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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

Launching a Skype call

Apart from starting a traditional phone call, you can easily launch a call to a given Skype user using the external application installed on the device. You will learn how to do it in this recipe. Similar to the case of opening a website in a default web browser, such a task just requires specifying a proper Uri instance and passing it as a parameter to the LaunchUriAsync method of the Launcher class.

Getting ready

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

How to do it...

To prepare an example that allows launching a Skype call, perform the following steps:

  1. Add a button (starting a call to a given Skype user) to the page by modifying the content of the MainPage.xaml file, as follows:

            <Page (...)> 
                <StackPanel (...)> 
                        Content="Start call" (...) 
                        Click="BtnStartCall_Click" /> 
  2. Define...