Category Archives: WindowsPhone

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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Yet Another Podcast–Jeff Prosise

Talking with Jeff Prosise, author and co-founder of Wintellect, about programming for Windows Phone, what’s new in Mango, HTML5, jQuery and other topics in programming.  “I think I’m having more fun in our industry right now than I have since … 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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Silverlight TV–On Reactive Extensions

I had the opportunity to talk with John Papa on Silverlight TV about Reactive Extensions. 

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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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Location Services–Using the Emulator

Windows Phone Tutorial Getting your device’s location takes remarkably little code.  The new emulator that comes with Mango makes it possible to test location services without adding a GPS to your desktop computer and putting it in your car, thus … Continue reading

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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 Fast Application Switching–Don’t Panic!

Windows Phone Tutorial With Mango, the Windows Phone application life cycle changes, and that is a good thing, because the change allows for Fast Application Switching (FAS).  With FAS, the user can start a new application and then return to … 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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Windows Phone Toolkit AutoCompleteBox

A Windows Phone From Scratch Mini-Tutorial The Windows Phone Toolkit offers a number of useful controls that you can use right out of the box.  This is the first in a sub-series of mini-tutorials on the Windows Phone Toolkit. From … Continue reading

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LINQ Pad vs. Visual Studio for Learning LINQ

A LINQ Tutorial As noted in numerous other postings, I’m convinced that LINQ is an essential aspect of serious Windows Phone (or virtually any .NET) programming.  One of the great tools to come along for learning and working with LINQ … Continue reading

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