You have to start somewhere, and both a blog series and a conversion starts here. During the following weeks we’ll take a real (is-deployed-to-marketplace-real) Windows Phone application and convert it, step by step, to a Windows 8 Metro application.
Our hopes and dreams are, because the similarity between the platforms and the mutual design language, Metro, we will be able to reuse a lot of the C# code and XAML that we already have. As a developer you also nurture a small hope that you can keep some common parts of the code base so that you don’t need double up on the maintenance work. As previously hinted, this post is a part of a series. You can find the full index here.
We’ll add items here as they are published.
In this first part we’ll walk through what we have right now and what we aim to achieve.
The goal with this conversion is not to clone the Windows Phone application. The goal is to experiment and test to find out where the platforms differs, where they are similar and most of all – how to design applications so that you can reuse as much as possible between the platforms.
So – this is how the Windows Phone application looks right now (only in Swedish, sorry about that).
And we hope to achieve something like this.
We should mention that no designer has been involved, or asked, while designing this Windows 8 application.
Ok, so this is what we got for Reseguidens “Sista-minuten” Windows Phone application
We would once more like to make a point that this is a real Windows Phone project. It’s not an application written to work well while doing a demo on stage. This code was written to work well with Windows Phone without Windows 8 in mind. So all problems that we likely run into during this series is problem that others might expect as well.
Initially there are some areas where we expect to run into some problems.
Yes of course – we will run into other issues during this journey, but this is at least the known unknowns that we have as a starting point.