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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
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Animating the rotation of an element

While performing complex calculations or downloading data from the Internet, it is beneficial to present suitable information to the user. Of course, you can use the progress bar or just a text block, but it may be significantly more attractive to use the rotating image. In this recipe, you will learn how to create animation from two files: a background with a circle and a point rotating around the circle. What is more, you will see how to programmatically stop and restart the 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 rotation of an image, to create the effect of the rotating progress bar, perform the following steps:

  1. Add the ProgressBackground.png and ProgressForeground.png files to the Assets directory. Here is an example of such files (background on the left and foreground on the right):

  2. Add such images to the page and define a storyboard...