Developing for Modern Windows

Tips, tricks, and guides for developing on modern Windows platforms

XAML

UWP on XBox Tips and Tricks

By now you will be aware that Microsoft is now allowing UWP apps into the XBox One store. As great as UWP is, you still need to do some work to get an app working well on the XBox console…. Continue Reading →

BitmapIcon – Use an Image Like an Icon

In Universal Windows Platform Apps you can use BitmapIcon to treat an image as if it’s an icon/text. In my current project I use this feature to colour some white images with transparent backgrounds to match my app’s changeable theme… Continue Reading →

‘Object reference not set to an instance of an object’ Error in WinRT Data Binding

  My current project was plagued with the above error on every XAML page and control, and my design-time data binding had stopped working entirely. My DesignTimeData class seemed correct (at first glance), but the error was saying something in my… Continue Reading →

Making Buttons with Style

The built-in Windows app XAML controls are great, but sometimes you need something more stylish. XAML styles to the rescue! Those two pink buttons have all the same properties, but one is the default style and the other is a custom style. They look completely… Continue Reading →