Blog: XAML

Adding Toast Launch Parameters

Excerpt by Ken Getz

When users click or tap your toast notification, Windows loads yourapplication, and users expect your application to have information about the context of the notification and display the appropriate information.

This course excerpt was originally posted July 19, 2013 from the online courseware Windows 8 Using XAML, Part 09: Views, Binding, and Templates by Ken Getz

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Scheduling Toast Notifications

Excerpt by Ken Getz

You can schedule a toast to appear any time in the future-you supply a timeat which you want the toast notification to appear, and it shows up on demand.

This course excerpt was originally posted July 18, 2013 from the online courseware Windows 8 Using XAML, Part 09: Views, Binding, and Templates by Ken Getz

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Investigating Toast Notifications

Excerpt by Ken Getz

Toast notifications are simple notifications that appear in the upper-right corner of the screen (upper-left corner for right-to-left languages).

This course excerpt was originally posted July 16, 2013 from the online courseware Windows 8 Using XAML, Part 09: Views, Binding, and Templates by Ken Getz

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Working with Image Resources

Excerpt by Ken Getz

Although you cannot store images in resource files, they too represent resources in your application.

This course excerpt was originally posted July 12, 2013 from the online courseware Windows 8 Using XAML, Part 09: Views, Binding, and Templates by Ken Getz

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Reacting to a Language Change

Excerpt by Ken Getz

Although it won't happen every day, your application may need to react to the situation in which a user changes the currently active language in Windows.

This course excerpt was originally posted July 11, 2013 from the online courseware Windows 8 Using XAML, Part 09: Views, Binding, and Templates by Ken Getz

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Working with String Resources

Excerpt by Ken Getz

Although lots of developers do it, it's never a good idea to embed string resources directly into your application's source code.

This course excerpt was originally posted July 05, 2013 from the online courseware Windows 8 Using XAML, Part 09: Views, Binding, and Templates by Ken Getz

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Creating a Group Style

Excerpt by Ken Getz

An ItemsControl can work with grouped data in two ways.

This course excerpt was originally posted June 26, 2013 from the online courseware Windows 8 Using XAML, Part 09: Views, Binding, and Templates by Ken Getz

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Windows 8 Using XAML: ItemsControl Styles

Excerpt by Ken Getz

As with every other control you use in Windows 8 applications, both the ListView and GridView controls (that is, both ItemsControls) are based on control templates that determine the manner in which these controls appear.

This course excerpt was originally posted June 24, 2013 from the online courseware Windows 8 Using XAML, Part 09: Views, Binding, and Templates by Ken Getz

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Windows 8: Adding Items from a File System

Excerpt by Ken Getz

In order to take full advantage of an ItemsControl, you must be able to bind it to an existing collection of data.

This course excerpt was originally posted June 18, 2013 from the online courseware Windows 8 Using XAML, Part 09: Views, Binding, and Templates by Ken Getz

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Windows 8 Using XAML: Choosing a ListView or GridView Control

Excerpt by Ken Getz

Windows 8 ListView and GridView controls both allow you to display data, but they display their collections of data differently. The following article takes a look at both controls and how they are used.

This course excerpt was originally posted June 13, 2013 from the online courseware Windows 8 Using XAML, Part 09: Views, Binding, and Templates by Ken Getz

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Creating Placeholder Images

Excerpt by Ken Getz

As a courseware writer, I often need free images to work with, and I know website developers need them as placeholders when building sites.

This course excerpt was originally posted March 14, 2013 from the online courseware Windows 8 Using XAML, Part 05: Bindings by Ken Getz

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Windows 8 using XAML: BeginTime Animation Property

By Ken Getz

If your storyboard contains more than one simultaneous animation, you may need to delay the start of one or more of the animations.

This blog entry was originally posted February 19, 2013 by Ken Getz

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Windows 8 Using XAML: Using the PointAnimation Class

By Ken Getz

Much like the animation class we discussed in a previous article, the PointAnimation class allows you to animate a property that represents a point.

This blog entry was originally posted February 15, 2013 by Ken Getz

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Windows 8 using XAML: Animation Class and Enabling Animation

By Ken Getz

In Windows 8, animations are an integral part of the user experience. As you work with various Windows Store applications (or the built in user interface), you'll find animations at every turn.

This blog entry was originally posted February 13, 2013 by Ken Getz

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Adding Reflection Effects with XAML

By Ken Getz

Besides the obvious transformation effects, you can use transforms to create rich and varied effects in your applications-it's all about figuring out which transforms provide the effects you want.

