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Using the Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit and Creating Panoramic User Interfaces

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS CHAPTER:

  • Acquiring the Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit
  • Using the powerful new toolkit controls
  • Using the transitions available in the toolkit
  • Detecting gestures with GestureService and GestureListener
  • Using the Panoramic control for large user interfaces

In the first few chapters of this book, you learned about the vast number of Silverlightcontrols that are available in Windows Phone 7 applications. You also learned about the various hardware features. In addition to the standard hardware features and Silverlightcontrols, Microsoft has provided a separate toolkit download that contains great controls and features that have not yet been added to the standard API platform. The Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit comes complete with several new controls that you can use, including AutoCompleteBox, ListPicker, LongListSelector, DatePicker, TimePicker, ToggleSwitch, and WrapPanel.

The Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit provides several page transitions that you can apply for a nonstandard transition effect between page changes in your application. It also gives you an easy way to create a context menu like the ones you have seen built into the standard Windows Phone 7 menu features. Finally, the toolkit also provides a GestureService and GestureListener object to help facilitate the easy detection of various gestures that the user can perform on the device. ...

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