Posts about Windows Store

Running Windows Store Tests in TeamCity

October 18th 2015 Unit Testing Windows Store TeamCity

Based on Visual Studio user experience, one would think running unit tests for Windows Store apps is not all that different from running standard .NET framework unit tests using MSTest testing framework. When you try running them on a build server, it turns out there are a lot of differences.

Invoking Commands from Events in WinRT

February 21st 2015 MvvmLight Windows Store

On most platforms MvvmLight includes a helper class to invoke commands from events. In WinRT it is suspiciously missing. Fortunately, since Windows (Phone) 8.1 you can find a replacement for it in the Behaviors SDK extension.

Manipulating settings.dat File with Settings from Windows Store Apps

Windows Store apps store their settings in a registry hive file named settings.dat. Even after loading it into registry the values inside it are non-standard which makes them difficult to read and edit. The post dives into their serialization format and guides the reader through developing a PowerShell function for editing the values.

Removing a View from BackStack in MvvmCross for Windows Store Apps

July 21st 2014 MvvmCross Windows Store

Navigation in Windows Store apps is strongly based on the browser model, i.e. the application is keeping a back stack of previously shown pages which will be traversed again when navigating back. but there are some cases in which you don't want the user to navigate back to a specific page in the history. There's no such built-in functionality available in MvvmCross, but it's really simple to add it with the right approach.

Binding to Individual Dictionary Items in WinRT

June 30th 2014 Binding Windows Store MVVM

XAML has first class syntax support for binding to indexed properties, such as Dictionary. Real properties still have their advantages over indexed ones, such as full support for implementing INotifyPropertyChanged. For Dictionary properties this can only be done for all items in the collection at once. Unfortunately, in Windows Store applications this causes problems when there are bindings to keys that are not present in the new Dictionary.

What's New in Windows 8.1 Update Session at Spring NT Conference

April 10th 2014 Windows Store Speaking

On Wednesday I had my only session at the spring NT conference in Bled this year. I was speaking about the new stuff for developers in Windows 8.1 Update. After a short mention of the universal project, I focused on the changes available only to sideloaded enterprise applications.

Slides and Demos from a Local Windows 8.1 Development Event

March 3rd 2014 MVVM Windows Store Speaking

Last Tuesday the local Microsoft DPE team organized a free event for developers thinking about taking part in the regional Windows 8.1 Developers Contest. It was planned as an effective course for developers not having previous experience with development of Windows Store apps. I presented two sessions at the event.

Creating Converters in MvvmCross

MvvmCross is a MVVM framework for XAML platforms, similar to Caliburn Micro and MvvmLight. Unlike its competition it very much focuses on portability and code reuse across all supported XAML platforms (WPF, Windows Phone and Windows Store), and the Xamarin platforms as well (Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.Mac). Therefore it has its own approach to creating converters, allowing them to be implemented in a portable class library and reused on all supported platforms.

Unit Testing Asynchronous UI Code in WinRT

December 9th 2013 Windows Store Unit Testing Async

Writing unit tests for code that needs to be run on the UI thread can be quite a challenge in WinRT. TestMethodAttribute supports asynchronous test methods but doesn't run them on UI thread. UITestMethodAttribute runs test methods on UI thread but doesn't support asynchronous methods. Still, I managed to make the test method asynchronous and run it on the UI thread.

Data-Driven or Parameterized Tests in Windows Store apps

Since I usually write my unit tests in NUnit, I got into the habit of using parameterized tests when testing methods for which I need to check the result for many different input values. Unfortunately using NUnit is not an option with Windows Store apps. Only MSTest is supported, providing data-driven unit tests for such cases.

Book Review: Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 and JavaScript

October 21st 2013 Windows Store JavaScript Review Book

I would recommend this book to anyone with no or minimal knowledge about Windows Store apps, who's interested in developing them using HTML5 and JavaScript, even if he isn't already proficient in them.

Windows 8 Sessions at Autumn Part of NT Conference 2014

October 14th 2013 Windows Store Speaking

On Thursday the first day of NT conference 2014 took place in Ljubljana. I had 2 sessions on the client application development track. I opened up the track talking about what's new for Windows Store application development in Windows 8.1. In my next session I focused on development of occasionally connected applications for Windows Store.

Generating Word Documents in Windows Store Applications

Since Word introduced Office Open XML (docx) file format, it became much easier to programmatically generate documents from applications without requiring Word to be installed on the machine for Word Automation to work. Unfortunately Open XML SDK doesn't work with Windows Store applications. The only alternative available for Windows Store apps at the moment seems to be DocIO from Syncfusion.

Binding Events to View Model Methods in Windows Store Apps

June 24th 2013 Binding Windows Store

One of the challenges of using MVVM pattern with different UI frameworks that always comes up is how to bind events that are not exposed as commands to the view model. Windows Store apps are no exception to that. In this blog post I'll try to give an overview of the available possibilities one can choose from based on individual requirements and personal preferences.

Showing POST Response in a WebView Control

June 10th 2013 HTTP Windows Store

In the world of connected applications programmatic HTTP requests are more and more common. In Windows Store applications HttpClient class serves most purposes as long as communication is targeted at services or at least the results are processed programmatically and don't need to be shown directly to the user.

