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As I am doing more development in and out of the enterprise arena for Windows Phone I decide I would study for the 70-599 test. I generally take certification tests as a way to force me to dig deeper into a technology. Between the development and studying I decided it would be good to put a post together of key development features in Windows Phone 7 environment. Contrary to popular belief the launch of Windows Phone 8 will not obsolete Windows Phone 7 development. With the launch of 7.8 coming shortly ...
Windows Phone 7 has been out for about two years now. In that time I have switched back and forth with different free Twitter apps. Mostly the has been because someone has mentioned one or another that they like. I figured I would give a quick run down of what I felt were the pros and cons of each. These are only the ones that I have used and your mileage may vary. So here we go. WP7 Built-In Twitter Functionality While it is great that Microsoft put this functionality in, it is extremely limited ...
I haven’t touched an Apple Machine since high school really. I never really wanted to buy one until recently. I have two Apple devices and I wanted to know how to build a mobile application. I have a strong development background in C++ and PHP as my foundation in college, so I thought why not come up with a way to integrate SharePoint 2010 and iOS. I sat on my hands for about 2 months debating what I wanted to get specwise and landed on a MB Air with 8 gb of RAM a core i7 proc and 512gb SSD. I finally ...
As if the Surface announcement on Monday wasn’t exciting enough, today Microsoft announce that Windows Phone 8 will be coming this fall. That itself is great news, but the features coming were like confetti flying in all different directions. Given this speed I couldn’t capture every feature they covered. A summary of what I did capture is listed below starting with their eight main features. Common Core The first thing that they covered is that Windows Phone 8 will share a core OS with Windows 8. ...
I have been working on a Windows Phone application for the user group that I help to run and have been experiencing head ache after head ache. The problem isn’t the Windows Phone development itself. The issues are with the external web service APIs that I am trying to use for sites like SlideShare and Box.net. The main issue is that while there is a lot of documentation and examples for the output of the APIs, the input format is sketchy at best. The web service for SlideShare, for example, requires ...
Their site is www.orlandocodecamp.comThis year's camp was held at Seminole State College.It was well worth it.. Took a chance at going.. by getting up at 5am and driving from Jax to Sanford for 2+hr..Run into some old friends and bunch of new ones. Coders are not really good at networking.. but they sure did show up.. attendance was solid 500+ geeks and some sessions were standing room only. MVP John Papa had the room packed out on his every session. Really enjoyed great and inspiring WP7 presentations ...
In my last blog I talked about a new WP7 utility application. My intention at the time was to build a Wi-Fi strength meter, but after some research, I discovered that Microsoft has that part of the phone sandboxed. Its not a big deal now, but I hope they unlock those features in a future update as it could lead to some real cool applications. So what now? Well at first, I felt I was at a crossroads on application ideas. I still plan to release Mixtio Reader, but until I get some other issues worked ...
One of my favorite Code Camps, and not only because it’s only an hour or so away, but because it’s Orlando, Florida! session name: Metro Design Language - WP7 & Windows "8" speaker:Nikita Polyakov level:100 description:Metro Design Language key concepts and ideas around Metro design as it is used in Windows Phone, Windows "8", and even XBOX. We will take a look at different templates available for each platform.ANDname: Intro to Dynamic Prototyping w/ SketchFlow speaker: Nikita Polyakov level: ...
I made some tweaks to Card Roulette. I added some quick interface code so I could make sure the Decks and Cards were working as expected. This lead to the addition of the ability of to add a card to a deck. Otherwise, you can't put a card in a discard pile. I also added a ToString for a PlayingCard. I would pound through some more code, but I need to prepare for tomorrow. What's tomorrow, you ask? Well, remember yesterday when I mentioned the Windows Phone Garage in Birmingham, Alabama? That is tomorrow. ...
If you're like me and are using MVVMLight to build Windows Phone apps, you probably want to unit test your ViewModels as well. One of the benefits of the MVVM pattern is the separation of concerns between the View (page holding the xaml layout and bindings) and the ViewModel which holds the data to be bound. This allows the ViewModel to be easily testable, or so they say. In the end, it is quite difficult to find some useable tutorial doing exactly that. To the point you might ask yourself : " do ...
I am happy to announce that I have open sourced and released my first Windows Phone 7 Application to Marketplace a few days back. You can get the source code from http://gtasksplus.codeplex.... I will also do a series of few blog posts to take you all through developing the application from scratch. Check back regularly. Sorry for not posting anything for a long time, I have been concentrating on learning some new things and did not really get a chance to continue blogging. Will try and be consistent ...
