How to implement multi-step wizard sequence of transitions

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  1. Carl
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    Posted 09 May 2011 Link to this post

    I am just starting a Windows Phone 7 project with Telerik controls, and I'm looking for guidance on how to implement a multi-step wizard sequence for collecting data from the user.

    I've found the following discussions:

    Before I make any decisions about how to approach my new project, I was hoping to get some guidance from Telerik on best practices for moving the user data that is collected from each step of the wizard across the multiple steps of the wizard so that on the last step the all of the collected data can be saved and processed at an online web service. If there's a sample demo project using the Telerik Windows controls for this kind of scenario, that would be really great!

  2. Deyan
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    Posted 11 May 2011 Link to this post

    Hi Carl,

    Thanks for contacting us and for your questions.

    One of the best ways to store data for further usage in your WP7 application is to use the MVVM pattern. That said, a wizard control could consist of a series of pages that access the same data store (your view model) and store the information in it. In this way you will have access to the collected information at any time and will be able to decide which direction the wizard would take from a given point based on the provided data.

    Currently, we do not have any code samples that target a wizard scenario since, in general, it would include scenarios that are already available as demos on our website such as page navigation, information persistence etc. You can take a look at the source code of our TODO Lists app contains many common WP7 app development scenarios and is really helpful to get started developing your own app:

    Telerik TODO Lists

    Since I believe you could make use of our application frame to add animated transitions to your wizard, you might find useful reading these help articles which describe how to utilize this component:


    We would also like to receive some further information on why have you decided to use a wizard approach in your app? We think that this scenario is a bit uncommon for the general user experience patterns for Windows Phone 7 and might be good to consider taking another direction like designing a simpler Settings page where the user information can be provided.

    I hope this helps.

    Do not hesitate to get back to us in case you have further questions or need assistance.

    the Telerik team
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  3. Carl
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    Posted 11 May 2011 Link to this post

    There are strong arguments AGAINST using navigation between multiple pages as an approach to implementing a wizard, such as the argument presented in the stackoverflow article cited in my first post. Similar arguments against this approach can be found in some of the Windows Phone 7 books that have been published. 

    In any event, it appears that at present Telerik does NOT have a control for conveniently implementing a wizard on a single page. So I will be implementing my own custom control(s) most likely using some kind of storyboard navigation with some manner of visual state manager....
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