Windows Phone 7, new controls for a better UX

Introduction

I have been developing windows phone applications since the WP7 SDK CTP but last September 16 2010, the Silverlight team developed a new SDK for Windows Phone 7. There have been controls that are developed at codeplex by Stephane Crozatier before the final release of the SDK like the Pivot and Panoramic controls that brought high-level UI controls to help developers  build apps. Today, these two controls are now officially shipped into the new release.

Now for those who are not yet familiar with the Pivot control and Panoramic control, I’ll share to you my experience in using these two controls.

First, let’s know what are these controls and what do they do.

Panoramic control from the word “panoramic” which is a picture (or series of pictures) representing a continuous scene ,

(Apolo 11 – Commander Neil Armstrong’s pan of East Crater, with LM Eagle in the background)

for me I have never seen any panoramic user interface in the mobile platform. that are developed today in the mobile world. It’s a nice to have control for a mobile platform since it brings the user to a new experience when using their smart phones.

Pivot control, to those who are developers out there and have heard of the word “Tab Control” then it’s concept is just the same with the Pivot Control. If you’re not familiar with the tab control then here’s a quote from MSDN.

“A tab control is analogous to the dividers in a notebook or the labels in a file cabinet. By using a tab control, an application can define multiple pages for the same area of a window or dialog box. Each page consists of a certain type of information or a group of controls that the application displays when the user selects the corresponding tab.”

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