In a previous post I talked about using the JSON to LINQ features of JSON.NET. Thanks to Bil Simser I was able to do some testing of the deserialization capabilities of this library. The key was his hint to leverage the json2csharp web site. Below is the C# representation of the search results for a Twitter query created by putting an example of the search result into this site. public class Url{ public string url { get; set; } public string expanded_url { get; set; } public string display_url { ...
So, first off, I’m by no means a mobile developer. I’ve played around with some samples here and there, but I have not built anything significant to date. So I’m not that familiar with the publishing process for iPhone, Android and WP7 applications. OK, with that out of the way, I will say that I am an owner of 2 WP7 devices (one for me, and one for my wife). We both like them a lot, think the UI is great and intuitive, and like how the device is laid out. Honestly, when I go back to my iPod Touch ...
If you follow the MVP program a bit, you might have heard about Rob Eisenberg and his struggles with the MVP program. If you haven’t, well, just move along, there’s nothing interesting to read here. Still here? Good. For those of you who don’t know who Rob is: he is the creator of Caliburn and Caliburn Micro, a MVVM Framework I truly love, support and have written about here before. He is one of the bigger contributors to the Open Source community in the Microsoft technologies. If you work on anything ...
I received the good news on Jan 1st that, for the 4th year in a row, I was awarded a Microsoft MVP award for ASP.NET/IIS. There’s some movement as there always is – some people not getting renewed their MVP award, new people attaining it. Some people have publically voiced how they turned down the award or just didn’t bother working for it for a variety of reasons that I won’t get into here. There’s also been some passionate Twitter discussions around community and groups and how valid they are, ...
Happy New Year! I am excited to be speaking at the first meeting in 2012 for the Tampa Bay Windows Phone 7 User Group As usual at Tampa WP7UG there is a jump start session for beginners before the meeting: 5:30PM An Intimate intro to WP7 Development with a local MVP Kevin Wolf in room 1, or a work session in the main room. Come on by early to hangout with other developers or attend the intro sessions. Here is the description of my presentation starting at 6:30PM: Live Tiles, Toasts and Push Notifications ...
I presented two talks on windows azure recently. One among them was focusing on Windows Phone 7 app development. The other one was on MVC3 ASP .Net app. The idea was to introduce how Windows Azure can be leveraged in both these exciting platforms. The talk was demo centric; below are the slides and the demo / webcasts recordings links for the same. Talk one- Building Windows Phone Applications with Windows Azure Platform and Visual Studio 2010 Demo included: Creating a Demo application from VS 2010 ...
My first Windows Phone app, Little League Coach, has just been released into the marketplace. If you have ever helped coach a team where every player bats every inning this app should help keep your sanity. It is a simple application to allow little league coaches to manage the lineup for a game as well as keep track of batter rotation. As a bonus it tracks pitches and outs during an inning. Here are a few screen shots from the application. del.icio.us Tags: Windows Phone 7,WP7,Windows Phone Marketplace ...
A co-worker was showing me an in phone scripting environment on the iPhone and I knew I had seen one mentioned for the Windows Phone before. TouchDevelop is an app from Microsoft Research that allows you to create small applications that do a wide variety of operations including using most of the capabilities of the device. So could this be a fun way for us geeks to waste some time while waiting for our oil to be change or a table to open up at your favorite restaurant? So what does this language ...
Recently (as in, last night) I started playing with jQuery Mobile. My experiences with jQuery, while occasionally frustrating, have been overwhelmingly positive. So when a friend mentioned jQuery Mobile to me, I figured I'd give it a try. A little Googling revealed some helpful tutorials and other resources, one of which was this handy basic page (which I got from here) <!DOCTYPE html><html><hea... Title</title><link rel="stylesheet" href="http://code.jquery.co... ...
The main way that Twitter provides feeds is through JSON. Unfortunately the version of the .NET Framework that is on the phone does not include the System.Runtime.Serializatio... namespace. Rather than trying to brute force the JSON feed I have been looking into using the Newtonsoft JSON.NET library. The first thing that I ran into with JSON.NET is that the documentation is severely tilted to the serialization side with almost no mention of deserialization. This would have been my preferred approach ...
We have just published SDNavigation a library that integrates the WP7 Navigation Framework into the MVVM pattern. It is based on Laurent Bugnion's INavigationService idea and combined with Rob GarFoot MVVM Navigation Framework approach to obtain the page context (via behavior). The current version contains a sample app to start using it, in the following days / weeks we expect to publish training material (posts, videos), stay tunned !! The team that have built this small (and hopefully useful ) ...
