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Italian Cinema for Windows Phone —Trailers, Times, and Tickets

Tiziano Cacioppolini, a Microsoft Certified Professional, found Syncfusion through a search engine. Cacioppolini’s involvement in the .NET community includes being the organizer for Mokapp 2013, a code camp sponsored by Syncfusion. His combined love for .NET and Italian theater led him to build a mobile application for Windows Phone using Syncfusion’s controls.

The Challenge

He wanted to create a free mobile application for users to watch movie trailers, find the closest cinema to them, and purchase a movie ticket all in one place. He wanted the application to provide many functions for his consumers and be compatible with both Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5. Cacioppolini knew he needed the ability to display an item in a maximized state while other items remained minimized, to create a visually pleasing application. He also wanted to make sure that users could easily navigate through his application’s features.

The Solution

Cacioppolini found that Syncfusion’s Essential Studio for WinRT and Essential Studio for Windows Phone provided the features he needed to make his application possible. mySpaceCinema, Cacioppolini’s mobile application, displays movies currently showing in Italy’s The Space Cinema theater chain. The application can show trailers, provide information about the movies, and display which day and time the movie is shown at different theaters.

With Essential Studio for Windows Phone, the Tile View control was able to display an item in a maximized state while other items remained minimized. Each item could have a different data template for its minimized or maximized state, allowing Cacioppolini to display many movie titles at once. He also used it to show which movies were coming soon, along with their trailer. “I found the TileView control very helpful because it gave a new experience for my app and it’s very easy to use,” said Cacioppolini.

He was able to save lots of development time by using Syncfusion controls. He explains, “I don’t need to write a lot of code, I just need to choose some properties to customize the controls, and the controls are helpful in speeding up the development process.” Cacioppolini is happy with his successful application, and is glad that he chose Syncfusion.

The Benefits

Screenshot of the application

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