Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform – Toasts

Step 1

Download Visual Studio Community 2015 and install it onto your computer, if it’s already downloaded and installed select Launch to start Visual Studio Community 2015 or if it has already been downloaded and installed then start the application you may also need to Enable your device for development.

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Step 2

Once Visual Studio Community 2015 has started select File, then New, then Project… from the Menu.

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Step 3

From the New Project window select Visual C# from Installed, Templates then select Blank App (Windows Universal) from the list, then type in a Name and select a Location to save to before selecting Ok to create the Project.

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Step 4

Once done select from the Menu, Project, then Add New Item…

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Step 5

From the Add New Item window select Visual C# from Installed then select Code File from the list, then type in the Name as Library.cs before selecting Add to add the file to the Project

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Step 6

Once in the Code View for Library.cs the following should be entered:

using System;
using System.Text;
using Windows.Data.Xml.Dom;
using Windows.UI.Notifications;
using System.Linq;
using Windows.UI.Xaml.Controls;

public class Item
{
    public string Id { get; set; }
    public string Content { get; set; }
    public string Time { get; set; }
}

public class Library
{
    private Random random = new Random((int)DateTime.Now.Ticks);

    public void Add(ref ListBox display, string value, TimeSpan occurs)
    {
        DateTime when = new DateTime(DateTime.Now.Year, DateTime.Now.Month, DateTime.Now.Day,
            occurs.Hours, occurs.Minutes, occurs.Seconds);
        if (when > DateTime.Now)
        {
            StringBuilder template = new StringBuilder();
            template.Append("<toast><visual version='2'><binding template='ToastText02'>");
            template.AppendFormat("<text id='2'>{0}</text>", value);
            template.AppendFormat("<text id='1'>{0}</text>", when.ToLocalTime());
            template.Append("</binding></visual></toast>");
            XmlDocument xml = new XmlDocument();
            xml.LoadXml(template.ToString());
            ScheduledToastNotification toast = new ScheduledToastNotification(xml, when);
            toast.Id = random.Next(1, 100000000).ToString();
            ToastNotificationManager.CreateToastNotifier().AddToSchedule(toast);
            display.Items.Add(new Item { Id = toast.Id, Content = value, Time = when.ToString() });
        }
    }

    public void Remove(ListBox display)
    {
        if (display.SelectedIndex > -1)
        {
            ToastNotifier notifier = ToastNotificationManager.CreateToastNotifier();
            notifier.RemoveFromSchedule(notifier.GetScheduledToastNotifications().Where(
                p => p.Id.Equals(((Item)display.SelectedItem).Id)).SingleOrDefault());
            display.Items.RemoveAt(display.SelectedIndex);
        }
    }
}

It should then appear as such:

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Step 7

From the Solution Explorer select MainPage.xaml

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Step 8

Select from the Menu, View then Designer

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Step 9

The Design View will be displayed along with the XAML View and in this above <Grid Background=”{ThemeResource ApplicationPageBackgroundThemeBrush}”> enter the following XAML:

<Page.BottomAppBar>
	<AppBar IsOpen="True" IsSticky="True">
		<StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">
			<AppBarButton Name="Add" Icon="Add" Label="Add" Click="Add_Click"/>
			<AppBarButton Name="Remove" Icon="Remove" Label="Remove" Click="Remove_Click"/>
		</StackPanel>
	</AppBar>
</Page.BottomAppBar>

While still in the XAML View below <Grid Background=”{ThemeResource ApplicationPageBackgroundThemeBrush}”>enter the following XAML:

<Grid>
	<Grid.RowDefinitions>
		<RowDefinition Height="Auto"/>
		<RowDefinition Height="*"/>
	</Grid.RowDefinitions>
	<StackPanel Grid.Row="0">
		 <TextBox Margin="10" HorizontalAlignment="Stretch" Name="Value"/>
		<TimePicker Margin="10" HorizontalAlignment="Stretch" Name="Occurs"/>
	</StackPanel>
	<ListBox Name="Display" Grid.Row="1">
		<ListBox.ItemTemplate>
			<DataTemplate>
				<StackPanel>
					<TextBlock TextWrapping="Wrap" Text="{Binding Path=Content}"/>
					<TextBlock Text="{Binding Path=Time}"/>
				</StackPanel>
			</DataTemplate>
		</ListBox.ItemTemplate>
	</ListBox>        
</Grid>

It should appear as such:

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Step 10

Select from the Menu, View then Code

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Step 11

Once in the Code View below the public MainPage() { … } the following should be entered:

Library Library = new Library();

private void Add_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
{
	Library.Add(ref Display, Value.Text, Occurs.Time);
}

private void Remove_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
{
	Library.Remove(Display);
}

It should then appear as such:

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Step 12

That completes the Windows Universal Application so Save the Project then select the Debug and Local Machine option to run the Application

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Step 13

Once the Application has started the following should then appear

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Step 14

After the Application has started you can then type some text then select a Time, then select Add to schedule a Toast Notification for that Time with the Text selected

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Step 15

To Exit the application select Stop Debugging in Visual Studio Community 2015

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Step 16

Another option is to run as a Windows Phone application, select Debug and select Emulator 10.0.1.0 WVGA 4 inch 512MB option to run the Application

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Step 17

Once the Emulator has started the Application should then appear

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Step 18

After the Application has started running if the Emulator you can then type some text then select a Time, then select Add to schedule a Toast Notification for that Time with the Text selected

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Step 19

To Exit the application select Stop Debugging in Visual Studio Community 2015

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