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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

Animating the color of an element

Apart from the already described animations, it is also possible to animate the values of various properties of controls. In this recipe, you will learn how to animate colors.

As an example, you will create a simple page with basic shapes that will form a visualization of three lights--red, yellow, and green--arranged horizontally one next to another. After you click on the drawing, the animation should start and these lights should be switched on (one per second): red, yellow, and green. Of course, the color should be changed from black with the help of animation.

Getting ready

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

How to do it...

To prepare the example that animates the color of ellipses, perform the following steps:

  1. Define a storyboard for animating colors of three ellipses, representing lights, by modifying the code of the MainPage.xaml file, as follows:

            <Page (...)>