Tricks for Developing Applications for Windows 8

 

Post its launch in October 2012, Windows 8 created a great noise in the market coming from the Microsoft stable. Within the quick span of month, around 20,000 apps were added to the Windows app store. This was further followed by 15,000 more applications. But this sudden spur of development activity came to a standstill post the Christmas holidays, as observed by MetroStore Scanner, and only around 4000 applications were added. The industry veterans totally attribute this decline to the absolutely new interface.  With the passage of time and with the release of the Windows Blue, the scenario changed thereby, giving rise to an increasing demand to hire a Windows developer with relevant application development for Windows.

This increasing demand for the new Window OS resulted from the introduction of new tools for the developers.  Best practices in terms of application development also evolved from the continuous research and development works.  Some of these application development tricks for Windows are:

  • Leveraging jQuery in applications for Windows 8- For an efficient application development, it is important to modify the jQuery file to be able to use it in all possible Windows 8 applications.

  • Using JavaScript to improve page transitions- For a smooth page transition, it is important to go to the default.js file and locate the backButtonClick to hide the article and show the article list.

  • Working on the Slide-bar overlay- To work on the Slide-bar, it is important to use the Simulator option to simulate the application thereby, specifying the screen size. The simulator is a kind of template that automates many things including the rows of articles.

  • Replacing the Splash Screen of the application- To replace the splash screen, it is important to select the file package.appxmanifest, open it and click on the Splash screen. Following this step, change the splash screen code from images/splashscreen.png to images/credera_splashscreen.png.

  • Adding the sharing option of the application as a source- To successfully share the application source, it is important to leverage DataTransferManager and attach a function to it to call the data that you are intending to share.

 
 
Raman Gupta