This week I spent three day with close to 30 of my new best friends doing lots of Windows Phone coding and helping each other with our application. The sessions were lead by Jeff Blankenburg and Dave Bost who and kept the atmosphere light. This included us finding out a lot about Dave’s tastes in music. While most of the time was spent working on our individual apps we saw how an app is submitted to the market place and what you can prep your app for the market place using the Marketplace Test Kit. ...
2011 has been an amazing year in which I ended up working on an exciting number of projects. SharePoint has continued to be the hottest requested technology that I deal with. At the same time Windows Phone 7 has put Microsoft back in the mobile market and I will be finishing off the year additionally writing for this platform. At the same time the old standards of WinForms and ASP.NET have not left our market space. Ultimately, the IT market is still on fire and I am looking forward to great things ...
A little bit of everything... The heading above got changed a bunch during writing and I finally settled on that because this has become a 'stream of consciousness' post... or maybe a stream of UNconsciousness :) If you've noticed, my blogging has been a tad slow this fall. There's been a lot going on personally. But then again, I haven't skipped anybody either. Rather than go through ALL the blogs I have aggregated, and take a week to get to the bottom, at some point in the last year, I had moved ...
In this Issue: Matt Eland, Parag Joshi, Jerrel Blankenship, and Joost van Schaik. Above the Fold: WP7: "Safe event detachment base class for Windows Phone 7 behaviors" Joost van Schaik Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Michael Washington's latest Visual Studio #LightSwitch Daily is up From SilverlightCream.com:31 Days of Mango | Day #22: App ConnectMatt Eland takes the reigns of Jeff's blog for Day 22 and is talking about App Connect... App Connect allows apps to ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Manas Patnaik, Jeff Blankenburg, Doug Mair, Jon Galloway, Richard Bartholomew, Peter Bromberg, Joel Reyes, Zeben Chen, Navneet Gupta, and Cathy Sullivan. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Using ASP.NET PageMethods With Silverlight" Peter Bromberg WP7: "Leveraging Background Services and Agents in Windows Phone 7 (Mango)" Jon Galloway Metro/WinRT/Windows8: "Debugging Contracts using Windows Simulator" Cathy Sullivan LightSwitch: "LightSwitch: It Is About The Money (It ...
In this Thanksgiving Day Issue: Andrea Boschin, Samidip Basu, Ollie Riches, WindowsPhoneGeek, Sumit Dutta, Dhananjay Kumar, Daniel Egan, Doug Mair, Chris Woodruff, and Debal Saha.Happy Thanksgiving Everybody! Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight CommandBinding with Simple MVVM Toolkit" Debal Saha WP7: "How many pins can Bing Maps handle in a WP7 app - part 3" Ollie Riches Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Michael Washington's latest Visual Studio #LightSwitch ...
In this Issue: XAMLGeek, WindowsPhoneGeek, Nigel Sampson, Jesse Liberty, Sumit Dutta(-2-), Dave Bost, Jared Bienz, Joost van Schaik, and Michael Crump. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "10 Laps around Silverlight 5 (Part 7 of 10)" Michael Crump WP7: "Using MVVMLight, ItemsControl, Blend and behaviors to make a ‘heads up compass’" Joost van Schaik Metro/WinRT/W8: "“Badevand” for Windows 8" XAMLGeek Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Michael Washington's latest Visual ...
In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt, Sumit Dutta, Morten Nielsen, Jesse Liberty, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-), Brian Noyes, and Tony Champion. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "PV Basics : Client-side Collections" Tony Champion WP7: "Pushpin Clustering with the Windows Phone 7 Bing Map control" Colin Eberhardt Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Michael Washington's latest Visual Studio #LightSwitch Daily is up From SilverlightCream.com:Pushpin Clustering with the Windows Phone 7 ...
While looking for a free alternative to Sketchflow I landed on the Cacoo web site. Any developer who decides to use the free Visual Studio tools may find themselves doing the same search. The base functionality of Cacoo is free although there are certain features that have fees attached to them such as extended stencils and templates. Cacoo doesn’t seem to have a template for WP7. It does have templates for iOS and Android development so I started with the Android template and started modidfying ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Oliver Fuh, Jeremy Likness, Derik Whittaker, Jesse Liberty, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-), and Michael Crump. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Handling Extremely Large Data Sets in Silverlight" Jeremy Likness WP7: "31 Days of Mango | Day #8: Contacts API" Jeff Blankenburg LightSwitch: "LightSwitch Chat Application Using A Data Source Extension" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Michael Washington's latest Visual Studio ...
