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    Frequently update content of app

    A common pattern for applications such as news, entertainment etc is to frequently update the content of the app. The content could be the images, text, audio-visual etc.

    What is the best way to architect such an app so that it becomes easy to update the content and UI of the app. The publishing should be straightforward and should get applied once the app is launched.

    The second aspect is the caching of data. Given the low memory availability and slow network connections, its imperative that some data be cached for good user experience. Is there a good pattern/available for data caching? The data should be dated so that as the new updates are received, old data is phased out of memory. However this data should be available on demand (maybe re-fetched).

    Please share your experiences and suggestions.

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    Ramesh

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    Re: Frequently update content of app

    I would suggest WCF Data Service to server side where you have your content which you can provide to mobile client. Mobile client could get for example list of content with content id's and timestamps and you can cache this data to isolated storage. When you get new content, you can check from content id's if data is cached and from timestamp you can see if it need to be updated.

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    Janne

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    Re: Frequently update content of app

    For data caching you can use isolated storage and simply update whenever you have access to the server. You could do this either on application start or periodically with background agent.

    As for dynamically updating UI, if you really want to change it down the road, consider using XamlReader. Here is an example blog post.

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