This blog entry was originally posted February 11, 2013 by Ken Getz

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XAML Transforms: Avoiding Absolute Coordinates

By Ken Getz

You can solve many drawing issues using a transform-that is, a class that alters the way the shape is drawn using mathematical manipulations.

This blog entry was originally posted February 05, 2013 by Ken Getz

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XAML LinearGradientBrush: Rotating the Gradient

By Ken Getz

In a previous article we started discussing brushes, specifically the SolidColorBrush. This article switches focus to the LinearGradientBrush and rotating gradients.

This blog entry was originally posted February 01, 2013 by Ken Getz

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Using Element.Property Syntax for the SolidColorBrush Class

By Ken Getz

>Even once you've learned about shapes and geometries, and creating your own drawings, youneed to learn brushes in order to create the kind of content you'll need in rich, XAML-based applications.

This blog entry was originally posted January 30, 2013 by Ken Getz

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Geometry Mini-Language

By Ken Getz

Imagine a scenario in which you have a large amount of data, and a correspondingly large amount of markup.

This blog entry was originally posted January 29, 2013 by Ken Getz

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Using the GeometryGroup Element with XAML

By Martin Schaeferle

In previous articles we have discussed how to use almost all the classes that inherit from the Shape class, and you'll find that you can accomplish many of your drawing goals using these shapes.

This blog entry was originally posted January 24, 2013 by Martin Schaeferle

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Using Line Joins with XAML

By Ken Getz

In a recent article we discussed line caps, which alter the way you can draw lines. XAML provides one more alteration- line joins.

This blog entry was originally posted January 22, 2013 by Ken Getz

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Adding Line Caps with XAML

By Ken Getz

When drawing Line shapes (and also Polyline shapes) you have the option of controlling how the starting and ending edges of the lines appear.

This blog entry was originally posted January 17, 2013 by Ken Getz

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XAML Shapes: Round Those Corners

By Ken Getz

Once you've created a rectangle with XAML, you can also round the corners!

This blog entry was originally posted January 11, 2013 by Ken Getz

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The 'Shapes' of XAML - Rectangles & Ellipses

By Ken Getz

Although you may not agree at first, you have many reasons to need to learn about XAML shapes, paths, and geometries.

This blog entry was originally posted January 09, 2013 by Ken Getz

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Windows 8 Using XAML: Binding Colors

By Ken Getz

As you write applications, you often need to update the value of one element with information from another element. Often, you need to display information coming from a collection of objects in a list, or combo box.

This blog entry was originally posted January 07, 2013 by Ken Getz

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Overriding Styles for ListView and GridView in XAML Applications

By Ken Getz

Whether or not you're aware of it, every control that you use in a XAML application is based on a control template that's well defined and available for you to study and modify.

This blog entry was originally posted January 03, 2013 by Ken Getz

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Using Standard Templates for ListView and GridView

By Ken Getz

When creating XAML applications using ListView and GridView controls for Windows 8, you probably want your applications to look like "standard" applications.

This blog entry was originally posted December 21, 2012 by Ken Getz

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Windows 8 Progress Controls

By Ken Getz

XAML provides two controls specifically meant to indicate active progress, as some activity is running, to the user.

This blog entry was originally posted November 19, 2012 by Ken Getz

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Creating State Handling Markup with XAML

By Ken Getz

When you create an application, your goal (besides ensuring that the application does what it needs to do) is to make sure that it looks good, and works well.

This blog entry was originally posted November 15, 2012 by Ken Getz

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XAML Hierarchy of Resources

By Ken Getz

In XAML, every element maintains its own resources collection, and also has access to the resources collection of its parent elements.

This blog entry was originally posted November 13, 2012 by Ken Getz

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Placing XAML Controls Onto the Grid

By Ken Getz

One of XAML's most important features is its ability to create hierarchies of controls; that is, the ability to nest controls inside other controls.

This blog entry was originally posted November 06, 2012 by Ken Getz

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Creating Dynamic Properties in XAML

By Ken Getz

Usually, the standard XAML property syntax provides the functionality you need.

This blog entry was originally posted November 05, 2012 by Ken Getz

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Windows App Store Apps not Equivalent to WPF and Silverlight

By Ken Getz

When working on a chapter for the Windows Store Apps using C# and XAML course, I was surprised to find that both the RadialGradientBrush and the OpacityMask are not available for Windows Store apps.

This blog entry was originally posted October 09, 2012 by Ken Getz

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XAML vs. HTML ain't like VB vs. C#

By Ken Getz

Before Windows 8 apps came along, I spent a lot of time writing courseware for both VB and C#, and converting between the two was relatively easy--I got it down to a science.

This blog entry was originally posted September 14, 2012 by Ken Getz

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