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A few weeks ago I blogged about Windows 8 Metro Style App Development. Today almost all functionality in my App is complete and I’m ready to share some information about it.

App UI

The App called Viltolycka has a very simple UI, and all you have to do is enter a From Address and a To Address. The App contacts Bing Maps and asks for the route between the two locations. When a route has been calculated it is drawn on the map. At this point a request is sent to viltolycka.se with information about the entire route. Our API responds with a collection of wildlife accidents that has happened along the route.

Accidents from Vimmerby to Stockholm

Ok, the design is not quite complete.

All accidents are added to the map. A pane on the right side displays data about the route and more interestingly some facts about the accidents along the route.

Accidents around Södertälje

By zooming and moving the map around you can learn about the more dangerous parts of the route.

Accidents around Södertälje

The image above shows a location around Södertälje where a lot of deer and elk accidents has happened in the past. So, what you can learn is that you might want to watch out when driving at that location.

The Next step

I will continue to work on some design elements with my colleague Kim. After that we will send the App to Microsoft Sweden for testing. Our main goal is to ship this app on or before the public release of Windows 8.

In the middle of September 2011 Microsoft released Windows 8 Developer Preview and Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview. We were (as usual) very quick to begin testing. We deployed the products on Hyper-V and since then we have been testing the new development features on Windows 8 and also a lot of our own product testing on the new platform.

On February 27, 2012, Microsoft released a Consumer Preview of Windows 8 and Visual Studio 11 Beta. A lot had happened since September and this time we also started developing Windows 8 Metro Style Apps. These apps are very different from the traditional WinForms Applications. They demand more considerations to form factors and capabilities.

My first Metro Style App

My first Metro Style App for Windows 8 is not nearly complete but nevertheless I’d like to share some details about it.

Since last summer we have developed Mobile Apps for iOS, Android and of course Windows Phone 7.5 for our customer Rikspolisstyrelsen (Swedish Police Board). The apps focus on giving the user insights about wildlife accidents in the users’ proximity.

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So with this background I thought I’d develop a Windows 8 App that utilize the same data. The App named Viltolycka contains a large map that is centered on the user’s location, using the Geolocator class. The user can pan the map and when he/she taps on it, a signal is sent, with the tapped location, to our servers that responds with Wildlife Accident data containing the accident location and what kind of wildlife that was hit by the car. All accidents are then rendered as Pushpins on the map.

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As you can see, I haven’t focused on design that much yet. But my fine colleague Kim will most likely be involved in that part.

Closing comments

Developing for Windows 8 is a lovely task. It’s much more straightforward than iOS development, which is kind of a pain sometimes.

We will keep working on this Metro Style App and maybe a few more and we will surely have some cool stuff to show off at the launch of Windows 8 (if not much sooner).