App Promotion Trick for Windows Store App

If you are a publisher who has published multiple UWP apps in the windows store and want to add a catalog of all your other apps in your UWP app, then there is no need to write a lot of code to achieve this capability. Microsoft has provided URI scheme to launch the Microsoft Store app to specific pages in the store. We can use search capability to find products from a specific publisher and simply launch that URI using LaunchUriAsync API method. For ex. in order to launch all products published by some “XYZ Corporation” in the windows store we can simply call the following URI ms-windows-store://publisher/?name=XYZ Corporation Following code example demonstrates how this can be achieved using 3 lines of code in Javascript store app function showPublisherApps() { var publisherDisplayName = “Microsoft Corporation”; // Change this to your publisher name var uri = new Windows.Foundation.Uri(“ms-windows-store://publisher/?name=” + publisherDisplayName); var options = new[…]

Open Share Dialog from Universal Windows Javascript App (UWP)

Opening Share Dialog Popup in Windows Universal App is very simple and with a few lines of code, this functionality can be quickly added to any app. The code below can be used to share an app’s web URL (you can use MS Store URL of the app as well) in UWP Javascript application var page = WinJS.UI.Pages.define(“/index.html”, { ready: function (element, options) { var dataTransferManager = Windows.ApplicationModel.DataTransfer.DataTransferManager.getForCurrentView(); dataTransferManager.addEventListener(“datarequested”, dataRequested); }, unload: function () { var dataTransferManager = Windows.ApplicationModel.DataTransfer.DataTransferManager.getForCurrentView(); dataTransferManager.removeEventListener(“datarequested”, dataRequested); } }); function dataRequested(e) { var request = e.request; var storeID = ‘xxxxxxxxxxxx’; request.data.properties.title = “Your title”; request.data.properties.description = “App description”; request.data.setWebLink(new Windows.Foundation.Uri(“https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/” + storeID)); } function showShareUI() { Windows.ApplicationModel.DataTransfer.DataTransferManager.showShareUI(); } In the application page ready event we need to initialize DataTransferManager and attach an event listener for “datarequested”. In that method you can set title, display, web link properties which will be used by the dialog popup. Store ID[…]

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WebP Image Fallback Options

WebP is a relatively new image format which provides lossless and lossy compression for web images. It was developed and released by Google in 2010. Accroding to Google WebP format saves around 25-30% of image size which is a big saving for image-heavy sites. Even for normal sites, it saves a lot of network bandwidth and results in overall performance improvement of a web site (in turn a better ranking by search engines). Even though this format has been there since 2010, it is still not supported by all browsers.The good thing is that it is natively supported in Google Chrome and the Opera browsers which cover for bigger chunk of browser market share. For mobile sites this format has become a necessity to optimize load time of websites on mobile. Google provides tools to convert images from one format(png, jpg etc) to webp and viceversa https://developers.google.com/speed/webp/ If we are using webp format of[…]

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Solution: Windows PC not reading Xiaomi Phone via USB cable

The first step is to enable developer option in the phone. Go to Settings -> About Phone and tap MIUI version 6 times. You will see a pop up notification confirming that the developer option is enabled. Now enable USB debugging in the phone Go to settings -> Additional Settings -> Developer options then enable USB debugging. Now connect your Xiaomi phone to your Windows PC via USB cable. When you connect phone to the PC, it might ask to select an option to connect for charging only or files transfer. Make sure to select files transfer option. On your computer go to PC -> C drive (or whatever is the installation drive of your Windows) -> Windows -> INF -> Look for wpdmtp.inf. Right click on wpdmtp.inf and click install with your phone plugged in. Now you should see the phone showing up under PC.

Compile Cordova App for iOS

I recently planned to compile my Phaser games for iOS App Store. These games were build using Cordova CLI and have already been published on Android Store so I already have a functioning game which was to be ported to iOS. I decided to document the steps I had to follow to get my game compiled and published to iOS App Store. You can develop the game on any platform of your liking but in order to compile and publish these games to iOS App Store you do need to have a Mac. It can not be done from Windows or any other platform. Steps to compile the game: Download MacOS installer for Node.js and install it on your Mac. Go to App Store on your Mac and install latest version of XCode. You need XCode to build the game. Open Terminal console (Finder -> Applications ->Utilities) on your MacOS and install cordova using npm utility of Node.js by[…]

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Send Email from GoDaddy Asp.Net Application

In my previous article we looked at how to use Google account and SMTP server to programatically send mail to an email address. We can use the same code with minor changes for GoDaddy application which is using shared hosting. We will develop a “Contact us” page here using SMTP server from GoDaddy. The first step is to create a web service using System; using System.Configuration; using System.Net.Mail; using System.Web.Services; namespace GoDaddy.Email { /// <summary> /// Summary description for Mail /// </summary> [WebService(Namespace = “http://tempuri.org/”)] [WebServiceBinding(ConformsTo = WsiProfiles.BasicProfile1_1)] [System.ComponentModel.ToolboxItem(false)] // To allow this Web Service to be called from script, using ASP.NET AJAX, uncomment the following line. [System.Web.Script.Services.ScriptService] public class Mail : System.Web.Services.WebService { [WebMethod] public string SendEmail(string email, string name, string body) { try { var toEmailAddress = ConfigurationManager.AppSettings[“ToEmailAddress”].ToString(); var smtpHost = ConfigurationManager.AppSettings[“SMTPHost”].ToString(); var smtpPort = ConfigurationManager.AppSettings[“SMTPPort”].ToString(); MailMessage mailMessage = new MailMessage(); mailMessage.To.Add(toEmailAddress); mailMessage.From = new MailAddress(email, name); mailMessage.Subject = “Contact[…]

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Send Email from Asp.Net Application using Google Account and SMTP

In order to send mail from the application we can use SMTP server from Google (which off course has certain limitations). We can use a Google mail account and send the mail using SMTP server from Google. This works very well for Asp.net applications which need to use a simple form such as “Contact Us”. An example of this is explained below. We will use AJAX to send the request to an ASP.Net web service which sends the mail from the server side. Create a web service as following using System; using System.Configuration; using System.Net.Mail; using System.Web.Services; namespace GoDaddy.Email { /// <summary> /// Summary description for Mail /// </summary> [WebService(Namespace = “http://tempuri.org/”)] [WebServiceBinding(ConformsTo = WsiProfiles.BasicProfile1_1)] [System.ComponentModel.ToolboxItem(false)] // To allow this Web Service to be called from script, using ASP.NET AJAX, uncomment the following line. [System.Web.Script.Services.ScriptService] public class Mail : System.Web.Services.WebService { [WebMethod] public string SendEmail(string to, string subject, string body)[…]

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Different MasterPage for Mobile and Desktop in ASP.NET

Now a days more people have been accessing the web on mobile devices as compared to desktops and creating mobile versions of websites have become a necessity. In ASP.NET Web Forms application we can switch between different mastre pages basis which device user is using to access the site. This gives a lot of advantages such as changing layout of the pages, applying different style sheets and even load different content if the need be. To achieve this im ASP.NET Web Forms application simply define a base page as following public partial class BasePage : System.Web.UI.Page { protected void Page_PreInit(Object sender, EventArgs e) { if (Request.Browser.IsMobileDevice) { this.MasterPageFile = “~/Mobile.master”; } else { this.MasterPageFile = “~/Desktop.master”; } } } Now rest of the pages (such as example below) can simply inherit base page and all those pages will have different master pages for mobile and desktop. public partial class MyPage :[…]