In this Issue: Andrea Boschin, Michael Crump, Michael Sync, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Derik Whittaker, Sumit Dutta, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-), and Beth Massi. Above the Fold: WP7: "Silver VNC 1.0 for Windows Phone "Mango"" Andrea Boschin Metro/WinRT/W8: "Lighting up your C# Metro apps by being a Share Source" Derik Whittaker LightSwitch: "Using the Save and Query Pipeline to “Archive” Deleted Records" Beth Massi Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Michael Washington's ...
In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt, Lazar Nikolov, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Peter Kuhn, Derik Whittaker, Chris Koenig, and Jeff Blankenburg(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Facebook Graph API and Silverlight Part 2 – Publishing data" Lazar Nikolov WP7: "Suppressing Zoom and Scroll interactions in the Windows Phone 7 WebBrowser Control" Colin Eberhardt Metro/WinRT/W8: "Tip/Trick when working with the Application Bar in WinRT/Metro (C#)" Derik Whittaker Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert ...
In this Issue: Michael Crump, Andrea Boschin, Michael Sync, WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Erno de Weerd, Jesse Liberty, Derik Whittaker, Antoni Dol, Walter Ferrari, and Jeff Blankenburg(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "10 Laps around Silverlight 5 (Part 6 of 10)" Michael Crump WP7: "31 Days of Mango | Day #2: Device Status" Jeff Blankenburg Metro/WinRT/W8: "Lighting up your C# Metro apps by being a Share Target" Derik Whittaker Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Michael ...
In this Issue: Pontus Wittenmark, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-), Colin Eberhardt, Charles Petzold, Dhananjay Kumar, Igor, Beth Massi, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Shawn Wildermuth, XAMLNinja, and Peter Kuhn(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Page Navigation Framework - Learn about UriMapper" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "31 Days of Mango" Jeff Blankenburg WinRT/Metro/W8: "An Introduction to Semantic Zoom in Windows 8 Metro" Colin Eberhardt LightSwitch: "Common Validation Rules in LightSwitch Business Applications" ...
In this Issue: Brian Noyes, Michael Crump, WindowsPhoneGeek, Erno de Weerd, Jesse Liberty, Derik Whittaker, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Dhananjay Kumar, Kunal Chowdhury, and Beth Massi. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Working with Prism 4 Part 1: Getting Started" Brian Noyes WP7: "Getting Started with the Coding4Fun toolkit Tile Control" WindowsPhoneGeek LightSwitch: "How to Connect to and Diagram your SQL Express Database in Visual Studio LightSwitch" Beth Massi Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert ...
In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt, WindowsPhoneGeek, John Papa, Jesse Liberty, Derik Whittaker, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Dhananjay Kumar, Charles Petzold, Peter Kuhn, and Ollie Riches. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Display Total Records After Applying PagedCollectionView Filter" Asim Sajjad WP7: "Announcing: Phone as a Remote Control" Peter Kuhn Metro/WinRT: "Asynchronous Processing in Windows 8" Charles Petzold Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Michael Washington's ...
Yikes... left off all my information last night! In this Issue: Jay Kimble, Charles Petzold, Peter Kuhn, Adam Kinney, Ollie Riches, Abhinaba Basu, Mike Taulty, Erik Mork, Kunal Chowdhury, Cheryl Simmons, Beth Massi, Joost van Schaik, Timmy Kokke, David Catuhe, Igor, and Dhananjay Kumar. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "New version of Babylon engine for Silverlight 5 and Silverlight 5 Toolkit" David Catuhe WP7: "A behavior to show the Windows Phone 7 camera as background" Joost van Schaik Beth Massi: ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jeremy Likness, Mike Taulty, Erno de Weerd, Jesse Liberty, Derik Whittaker, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Dhananjay Kumar, and Avi Pilosof. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Using Jounce Navigation to Create OOB Child Windows in Silverlight 5" Jeremy Likness WP7: "Video on How to work with WCF Services in Windows Phone 7" Dhananjay Kumar Metro/WinRT/WIndows 8: "Development Tip – Tab Control" Avi Pilosof LightSwitch: "Connecting To A .CSV or Excel File ...
In this Issue: Andrea Boschin, Mark Monster, Antoni Dol, Chaitanya Venneti, Erik Arthur and Jeffrey Ferman, David Kelley, Jose Fajardo(-2-), Andy Beaulieu, Rudi Grobler, Chad Campbell, and Andrej Tozon. Above the Fold: VS2011: "Visual Studio XAML Designer: New Grid Features" WP7: "Statistics for your Windows Phone application (Google Analytics)" Mark Monster Metro/WinRT/Windows8: "Physics Games: Multi-targeting Windows 8 + Windows Phone 7" Andy Beaulieu Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert ...
