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  • Blog Post: Activate your free store account using DreamSpark

    So I always get asked on the steps you need to follow in order to activate your store account from DreamSpark . but first what is: DreamSpark DreamSpark is a program targeting mainly students, with the aim of providing them with software that will help them in converting their ideas and dreams into reality...
  • Blog Post: Rencontrez Chervine Bhiwoo

    On a fait la connaissance de Chervine lors d'un atelier, quand il s'est mis en avant comme chef d'équipe de 3 développeurs. Il les a soutenu et coacher afin qu’ils puissent acquérir les connaissances et les techniques nécessaires les permettant de développer des...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Windows Phone 8 Online Series

    Starting from tomorrow, 25th of September 10 sessions covering all what you need to know about windows phone 8 development will be given by Mohamed Yamama – Technical Evangelist for Windows Phone every Wednesday. These session are public, so feel free to distribute it. Below is the schedule...
  • Blog Post: MIC Uganda Windows Phone 8 Bootcamp: Uganda Christian University

    This is an exciting moment at Uganda Christian University (UCU) where we have a Windows Phone 8 bootcamp. We have an enthusiastic group of students who have taking this opportunity to learn and understand the art of developing mobile applications. There is many ideas coming through from this group of...
  • Blog Post: August 2013 online training

    The invitation is public, so feel free to distribute it. In Accordance to our effort to deliver deep technical training to our partners and developers community, we are resuming the Triple Play training sessions for developing apps and solutions on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Windows Azure. ...
  • Blog Post: Rencontrez l'héro de Juillet: Holty SOW

    À la sortie du Windows Phone, Holty SOW s’est offert un à lui-même, quand il n’a pas trouvé « Awalé », un de ses jeux préféré, sur le Windows Phone Store, il a décidé de le développer lui-même !...
  • Blog Post: Changing the default windows phone 8 colors (override the chosen theme)

    A couple of days ago I was trying to build an app over windows phone 8, My Apps theme had green as the main color and a light background. whenever the user changes the phone theme my app gets affected so if the user choose the foreground to be red all the controls highlight some of their borders and...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to Maps for Windows Phone 8

    Windows Phone 8 Maps Control Windows Phone 8 contains a new Maps API that is different from the Bing Maps available in Windows Phone OS 7.1. One major difference between the two controls is that the WP7 control is a Silverlight control, while the new WP8 control is native and hence part of the WP8...
  • Blog Post: How to make your Windows Phone Vibrate using C#

    There are many reasons why you might want to programmatically vibrate the phone during apps or games.  You might want to alert the user to an error condition or you want the user to actually feel that he has touched/clicked a button on the Phone. The Windows Phone SDK makes it easy for developers...
  • Blog Post: Enable Lock Screen Notifications in your WP8 App

    A nice cool feature in Windows Phone 8 is integration with the lock screen, which means now you can receive app updates while your phone is locked. There is different types of lock screen notifications either to have a quick status update displaying notification icons the same way the Outlook app displays...
  • Blog Post: Migrating Windows Phone 7.x Apps to Windows Phone 8

    Windows Phone 8 offers up some exciting new features and opportunities for developers. Are you ready to add the new Windows Phone 8 features to your existing 7.x app? This blog post will help you to Upgrade your app from Windows Phone 7.x and make it shine on Windows Phone 8. This means that your Windows...
  • Blog Post: How to unlock your windows phone for development

    In order to deploy your apps directly to the device, developers are required to have an unlocked Windows Phone device. This process will walk you through all the necessary steps to get your phone unlocked so that you can test your app on a real device. Most Windows Phone devices are locked. Users...
  • Blog Post: The cross platform Shopping List demo with a Windows Azure backend

    We've been doing a combined demo in our dev camps recently, which is a shopping list application that works cross platform (Windows 8, Windows Phone and Android) with a Windows Azure Mobile Services backend. The source code is posted on GitHub: https://github.com/sabb0ur/ShopingListFinalDemo ...
  • Blog Post: Video Tutorial on Building Apps for Windows Phone 8

    This is my first video tutorial for starting to build apps for windows phone 8. It is posted on my YouTube channel here: http://aka.ms/dhelmyWP I hope that you will benefit from it and I'll be waiting for your feedback.
  • Blog Post: New Launchers & Choosers in WP8

    Windows Phone 8 SDK offers a set of predefined tasks that enable applications to access phone functionality (Calendar, Map, SMS, Camera and more) and perform common tasks such as saving appointments, downloading map data for offline usage, sharing a media file on social networks and more. All this is...
  • Blog Post: Building a shared core between Windows 8 & Windows Phone 8

    So a week ago I was a building an application that was planned to be running on both windows 8 and windows phone 8 and since both of them are running on the same logic and both of them was written in C# and XAML it should be very easy. So after 2 days, I faced 2 problems with my approach: That...
  • Blog Post: Creating Hashtag Monitor app. A application using Windows Azure Mobile Services

    Introduction In this post, I'll be creating an application that registers for monitoring a specific hashtag on twitter for new tweets. When there is a batch of new tweets, the application will be notified via a Push notification. I'll be using Windows Azure Mobile Services . If you didn't know, you...
  • Blog Post: Parsing JSON in Windows Phone Apps

    This blog is intended to show you how you can easily parse JSON strings in Windows Phone applications. If you are intending to reuse your parsed JSON across the project then go for the 1st Method, Otherwise if it is a one time usage, you can parse the data and that's it then go for the 2nd Method. ...
  • Blog Post: WP8 Emulator Possible Issues and Hyper-V

    The Windows Phone 8 Emulator operates as a Hyper-V virtual machine on top of windows, and as a result requires Windows 8 Pro with at least 4 GB of RAM and a SLAT enabled CPU. If you have a machine which does not support SLAT, you can still use the SDK to develop Windows Phone 8 apps, but you’ll...
  • Blog Post: Building Apps for Windows Phone 8

    If you want to start building apps for windows phone 8, you can get the jump start here: http://bit.ly/X7Xx1Z . Also you can find my presentation uploaded on: http://sdrv.ms/VqdQZD
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 8 and 7.x Design Guidelines

    It was recently brought to my attention that knowing the design guidelines prior to building an application saves the developer a lot of time, since incorporating the design guidelines and certification requirements makes the application acceptance process faster. Here are some hints that I stumbled...
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