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Mobile Applications?

As mobile applications continue to gain in popularity, businesses are presented with a very serious question.  Do we need a mobile application?  Per ComScore, Digital Media usage has increased 26% for tablets (small form factors), 99% on Smartphones and decreased 8% on Desktops in the past 3 years.

I know what you are thinking.  “We have a responsive website that people can use, so we are covered for mobile already, right?”  Not exactly.  Here are some interesting statistics that I have come across while scouring the internet to find answers to this question…

Read more: https://www.intertech.com/Blog/mobile-applications-xamarin-forms-why/
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I just rolled off a client recently that needed to build a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) application as part of their hardware and software solution.  For those who aren’t yet familiar with UWP, you can check out this article by Tyler Whitney.

As many of you developers out there are aware, sometimes you have to build or bring with you a number of application infrastructure items before you can even get started with the core application logic.  For example, you might need some helpers, services and base classes that make your job easier or allow you to start with your base patterns, such as, MVC, MVVM, etc.

So, I have decided to create a series of posts that build up a bunch of common, important parts of an application that you might want to have in place before you even start developing your core functionality.  I have discussed a number of topics in my previous posts:

Building a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Application (Part 1) – Using Template10

Building a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Application (Part 2) – T4 and Strings

Building a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Application (Part 3) – Multilingual Support

If you haven’t already read the previous posts, I recommend you do since they all build on each other.

Every developer knows the pain of distributing their application to someone who isn’t running it in debug mode in Visual Studio and is having a problem with the software.  “Oh, I haven’t done anything.”, “It used to work!” or “This software just isn’t working.” are common statements that we hear, right?

Today, we are going to discuss how we can add logging support to our application so that we can get better information from a user to help find and fix any issues that they are experiencing.

Read more: https://www.intertech.com/Blog/building-a-universal-windows-platform-uwp-application-part-4-logging-w-metrolog/
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I just rolled off a client recently that needed to build a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) application as part of their hardware and software solution.  For those who aren’t yet familiar with UWP, you can check out this article by Tyler Whitney.

As many of you developers out there are aware, sometimes you have to build or bring with you a number of application infrastructure items before you can even get started with the core application logic.  For example, you might need some helpers, services and base classes that make your job easier or allow you to start with your base patterns, such as, MVC, MVVM, etc.

So, I have decided to create a series of posts that build up a bunch of common, important parts of an application that you might want to have in place before you even start developing your core functionality.  I have discussed a number of topics in my previous posts:

Building a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Application (Part 1) – Using Template10

Building a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Application (Part 2) – T4 and Strings

If you haven’t already read the previous posts, I recommend you do since they all build on each other.

Today, we are going to discuss how we can add multilingual support to our application.

Read more: https://www.intertech.com/Blog/building-a-universal-windows-platform-uwp-application-part-3-multilingual-support/
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I just rolled off a client recently that needed to build a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) application as part of their hardware and software solution.  For those who aren’t yet familiar with UWP, you can check out this article by Tyler Whitney.

As many of you developers out there are aware, sometimes you have to build or bring with you a number of application infrastructure items before you can even get started with the core application logic.  For example, you might need some helpers, services and base classes that make your job easier or allow you to start with your base patterns, such as, MVC, MVVM, etc.

So, I have decided to create a series of posts that build up a bunch of common, important parts of an application that you might want to have in place before you even start developing your core functionality. Check out the previous post about Using Template10. If you haven’t already read the previous post, I recommend you do since they all build on each other.

Today, we are going to discuss how we use strings in our application. Sounds easy doesn’t it? I mean, just type in your text like this, “Hello World!”, right? Well, not exactly.

Read more: https://www.intertech.com/Blog/building-a-universal-windows-platform-uwp-application-part-2-t4-and-strings/
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Okay, we have finally made it to our final post on using the awesome tool, Metro Studio, by Syncfusion to create great assets for your Windows Phone Application.  Hopefully you got something out of the last three posts:

Metro Studio, Part 1 – Splash Screen

Metro Studio, Part 2 – Icons and Tiles

Metro Studio, Part 3 – Background

Todays focus is going to be on creating a quick application bar using the plethora of icons available in Metro Studio.  It is amazing how quickly we can create a great looking application bar for our application.  So, let’s get to it.

Before we get started, I have a little bad news.  My system crashed the other day and I lost the Metro Studio project that we were using for the previous posts.  I did, however,  have the Visual Studio project backed up, so we are good there.  I won’t be going back to create everything the way it was before, so, hopefully you are smarter than me and back up your work.  Okay, what do we do next?

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imageRunning Windows 8 and not able to figure out how to close the Windows Store application you have open?  Where are the close buttons?  Are they hidden?  Do you need to turn them on in some kind of hidden settings panel?

A new design feature in Windows 8 is the removal of the close buttons.  Applications are now suspended when you move away from them.  This allows the system to maximize your systems resources.  This is a very good thing.

The bad thing is the system will also shutdown your application without telling you when it needs more resources to do more important things.  But it never tells you.  They just magically disappear.  It does however save the context of the application so that when you run it again, it will start the application from where it was before it was shutdown.

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AllAppsAs Windows 8 continues to gain more traction, I thought that I would start a small collection of posts on the topic of Windows 8 Tips.  If you are starting to use Windows 8 or even a seasoned veteran, you may have the need to look for an application you have installed that you haven’t pinned to your cool new start screen.  There are a number of ways to bring up all of your installed apps via mouse, touch and keyboard.

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