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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 ...
There aren’t many applications that are of value without having some for of data store. In Windows Phone development we have a few options. You can store text directly to isolated storage. You can also use a number of third party libraries to create or mimic databases in isolated storage. With Mango we gained the ability to have a native .NET database approach which uses LINQ to SQL. In this article I will try to bring together the components needed to implement this last type of data store and fill ...
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 ...
Windows Phone has a number of great capabilities built into it for developers. The Bing APIs allows you to easily give your application mapping functionality. You may just want to give users directions to a fixed location. What happens though when you want to give a user directions from their current location to an address that they are picking from application data? This article will cover just that scenario. Since almost everything in Windows Phone development is asynchronous this can get a little ...
I have recently been working on an application for a client that needs to read QR codes. This has lead to some interesting findings. There are a couple of approaches you can use. One is to take a picture and evaluate it for a code and the other is more like the Bing Vision feature. Both of them can be accomplished by leveraging theSilverlight ZXing library from Codeplex. In order to have QR code images to test I would suggest going to QRStuff.com. It is a site where you can freely generate QR images ...
Most developers write Windows Phone applications for their own gratification and their own wallets. While most of the time I would put myself in the same camp, I am also a consultant. This means that I have corporate clients who want corporate solutions. I recently got a request for a system rebuild that includes a Windows Phone component. This brought up the questions of what are the important aspects to consider when building for this situation. Let’s break it down in to the points that are important ...
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 ...
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Beginning Windows Phone 7 Development"Starting with the basics, you'll master everything you need to produce well-designed Windows Phone 7 applications quickly and easily." ...
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 ...
This blog post started as a simple one, but grew to be quite large and time consuming. I am splitting it, because I really want to publish the first findings already. Stay tuned for more! I am sure that you heard that Windows 8 was released last week in an early although quite stable stage called "consumer preview". Windows 8 is an interesting mix of touch-based and mouse/keyboard based system. Some aspects are a bit annoying (see my post about the "split personalities" in Win8 to see what I mean!) ...
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress is Windows Phone 7 Recipes"Are you interested in Windows Phone 7 configuration and development? Learn to build, configure, and distribute your applications using a wide variety of step-by-step recipes. This book contains extensive code samples and detailed walkthroughs." ...

Today I gave a talk in TechDays in Belgium about MVVM in Silverlight 5, Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8. This was the first time I gave that particular talk, and in addition keep in mind this is a developer preview, meaning that it is not finished, and not always stable.

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I ran into this particular issue and didn’t find any answers to this specific question online. Here’s how I was able to accomplish this. A couple notes about my scenario: I used slsvcutil.exe to generate my service. I could not get connected to a service through “Add Service Reference” when connecting from outside the ISA server protected connection. This connection was tested and successfully retrieved data from a Windows Phone 7 device. I figured on the scale of success this was the platform that ...
PSC Group is proud to announce that the Windows Phone version of its Project Risk Profiler application is now available in the Marketplace. This application allows project managers and stakeholders to evaluate the high level risks and benefits associated with proposed project before committing to it. The application is based on a methodology used by PSC when initiating projects and is a port of the iPhone version of the application. Each negative and positive attribute of a project is given a raking ...
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 { ...
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 ...
Wishing a very happy and blessed New Year to you in advance! A new release of Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework is available on December 29th. We expect that its 11 new code samples covering typical programming scenarios in Windows Phone 7, ASP.NET, WPF, Windows Shell, and WDK would ease your development in the coming New Year. You can download the code samples using Sample Browser or Sample Browser Visual Studio extension. They give you the flexibility to search samples, download samples on demand, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Today is the first day of my fourth year at IdentityMine. I can hardly believe how fast it went, and how exciting the trip has been so far. Read the rest of this entry » ...
I have created a stencil for wire framing Windows Phone 7 application in Cacoo. This is definitely a work in progress, but until it is complete I would suggest combining this stencil with the Android stencil that is available by default in Cacoo. Below are a couple of screen shots of the stencil so far. First here is what the stencil window looks like currently. Taking a closer look the main device frame is illustrated below Lastly is the button pallet which contains the icons from the Windows Phone ...
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 ...
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 ...
This is the 5th post in the series of HTML5 for ASP.NET Developers Support for HTML5 in Visual Studio 2010 has been quite good with Visual Studio Service Pack 1 However, HTML5 Boilerplate template has been one of the most popular HTML5 templates out in the internet. Now, there is one for your favorite ASP.NET Webforms as well as ASP.NET MVC 3 Projects (even for ASP.NET MVC 2). And its available in the most optimal place, i.e. NuGet. Lets see it in action. Let us fire up Visual Studio 2010 and create ...
If you have not developed with styles in Silverlight/XAML then it can be challenging and resources can be sparse depending on how deep you get. One thing that you need to understand is what level you can apply styles and how much they can cascade. What I am finding is that this doesn’t go to the level that we are used to in HTML and CSS. While styles can be defined at a page level if you want to share styles throughout your application they should be defined in the App.xaml file. This is of course ...
We are excited to share great news and updates regarding the West Palm Beach .Net User Group. Our upcoming meeting will feature Joe Healy from Microsoft as speaker for the November 29th, 2011 6:30 PM meeting. He will be covering the Kinect SDK and answering all our questions regarding the latest Windows Phone 7 Release. We will be also raffling many valuable items as part of our usual free raffle and hope each of our members leaves with a freebie. We are also honored to share that we will be hosting ...
This is what I think about Microsoft Windows Phone. If Microsoft were in our shoes looking at various phones available their configurations, memory, front facing cameras etc. Microsoft disappointed the USA customer base again by not getting Nokia Lumia 800. The Past: If we talk few years ago, few business people were on their Blackberry’s and few Gadget lovers were on crappy Windows OS devices. The world was all going right till Apple came with a revolutionary device iPhone, which completely changed ...
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 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 ...
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 ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for SilverlightShow Top 5 News for October 03 - 09, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: Silverlight Toolkit (September 2011) for Silverlight 5–What’s new? Installing Mango on Samsung Omnia 7 Get Ready for the Windows Phone 7 Exam 70-599 With Our Brand New Ebook! [Silverlight 5] Getting started with PivotViewer “Active” Federation with Silverlight, WCF, and WIF Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. Stay in the 'Light ...
Introduction We are all familiar with the Application Bars in Windows Phone 7… It can be achieved with a few lines of code as shown below: <phone:PhoneApplicationP... <shell:ApplicationBar> <shell:ApplicationBarIco... IconUri="/icons/download.png" IsEnabled="True" /> <shell:ApplicationBarIco... IconUri="/icons/settings.png" IsEnabled="True" /> <shell:ApplicationBar.Me... <shell:ApplicationBarMen... x:Name="mnuReturnToHome" Text="return ...
Hello Everyone, I thought I’d take a minute to update everyone on my upcoming talks and events that I will be attending. I have talks ranging from Kinect, Silverlight, HTML5 to OData! Wow, that’s a wide range of technology and I’m very passionate about everyone of them. Let’s get started. DevReach - October 17th through the 18th in Sofia, Bulgaria. I will not be speaking at this event only attending. I am very excited because this will be my first time visiting Bulgaria. I am looking forward to meeting ...
First let me say that this is a “what I like” post and not a comparison of platforms. The Windows Phone is the first smart phone that I have owned (no, I’m not 100 or 15 years old). Now that I have done the full disclosure I did want to talk about the features of the Windows Phone that I really enjoy. I have had the Samsung Focus since shortly after it came out. I have found it extremely capable and enjoy the performance of the device. It is light, durable and bright. My wife has the LG Quantum that ...
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 ...