Dilemma in choosing technology to create App for Windows Store?

 

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When one start creating Applications for Windows Store, the first question come to mind is what technology should be used to create applications. In this post, I am trying to ease that decision to some extent. If you creating application form scratch then as of me you should rely on your existing skills. However for migrating application, you may want to take decision on basis of type of application need to be migrated. Below is the flowchart I would follow while taking decision for technology path

 

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Some of the points you need to keep in mind while deciding are as follows

  • Know your existing skills and decide on that. If you are good at JavaScript and have worked with patterns then you may find WinJS very similar. Whereas if you have created Windows Phone App or WPF applications before then combination of C Sharp and XAML will make more sense to you .

 

  • You need to be more cognizant when deciding for the migration of application. In this scenario rather than relying on your existing skills, you should decide on the factor of what type of application you are going to migrate. For example if you are migrating Windows Phone application then you must choose combination of C Sharp and XAML such that you may reuse codes and functionalities. Imagine if your Windows Phone application is created using patterns like MVVM then you may able to use View and Model View.

 

  • So far what I have experienced that majority of the WinJS controls are created as Metro Controls. So you do not need to write any extra code to make WinJS controls as metro a control. So it may be wise to use HTML and WinJS combination if you skill set contains both web and CSharp XAML.

 

  • If you are creating high end Gaming applications then you may want to consider combination of C++ and XAML

 

  • >If you are a .NET developer and your skill set contains HTML and JavaScript as well. In that case I would recommend C Sharp and XAML. You will find development process very familiar as of .NET development. For example you may create application adhering same patterns like MVVM etc.

 

In this way you can decide on the combinations of technology for the development of applications for Windows Store.

<I hope you find these quick points useful. Thanks for reading.

 

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Working with github on Windows

In this post we will see step by step to configure github for windows and the way to sync the project from windows to github repository. To start with very first you need to create a repository on github. To create repository login to github and click on New repository option

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Once you click on New repository button you will get prompted to fill many information’s like repository name, description etc. You can make repository public or private by selecting respective radio button. If you are starting new then it is always good to initialize the repository with a README. It allows git to clone the repository immediately. Please refer below image for more on creating new repository

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Once repository is created you will be navigated to repository page and can find all the information about repository as following image

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At this point you have created repository in github and now you need to download and configure Windows Client of github on your machine. On the github page in the bottom you will find link to download windows client for github

 

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After downloading and installing github windows client you will find icon on your desktop. Click that icon. Github windows client will be launched. In the left side you see local and github account. When you click on github account you will find all the repositories from the github.

 

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To start working with github repositories, first you need to clone that. You will get clone button next to repository.

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After successful cloning you will find button changed as shown in following image.

 

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Double click on the repository to open it. After opening the repository you can notice in top a tool menu. From there you got option

  • Open in explorer
  • Open a shell here
  • View on github

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To work with project select open in explorer. It will open the repository in windows explorer. Now suppose you have a visual studio solution you want to push on github, you need to follow below steps

Open VS project in window explorer and copy the solution.

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You need to copy all files from VS solution open in windows explorer to github repository open in windows explorer.

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After copying files to github repository open in windows explorer go to github for windows client and click on the refresh button

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After refreshing double click on testproject repository. You may notice that a blue array next to repository name saying this repository has been modified. Click on the blue arrow or double click on the repository to navigate to detail repository page. On this screen you will find

  • Details of files to be committed
  • Option to commit the changes with comment

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After providing comment you need to click on the commit button to commit the changes locally. After committing you will get message that one change committed locally though it is not synced.

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To sync changes with github you need to click on sync button in top. If there is any locally committed change available then you will find sync button in blue else it would be in gray color. Once you click on sync button changes will get committed to github

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You can verify sync in two ways. Either navigate to github and you will find all changes with comment there.

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The other way is that you will see on github windows client in sync displayed.

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The approach should be to put working files in local repository or cloned repository such that whenever you do any changes github for windows will detect that and you can locally commit and eventually sync with the github. In this way you can work with github and windows. I hope you find it useful. Thanks for reading.