You can download all slides and demos here:

Thomas talks

Microsoft TechDays 2013 Basel

November 15th, 2013

Thanks to all who joined my sessions at TechDays in Basel. Also a big thanks to Microsoft Switzerland for organizing this great and successful event. I really enjoyed the two days of networking with awesome people.

Please find the slides and demos of my talks on my homepage by selecting the talk:

If you were not able to attend TechDays in Basel, you can just watch my talks here (they’re in German. Find other talks on on channel9):


Feel free to ask any questions about the topics by commenting here or just send me an email.


Received Microsoft MVP award 2013

July 6th, 2013

Wow, on 1st of July I’ve received my very first Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) award. I received it in the area “Client Development”.


Thanks to all the people out there in the .NET/C#/XAML-community, thanks to all the readers of my books, articles and blog-posts, thanks to the participants of my public talks, thanks to the colleagues at Trivadis and thanks to Microsoft Switzerland for their great support. In the end I want to thank my family and all the friends and people supporting me in any technical and non-technical way. You’re awesome!

More about the MVP award you can read on

My personal MVP profile is here:

Keep on codin’

It’s there: Windows Store Apps with XAML and C#– the ultimate handbook

May 30th, 2013

Wow, it’s done. The ultimate handbook about Windows Store Apps with XAML and C# is printed and available. You can order your copy of the German-written 1146-pages-book on amazon: Windows Store Apps – das umfassende Handbuch

Find more information about the book on amazon, on my homepage and on the publisher’s website on

Training on Windows Store Apps

In Germany, Switzerland and Austria I’ll give a three-day-training on Windows Store Apps. If you or your company have interest on this professional training, directly contact me via It is possible to train you in the Trivadis-Trainings centers or onsite at your office.

So far so good, let’s look at the past and the future

The past

Puh, this was year was really instensive. Here the straight plan I had so far:

  • January: Buy new home
  • February: My second daughter Sara was born.
  • March: Finish the manuscript for the book
  • April:Renovate and improve new home (thanks to Makita Zwinkerndes Smiley)
  • May: Move
  • … in all months: Working as a consultant and trainer @Trivadis.

The future

So the future contains much more spare time, it’s necessary, because I say “Time is money is not true, time is unpayable”. I want to spend as much as I can with my kids, my wife, family and friends (See also this awesome post from Tim on that topic). So the future plan looks like this:

  • June: Finish a WPF-project as a consultant and enjoy the free weekends
  • July: Parental leave Smiley
  • August: Parental leave Smiley
  • September: Back to work, speaking at basta ( and at Trivadis-internal TechEvent

Keep on rockin’

Interview about Windows 8

December 21st, 2012

At BASTA! (.NET-conference in Mainz/Germany) I gave an interview about Windows 8 and developing Windows Store Apps. You can watch it directly here:

You can also read an article about the topic here: Link to article


Dragging Elements in Windows Store Apps

December 12th, 2012

In Windows Store Apps there are three kinds of Touch-Events:

  • Gesture Events – those are high-level-events like Tapped or RightTapped.
  • Pointer-Events – low-level-events like PointerPressed, PointerMoved, PointerReleased.
  • Manipulation-Events – low-level-events for multi-touch actions like rotate, scale or transform an element.

Pointer-Events consolidate Touch-, Pen- and Mouse-Input. So on the UIElement-class from WinRT you wont find Mouse-Events known from WPF/Silverlight like MouseLeftButtonDown.

In my upcoming Windows Store Apps I want to show how Elements can be dragged/moved with Pointer-Events. You can download the code of the sample here:

MovingElements, or in German ElementeVerschieben-Sample

The app looks like below. By touching an empty space in the yellow area, an Image is inserted. The image can be grabbed with a finger or with the mouse-cursor and moved around. The app works also with multiple fingers. You can grab multiple images at once and move them around.


If you´ve feedback to the code, feel free to comment. Smiley 

As I´m really busy the next weeks/months with the writing of the Windows Store Apps-book, I´m not able to give you big support on the code. Use it or not.


Windows Presentation Foundatoin 4.5 – WPF 4.5 – the 3rd edition is here

November 28th, 2012

I’m proud to announce that the ultimate handbook about Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) in .NET 4.5 is in stores now. Order your copy of the German-Speaking Topseller about WPF directly here on Amazon:

Order WPF-Book on

Find all the Details about the book on

Currently I’m working really hard on my book about Windows Store Apps. It’ll be released next year and can already be preordered on Amazon:

Preorder Windows Store Apps-Book on

So maybe I’ll blog more again in the future. But for now I’m totally focused on finishing the Windows Store Aps-book.

So far so good,
stay tuned,

Microsoft TechDays – WinRT-Controls Deep Dive: FlipView, ListView, GridView & SemanticZoom

November 19th, 2012

Danke für die zahlreiche Teilnahme an meiner Session zu den WinRT-Controls zum Entwickeln von Windows Store Apps. Es war eine Level 3 (von 3) Session. Wie versprochen sind die Slides und Live-Demos unter folgendem Link verfügbar:

Bei Fragen, Feedback, Lob und Kritik einfach eine E-Mail an mich:
Mail an Thomas


SwissBUILD – Kostenfreies Event mit Microsoft und Trivadis rund um Windows 8 & Co.

October 22nd, 2012

Am Dienstag, 30. Oktober 2012, veranstalten Microsoft und Trivadis in Glattbrugg (Zürich) ein kostenfreies Event rund um Windows 8, Windows Store Apps & Co. Allerdings sollten Sie sich für eine Anmeldung beeilen, da die Anzahl der Teilnehmer beschränkt ist.

Nach Vorträgen von Ken Casada (Microsoft) und mir werden wir uns die Keynote der BUILD-Konferenz im Live-Streaming ansehen. In einer Podiumsdiskussion mit Experten von Microsoft, der MSUGS, der Trivadis und der Fachzeitschrift Netzwoche diskutieren wir anschliessend, was die Ankündigungen der Keynote für die Praxis bedeuten. Zum Abschluss findet unter allen Teilnehmern eine Verlosung statt.

Hier die Fakten zum kostenfreien Event:
Datum: Dienstag, 30. Oktober 2012
Zeit: 16:00 – 21:15 Uhr
Ort: Trivadis Zürich, Europa-Strasse 5, CH-8152 Glattbrugg

Weitere Details zum zeitlichen Rahmen, zu den Vorträgen sowie einen Link zur Anmeldung befinden sich auf folgender Seite: