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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

Defining a global style

Page-limited styles are a powerful mechanism to design the various elements on the page consistently. However, what should you do to make the whole application consistent? Do you need to copy such styles to all the pages? Absolutely not, because you can move the definition of styles to the App.xaml file to use them in the whole application. You will learn how to do it in this recipe.

As an example, you will create a simple menu page with a few buttons, such as Dashboard, News, and Gallery. To make the design consistent across the whole application, all buttons should have the same appearance specified by the global style.

Getting ready

To step through this recipe, you only need the automatically generated project.

How to do it...

To prepare a simple menu page with a globally-defined style for buttons, you need to perform the following steps:

  1. Specify the global style for the Button and ScrollViewer controls by modifying the content of the App.xaml file as follows: