TAG: Windows 8

Add Google Analytics to your Windows Phone and Windows Store apps in 3 easy steps

Even though there's often little love in the clash of Google and Microsoft titans, which we recently witnessed in the whole 'YouTube API and Windows Phone app' saga, there is a large number of users who use what they think is the best of both worlds. When it comes to websites analytics, the most popular solution today is Google Analytics. How can you use it in your Windows Phone and Windows Store apps to gain insight…

Getting started with free Metro (Modern UI) charts for Windows 8

Charts are a part of (probably) all the commercial controls that are being sold for different platforms (WPF, Silverlight, Windows Phone, Windows 8 etc.). Those commercial controls often bring a lot more than just charts and sometimes they cost a lot more than a single, hobby developer can afford. What if you need only to visualize your data using charts and you're low on budget? Try the free Metro (Modern UI) charts. Free Metro (Modern UI)…

Nokia Music API for Windows 8

Nokia Music API is a set of services that allow you to offer parts of Nokia Music services in your application, which is especially interesting on Windows Phone 8 and (more recently) Windows 8 platform. The Windows 8 support is available for around 2 weeks. How to use it in your app? Using Nokia Music, your users can find music from over 200 countries over 3 million global and local artists over 20 million tracks over…

Character ellipsis trimming in Windows Store apps

As a relatively new platform, WinRT is missing some of the features that WPF and even Silverlight developers are used to. One of those features is definitely the character ellipsis trimming feature for TextBlocks. I did a little research on that matter for one of my recent projects, and here’s what I’ve come up with. There are two types of trimming. One is called word ellipsis, in which the string is trimmed by cutting…

Layout transform in Windows 8 WinRT XAML

Layout transform is an interesting concept in XAML development. This of course includes WPF, Silverlight, Silverlight for Windows Phone, WinRT XAML. It is often a nice feature (let’s call it a design feature) to have your text rotated 90 degrees to save vertical space. This is especially true on Windows 8 devices where the standard layout includes more horizontal than vertical space. Usually, one would try to use render transform and rotation, but that doesn’…

Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer: Windows Store Apps in C#