Create a simple Live Tile

One of the most striking features of the new MS Windows Phone OS are Live Tiles. Customizing your application tile is the argument of this post.

In a few lines of code we can build our custom tile.

The idea is to show, in the back content, the last inserted measure in the application. The application is Pressure Diary, shown in Windows Phone Applications page

public void CreateApplicationTile()
            var appTile = ShellTile.ActiveTiles.First();

            if (appTile != null)
                var standardTile = new StandardTileData
                    Title = App.ApplicationName,
                    BackgroundImage = new Uri("Images/Tile_173x173.png", UriKind.Relative),
                    Count = null, // any number can go here, leaving this null shows NO number
                    BackTitle = App.ApplicationName,
                    BackContent = "Last measure: " + "[" + this.globalMeasure.Systolic.ToString() + "/" + this.globalMeasure.Diastolic.ToString() + "]" + this.globalMeasure.Date.Value.ToShortDateString()


You can use these line of code to build your custom tile.

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