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    10 Great Windows Phone 8 Code Samples (No, Wait… 30)

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    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...
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    Getting Started With Windows Phone 8 HTML5 Apps

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    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...
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    Windows Phone 8 & 7.x Design Cheat Sheet

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    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...
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    Windows 8 / Windows Phone Code Sharing: HttpWebRequest GetResponseAsync

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    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...
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    Windows 8 Style CheckBox/RadioButton in Windows Phone

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    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...
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    How To Register More Than 3 Windows Phones For Development

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    Ask. Really, all you need to do is log into the Windows Phone Dev Center, contact support and submit a ticket with the subject “Phone Unlock”.   Give some reason you need more than 3 devices. Here is a list of good sample reasons: I have more than...
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    Missing OpenStreamForWriteAsync on my StorageFile

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    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...
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    Windows Phone ScheduledTask Agents and FileNotFoundException

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    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...
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    Reverse Geocoding in Windows Phone 8

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    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...
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    Finding and Mapping a Route in Windows Phone 8

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    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...
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    Weekly Links - January 7 2013

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    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...
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    Weekly Links, January 15 2013

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    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...
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    Using an AdControl in a Trial App (Windows Phone)

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    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...
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    Weekly Links – 2-11-2012

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    Due to travel and other engagements, I’ve missed a couple of weekly links, so this one will be slightly larger. One thing I want to call out specifically is that Ben Riga and I have been working on a set of sessions on building for both Windows 8 and...
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    Weekly Links 12-18-2012

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    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...
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    Weekly Links–New Year 2013 Edition!

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    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...
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    Weekly Links–12-10-2012

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    Design, UX, and Cool Things iPad to Windows Store app: Design case study (Bart Claeys and Qixing Zheng) – Frequently it’s not the technology that is standing in the way of porting a good app… it’s the UX. Batch: 300+ free icons for interface design –...
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    Complete Guide to Windows Phone StringFormat Binding

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    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...
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    Windows Phone StringFormat Binding And Blend

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    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...
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    Using Offline Maps in Windows Phone 8

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    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...
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    Calculating Distance From 2 GeoCoordinates in Windows Phone 8

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    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...
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    Azure Microsoft Translation in Windows Phone (The Easy Way)

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    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...
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