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Development and architecture for Windows Mobile devices. And a few useful tips on the way...

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    Moving to a New blog

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    Since I'd left Microsoft a few months ago I am moving to a new host for my blog here: http://mobilegurublog.wordpress.com
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    In the process of updating FeedPoint app.

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    I am in the middle of updating of my FeedPoint app. Of course I am changing it to work with Feedly API's instead of Google ones. I am also revamping the UX design for the app. Here're a few screenhshots of the new Hub page in the app: The...
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    Sync Framework for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

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    One of the DPE's from France Sebastien Pertus has done an excellent job by porting the SyncFx 4.0 to run against Windows Store and Windows Phone 8 apps. As a local database his code is using the SQLite database which as you know is available for both...
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    Windows 8 store apps designs fiesta.

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    If you are developing Windows 8 apps you'd be interested in these 50 (!) design templates: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/malaysia/archive/2013/01/08/windows-8-design-templates-is-now-ready-for-all-the-developers.aspx Better yet - they all come with...
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    FeedPoint Window 8 Store app is released.

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    My FeedPoint app for Windows 8 Store has been released. You can get it from here: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/en-US/app/feedpoint/19a4c655-5547-4f08-81e1-a67d8d87ad2a Description FeedPoint is not just another Google Reader client app...
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    Would you like to debug your apps on your Surface RT?

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    Tim Heuer has got a blog post on how to do it: http://timheuer.com/blog/archive/2012/10/26/remote-debugging-windows-store-apps-on-surface-arm-devices.aspx
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    Tip: How to avoid missing icon for your app in the store.

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    When submitting your Windows 8 store app for certification don't forget to update the StoreLogo.png file otherwise it will come up as a default app icon (cross). In order to do that you just need to go to the last tab in the dialog for your Package.appmanifest...
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    Charts for your Win8 app.

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    One of the Microsoft employees Mahmoud Medhat Mousse has created an open source project on codeplex.com which implements chart controls such as Pie Chart, Stacked Bar , Stacked Column , Stacked Line , Line Chart , Area Chart for the Modern UI which as...
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    The video of the FeedPoint.

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    I've made a good progress in my work to port the FeedPoint app for Win8. Functionality wise it should be 95% feature complete. I've recorded a short video of app's UX:
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    Excellent Win8 Labs for developers.

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    An excellent labs for developers learning how to develop for Win8 have just been published . It's a step by step walk through on how to create Contoso Cookbook application. I've been using these labs for the last few months when working with customers...
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    How to restore scroll position of the GridView when navigating back.

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    When developing WinRT applications which utilize GridView or ListView controls you'd come to the situation when navigating back to a page, you need to restore the scroll position of aforementioned controls. The solution that you can employ in this case...
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    Unity for WinRT

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    If you're In need for a DI and IOC container framework, you can get a port of the Unity for WinRT here: http://unity.codeplex.com/releases/view/92699
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    How to display charms on a top of the WebView.

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    I've been moving along in my development of the FeedPoint app to WinRT. And as a good citizen of the Modern UI I needed to implement app contracts such as search, share and settings which become available for a user via charms. When displaying Accounts...
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    How to emulate Navigating event in the WebView.

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    While working on the Win8 version of the FeedPoint app , I've encountered the situation when I needed to be able to intercept a navigation in the WebView control via the link click from the user and show a full browser window instead. Unfortunately the...
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    More details on how to use SQLite with Windows 8 apps

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    Tim Heuer has posted a walkthrough on how to install the SQLite runtime package for your WinRT apps and how to use it from your managed or native code: http://timheuer.com/blog/archive/2012/08/07/updated-how-to-using-sqlite-from-windows-store-apps...
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    FeedPoint app for Win8 Metro.

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    While on vacation I've finally found some time to start working on the FeedPoint version that runs on Win8 Metro. I've recently been involved into UX design and development of the Metro apps for the customer and decided to take this experience that I...
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    SQLLite database for WinRT

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    You should have probably noticed that when developing Metro apps for Win8, the WinRT currently doesn't include any access to embedded relational database such as SQL CE. However there's a light at the end of tonnel in the form of the SQLLite - an open...
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    FeedPoint for Windows 8.

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    I've recently made an early holiday gift for myself - Samsung Series 7 Tablet . It looks great, with the excellent LED screen, good performance and I love it. Since I installed Windows 8 Preview bits on it, I couldn't pass an opportunity to learn the...
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    FeedPoint updated for Mango

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    I've finally published the update for my FeedPoint app for Mango. It's got a few bug fixes as well as Mango specific functionality such as ability to pin live tiles for your feeds which get updates via a background agent. The tiles would get updated...
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    ProfileItem control for WP7

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    In the number of the applications that I'd worked on I had to create a screen to display information about a person such as phone, address, email etc... So the screen essentially'd look like the as profile in the people hub: So I have created the...
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    Sketchflow for Windows Phone 7.

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    Would you like to be able to create your scetchflow designs for the Windows Phone 7? Now you can: http://www.uxmagic.com/blog/post/2011/06/08/Sketchflow-for-Windows-Phone-7.aspx
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    Reactive for Compact Framework.

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    Have you heard about Reactive (Rx) Framework ? If you have been developing for Windows Phone 7, Silverlight or a desktop and had to deal with asynchronous code, the Rx Framework has been a life saver for you. I love it's power and flexibilty. However...
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    FeedPoint updated.

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    I've updated the FeedPoint app with the a few requested features: - The feed list screen now has the "mark as read" button. You don't need to expand the menu for this. - It now allows sorting the feeds by time they were created, such as "sort by...
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    Avis app

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    A few months ago I spend some time with folks from Avis to help them to get started on the development for Windows Phone 7. Their app has recently been published on the marketplace and has already gathered a very good reviews from the users.
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    The recent release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools January 2011 Update

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    Here's some useful information from the documentation team: The recent release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools January 2011 Update includes bug fixes, a new emulator, and utilities. Alongside the release of the tools we have also published an...
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