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  • Blog Post: Using Offline Maps in Windows Phone 8

    This is a support post for the Inside Windows Phone show on location and mapping in Windows Phone 8 published here. I love the offline maps feature in Windows Phone. I love to travel and I frequently find myself in need to maps even when I don’t have good connectivity on my device (especially in other...
  • Blog Post: Finding and Mapping a Route in Windows Phone 8

    This is a support post for the Inside Windows Phone show on location and mapping in Windows Phone 8 published here. One of the really cool and powerful things in the Windows Phone mapping services is the ability to simple hand the Windows Phone APIs a list of geo coordinates and have it create walking...
  • Blog Post: Reverse Geocoding in Windows Phone 8

    This is a support post for the Inside Windows Phone show on location and mapping in Windows Phone 8 published here. Reverse geocoding is the process of getting an address from a latitude/longitude pair. With Windows Phone, this process is not only easy, it works in conjunction with the offline mapping...
  • Blog Post: Calculating Distance From 2 GeoCoordinates in Windows Phone 8

    This is a support post for the Inside Windows Phone show on location and mapping in Windows Phone 8 published here. Calculating the distance between two GeoCoordinates in Windows Phone 8 is about as simple as it can get. First, get a GeoCoordinate. One handy way of doing this is to get the location of...
  • Blog Post: 10 Great Windows Phone 8 Code Samples (No, Wait… 30)

    Sometimes we don’t want to read a blog posts on a topic, we want to look at the code implementing it. Working code cuts through the confusion and explanations and gets us to the heart of the things we want to do. That’s why we should be familiar with the wealth of samples available for Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Missing OpenStreamForWriteAsync on my StorageFile

    I have a sample that I use when serializing data in order to save it to a StorageFile in Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. It looks a little something (or exactly) like this: StorageFile kittenFile = await ApplicationData .Current.LocalFolder.CreateFileAsync( "Kittens4Ever.kittens" , CreationCollisionOption...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started With Windows Phone 8 HTML5 Apps

    I’ve recently been learning to write HTML 5 / Javascript apps for Windows 8 and wanted to take some of that knowledge and transfer it over to Windows Phone 8. As I did so, I learned there are a lot of little “tweaks” that I needed to do to get things working so I thought I’d share those in a post. ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 8 & 7.x Design Cheat Sheet

    I tweeted this, but it is so fantastic it needed its own blog post. Nathalie BELVAL ( @nbelval ) put together this handy card for designing and developing apps for Windows Phone 7.x and Windows Phone 8. It contains all the information you might need for: Resolutions in Windows Phone 7 & 8 Application...
  • Blog Post: Weekly Links–New Year 2013 Edition!

    Windows Phone Best Apps For Your New Windows Phone Device – not at all comprehensive, but a decent starting point. Reverse GeoCode for Windows Phone 8 – Give the Nokia Map control in Windows Phone 8 a lat/lon and get an address. Must attempt. Create a Windows Phone Live Tile In the People Hub Style Design...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone StringFormat Binding And Blend

    This is a simple, straight-forward walk-through for doing StringFormat binding in Blend. It is meant to go along with my much more comprehensive post on StringFormat binding for Windows Phone . First, in the Object and Timeline select the TextBlock you want to bind to: Then in the Properties tab on the...
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