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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
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Binding a collection to a combobox

The list view and grid view are not the only controls that allow you to present a collection of items. The other one shows them in a bit different way, as a drop-down list. This control is named combobox. In this recipe, you will learn how to use the data binding mechanism with this control.

As an example, you will create a page with a combobox that will present a list of available languages of the application. Each item will be presented as a flag next to a language name.

Getting ready

To step through this recipe, you need the automatically generated project configured according to the MVVM design pattern, as described in the Creating the view model for a page recipe.

How to do it...

To bind a collection to a combobox, in order to present a list of available languages on the page, perform the following steps:

  1. Add the FlagDE.png, FlagEN.png, FlagFR.png, FlatJP.png, and FlagPL.png files (representing flags) to the Assets directory. The .png files are available...