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Putting Pictures in your App

This is how you add and use pictures in Your App:

1. Find
2. Save Locally
3. Create a folder in Visual Studio
4. Import into Visual Studio
5. Put Picture in objects

—FINDING PICTURES—
Just bing them

—SAVE LOCALLY—
Your Pictures need to be saved in a temporary folder and this folder has no Connection to the App

—CREATE FOLDER IN VISUAL STUDIO—
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Notice the folder structure in this App. ALWAYS put folders in the Assets folder (makes it easier)
Right click on Assets to create more folders.

—IMPORT INTO VISUAL STUDIO—
Single Click on the folder you want the picture to be in (here i clicked on Assets)
Then Drag and Drop the picture from your folder to the folder in Visual Studio.
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—PUT PICTURE ON OBJECTS—
Click on SplitPage.xaml to load the designer
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Click the Object you want to fill with a picture (Here i clicked on the background):
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Now, in the properties windows select BRUSH and Click the IMAGE BUTTON (you might have to resize the right bar to see the image source button)
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Click on the ImageSource arrow down
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Your picture is now visible and it should cover the entire background of the app.
notice that once you dragged the image into the assets folder in Visual Studio, you also move the image file to a different folder on the disk. You may delete the orginal picture in your temporary folder.

Changing Sample Data in Split Page App

—I do not know how to Write Code—

Then let me Present Fugleboka:

Split Page app for WIndows 8
Split Page app for Windows 8

Split Page app works well when you have Several Groups (Bird Categories) and Birds (Category-Items)
Check it out here: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/nb-no/app/fugleboka/e1e04b69-4980-475f-a970-a8e770a080b0
CREDS to @digitaldias for helping out with the code which enables sound

—THIS MUST BE ONE OF THE EASIEST APP TO MAKE—

CREATE TEMPLATE
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This is how you create Your Split Page app by just replacing code.

1. Run Visual Studio – New Project
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2. Select C# (does not really matter, you will not write code anyhow)
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3. Give your app a name
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4. Click Ok

Now you have actually created all that is needed for the app in terms of code. If you press run, the app will start. Remember, never mess with app name or solution name. Give it one name and stick with it.

FIND MATERIALS
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Following need to be replaced:
Group Pictures (Bird category) USE BING
Item Pictures (Birds) – USE BING
App Logo – USE BING AND PAINT
Information about the bird – USE BING
Capabilities and Language – JUST FOLLOW MY GUIDE

GROUP PICTURES
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Navigate to the SampleDataSource.cs and find this code in your sample app, about line 262
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Find this text and start to replace it:
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Like this:
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Run the project to see your results:
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Include a picture in the asset folder by dragging and dropping a picture from a folder on your computer to the “Asset” folder in the Solution Explorer

Then refer to that picture in the code like this:
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ITEM PICTURES
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Go about the same way for individual items.
find this code:
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Create your first bird, e.g. Vampirebat (always use one word, no spaces or special characters)
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Notice here that I have changed ITEM_CONTENT to VAMPIREBAT this word now refers to a string a little further up. It is in this string that you write in depth information about the Vampire Bat. As is now, the code will not run. Find this string now:
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Now, add the similar string VAMPIREBAT do not remove the ITEM_CONTENT since all the “empty templates” require this string.
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Notice the repetition,
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Further above in the VAMPIREBAT string you see a lot of \n
\n = breaks the line
\n\n = a new line and a space between
{0} = means the content of the first line

INFORMATION ABOUT BIRD
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Find a website with info, e.g. Wikipedia.com, copy a paragraph and paste it here:
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Find an other paragraph and adjust the string as in the picture, then run the code.

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This can all be fixed with adding some extra \n like this:
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RUN CODE:
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NOW, see the pattern? Start Coding and replace all the categories and content.

FUGLEBOKA:

APP LOGO
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Find a Picture for your app, preferably a white background With a logo in the center and best to use a square picture.
If you want to change the app logo when you start the app go to Assets in Solution Explorer and find the files there. Notice you want to change the colors and content off all these files by opening in Paint and copy pasting from Bing. WARNING: DO NOT CHANGE SIZE, keep the file size to the same e.g. 30×30 or 50×50. If you mess that up, the app wont run.
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CAPABILITIES AND LANGUAGE
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Before you can submit your app, there are two things to make sure you have entered correctly.

Find this in your solution explorer:
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Under language make sure it reflect language you write information in or your app will not pass certification

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Select Capabilities and UNCHECK everything or your app will not pass certification
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SUBMIT IT!

2 other apps created this way:
SOPPBOKA: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/nb-NO/app/11298cb2-508f-4315-85bf-97c6ea809666
FISKEBOKA: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/nb-no/app/fiskeboka/b9eb2441-ee6d-4c62-bcc1-0e16075f4767

Coding Without Code – Sketching the app

All is installed.

1. Visual Studio – Check
2. Blend – Check
3. Win8 SDK – check

Two ways to start now:
1. Get a blank pice of paper and Write some concepts
2. Just start to write

I am going With the first, Discussing With my colleague. Below is the result:
(I cant Draw :/ )

Sketching the app to make it easier for me

Coding without Code – Windows 8 App

Windows 8 is about, time to start developing my first Win8 App!
Lets just sum it up here:
1. I dont understand code
2. I understand copy/paste
3. I have a tiny understanding of HTML

So, how do you make a Windows 8 App without being a CODE NINJA?
Lets start:
1. You need Expression Blend (this is where I will make all Objects and stuff)
2. You need Visual Studio (This is becasue most examples use code and its easiest to copy paste in VS)
3. You need Win8 SDK With some cool templates
find the SDK here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516

If you want to read stuff (eww) before you start, og here:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/hh852650
It will explain you guidelines and design principles.

Your tools look like this:

Coding Without Code for Windows Phone 7

Learn to Love Blend
i ❤ Blend

Windows Phone 7
Create something!

The art of making a  Windows Phone App with little or no coding at all.

Welcome to this tutorial for those of you that just want to create something fast and easy.
If you have used PowerPoint or shapes/figures in Word, then you are set for this tutorial

Step 1 – Get the tools and Register

Windows Phone SDK, Expression Blend og Visual Studio.
www.create.msdn.com

You have to create an account for Marketplace in order to release your app. The price in Norway is 819NOK.
This process takes some time and require a credit card. Once completed the account validation takes some time aswell.
Start this before you code so there is no snag when you want to release your app

Please note. You must have Expression Blend, without Blend it will be very hard to code without code.
Read more about Expression Blend here:
http://www.microsoft.com/expression/products/blend_overview.aspx

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