Show file thumbnails in your Windows Store App

  If your app has a requirement where you use a filepicker and then show the files that the user selects as a preview/list, chances are you would like the option to show thumbnails of the files. A quick search tells you that the Windows.Storage.StorageFile.GetThumbnailAsync is the way to go! However, I didn’t find an…

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Better control(s) with Visual State Manager

We had talked about Visual States very briefly when we were discussing how we handle different views and orientation in a Windows Store App. Let’s go a step further and understand the concept of Visual States and how we can leverage this to create better styles for the existing controls. To understand why this is…

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The “Light” theme for Windows store apps

I was recently talking to a developer working on a Windows store app and he said: “Dude, why the dark background for the apps? Shouldn’t Windows 8 apps be a bit brighter and cheerful? I had to show a good amount of text in my app, so I ended up setting the background to white…

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A non-traditional “Hello World” app with Windows 8

As developers, we start exploring any new platform/framework/language with a traditional “Hello World” program. Windows 8 is a re-imagined new OS, and so I thought let’s re-imagine the “Hello World” too. Consultant Jargon is my non-traditional version of “Hello World”. Windows 8 store apps have a few things we need to keep in mind other…

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Handling different orientations and views with Windows Store Apps

Microsoft recently set the Guinness World Record for the maximum number of developers (2500+) coding for a single event at a common location (in my hometown, Bangalore) for over 18 hours. I was a part of it and it was a lot of fun! We even had an anthem for the event 🙂 If you…

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