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Custom Pivot Header with Animation

I recently wanted to make a header with tabs for my app’s pages that have a Pivot. Something like Office Mobile, but without the drop-down menus. Here’s the result I got in my upcoming app. I decided to post a tutorial and provide a sample app.   Notice the fast fade-in of the background color of the tab, this is […]

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Page Transitions for Universal XAML Pages

Normally, if you want different page transitions (NavigationThemeTransition) for your Universal XAML Windows Phone 8.1 app, you’d set it on the page’s XAML directly. For example, let’s do a ContinuumTransition: However, if you have a XAML page in your Universal app’s shared folder, you can’t use XAML because page transitions are not available for Windows 8.1 apps. Since […]

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WinRT MediaCapture Tips

As we approach Windows 10, many of you are considering updating your SL 8.0 apps to WinRT. In fact, Larry Lieberman and team recommend you do this and have shared some resources to help facilitate the move. I’ve done this for a couple apps so far and wanted to share some of my experience while migrating […]

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Report progress – IAsyncActionWithProgress

One of the best things you can do for your app’s users is to report the progress of an operation. Showing a progress bar can greatly increase the patience of the user, not knowing how long something is going to take can make the operation just feel longer. Luckily, many WinRT Tasks will return an IAsyncActionWithProgress. I’ve seen […]

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How to disable display timeout in WinRT

For those of you who are building multimedia related apps, you’ll want to consider disabling the display timeout of the user’s device. This prevents the screen from dimming or locking while the user is playing/recording media. In my case, I have a view where the user is doing some video recording. so I don’t want the […]

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EmailMessage class Approach for Windows

Unfortunately, there is no EmailMessage class for big Windows. It is such a nice feature of Windows Phone to be able to quickly compose an email programmatically and launch the built-in email app. However, I have created a working approach for the windows portions of my Universal Windows apps and I wanted to share it […]

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Adding Telerik Universal

Quick, four step, tutorial to adding Telerik Universal Windows Control to your application.

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Read-only Address Bar for Webview

Learn how to add a read-only WebView address bar to your Windows and Windows Phone application

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Invalid XAML error updating from WP7

We are now seeing the beginning of the fast decline of Windows Phone 7 as it exits the market over the next several months, many of you will need to act to update your app to at least Windows Phone 8.  I did this for all of my WP7 apps and there was one error […]

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App Studio – Design-Time Sample Data

If you’re like me, you like to fiddle and tweak things to get just the right result. Recently, Microsoft has really beefed up App Studio apps and if you explore the downloaded source code you’ll see a new Universal app structure leveraging MVVM. Let’s start with the before and after photo (click any image to view larger): […]