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Professional Windows 8 Programming: Application Development with C# and XAML by Kevin Ashley, Allen Sanders, Doug Holland, Nick Lecrenski

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Chapter 4

Windows 8 User Interface Final Touches

WHAT’S IN THIS CHAPTER?

  • How to support the new Windows Store Application Bar
  • Providing your user with Notifications
  • Configuring and Updating Live Tiles
  • Adding your own custom Splash Screen

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APPLICATION BARS, NOTIFICATIONS, SPLASH SCREENS, AND LIVE TILES

You are now an expert at using XAML to create Windows 8 user interfaces. You have mastered the important techniques of data binding. Your user interfaces now make use of proven Windows 8 styles. What else is left to complete the user interface in a Windows Store Application?

In this chapter you become familiar with several important user interface topics that provide a complete Windows Store App experience to your users. Up next is a discussion about the Windows Store Application Bar and how it replaces the traditional menu system that you may be used to from past WPF/WinForms or even Silverlight development. Notifications are another great new addition to Windows 8, and these give you an easy way to provide toast style notifications in the background while your app runs. Of course, no Windows Store Application would be complete without a customized splash screen, and this chapter shows you how to do just that. Finally, another key component to Windows Store Apps is the Live Tiles. If ...

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