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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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Adding a custom marker to a map

A default map icon, presented in the previous recipe, could not be suitable in all applications. For example, it could not match the design that is applied in the project. Thus, it should be replaced with another one, which is consistent with the overall visual identity. In this recipe, you will learn how to place a custom marker on the map.

As an example, you will prepare an application that obtains the current location of the user using the GPS receiver. Then it will center the map on this location and place a custom image representing the user.

Getting ready

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

How to do it...

To prepare an example that adds a custom marker on the map in the current location of the user, perform the following steps:

  1. Enable the Location capability by double-clicking on the Package.appxmanifest file in the Solution Explorer window, choosing the Capabilities tab, and selecting the Location checkbox.

  2. Add...