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  • Blog Post: SetMode loses Pan and Zoom on Bing Maps Control for WP7

    When working with the Maps control for Windows Phone OS 7.1, calling “SetMode()” on the map will result in a loss of the pan and zoom functionality.  If you want to try it yourself, I’ll put code snippets at the end of this post.  A summary of the scenario.  It turns out instead of using...
  • Blog Post: Are you SLAT Compatible? WP8 SDK Tip 01

    Windows Phone 8 SDK has some new requirements you might not be aware of. Firstly, it requires Windows 8 64-bit version. I’ve already run into a few folks who had the 32-bit version of Windows 8 installed and were unable to run the phone tools. Make sure you have Windows 8 64-bit edition. ...
  • Blog Post: DataMember Doesn't Work With CollectionDataContract

    Confession time. One of my apps has a bug. When it tombstones, the app state is lost. So I was working away on getting my class to serialize into IsolatedStorage properly. One of my classes was an extension to a Collection. In a somewhat lazy fashion I inherited from a System.Collection.Generic.List...
  • Blog Post: Consuming GeoCode YHOO API via REST - Dealing with Multiple Results - Part 4

    This is the fourth part of my Consuming Services with Windows Phone series. Previously we covered using HttpWebRequest to grab a Yahoo GeoCoding XML feed and process a single geopoint result. In this post we are going to finish out the previous article by handling multiple return results. The query URL...
  • Blog Post: Consuming GeoCode YHOO API via REST - Windows Phone Services Consumption - Part 3

    This is the third part of our "Consuming Services with Windows Phone" series. Previously we covered using WebClient and HttpWebRequest to get raw XML data from a URL on Windows Phone. Now that we know how to fetch data from a URL, let's take a look at how to parse and process the returned data. ...
  • Blog Post: AppMakr App Approved - Few items to note

    Recently I posted on using AppMakr for building WP7 apps off RSS feeds ( link : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/devfish/archive/2011/04/21/appmakr-walkthrough-non-coders-can-build-windows-phone-7-apps.aspx ). I show how to build a vanityor tribute app for someone using RSS feeds. My app was a @bytemaster fan...
  • Blog Post: AppMakr Walkthrough - Non-coders Can Build Windows Phone 7 Apps

    Update 2011-04-27 : The app was approved but there were a few lessons learned. Those are blogged here - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/devfish/archive/2011/04/27/appmakr-app-approved-few-items-to-note.aspx One very popular scenario for mobile applications is basic social media consumption. Aka apps that...
  • Blog Post: Rigging up ThemeableImage in Windows Phone Applications

    I started overhauling my infamous Windows Phone user group prize picking application, dfRandomWinner , yesterday. One particular screen called for use of an image. The image I was looking at using is a black and white image (see below). I want my applicaiton to respect theming on the phone. Which means...
  • Blog Post: HttpWebRequest Fundamentals - Windows Phone Services Consumption - Part 2

    This is the second part of our "Consuming Services with Windows Phone" series. Previously we covered using WebClient to pull raw HTML from the web . WebClient isn't the most optimal solution for all things webbie, so let's explore the daddy of WebClient, HttpWebRequest . HttpWebRequest is a lower-level...
  • Blog Post: WebClient - Windows Phone Services Consumption - Part 1

    At Orlando and Fort Lauderdale 2011 CodeCamps I was privileged to deliver talks on "Consuming Services on Windows Phone 7". Both locations were pretty much standing room only for the sesions. During the talks I realized there is an interest in the audiences for some blueprints aroundWindows Phone topics...
  • Blog Post: Rigging up GeoSense Location driver in Windows 7

    I started working on some samples for showing Native Extensions for Silverlight (NESL) on Windows 7 and needed some sensors to play with to showcase the NESL sensor support. Unfortunately the HP EliteBook 8540w has bubkes for sensors pre-installed on it. Sad that a box with an amblient light sensor doesn...
  • Blog Post: Light up your Sivlerlight Apps for Win7 using Native Extensions for Silverilght (NESL)

    There's a sweet new toolkit out called Native Extensions for Silverlight ( NESL ) . Silverlight friendly hooks to a number of native Windows 7 features you can use in your Silverlight applicatons. The libraries make it significantly easier to leverage Windows 7 from Silverlight. The libs also help with...
  • Blog Post: Making the Windows Phone 7 Training Kit Panorama and Pivot Demo Work

    The Pivot and Panorama tutorial out of the Windows Phone 7 Training Kit is one of my favorite tutorials to refer folks to. Not only does it showcase the Phone7 unique Panorama and Pivot navigational experiences, but it also makes good use of JSON parsing against twitter, as well as using the digg APIs...
  • Blog Post: Ben’s Big Ten for WP7 Marketplace Acceptance

    Some of the early wave applications are hitting the marketplace submssions process. Naturally, there are going to be some rejections due to various factors. Ben Riga has been watching the process, and passed around a list of top things to consider when submitting applications to the marketplace in order...
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