Thu, December 30, 2010, 12:38 AM under MobileAndEmbedded
While coding for Windows Phone 7 using Silverlight, I was really disappointed with the built-in MessageBox class, so I found an alternative. My disappointment was the fact that:
- Display of the messagebox causes the phone to vibrate (!)
- Display of the messagebox causes the phone to make an annoying sound.
- You can only have "ok" and "cancel" buttons (no other button captions).
I was using the messagebox something like this:
// Produces unwanted sound and vibration.
// ...plus no customization of button captions.
if (MessageBox.Show("my message", "my caption", MessageBoxButton.OKCancel)
// Do something
…and wanted to make minimal changes throughout my code to change it to this:
// no sound or vibration
// ...plus bonus of customizing button captions
if (MyMessageBox.Show("my message", "my caption", "ok, got it", "that sucks")
// Do something
It turns out there is a much more powerful class in the XNA framework that delivered on my requirements (and offers even more features that I didn't need like choice of sounds and not blocking the caller): Guide.BeginShowMessageBox. You can use it simply by adding an assembly reference to
I wrote a little wrapper for my needs and you can find it here (ready to enhance with your needs): MyMessageBox.cs.old.txt.
UPDATE 2013: If you don’t mind using await in front of the call to MyMessageBox.Show, I have an updated class that works for both Windows Phone 8 and for Windows 8 Store apps here: MyMessageBox.cs.txt.