Category Archives: Patterns & Skills

Mango’s New Accelerometer Emulator

Windows Phone Tutorial Mango brings a new extended emulator with emulation of the accelerometer. This allows you to test applications that use the accelerometer within the emulator before doing your final testing on the device. (Previously you had to pick … Continue reading

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Page State–Step by Step

Windows Phone Tutorial The Windows Phone life cycle is not terribly complicated, but it can be the source of some   confusion, and managing the life-cycle can be intimidating to new Windows Phone programmers.  This posting will review the basic … Continue reading

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Windows Phone Toolkit–Date and Time Pickers

A Windows Phone From Scratch Mini-Tutorial You have seen the Date and Time pickers in the built-in applications and you can add them to your own applications with shockingly little work.   To start, follow the directions from yesterday’s posting on … Continue reading

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Yet Another Podcast #44–Charles Petzold

Talking with Charles Petzold about writing, computers and his career. Charles Petzold is the author of numerous books, including Programming Windows, Code, The Annotated Turing, and Programming Windows Phone Charles Petzold’s Web Site Ada’s Technical Books Any sufficiently advanced technology … Continue reading

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Windows Phone Fundamentals–3 Ways To Handle Events

Windows Phone From Scratch One potential area of confusion for programmers new to Silverlight and Windows Phone is that there are (at least) three distinct ways to handle events.  Name the event handler in the Xaml Name the event handler … Continue reading

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Yet Another Podcast #42–Colin Blair and RIA Services

Talking with Colin Blair, Microsoft MVP, about RIA Services and WCF  Colin’s Blog RIA Services page RIA/JS Listen | Yet Another Podcast Call in comments: 1-347-YAP-CAST

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Windows Phone–Sending Messages Between Pages

Windows Phone Tutorials Last week I began work on prototyping a new application as part of the Full Stack series.   In this application I would like to open a dialog box, retrieve some information from the user, and return … Continue reading

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Windows Phone Fundamentals–Navigation

Windows Phone Fundamentals Continuing my mini-series on Windows Phone Fundamentals, begun here, this tutorial will cover the topic of navigating from one page to another.  This is one of those tasks that are wicked simple once you know how, but … Continue reading

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Send Toast Made Easy

Mango From Scratch In a follow up to yesterday’s article about Tile Notifications, let’s take a look at sending Toast Notifications. You’ll remember that we had two projects yesterday, SendTileServer and TilesNotificationClient.  Today we’ll create SendToastServer and ToastNotificationsClient.  The parallels … Continue reading

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Tile Notifications Made Easy

Mango From Scratch This posting is a rip-off.  Specifically, I steal liberally from the MSDN documentation, but my goal is to mix together and distill a great deal of information down to the essentials to provide you with a clear … Continue reading

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Yet Another Podcast #37 Silverlight HTML5 & Developers Part 2

Part 2 of a conversation with Shawn Wildermuth, president of Agilitrain and author of the forthcoming  book Essential Windows Phone 7 about Mix, Silverlight, Windows Phone, HTML5 and the state of .NET development Listen | Return to Yet Another Podcast … Continue reading

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Managing the Back Stack

Mango From Scratch In a previous posting, I discussed creating Reminders.  One little known feature of reminders is that you can click on the Reminder to return to the original application (the application in which you set the Reminder).  For … Continue reading

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