In this all-submittal post-"GoLive" 3 week marathon Issue: Vikas, Rene Schulte, Ollie Riches, Alex van Beek, Kevin Dockx, Michael Crump(-2-), Michael Washington, Antoni Dol, Colin Eberhardt(-2-, -3-), and Lazar Nikolov. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Paging Data from the Server with Silverlight" Colin Eberhardt WP7: "Tessellating shapes on top of Bing Maps in a WP7 app" Ollie Riches LightSwitch: "Creating a Minimal LightSwitch Shell" Michael Washington Metro/WinRT: "Photoshop in METRO style" Antoni ...
All of the trekies know and love the old LCARS interface. Who doesn’t want one on their phone too? Here’s a lock screen that I created for my WP7. Interestingly enough, there are some similarities in the reasoning behind LCARS and the Metro interface that WP7 uses. The LCARS graphical user interface was designed by scenic art supervisor and technical consultant Michael Okuda. The original design concept was influenced by a request from Gene Roddenberry that the instrument panels not have a great ...
In this Issue: Michael Crump, Kevin Dockx, Ollie Riches, Shawn Wildermuth, Kunal Chowdhury, Beth Massi, Joost van Shaik, Colin Eberhardt, Tony Champion, David Catuhe, Igor, Jeremy Likness, and Dhananjay Kumar. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "SL5 PivotViewer Custom DetailPaneStyle" Tony Champion WP7: "Taking screenshots with Windows Phone 7 applications using a video feed" Joost van Schaik LightSwitch: "“I Command You!” - LightSwitch Screen Commands Tips & Tricks" Beth Massi Metro/WinRT/Windows8: ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Ollie Riches, Jesse Liberty, Peter Torr, Jeremy Likness, Derik Whittaker, WindowsPhoneGeek, Morten Nielsen, Michael Crump, Asim Sajjad, Andrej Tozon, Dhananjay Kumar, Laurent Bugnion, and Avi Pilosof. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Using Visual States to Set Focus on a Control" Jeremy Likness WP7: "Background Agents" Jesse Liberty Metro/WinRT/Windows8: "Adding an Application Bar to your XAML Metro Applications." Michael Crump Metro/WinRT/Windows8: "Using The Silverlight ...
Sorry for the tardiness of this post, but I was out of state on family business. If you are looking for Silverlight Developers, I am in contact with developers looking for work, so I can make the introductions for you. In this All-Submittal Issue: Oscar Agreda, Michael Washington(-2-), Gill Cleeren(-2-), goldytech, Michael Crump, Ollie Riches, Colin Eberhardt, and David Catuhe. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Toolkit (September 2011) for Silverlight 5–What’s new?" David Catuhe WP7: "How ...
I have seen a lot of articles about gestures but they require third party libraries or complex coding approaches. What I am going to present here isn’t strictly elegant or necessarily the best approach, but this is the way we would catch this type of event when we were still dealing with message loops. For the app that I have been working on I need to take action on the double-tap of a list item. The first question you have to ask your self is what a double-tap really is. It is in simplest terms ...
In this Issue: Damian Schenkelman, Dave Campbell, Laurent Bugnion, Pete Brown, Asim Sajjad, Daniel Egan, Kunal Chowdhury, Joost van Shaik, Jeff Wilcox, Cristian Merighi, and Avi Pilosof. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5 in Action Book Excerpt: Using the Accelerometer from Silverlight 5 via Native Extensions" Pete Brown WP7: "A note about remote URIs in Windows Phone secondary tiles" Jeff Wilcox Metro/WinRT/Windows 8: "Quick tip: Select the correct INotifyPropertyChanged in Windows 8 / ...
Even though this is one of the simplest tips it is one of the hardest to find someone who has documented it. So instead of just telling you I am going to take a quick sidebar first. I wouldn’t want you to feel you got jipped by stopping here. One thing that happened when I finished running the Mango update on my Samsung Focus was that the apps that I was testing forced me to uninstall them. Now it turns out that this wasn’t that the SDK needed to be upgraded, but that the device had to be reregistered. ...
In this Issue: AfricanGeek, Andrea Boschin, Colin Eberhardt, Anoop Madhusudanan, Lee, Laurent Bugnion, Rudi Grobler, Xianzhong Zhu, Jesse Liberty, Asim Sajjad, Dhananjay Kumar, XAMLNinja, and Kunal Chowdhury. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Develop a Flexible 2.5D Scene Editor Targeting Silverlight RPG Games - Part 2" Xianzhong Zhu WP7: "A Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) MVVM Tombstoning Example" Colin Eberhardt Metro/WinRT/Windows 8: "Consuming WCF Service in Windows 8 XAML/C# metro application" AfricanGeek ...