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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 controls in a grid

The arrangement of controls in a linear way is not the only possible option. You can also arrange controls in a grid by specifying in which rows and columns each control should be located. What is interesting is that the available solution gives developers a lot of flexibility, such as defining the width of columns and the height of rows. In this recipe, you will learn how to define a grid and arrange controls within it.

As an example, you will design a simple calculator with TextBlock for the results and 16 Button controls (with 0-9 digits, +, -, *, /, =, and a comma).

Getting ready

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

How to do it...

To create a simple calculator demonstrating arrangement of controls in a grid, you need to perform the following steps:

  1. Specify styles for Button and TextBlock controls. Do this by modifying the content of the MainPage.xaml file as follows:

            <Page (...)>