Template of the week: Windows 8 Find a nearby…

Food and Dining HubThis template will help you build apps for Windows 8 that find nearby points of interest.

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How many times have you wanted to find a nearby restaurant? gas station? grocery store?

This Windows 8 sample project provides you with a good sample structure and code for building apps to help users find nearby businesses.

The sample project is a food and dining app. You can download it here.

The app allows the user to specify their location with either a destination name (ex. Halifax, NS) or with their current location.

The user is presented with Trending Restaurants (restaurants with a number of recent positive reviews), Recently Reviewed (restaurants with recent reviews), Top Near Me (highest rated restaurants close to the user’s set location) and Favourites.

Each sections is displayed in a grid. The user can filter each collection by cuisine, price range and more. The user can also choose to show the results on a map view.

The restaurant details page shows the full restaurant details including a snap shot of reviews from Yelp, the menu from OpenMenu and images associated with the restaurant collected from Bing.

The app was built as a reference application that examples how to build a complete application for Windows 8 using best practices for data acquisition, user control and more.

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