Adding an ApplicationBar to your WinPhone 7.1(5) app - A side by side comparison of doing it with Visual Studio vs Expression Blend
"Many applications have an AppBar. The ApplicationBar on Windows Phone is the equivalent of a menu bar and / or toolbar for desktop applications. It can include IconButtons and MenuItems.
The namespace Microsoft.Phone.Shell defines the AppBar.
I’ll get started right away with a new project in Visual Studio.
All I want to do is add an AppBar with four icon buttons and seven menu items. There are a few steps that I need to take:
With Expression Blend I don’t have to do all this, because of the better UX (User eXperience) when creating an ApplicationBar.
In the ‘Object and Timeline’ panel right-click the ‘PhoneApplicationPage’ and click “Add ApplicationBar”.
I liked how this article compared doing a pretty common thing in WP7 app dev side-by-side in Visual Studio and Expression Blend.