The Brain Dump

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    Mango goodness for devs today!

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    From the App Hub’s news comes information on how to update your Windows Phone to Mango today in order to test those apps you have been building with on real hardware. The Windows Phone Developer team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of...
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    Pivot Title Templates

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    By default the Pivot Control on Windows Phone 7 simply displays a TextBlock as the title of the control. But what if you want to modify the title’s control template? Creating a default Windows Phone Pivot Application we see that the MainPage.xaml contains...
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    Don’t ForkJoin your Events

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    I’ve been using Reactive Extensions for .NET to attempt to wait until multiple async calls to load data are completed in order to perform some actions on all the data at once. Dev Tidbit of the Day Do not use ForkJoin with Event based observables. If...
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    Metro design guidelines/tips for developers

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    Not the guidelines you must follow in order to pass the Marketplace ingestion process - these are the guidelines you should keep in mind and follow in order to make your app fit in well with the overall Windows Phone 7’s Metro UI. Jeff Wilcox’s “Metro...
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    A Windows Phone update is going out!

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    No, unfortunately its not that update . It’s a small update designed to improve the software update process. Still, it is the first update for the phone and is paving the way for all the cut-n-paste & performance enhancing goodness of updates to come...
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    February Release of Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit

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    The new version of the Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit is available. Biggest things I want to highlight: PerformanceProgressBar built in (no more copying finding that older blog entry) TiltEffect for controls to match the phone’s Metro interface...
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    Windows Phone 7 Developer Quickstarts

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    The Windows Phone 7 development articles are now published. They are aimed at guiding you through all the fundamentals of WP7 development, starting with “Hello World”. The topics are presented in a recommended order for newbies (like chapters of an intro...
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    Custom Page Transitions in WP7 (part 2)

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    In the last post I discussed how to create a custom page transition with the Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit that used your own local storyboard. That’s all well and good but there some nice changes we might like to see. Lets allow the storyboard...
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    Windows Phone Developer Tools January Update

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    Come and get it! The new developer tools include updated reference assemblies, a new version of the Windows Phone OS emulator image, and several minor bug fixes. This update also replaces the October 2010 update, including all of the fixes from that patch...
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    Custom page transitions in WP7

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    The Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit provides the mechanism for creating animated page transitions in your Windows Phone 7 applications. It also provides a few standard transitions that match the look and feel of the built in apps such as pages sliding...
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    Need a little Push?

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    The Windows Phone team recently released the Windows Phone 7 Recipe for Push Notifications which is much more in-depth than my simple server helper class . While it maintains the simplicity I was after server side with actions like this to send a tile...
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    More Metro

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    Windows Phone iconography is a key part of the Metro look so the SDK provides a number of icons that match the look and feel of the built in apps on the phone. If you have the tools installed they are located at C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows...
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    Sweet, sweet, data

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    I forgot to post this yesterday when we saw it go live but … Windows Phone Marketplace reporting is now available ! Reporting isn't always the most exciting thing in the world, but it sure helps make it interesting if that reporting is directly related...
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    Hidden Features in Windows Phone

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    My pal Girish has a whole host of tips for Windows Phone interaction.The vast majority come down to the one thing I tell everyone when they say “How do I do X?” The answer is Press and Hold Try it! Try it everywhere! Then build it into your apps as well...
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    Get you VB on!

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    The Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools has been officially released. So if you were a Visual Basic developer who wanted to develop applications for Windows Phone 7 but didn’t have the C# skills to dive right in – no more worries. This release...
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    Free Petzold!

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    If you are interested in developing apps for Windows Phone 7 (available outside the US today, and in the US Nov 8!) then you must go and download Charles Petzold’s entire book Programming Windows Phone 7 along with the sample source code for FREE. From...
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    Windows Phone Developer Tools Are Final

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    Phone OS RTM’d now the dev kit is final. Go get it and finalize your apps! I know I am. For developers to put their apps into the marketplace, opening in early October, you will need to download this version of the tools . Any application built with a...
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    WP7 notifications

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    Windows Phone 7 provides a push notification mechanism to allow you to communicate with your application or the user even when your application is not running. The documentation describes the different headers and values you need to use in order to make...
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    And so it began…

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    Windows Phone 7 – Released To Manufacturing and of course don't forget that availability of the final version of the Windows Phone Developer Tools is just around the corner .
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    Visual Studio Database Guidance released

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    I’ve been doing a lot of ALM consulting over the years with many different customers and the database development pieces are often the trickiest to work out within the whole process. Over the weekend the Visual Studio ALM Rangers released the Visual Studio...
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    Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone

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    At long last some details of what Xbox Live will look like on the Windows Phone 7 – including video and a pretty good list of launch titles! Check it out at http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/phone/default.htm
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    Important Updates to Live Services!

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    from the Live Services blog : Important Updates to Live Services Starting September 8th, 2009 the Live Framework CTP (services, SDK & Tools) will be unavailable. The Live Framework will be integrated into the next release of Windows Live. Stay tuned...
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    TwitterDrive rocks!

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    Once we get the kinks out of TwitterDrive , maybe we should add an RDP player on top of it so you can broadcast your desktop to everyone who wants to watch you read your email during the day. Enjoy :)
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    Feeling a bit loopy

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    A looping construct is one that is often requested in the Live Framework forum discussions regarding scripting. With the latest release you can now perform loops and iterate over collections in resource scripts. In the following example we will walk through...
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    Building a better library through blog conversations

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    In my helper library post Jamie Thompson rightly points out that the MeshObject helper doesn’t help that much in a MEWA since you primarily use the MeshApplicationService instead. So he added a few methods to extend the pattern to the MEWAs . Thx Jamie...
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