• .NET

    RadAutoCompleteBox–An Annotated Demo

    In our Q3 Webinar, I demonstrated the RadAutoCompleteBox, Telerik's Silverlight AutoCompleteBox, part of the RadControls for Silverlight and WPF.  In this blog post, I will walk through that demo in detail.  The demo itself is extracted and simplified from the QSF demo that downloads with the RadControls for Silverlight and WPF. To begin, create a new project of type RadControls WPF Application and name it AutoCompleteBoxDemo. In the Project Configuration Wizard select Telerik.Windows.Controls.Input.  Like nearly all interesting projects, it starts with data; in this case a set of Songs and their “Authors.”  To start, right click on the project and add...
    October 24, 2012
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    Windows 8–Toast Notification

    Continuing my series based on the presentations I’m giving in Europe, today I turn to toast notifications. As with Tiles, Toast notifications are a great way to let the user know that something interesting is happening with your application. Toast notifications can be very complex but their essence can be stripped down to just a few lines of code, especially thanks to the NotificationsExtensions library available from Microsoft. Create a new application, add the NotificationsExtension library and add a reference to the NotificationsExtension library to the main project. In MainPage.xaml we’ll add a single button to launch the toast, 1: <Grid Background="{StaticResource ApplicationPageBackgroundThemeBrush}"> ...
    October 01, 2012
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    Windows 8–Secondary Tiles

    Continuing my series based on the presentations I’m giving on Europe, today I return to Tiles to look at creating Secondary tiles. A secondary tile can be created by the user and pinned to the start menu to provide deep access into your program. A classic example of a secondary tile would be to pin a tile for your home town in a weather application, or a specific stock in a portfolio program. I’ve stripped down the Microsoft SDK sample to its essentials to make it a bit easier to see how to create a secondary tile. To begin, create a new application,...
    September 27, 2012
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    Creating A Live Tile In Windows 8

    Continuing my series of Blog posts that distill the presentations I’m giving this month in Europe and the UK, today I’ll take a look at creating a Live Tile.  Live tiles tell the user that something interesting is happening in your application, or that you have new information for them.  Live tiles are an essential and exciting part of Windows 8 and creating a Live tile is not very difficult. In fact, creating a simple Life tile is, well, simple. To start, create a new blank application and name it LiveTile.  The very first thing to do is to add the NotificationsExtensions project...
    September 24, 2012
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    Windows 8–Search Suggestions

    I recently started a series of postings from my tour of presentations in Europe and the UK.  Today I’d like to return to Searching (which I started to cover here), and this time take a look at what it takes to have your application offer Search suggestions as the user types into the Search box.  To examine this, we’ll create a Windows 8 application with the suggestions hard coded, but you can just as easily obtain the suggestions from a web service, or database, etc.Once again what I’m going to do is strip down one of the Microsoft SDK examples and then...
    September 21, 2012