The following is a rough outline for how I expect this series to progress. Some parts will probably be added or removed (or broken out into smaller pieces). I will try really hard to write at least one post per week, so keep the pressure on if I start slacking!
Introduction and Outline (this post) File –> New Project Caliburn.Micro and Application Infrastructure The Panorama Creating and Consuming HTTP Web Services Page Navigation and Passing Complex State State Management with ApplicationSettings and GlobalData Versioning Application settings when users upgrade Properly supporting Trial Mode Creating Multiple Live Tiles Updating tiles with Background Agents Creating reusable Blend Behaviors Polishing the User Input Experience Creating an Announcements/News Page Caching frequent images automatically into isolated storage Submitting your App Creating the global BusyIndictator (new topic!) Creating re-usable and themable Controls (new topic!) Controlling the AppBar from the ViewModel (new topic!) Extended Topics
The following parts will not apply to every app but are still worth posting about – most likely as an extended part of this series.
Adding some serious polish with Telerik RadControls for Windows Phone Persisting certain models into a database on the server using EF 4.1 Code-first Updating the current location with a Caliburn.Micro UploadLocationResult MVVM Visual State Management Theming your image resources using OpacityMask (bad) or convert to a Path with a Brush (good) Get the Source Code The full source code for this app will be be continuously updated on CodePlex at http://realworldwpdev.codeplex.com
There are 3 ways to get the source – the ideal way to keep updating as the app progresses would be to use TortoiseHg.
Browse the Source at CodePlex Download the latest Source Use TortoiseHg to pull down and update to the latest source automatically Mercurial with TortoiseHg
At first a new source control product may seem like a burden, but TortoiseHg is a great product, extremely easy to pull from a repository, and if you feel like it, a great time to learn about DVCS.
For a great video tutorial on using Mercurial with CodePlex check out this
free Tekpub Production: Mercurial With Codeplex! The TortoiseHg UI in the video is slightly out of date now, but should still give you a great starting point! Download TortoiseHg In Windows Explorer, create a new folder where you want to download the source to
Right click in the window, from TortoiseHg select
Type the following Source
https://hg01.codeplex.com/realworldwpdev ** and press **Clone That’s it Special Thanks
The following people have contributed either directly or indirectly to this app and I’d like to offer a very special thanks to them!
@Templarian for the iconography!
@JeffWilcox for the Samsung Focus Skin!
@magnusvw for connecting the backend to the Yahoo Finance API!
I hope everyone enjoys this series! Feedback always welcome!