Talking to the Internet
In This Chapter
Creating different layouts
Having a chat with the Internet
Windows Store applications make good mashups. A mashup is a new way of viewing or using existing applications. Getting geocache locations from
www.geocaching.com and showing them with Bing maps is a mashup. Allowing lookup of .NET classes from MSDN, and then getting code samples from CodePlex is a mashup.
A mashup doesn’t even have to involve more than one source of data. A blog viewer in a mashup of sorts — it is mixing the blog content, traditionally viewed on the web — with the Windows 8 design surface. This might more accurately be called a viewer, but this is one thing for sure — it consumes an external feed of data.
Consuming external feeds of data ranks among the number one strengths of WinRT, and the Windows 8 way of doing things. There are a few different ways to do it, and an infinite number of ways to present the data. In this chapter, I show you how to get to burning some feeds, but I start with a couple of layouts.
Building Different Layouts
Most data is organized hierarchically. You have a category, with perhaps some categories below it, and then ...