FDUG November: Windows Store Apps (formerly Win8 Metro)
Please register online, but you don't need to bring your ticket.
6:00pm - 9:00pm (ITC building UNB Campus, Room ITC317)
Topic: Windows Store Apps
Presenter: Gerard Gallant
Gerard Gallant has been a developer with Dovico Software for 11 years. Always looking for an opportunity learn, he has taught himself several languages and technologies ranging from Visual C++, C#, and Java to WCF, NUnit, and Jenkins.
During this meeting Gerard explained how he wrapped the web interface of his company's time tracking web application as a Windows App for the Windows 8 platform.
His reasoning behind creating the application was to give the end user the ability to use the web application, which they would do continuously throughout the work day, without requiring a browser window which would inevitably get closed accidentally or lost in a tab somewhere. He already had created a Visual Studio Extension that performed a similar task which allowed a developer to log their time without having to leave their working environment.
Similarly to how a web application can be embedded as a mobile application, you can create a hybrid application as a Windows Store Apps. He created a web view on the main page of his app which displayed a web page with the source url being the unique url for the user to access their account on the online system.
He described his trials and tribulations with making the Windows Store App certification ready, as well as some gotchas around the behaviour of the embedded browser and how he resolved the issues.
You can get the source code for the application that he created here: https://github.com/dovicoapi/DOVICOTimerForWindowsStore/
You can read more about Gerards adventures in Windows Store App programming and other stuff on his blog: http://cggallant.blogspot.ca/
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