A Simple BackgroundDownloader driven User Control Implementation for Windows Store Apps

This post demonstrates a very simple user control implementation that displays a ringtone name and has a download button upon clicking which the relative MP3 file begins downloading. As downloading begins, the button is disabled and relative progress bar visibility is shown using a custom dependency property. The control makes use of BackgroundDownloader class for downloading file in the…


Upload Files on Microsoft Azure Storage Container from Windows Store App

This blog post will walk you through the process of creating a Microsoft Azure storage account, configuring a new container for public access, uploading an image (you can arbitrary upload any other binary format) in that container from Windows Store app using Azure Storage extension and finally preview the uploaded image using absolute path of…


Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Tips, Tricks & Coding Best Practices

This morning one of our interns Namrah Khurram at Microsoft Innovation Center, Lahore who also happens to be former Microsoft Student Partner (MSP), delivered a presentation on Visual Studio 2012 Tips and Tricks alongside some useful Object Oriented programming best practices. Since I worked closely with her for the purpose of this presentation, I thought…


What’s new in Location Tracking API for Windows Phone 8.0?

Windows Phone 8 brings forth a lot of new and improved APIs. One of the improved API is for location tracking. Let’s take a brief but closer look at these improvements, GeoCoordinateWatcher replaced with Geolocator class Earlier in Windows Phone 7.5 you had GeoCoordinateWatcher class available to location tracking but in Windows Phone 8.0 location…


Connect your Windows 8 applications to the Cloud

The Windows Azure Mobile Services (WAMS) is a new offering of Microsoft Azure cloud platform that simplifies the implementation of software architectures that addresses the type of environment and challenges that includes; Multiple devices and Operating system’s to support. Applications that rely on asynchronous Web services, typically hosted in the cloud. Variable traffic that complicates…

7

An overview of UI Controls from Win RT XAML Toolkit

Are you looking for third party UI controls for Windows 8 app development? Win RT XAML Toolkit has recently released an updated version which nonetheless makes a great addition in RT apps experience. This blog post intends to briefly discuss some important and simple controls offered in this toolkit to help you build richer Windows…