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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

Obtaining the orientation of a device

A smartphone or a tablet can be placed in various orientations, such as with the screen faced down, up, or rotated. Fortunately, it is possible to easily get to know which orientation is currently being used and to adjust the design of the page if necessary. In this recipe, you will learn how to use the SimpleOrientationSensor class to get such information.

As an example, you will create a simple page with information about the current orientation. Of course, such content will be updated automatically as soon as the reading has changed.

Getting ready

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

How to do it...

To prepare an example presenting an information about the current orientation of the device, perform the following steps:

  1. Add to the page the header (with the icon and the Device orientation text) and the label where the current orientation state is presented by modifying the content of the MainPage.xaml file as follows...