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Phone + Cloud Series: Polling Stock Quotes with an Azure Worker Role
Introduction This is a pretty common task in any financial app. Though usually you’d only poll stocks every 15 minutes, it makes sense to put it in a worker role so that you can send push notifications to your users when a stock goes through the roof, or plummets, or whatever you choose. Azure worker...
20 Dec 2010
Phone + Cloud Series: Configuring SQL Azure
Understanding the Data Model In most learning scenarios it is helpful to understand and define the data you are working with before anything else. To get to this step, we’ll lay out a few features of the mini-product we’ll build. The system is intended to monitor a user’s stock selections and occasionally...
14 Dec 2010
Into the Cloud with Windows Phone, Windows Azure and Push Notifications
The need for cloud computing (or at least an understanding of it) Windows Phone 7 supports “smart” multitasking, which means that third party applications have to manage their own state and cannot run in the background (except for some apps which can play music under a locked screen, although this is...
13 Dec 2010
Windows Phone 7 XML IsolatedStorage Example
For one of the apps I have been working on, I needed to persist a List<T> of T objects across sessions. They are simple objects with simple properties, so I decided to use XML. However, since WP7 is a new platform, there’s not a lot of information out there on what is a good best practice. It turns...
31 Aug 2010
3D Level Editing for Windows Phone 7 Games (#XNA)
For future reference, everything discussed here is in the context of Windows Phone Developer Tools April Refresh, so it’s all CTP stuff and can/probably will change. CODE: here What You Need Visual Studio 2010 RTM ( www.microsoft.com/express ) Windows Phone Developer Tools April Refresh ( http...
8 Jun 2010
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