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Windows Application Development Cookbook

By : Marcin Jamro
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Windows Application Development Cookbook

By: Marcin Jamro

Overview of this book

Need to ensure you can always create the best Windows apps regardless of platform? What you need are solutions to the biggest issues you can face, so you can always ensure you’re making the right choices and creating the best apps you can. The book starts with recipes that will help you set up the integrated development environment before you go ahead and design the user interface. You will learn how to use the MVVM design pattern together with data binding, as well as how to work with data in different file formats. Moving on, you will explore techniques to add animations and graphics to your application, and enable your solution to work with multimedia content. You will also see how to use sensors, such as an accelerometer and a compass, as well as obtain the current GPS location. You will make your application ready to work with Internet-based scenarios, such as composing e-mails or downloading files, before finally testing the project and submitting it to the Windows Store. By the end of the book, you will have a market-ready application compatible across different Windows devices, including smartphones, tablets, and desktops.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Windows Application Development Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewer

Arranging windows

Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2015 is a really powerful and advanced IDE. However, it can be adjusted even further by a developer. For instance, one can easily show or hide particular windows as well as arrange them in a few variants, such as floating, docked, or tabbed. In this recipe, you will learn how to open additional windows and place them in suitable areas.

Getting ready

To use this recipe, you just need Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2015 installed, as explained in the previous recipe. No other prerequisites are required.

How to do it...

To arrange windows, you need to perform the following steps:

  1. Launch Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2015.

  2. To open an additional window, such as Solution Explorer or Class View, choose a suitable option from the View menu, as shown in the following screenshot:

  3. To make a window floatable, either drag its title bar and drop it in the empty space, or choose the Float option from the context menu of the title bar.

  4. To make a window docked, either drag its title bar and drop it in the location specified by the special indicator that appears on the screen, as shown in the following screenshot, or choose the Dock option from the context menu of the title bar.

There's more...

It is important to prepare a suitable arrangement of windows that allows you to work with projects in a comfortable way. What is worth mentioning is that the arrangement of windows will automatically change in some special scenarios, such as debugging, and some new windows, strictly related to the given scenario, could appear on the screen. Their aim is to help a developer perform some specific tasks. You will learn how to run the application in the debug mode in the following part of this chapter.

See also

  • The Running the application recipe