Implement Settings Popup Pages for Windows Store Apps

Preface No, this is not the first sample to be found in the internet on this topic. Anyway, I decided to add another one because the two I was looking at (see links below) gave good ideas, but did not satisfied me at all. Changes to App.xaml.cs To begin, new …

Use OpenFileDialog and FileBrowserDialog in WPF

WPF does not contain a OpenFileDialog or FileBrowserDialog. Nevertheless, I needed them in a WPF application. Searching the web, I found several approaches. One published on GitHub (https://github.com/tillias/wpFolderPicker) implements a new control for folder browsing. But I wanted a “cheap” solution. And found the starting point here: WPF OpenFileDialog and …

Microsoft Advertising Services AdControl Transition in XAML/C#

Preface According to the documentation, AdControls are hosted in a WebView control. For some reasons I was not able to figure out, WebView controls do not slide in when a page loads (or pop in, whatever the correct wording is). This means that your AdControl will not slide in neither. …

Configure Microsoft Advertising Services’ AdControl using XAML/C#

Preface The Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows 8 allows developers to show ads in their apps. When you look at the walkthrough for putting ads in an app using XAML/C#, you can see that you have to set the ApplicationId and AdUnitId property of each AdControl control in your app. …

Make Custom Class Item Templates for Windows Store Apps Visible in VS 2012

Make the Item Visible One very helpful feature of Visual Studio is the ability to create custom item or project templates. I’m using this feature for years to get a pre-formatted C# class, containing several regions. In VS 2012, one can set the directory where these custom item templates are …

Mimic app.config in Windows Store Apps

Preface I know, the concept of app.config files is not part of Windows Store App development. The docs and postings say that one should use local or roaming settings. But I needed something to pass environment depending initial data to the app. One scenario I can think of is the …

Create Custom IE Tracking Protection List

In case one does not have some third party tracking protection tool installed, there is an easy way to create a custom list. First step is to download an existing tracking protection list. Just open IE and go to Tools / Tracking Protection / Get a Tracking Protection List onlineā€¦ …

Update: Microsoft Advertising Services Test Mode Sample for Windows 8 Version 3.0

Microsoft has updated the list of possible advertising test modes. So I updated the Test Mode Sample as well. You can find the latest version in this post.