Monthly Archives: March 2013

Using the predefined buttons styles for the ApplicationBar in Windows 8

.NET, Design, Technical stuff, UX, Windows 8, Work
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When you create a new Windows 8 application, the Common folder contains a file named StandardStyles.xaml. Amongst other styling resources, this file contains a trove of application bar buttons styles, including Microsoft Design-like icons.

In order to use these styles, however, you need to uncomment the corresponding one. Microsoft commented these styles out, because otherwise they would be instantiated by the XAML parser when the app starts, which would cause some delays and use unnecessary memory. That makes it a bit tricky to find the right button style you want to use for your app bar.

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Session material from TechDays BE and NL

.NET, Blend, MVVM, Phone, Technical stuff, UX, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Work
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This post was imported from my old blog and had 4 comments which are included as a screenshot at the end of this post.

UPDATE: Added the videos

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I had the chance to be invited again to speak at TechDays in Belgium (Antwerp) and in the Netherlands (The Hague), and delivered 3 sessions (one of them twice) to an audience of developers. It was as usual a very wonderful experience in two very well organized events. I also had the chance to speak to a number of great speakers such as Jeff Prosise, Ben Riga, Beth Massi, Iris Classon, Rich Griffin and many more who, in the past years spent travelling and speaking at various events around the world, have become really good friends. Meeting these old friends and talking to a lot of new people at conferences is really enriching and brings me a lot of joy. That is the real value of community in what we do, discovering new technologies together and sharing that knowledge.

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