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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 hub

The last control presented in this chapter is the hub that presents a collection of sections. It can also be supported by the data binding mechanism, as explained in this recipe.

As an example, you will create a page with a scrollable photo gallery. Each photo is presented as a separate hub section with a given header.

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 hub, in order to create a page with a scrollable photo gallery, perform the following steps:

  1. Add the G01.jpg, G02.jpg, G03.jpg, and G04.jpg files (representing some images in the gallery) to the Assets directory.

  2. Add the GalleryItemViewModel class, which represents the data of a single gallery item, to the GalleryItemViewModel.cs file in the ViewModels folder. The class contains two properties (Title and ImageUrl...