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  • Blog Post: Free Windows Phone Events

      Want to learn how to build a windows phone application (Become a WP7Dev).  Then join us for the Windows Phone Unleashed Series .  The content was created by Daniel Egan (me) and Bret Stateham . Register for an Event Near You. Windows Phone Unleashed is put on by the community. ...
  • Blog Post: WP7 Sample Database : Part II

    Last week I told you about a great post that a fellow evangelist on my team ( Jerry Nixon ) put together on the Windows Phone 7 Database.  Here is his follow-up post. Storing Windows Phone application data is a pretty normal requirement. If you want it to persist across sessions, or even phone reboots...
  • Blog Post: Live Tiles in WP Mango

    Ever since Windows Phone came out, I have always contended that Live tiles are the coolest feature and one that is : 1) Not on any other platform (Yes, I know that Android has widgets… not the same thing) 2) A great way to drive people into your application. (Which you want if it is add based.)  ...
  • Blog Post: WP7 Isolated Storage Snapshots

      When working with Isolated Storage on the phone you sometimes have difficulty “seeing” what is located in the IsoStore for your application.  Luckily we have a tool that will help you take snapshots of the Sandboxed Isolated Storage for your application.  It is a command line tool called...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Alerts and Reminders

    Another great feature for Windows Phone Mango is the ability to set up reminders and alerts in your application (While it is not running).  You would be surprised how many applications want/need this. During our Windows Phone 7 Unleashed events this was a recurring topic.  The great part is...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone testing for sensors

    If you are planning on using the new sensors that are in the Windows Phone code named Mango (Gyroscope, Compass, etc...), you need to add some code to your application to test and see if they are available.  You can use the Microsoft.Devices.Sensors namespace to find this out.   bool IsGyroSupported...
  • Blog Post: Get Network Info on Windows Phone

    When you are developing your application, you keep in mind that you may not always have a network connection. You should prepare for this simi-connected environment.  To do this, you should use the Microsoft.Phone.Net.NetworkingInformation namespace. With this you can do things like, check to see...
  • Blog Post: Window Phone Web Marketplace

    With the release of Mango, Microsoft has also release a new Web (read online non zune) version of the Marketplace.  This is a great place to discover all of the applications that are available for your Windows Phone. In addition to allowing you to search for applications, it also lets you install...
  • Blog Post: WP7 Getting Unique Device and User

    In order for you to get the device unique ID and WL (Windows Live) Anonymous ID you need to first declare a couple of things in your WMAppManifest.xml file .  If you attempt to retrieve this information without these capabilities,  it will throw a UnauthorizedAccessException .  Remember...
  • Blog Post: WP7 Unleashed–Session II Hands On Labs

    WP7 Unleashed Session I WP7 Unleashed Session II WP7 Unleashed Session III This is Part 2 of a 3 part series on building a Windows Phone 7 application from scratch.  The goal of this series is to get you up to speed in Windows Phone 7 development.  This content can also be used to put on your...
  • Blog Post: WP7 Unleashed Session I–Hands on Labs

    This is Part 1 of a 3 part series on building a Windows Phone 7 application from scratch.  The goal of this series is to get you up to speed in Windows Phone 7 development.  This content can also be used to put on your own Windows Phone 7 Event. This is a cross post from my main blog http:...
  • Blog Post: WP7 Minute Episode VI–Find My Phone

    This is a cross post from my main blog http://TheSociableGeek.com   - You will find more posts and info at that site :) The Windows Phone 7 Minute is a show to discuss the features of the Windows Phone 7. In the show we will talk about things that are important to both Consumers and Developers....
  • Blog Post: WP7 Minute Episode II : Live Tiles

    The Windows Phone 7 Minute is a show to discuss the features of the Windows Phone 7.  In the show we will talk about things that are important to both Consumers and Developers.  From Live Tiles, to Push Notifications, to cut-and paste, we will talk about the things that are important to you...
  • Blog Post: Working with WP7

    The launch of the much anticipated Windows Phone7 (WP7) is just around the corner and with it will be the launch of the Windows Phone MarketPlace for WP7.  Now is the time to get the application you have been thinking about for years under way.  There is absolutely nothing stopping you. The...
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