The Toolkit team is proud to announce the release of the Windows Phone 8 version of the Windows Phone Toolkit. Here’s what’s new:
For those of you who are new to developing for Windows Phone, the Windows Phone Toolkit is an additional package of controls that you can use with the Windows Phone SDK to easily add useful controls to your Windows Phone app.
To install the Windows Phone Toolkit
The installation adds a reference to Microsoft.Phone.Controls.Toolkit.dll to your project. It also creates the Toolkit.Content folder, which contains resources for toolkit controls. This NuGet Windows Phone package supports Windows Phone OS7.0, Windows Phone OS 7.1, and Windows Phone OS 8.0. In addition, you can install the Windows Phone Toolkit Test Framework package to integrate unit tests for your Windows Phone apps. This NuGet package supports Windows Phone OS 7.1 and Windows Phone OS 8.0.
After you have added the Windows Phone toolkit package to your Windows Phone project, you can easily add a wide range of controls, such as the AutoCompleteBox control, the WrapPanel control, and the LongListMultiSelector control.
To get a better understanding of the controls provided in the Windows Phone toolkit, download the source code and samples from CodePlex. After you download the sample source code, run the Windows Phone 8 sample solution. You can look through the source to get an idea of how each control is used. Here are some of the new controls in Windows Phone 8.
MapExtensions (WP8 only)
LongListMultiSelector – List Layout (WP8 only)
LongListMultiSelector – Grid Layout (WP8 only)
The following steps show how you can write a simple “hello world” unit test using the Windows Phone Toolkit Test Framework:
For more information, see Stefan Wick’s video titled Expert Lessons: Top Tips for Building a Successful Windows Phone Application.
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Good, more for developers!
I thought you have released a new version. But the latest release is 1 month old :(