How can i use WinJS.xhr with live tile. RRS feed

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  • I develop an application with a live tile.

    Why my live tile not update automatically, it's show only first (i=0) and last (i=4) then stop at last tile.

    function getTileData() {
            url: "http://myurl",
            responseType: "json"
        }).then(function (xhr) {
            var json = JSON.parse(xhr.responseText);
            var tileArr = [];
            for (var i = 0; i < 5; i++) {
                var item = json[i];
                    "title": item.title,
                    "img": item.thumb_url
                tileTitle = tileArr[i].title;
                largeTileImage = tileArr[i].img;
                sendTile(tileTitle, largeTileImage);
    function sendTile(tileTitle, largeTileImage) {
        var notifications = Windows.UI.Notifications;
        var template = notifications.TileTemplateType.tileWideImageAndText01;
        var tileXml = notifications.TileUpdateManager.getTemplateContent(template);
        var tileTextAttributes = tileXml.getElementsByTagName("text");
        tileTextAttributes[0].appendChild(tileXml.createTextNode(tileTitle)); // Text
        var tileImageAttributes = tileXml.getElementsByTagName("image");
        tileImageAttributes[0].setAttribute("src", largeTileImage); // Large image
        tileImageAttributes[0].setAttribute("alt", "red graphic");
        var squareTemplate = notifications.TileTemplateType.tileSquareText04; 
        var squareTileXml = notifications.TileUpdateManager.getTemplateContent(squareTemplate);
        var squareTileTextAttributes = squareTileXml.getElementsByTagName("text");
        squareTileTextAttributes[0].appendChild(squareTileXml.createTextNode(tileTitle)); // Text
        var node = tileXml.importNode(squareTileXml.getElementsByTagName("binding").item(0), true);
        var tileNotification = new notifications.TileNotification(tileXml);
        tileNotification.tag = "Tilebox";

    Can i use WinJS.xhr to send the data to live tile?

    and what should i do?

    thank you so much.

    • Edited by P'Tik Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:15 AM
    Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:14 AM

All replies

  • You probably haven't enabled the notification queue by calling TileUpdater.enableNotificationQueue(true).

    To clarify part of your question, you're using WinJS.xhr only to obtain information from which you build and issue tile updates; you're not using the API to issue the tile update itself.

    This raises the question though: why are you making an HTTP requests yourself for this information? It would work much better to generate the tile updates on the server directly, allowing you to use periodic updates to keep the tiles fresh even when the app is suspended or not running at all. In your solution the tiles will only be updated if the app is running.

    See Quickstart: setting up periodic notifications for details on how to do this. You can have five URIs on the server (or one URI with ? parameters) to return tile updates for each slot in the notification queue.


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    Thursday, October 31, 2013 4:54 PM