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  • Blog Post: Last Minute Perf Video for Mango

    I had the opportunity to join Microsoft Research and this year's Interns at a recent XAPfest event (a regular internal Windows Phone development event) and give a performance talk for Mango / Tango (i.e. WP 7.x) - here's hoping it's the last one before we move on to Windows Phone 8! To check it (and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Power Tools 1.1

    Grab them here I received a fair amount of feedback about the first version of the Power Tools mainly focused around the UI (people like modern today) and around " bug #1 ", which prevented files from uploading to the correct path in IsolatedStorage. I've just pushed a major UI rehaul to something...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Power Tools

    Necessity may be the mother of invention, but it's also often the mother of Open Source tools which are not really reinventing the wheel, but perhaps make our lives just that little bit easier (or more functional). A common pain point, especially as more and more developers move their apps to Mango is...
  • Blog Post: WP7 Silverlight Gotcha: Using the ListPicker from the Toolkit may cause you to fail certification

    Applies To: Anyone using the current iteration of the Silverlight Tookit from Nov 2010 Toolkit Link: http://silverlight.codeplex.com/releases Quick Bits A Toolkit ListPicker control that has less than 5 items in it will display inline (expands) but will not collapse when you press the back button...
  • Blog Post: WP7 Dev Tip: Detecting whether or not the user is playing music in the background

    Applies To: Silverlight & XNA Quick Bits Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Media.MediaPlayer.GameHasControl The Setup Your app does some sort of music playing that doesn't make sense to blend into any already playing background music (for example, you're going to stream your own music) or you simply...
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