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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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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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IconsWell, hopefully you are back because you enjoyed Metro Studio, Part 1 – Splash Screen of my series on Metro Studio, by Syncfusion, a wonderful tool that I use to create great looking splash screens, toolbars, application icons and more.  In my last post in the series, we discussed how to use Metro Studio to create a simple splash screen for a Windows Phone 8 application.

In Part 2 of the series, I will show you how to use Metro Studio to create an application icon, store icon and tile images for our application.  I will also introduce you to a great little tool that will take an icon we create in Metro Studio to produce a splash screen, application icon, store icon, tile images and more for your Windows Phone 8 application.

Windows Phone 8 Icons

Just a little primer on Windows Phone 8 icons/tiles might be necessary here.  If you already know everything there is to know about them, you could skip this section.  However, if you don’t, let me first give you a quick definition of a tile and it’s goal.  Here is an excerpt from the Windows 8 developer site reference that would also apply to Windows Phone 8:

A tile is the front door into an app. Sitting on the Start screen, it is an extension of the app and can provide much more personal and engaging information than a traditional icon. Invest in designing a great tile to draw people into your app.

Provide fresh content through live tiles and notifications to let people feel connected to your app. Make sure you help your users connect with the people and devices that they care about.

Though we aren’t going to talk about live tiles and notifications in depth, you will want to consider the design of your icons/tiles to accommodate them in the future.  Here is a great reference for all your Windows Phone 8 tile needs.  It can give you a lot of great information that will enable to you to plan ahead and create great solutions for your application.  I will, however, take you step by step through creating an application icon, a set of tiles and a store icon for your sample application.  Read more