Windows 8 Application and OData with Netflix

Windows 8 Application and OData with Netflix

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Windows 8 and OData goes hand in hand. Today while discussing with my sweetheart, I started working on this demo on how to consume OData with Windows 8 Style Application. It does not follow the UX design guideline. However, an honest attempt to demonstrate the capability.

I have used the most famous Netflix OData from http://odata.netflix.com/v2/Catalog/

So I have created the Blank Windows Store application

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Then have added the reference

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If you get an error, then most probably the WCF Component is not installed. Follow the error message and download from the link

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After that add the below XAML in MainPage.xaml

<Grid Background="{StaticResource ApplicationPageBackgroundThemeBrush}">
    <Grid.RowDefinitions>
        <RowDefinition Height="100"></RowDefinition>
        <RowDefinition Height="*"></RowDefinition>
    </Grid.RowDefinitions>
    <Button x:Name="btnLoad" Content="Load Them" Grid.Row="0" FontSize="36" Click="btnLoad_Click"></Button>
    <ListBox x:Name="lstData" Grid.Row="1">
        <ListBox.ItemTemplate>
            <DataTemplate>
                <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">
                    <Image Stretch="Uniform" Height="100" Width="100" Margin="3,0">
                        <Image.Source>
                            <BitmapImage UriSource="{Binding Path=BoxArt.LargeUrl}"></BitmapImage>
                        </Image.Source>
                    </Image>
                    <TextBlock Text="{Binding Path=Name}"></TextBlock>
                        
                </StackPanel>
            </DataTemplate>
        </ListBox.ItemTemplate>
    </ListBox>
</Grid>

After that C# Code would look like,

NetFlixSvc.NetflixCatalog context = new NetFlixSvc.NetflixCatalog(new Uri(@"http://odata.netflix.com/v2/Catalog/", UriKind.RelativeOrAbsolute));
DataServiceCollection<NetFlixSvc.Title> _titles;
public void LoadData()
{
    _titles = new DataServiceCollection<NetFlixSvc.Title>();
    var query = context.Titles;
    _titles.LoadAsync(query);
    _titles.LoadCompleted += _titles_LoadCompleted;
}
void _titles_LoadCompleted(object sender, LoadCompletedEventArgs e)
{
    lstData.ItemsSource = _titles;
}
private void btnLoad_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
{
    LoadData();            
}

The output looks like,

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I am again telling that this violets the basic Windows 8 Style Application design guideline.

Namoskar!!!

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