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FIGURE 13-5 The Live tile for the sample application in action.
Regardless of the template you choose, the original application's logo is still displayed at the
bottom of the tile. The rest of the tile is at your disposal and can be filled up according to the
template.
Adding Live tiles to an existing application
In the end, adding a Live tile to the application is not really a hard task. All that it takes is a few calls to
a system provided API. The challenge comes when you try to add Live tiles to a real-world application.
In this case, the hardest part of the job is deciding which data goes to the Live tile, how you retrieve
that, how often you update it and, of course, picking up the most appropriate template. In addition,
you also might want to support both large and small tiles so that you serve your users a true
Windows 8 experience.
Bringing back the TodoList application
In Chapter 10, “Adding persistent data to applications,” you completed an exercise aimed at creating
a persistent version of the TodoList application. The final version of the application was able to create,
edit, and delete tasks; each task was saved to the roaming folder thus ensuring that the application's
settings could be uploaded to the cloud and shared with another copy of the same application
installed on a different PC or device.
In this exercise, you'll take over from there and extend the TodoList application of Chapter 10 with
Live tiles.
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