MS really isn't making it easy for developers sometimes

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  1. oion

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    Per bolded, that reminds me of a very critical editorial against Surface. The argument was that "tablets are for media consumption, duh." ...Uh, because previous tablets were not created for productivity, ergo that's all they were good for, but that doesn't mean tablets can't be manufactured for productivity in various sectors. (That was a pretty stupid author.)

    According to this article, you can print from any Metro app using the charm. That sounds like an end-user solution; does there really have to be a lot of dev intervention?
     
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    You have no idea. Never ever use cnet or any other tech media articles for programming references. Let me be blunt. These tech media people are programming dummies. They don't know anything about it.

    The 200+ lines of code I was telling you about to print, that's what it takes to pass the info over to the charms bar to print. To reiterate, it takes 200+ lines of code to pass a string of "hello world" text to the print option in the charms bar to print "hello world". There is no way around it.

    So, yes, it's not as simple as swiping from the right. Lots of dev intervention to make it work.
     
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    By the way, did you read the comments on the article you linked to? Plenty of people complaining about not being able to print properly with their apps. Like one person complained that he/she couldn't print multiple pages off of her cook book. Only the first page.

    See? I'm not the only one having trouble implementing the printing protocol in metro. These apps are written by software companies, and even they have trouble implementing it correctly.

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    By the way, a comment on there complained not being able to print by ctrl+alt+P. That's a good idea. I'll implement that in my next update.
     
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    I don't normally see comments to articles (the vast majority of times, article comments are pointless) because I surf with Javascript/iframes disabled, among other things. Most times when users post problems whether in article comments or reviews like on Amazon, they usually leave out all sorts of important information for any diagnosis of where the problem actually is. Was that cookbook printed successfully before? What app was it? Was it a protected file where only limited pages could be printed anyway? So on.
     
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    Don't know. Someone just said his/her cookbook app wouldn't print more than the first page. Someone else complained ctr+alt+P didn't work. Just a whole bunch of comments by people complaining their apps wouldn't print.

    Just start using random free apps in the winstore. Try to print from them. Almost all of them didn't have a print option even if you swipe from the right to open the charms.

    Like I said, it is complicated enough that most devs don't even bother with it. And everytime someone brings it up, there's always an MS person giving us the links to documentations that are only helpful to whole teams of devs. I would really love to see these MS people actually try to implement those documentations in their own apps. See what I mean. Again, printing protocol shouldn't take 200+ lines of code to execute. Printing is the most basic part of any system. What good is a productivity app if you can't print out the result? Why make it a stumbling block to indie devs by complicating the most common part of a productivity app?
     
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    What, people still print? :)
     

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