Inconsistent Exceptions for WinRT File Operations

Recently I encountered strange and inconsistent behavior in exceptions being thrown by different file operations in WinRT.

Calling Task-based Asynchronous Methods from Class Constructors

Task-based asynchronous pattern has many advantages over other asynchronous patterns introduced in the past, most of them boiling down to the fact that it's really easy to get into and start using it. Like any other technology, it does have its pitfalls and there are many details to know about once you get into more advanced scenarios.

Building Connected Apps Session at NT conference 2013

At NT conference 2013 I opened the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Developer Tales from the Tranches PreCon track with a session on Building Connected Apps. I addressed all aspects of network communications, focusing on available APIs but also spending some time on the expectations for mobile applications in respect to network usage.

Windows Store LOB Apps Session at NT Conference 2013

April 27th 2013 Windows Store Speaking

On the final day of NT Conference 2013 I had my last session. This time I was speaking about my experiences with building LOB (line of business) applications for Windows Store.

Developing Windows Store Apps Session at ReBuild 2012

December 11th 2012 Windows Store Speaking

Today our local Microsoft DPE team organized ReBuild, a one day recap of the recent Build conference which was taking place in Redmond a little over a month ago. I had the last session of the day and focused on Windows Store apps: what they were and how to develop them.

Resources from Windows Store App Development Workshop

November 9th 2012 Windows Store Speaking

This weekend a worldwide hackathon for Windows is taking place in over 100 locations. Among them is Ljubljana where the event started with my 3 hour Windows Store app development workshop.

Developing Windows Store Apps with C#, XAML and MVVM Session from Bleeding Edge 2012

October 25th 2012 MVVM Windows Store Speaking

The 5th Bleeding Edge conference was taking place in Laško. For my session I decided to take a different approach to the development of Windows Store apps: instead of talking about the design or the available APIs in WinRT, I focused on architectural best practices when using C#, XAML and the MVVM pattern.

WCF Data Services Tools for Windows Store Apps and NuGet Package Restore

October 21st 2012 NuGet WCF Windows Store

If you've tried accessing an OData feed from a Windows Store apps you've already come across WCF Data Services Tools for Windows Store Apps. It's a downloadable package which extends the Add Service Reference functionality in Visual Studio 2012 to support OData feeds. Without it OData feeds can't be added as services references to a Windows Store app project.

Programmatically Positioning the Page When Virtual Keyboard Opens

October 3rd 2012 Windows Store

Tapping a textbox in a Windows Store app automatically show the virtual keyboard. If this keyboard would cover the tapped control, it scrolls the page just enough to make it completely visible. Most of the time this behavior works like a charm but there are times when the app would work even better if it could be modified.

My Portable Class Libraries Presentation at the Visual Studio 2012 Community Launch Event

Yesterday two local development user groups organized a common Visual Studio 2012 Community Launch event. I was one of the four MVPs speaking there. Each one of use prepared a talk on his favorite feature. My topic where Portable Class Libraries.

Using SuspensionManager for Saving Application State

September 23rd 2012 Windows Store

One of the important aspects of Windows Store application development is the application lifecycle. While at first it might seem a minor detail that can be taken care of late in the application development process, it can affect the application architecture quite profoundly. Therefore it's a good idea to address it soon enough to avoid unplanned refactoring when the application is almost complete.

Saving State in a Suspending Metro Style App

July 4th 2012 Windows Store

The lifecycle of Metro style apps requires them to save their state when they are being suspended by the OS to prevent the potential loss of their state if they are restarted instead of resumed because they were inactive for two long.

My Session on Developing Metro Applications for Windows 8 at NT Conference 2012

May 25th 2012 Windows Store Speaking

My second talk at NT konferenca 2012 was all about helping you get started with developing Metro style application for Windows 8 in C#. I've already put the slides in my OneDrive.

Closing Streams in WinRT

April 19th 2012 Windows Store

File IO in .NET for Metro style apps (aka .NET Core) can be a challenge for seasoned .NET developers. The classes in Windows.Storage namespace are different from both System.IO.IsolatedStorage and System.IO and require some getting used to. On top of that even the remaining classes in System.IO are missing some of properties and methods. One such method is Stream.Close().

Opening Files in the Default Viewer from a Windows 8 Metro Application

April 7th 2012 Windows Store

Since Metro applications are running in a sandboxed environment they only have limited file handling capabilities. The private storage area for each application is conceptually very similar to isolated storage, only with its own API. This still doesn't solve the problem of opening a file in a standard format (PDF for instance) with the associated application.

Unable to Activate Windows Metro Style Application

March 26th 2012 XAML Windows Store

Probably the most interesting error I had to troubleshoot since I started developing my first Windows Metro application happened to me after doing some restructuring and cleaning up of the existing code base.

Presentation on Reusing Existing Code in Metro Applications at Bleeding Edge 2011

This year's Bleeding Edge conference was taking place this week in the beautiful surroundings of Gozd Martuljek. The second day was dedicated to community driven redelivery of Build. As the last session of the day I had a talk on the aspects of reusing existing .NET framework code in Metro applications for Windows 8.