Category Archives: Patterns & Skills

Beautiful Page Transitions (Practically) Free

Windows Phone Tutorial I don’t just mean you don’t pay for the code, or the control, I mean we’re talking about 2 minutes of effort.  No joke. Step 1 is to download the November Windows Phone Toolkit and install it

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Yet Another Podcast #54–Damian Edwards on ASP.NET

Talking with Damian Edwards and Jon Galloway about the evolution of ASP.NET Web Forms, what’s coming in the new Preview and the three UI platforms built on top of ASP.NET Core. Damian is the Program Manager responsible for ASP.NET Web … Continue reading

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Test Driven Development–Testing Private Values

Jon Galloway and I are embarking on the next phase of our Full Stack project and building a Pomodoro timer.  We are (at lest for now) doing this using Test Driven Development.  This immediately raised an interesting issue, which I … Continue reading

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Spiking the Pomodoro Timer

I recently wrote about the beginning of phase 2 of the Full Stack project, in which we are building a Pomodoro timer (see also).  To get started, I decided to “spike” a quick and dirty version, if only to explore … Continue reading

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The Full Stack, Phase 2–Overview

Windows Phone Tutorial Last year Jon Galloway and I launched the Full Stack experiment,in which we video-documented the creation of a nontrivial application. Today we begin the second phase of this experiment, building a new application that will have implementations … Continue reading

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Windows Phone WCF OData Client

Windows Phone Tutorial In a recent posting I showed how to create a quick OData service using Entity-Framework Code-First and SQLCE4.  In this posting I’ll show how to create a simple Windows Phone client to interact with that service.

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Yet Another Podcast #48–Adam Kinney and HTML 5

Talking with Adam Kinney about HTML 5 and the role of the UI Integrator Adam’s web site Adam on Twitter PixelLab Agent 8 Ball Adam’s How Do I Videos   Listen | Yet Another Podcast Call in comments: 1-347-YAP-CAST

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Building a Windows Phone App From Scratch–Part 3 of 3

Windows Phone Tutorial In Part 1 of this mini-series we created the layout for a calculator. In Part 2, we filled in the event handlers for the buttons.  In this third and final part we’ll review the code for the … Continue reading

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Building A Windows Phone App From Scratch–Part 2

Windows Phone Tutorial In Part 1 of this mini-series we created the layout for a calculator. In this part, we’ll take a look at the event handlers required to make the buttons works.  When the user clicks a button an … Continue reading

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Building A Windows Phone App From Scratch

Windows Phone Tutorial In this and the next few blog posts, we will build an application from scratch; covering all the details along the way.  The application we’re going to build is a simple four function calculator. We’ll build it … Continue reading

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Dependency Properties

Windows Phone Tutorial Dependency properties are like the sewers, electric wires and pipes running under the streets of a big city. You can ignore them, you can even be oblivious to their existence, but they make all the magic happen … Continue reading

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Bing Maps Task

You’ve seen in previous Windows Phone Mini-tutorials that all tasks have the same basic structure: Instantiate the task Add any specifying data Show the task The Bing Maps Task is no different. In fact, it is so simple to use … Continue reading

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