Universal Windows App Base Project

In an attempt to boost my productivity, I decided to write a base WinRT project with the essentials for all my projects. Here is what I consider essentials for all my projects:

  • MVVM Light
  • A Navigation Service
  • A Message Service
  • Global app service

These 3 items define a base universal Windows project for me, I will get into some detail on all of these in a bit. Other services like data or location services can be needed for an app but aren’t essential to all apps.

Solution hierarchy
Nothing fancy happening here. Remember to keep all files in a logical folder structure, folders work a lot better than an endless list of obtusely name files.

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DreamSpark Registration (Updated)

So you’re a student and want to develop for Microsoft technologies? Luckily our friends at Microsoft really see the potential in students and have invested heavily in providing premium tools at no cost.

Step 1 – The key

There are 2 ways to get one of these:

  1. Email me and I’ll email you a card like below. I no longer give these out as it is now very easy to verify your student status using your school/university email address.

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Giveaway time!

Giveaway

Up for grabs an Amazon Kindle Touch or a Samsung Focus Flash Windows Phone 7.8 device!

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Update your DreamSpark account now!

You have till 30 September 2014 to associated a Microsoft account with your DreamSpark account. You will lose access to your DreamSpark account if you miss this deadline.
I hope I didn’t vex you too much with my bold and red text above. Lets get to it then, time’s a wastin.

Chances are you received an email like the one below and it went straight into your spam folder or you caught a glimpse of it and didn’t catch the important bits.

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I want to learn app development!

So I wrapped up the “Creating apps” session at YouthSparkSA with a little Overview of Microsoft for students.

Unfortunately my presentation can’t stay up indefinitely so a blog post seemed like a more permanent location for some links.
Hopefully these resources will help you on your Windows Dev journey.

Channel9
Microsoft Virtual Academy

This list is quite a sparse post at the moment. I will definitely update this post at some stage.