Porting the ‘Learn Guitar’ from Windows Phone to Windows 8 – Azure Mobile Services


Spurred on by the current App Builder Reward program in the UK I recently ported ‘the Windows Phone App ‘Learn Guitar’ to Windows 8:






Having got to grips with the basics of Windows Phone 8 for the Phone App I was curious to know how easy it would be to port similar functionality (outlined in this post) to Windows 8.

I am happy to report that although the functionality I used to implement favourites in Windows 8 is significantly different to that of the Windows Phone App the Azure (Mobile Services) element was almost (if not exactly) the same.  This bodes well for the future as these two platforms continue to come together.

Once the plumbing code is copy and pasted from the Mobile Services site the implementation (in this case to record which videos are being marked as  favourite) is almost laughingly simple and consists of a couple of lines of code:


and before anyone says anything, yes, that could quite easily be a single line of code but it I believe it is more readable in the above format.

NB I have promised to report back on the progress of the Azure data – I have not forgotten but am waiting to gather 4 weeks worth of useful information!

Incidentally, it was the process of porting that suggested some new and rather useful functionality for this app  (the ability to slow down the video to half and quarter speed – very useful when you are just starting out the learning process). 


I look forward to porting this functionality back to the Windows Phone version in the next release!


Windows 8 (Imminent)

Windows Phone

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