How to create a hamburger menu control for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone

You’ve probably seen many apps on iOS and Android that have a “hamburger menu” layout control for their application.  This unfortunately is not an out-of-box control on Windows or Windows Phone and instead requires you to create your own custom built control for this UI paradigm. I’ve seen several apps on Windows or Windows Phone implement…

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How to generate and manage app visual assets for Windows AND Windows Phone with ease using Photoshop actions

UPDATE:  If you’re looking for Photoshop templates for Windows 10, see my  newer post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/madenwal/archive/2015/11/24/photoshop-templates-amp-actions-for-generating-image-assets-for-windows-10-uwp-applications.aspx  — We all know that Windows and Windows Phone support many different screen resolutions. This requires dev teams to create many image assets in their app packages and we all know that takes a LOT of time to produce. To make…

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How to link style/resource dictionaries located in different assemblies in WinRT and SilverLight

If you’re architecting a modern application for Windows or Windows Phone for reuse or even for performance, you’ll quickly realize that putting everything in to the main application project isn’t the wisest of ideas.  When you start separating your views/controls into modules (separate projects), you’ll need to move your common styles into a separate resource…


Windows 8.1 WACK Failure: The contrast ratio of the background color and foreground text color is 1. This ratio should be greater than or equal to 1.5

I was trying to submit a new application of mine to the Windows 8 Store and I failed a package compliance test which stated: Package compliance test FAILED App manifest Error Found: The app manifest test detected the following errors: The contrast ratio of the background color and foreground text color is 1. This ratio…