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 into who uses your app and how? I'll try to make this as simple as possible. You only need 3 easy steps and Google…

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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) charts Free Modern UI charts are available on CodePlex since the beginning of this month. They were written by Torsten Mandelkow for Windows 8,…

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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 of all the words that don’t fit completely. So, it’s basically using a space char to identify words and then just cuts…

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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’t work as expected. And it shouldn’t really, because there’s a huge difference between rotating using render and layout transform. Not to…

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