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  • How to use the Light Sensor in Windows 8 C#/XAML applications

    Most tablets and laptops these days have an array of sensors onboard the device that developers can use and take advantage of. One of the sensors which is on most tables and laptops is the Light Sensor.  This sensor can be used for many things and it is common that the light sensor is used to illuminate...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 01-16-2013
    Filed under: XAML, WinRT, Metro, Windows 8
  • Sending In-Application Toast Notifications in WinRT for C#

    When building a Windows RT application (based on C#) it is pretty common that you will want to notify your user of an event.  It is more common that you are going to want to do this in a way which is not intrusive, aka does not get in the way of the user.  Luckily for you the WinRT team has...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 11-14-2012
    Filed under: .Net, HowTo, WinRT, Windows 8
  • Argument Exception when Working with Secondary Tiles in WinRT (C#)

    If you are attempting to work with or create secondary tiles and you are getting the following exception you may want to check your title id. System.ArgumentException: The parameter is incorrect. When trying to do a SecondaryTile.Exists (tileId) with the value as seen in the picture below   I was...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 07-14-2012
    Filed under: HowTo, WinRT, Metro
  • Playing a embedded media file (mp3) in WinRT (not via Xaml)

    When building WinRT applications it is going to be pretty common to want to play some sort of embedded audio file.  It may also be common to want to play this file but via a ViewModel (or simply not in a view).  In this post we are going to take a quick look at how to play an MP3 file by using...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 07-14-2012
    Filed under: HowTo, WinRT, Metro
  • How to Capture Images w/ the WebCam in WinRT (C#) applications.

    When building WinRT applications you will want to implement the ability to capture images/video’s from the onboard webcamera in order to use in your application.  Fortunately for you this is very easy to accomplish.  We will walk through how to do this in this post. Step 1: Enable access to...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 07-06-2012
    Filed under: XAML, WinRT, Metro
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