Windows Store App Development Series : Part 10–Execution Context

Hello, Lets explore the execution context of Windows Store App. Execution context is an environment in which an app runs. As you’re now aware that Windows Store App can be developed using different technologies like C#, VB, C++ and JavaScript, their execution contexts differs. In addition it is important to understand how Windows Store App developed using JavaScript executes differently than traditional web application and what are the differences in their execution contexts. Web Context A traditional web application developed using HTML, JS and CSS executes in a web context. That means web application normally gets deployed using a web…

Windows Store App Development Series : Part 9 – Message Dialog Box

Hello, Message dialog boxes are common features of any application, irrespective of its operating system platform, application type [windows, web, mobile ], the language used to build the app etc. They are primarily used to draw user attention to some vital pieces of information and often request user to perform some action. For example, a message dialog box shown below informs user that ‘user account will get deleted permanently’ and whether he/she wants to proceed with the operation or not. Another example of dialog box is to just show meaningful information to the user based on some user action. Below…

Windows Store App Development Series : Part 8 – Charm Bar

Hello, In the previous article of this series, I have explained different characteristics of a Windows Store App and the benefits of App Bar. In this article, I will explain another important UI component – Charm Bar. Charm Bar Windows 8 operating system has a new feature known as Charm Bar using which user gets access to various operating system functions / charms like Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings . This feature is available across all the screens in Windows 8 including ‘Desktop’ app. To access Charm Bar, hover the mouse over top right corner or alternatively you can…

Windows Store App Development Series : Part 7 – App Bar Commands

Hello, In this article, I will explain Windows 8 App Bar. Before we delve into App Bar coding, I will explain how App Bar fits into Windows Store App features and its benefits. Windows Store App Features Windows 8 platform allows application developer to build apps which are more focussed on the application data or main content of the application and minimize anything which can distract user from it, for e.g. menu bar, status bar, command buttons etc. Windows Store Apps are chrome-less i.e. they run in full-screen mode without any top level menu item that we normally get in…

Windows Store App Development Series : Part 6 – Interacting with Windows Store App

Hello, One of the most important benefit of Windows Store App development is an option to choose your preferred technology to build it. As we discussed in the earlier articles of this series, Windows Store App can be developed using either JavaScript with HTML, C# with XAML or C++ with XAML. Since we are focusing on JavaScript and HTML technologies throughout this series, in this article I will explain how you can leverage your existing web development skills to build a simple interactive Windows Store App. In this article I will explain a ‘City Rater’ app which provides an user…

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