Kevin Ashley's Blog at Microsoft

Kevin Ashley's Blog at Microsoft

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  • Blog Post: Creating beautiful cross-platform apps for iOS, Android and Windows with Visual Studio. Part I.

    Download free Android , iOS or Windows Phone apps used in this article and GET FIT ! Cross platform apps: dream becomes reality With recent additions to Visual Studio 2015, it becomes possible to develop native apps for all 3 major platforms: iOS, Android, Windows, and also target desktop Windows and...
  • Blog Post: Retrieving more data from Azure Mobile Services using paging and LoadAllAsync extension

    Azure Mobile Services allow you to take 50 records at a time by default, or 1000 records at maximum. What if you have more records and want to retrieve the entire table? I just created this beautiful extension method to help you get any amount of data you want, given any page size you want. This simple...
  • Blog Post: My Windows 8 app approaching 100,000 downloads

    Many people are interested in some early Windows 8 stats. I live in Silicon Valley, and here it’s as simple as: “show me the money”. So, this is the time when I show you the money. To me this nice hockey-stick chart looks like there’s a gold rush going on with Windows 8, don’t believe me? I only show...
  • Blog Post: Async CTP – Task based asynchronous programming for Windows Phone

    async await 6 code samples for this post Intro Asynchronous programming is super-interesting especially today, with responsiveness required by all modern devices. In the context of Windows Phone 7, Async CTP Version 3 was released last year, and it’s compatible with SDK 7.1, Silverlight 5 and Roslyn...
  • Blog Post: 5 Windows Phone games great for holiday travel

    In my previous post we discussed using Expression Blend to create a flipping card animation. Since the Holiday season just started, I’d like to share these games I built, that use this technique. Happy Holidays, have a great holiday season, and for those skiers: Let It Snow! Enjoy the games! DUO is my...
  • Blog Post: Flipping Card animation for Windows Phone 7 using Expression Blend

    Download Source In this post I’ll show you how to create a card flipping animation for Windows Phone 7, using Expression Blend. The source code is available for download in the attachment. First, I create a Windows Phone 7 project from scratch, using Expression Blend, you can also create a project in...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7.5 Cheat Sheet: Beyond Mango SDK – Toolkits and Controls

    This cheat sheet lists more advanced tools, toolkits and controls beyond the standard Mango SDK 7.1, such as NuGet, Silverlight Toolkit, MVVM Light, Catel, Phone7.Fx, Coding4Fun and others. I just needed one place to stick them all to, and I think this format is great for it. Other Windows Phone Cheat...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Cheat Sheet - Live Tiles

    One of the most important (and unique!) features of Windows Phone 7.5 is live tiles. Live tiles make Windows Phone truly recognizable, even if you see it from 10 meters away in a store. I created this cheat sheet to help you quickly add live tile features to your app. Enjoy! Other Windows Phone Mango...
  • Blog Post: Connect Windows Phone 7 Apps to Wordpress using XMLRPC

    Download Code Samples This post was originally published on my main blog: http://kevinashley.com This is Part 1 of my Windows Phone connectivity series. Check out Part 2 on how to connect to Wordpress using JSON. Many of us use Wordpress: it's an excellent platform for bloggers. Every time I start a...
  • Blog Post: Connect Windows Phone 7 Apps to WordPress using JSON

    This post was originally published on my main blog: http://kevinashley.com Download Code Samples This is the Part 2 of connectivity posts for Windows Phone. In Part 1 we discussed how to connect a Windows Phone app to Wordpress using the blog’s built-in XMLRPC mechanism. This time we’ll use another popular...
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