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  • Blog Post: Using an AdControl in a Trial App (Windows Phone)

    I had to search around for this information so I thought it would be nice to have it somewhere handy. Here’s the scenario: You want to put ads into your Windows Phone app, but only when it is in trial mode. To start: Download the Microsoft Ads SDK Sign into the Microsoft pubCenter and add an ad and an...
  • Blog Post: Weekly Links, January 15 2013

    Windows Phone Limiting TextBox Input To Integers in Windows Phone – Simple enough, but I use it every couple of projects so I thought it should go somewhere I can find it. Add Windows Phone 8 Builds to your Existing Apps (Rajen Kishna @rajen_k ) – If you want to support both Windows Phone 8 and Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone ScheduledTask Agents and FileNotFoundException

    Maybe this is a problem that I’m all alone on, but it took me some time to figure out. I started up a ScheduledAgent for Windows Phone so that I could do some updates with a PeriodicTask, but when I ran the app, I was getting: FileNotFoundException was unhandled – An unhandled exception of type ‘System...
  • Blog Post: Weekly Links - January 7 2013

    Windows Phone Mark Cuban has a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone – and discusses this fact in standard Mark Cuban style, of course. Where to buy NFC tags and how to edit them (Adam Fraser) – Some great pointers to getting good NFC tags for sample development Registering Extensions in Windows Phone – There are...
  • 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: Weekly Links 12-18-2012

    Design and Usability See What I Mean : How to Use Comics to Communicate Ideas – Written by Kevin Cheng, one of the authors of OK/Cancel, a usability comic . Recommended on Twitter by Bill Buxton Windows Phone Design Bootcamp 101 (Laura Foy, Jared Potter) – 4 videos on designing for Windows Phone Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Style CheckBox/RadioButton in Windows Phone

    I love the “checked” style in Windows 8. Clean, slick, I just like the style. So I implemented it in Windows Phone as a style. The color in the style matches the phone theme, so it’s pretty flexible . To get this style in your app, follow these steps. 1) Download the resource file that has these styles...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Complete Guide to Windows Phone StringFormat Binding

    I wrote a post on this for Silverlight way back in the day but thought it would be good to do an update for Windows Phone. Are you tired of using two TextBlocks when you could be using just one? Are you tired of clumsily writing: < StackPanel Orientation ="Horizontal"> < TextBlock...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 / Windows Phone Code Sharing: HttpWebRequest GetResponseAsync

    I’m working on building helpers for sharing code between Windows 8 (Windows Store) and Windows Phone. Keep an eye on my github for additional updates. I love the new async-await model in .NET 4.5 (and also in .NET 4.0 if you’re interested). One of the most exciting uses of it (for me) is the ability...
  • Blog Post: Azure Microsoft Translation in Windows Phone (The Easy Way)

    There are few things more awesome than the Microsoft Translate service available on the Azure Marketplace. Unfortunately, the vast majority of examples of how to use it are not written for Windows Phone, which is missing some key components available in other .NET solutions. (Note: Yes, I know you this...
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