Showing posts with label WindowsPhone. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WindowsPhone. Show all posts

Friday, April 18, 2014

//build/ –> //learn/-> //publish/ -> //your free new training sessions/

Building Apps for Windows - //build/ –> //learn/-> //publish/: new resources to help you publish your universal Windows apps

You’ve heard announcements at //build/ around the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 and the converged development platform; now get the details and support from community experts to bring your universal Windows apps to life. We’d like to invite you to join us over the next month for a series of educational and hands-on events.

First up is //learn/, a unique opportunity for you to get an introduction to building your own universal Windows apps for phone, tablet and pc. Ask questions and learn what’s new from Microsoft MVPs and get insights from your peers.

Jumpstart, a 3-day training course from Microsoft’s Virtual Academy follows, giving you an in-depth overview of the most important new features and platform capabilities.

Once you’ve started your app, be sure and register for one of our in-person //publish/ regional events, where Microsoft MVPs and local experts will be on hand to help you bring your apps over the finish line and into the Windows Store.

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//learn/ - coming soon, April 24

Microsoft MVPs will present live webinars introducing the latest features and technologies for phones, tablets and PCs. ...

Date: April 24, 2014

Click here to register

Jumpstart

In this live training webinar by Microsoft Technical Evangelists Andy Wigley and Matthias Shapiro, you will learn how to design and build Windows Phone 8.1 apps using XAML and C# to share a high percentage of code. You will also learn...

Dates: April 29 – May 1, 2014

Click here to register. If you are unable to attend live, you can watch this course on-demand on Channel 9 after May 9, 2014.

//publish/

//publish/ is a global event series where you will bring your project to polish and complete, and receive support, incentives, prizes and just have a lot of fun along the way.

//publish/ events occur in more than 60 different locations worldwide - simultaneously, all connected by a big online digital dashboard (“The Board”) You will receive expert guidance and support for app design, performance, testing, publishing, and Unity porting in a cool and inspiring environment.

Attend in-person at one of the 35 Microsoft-led events or 30 MVP-led satellite events at locations worldwide. No matter which event you attend, you’ll find it an extraordinary opportunity to learn, share and code; connected to the others via a unique online experience. Register early as space is limited.

Dates: May 16 - May 17, 2014

Click here to register

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//learn/

Whether you are a New Windows App Developer or an Experienced one- we have something for you!

Join us and take a deep dive into the latest features and technologies for Windows Phones, PCs and Tablets.//learn/ from our community in this “to the community, for the community and by the community” event where our MVPs and Expert Developers will help you better understand all that’s new with Windows.

Want to learn how to easily share code between store apps of different form factors? or Want to build your own universal App? You are at the right place. These sessions will cover all the basic concepts to develop Universal Windows apps –One App for all form factors (PC, Table and Phone), Windows Phone 8.1 apps: the new application lifecycle, the new XAML etc.-with live chat and Q&A with our speakers

No need to dress up or step out you can watch and learn from the comforts of your home/office in this online webcast of informative sessions delivered by our community experts. That’s not all, our local experts will deliver these sessions in not 1 but 8 languages from across the globe(each accommodating the local time zone) to help you learn and leverage the new features and technologies.

So get started and Register Now!

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Building Apps for Windows Phone 8.1 Jump Start

If you're an app developer who wants to design and build Windows Phone 8.1 apps using XAML and C#, don't miss this exciting event. The two-and-a-half day, demo-rich course, taught by experts who have years of experience developing (and writing about the process), focuses on how to create apps for Windows Phone 8.1 in Visual Studio and how to create universal app projects that share a high percentage of code and that target both Windows and Windows Phone.

Course Outline:

  • Day 1: Introduction to Windows Phone 8.1 & Building Windows Store Apps
  • Day 2: Programming Windows Phone 8.1 Platform Features
  • Day 3: Store, Universal Apps, and Silverlight

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Now, get your learn on!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"Windows Phone 8 Succinctly - The practical approach to Windows Phone 8 development" eBook (Reg-ware)

Syncfusion - Windows Phone 8 Succinctly

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The Windows Phone 8 operating system is closely tied to the hardware of Windows Phones, enabling the development of high-performance apps that provide excellent user experiences. With Windows Phone 8 Development Succinctly by Matteo Pagani, you’ll go from creating a “Hello World” app to managing network data usage, enabling users to talk to your application through speech APIs, and earning money through in-app purchases. Dozens of additional features are covered in the book, including launchers, choosers, and geolocation services, so you’ll have a place to start no matter what you want your app to do.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. The User Interface: Basic XAML Concepts
  3. Core Concepts
  4. Data Access: Storage
  5. Data Access: Network
  6. Integrating with the Hardware
  7. Integrating with the Operating System
  8. Multimedia Applications
  9. Live Apps: Tiles, Notifications, and Multitasking
  10. Distributing the Application: Localization, the Windows Phone Store, and In-App Purchases

Speaking of eBooks and Windows Phone 8 development...  :)

(via expression{web.blog} - Windows Phone 8 Development Succinctly)

 

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Launch It Scheme... 325 (ish) custom schemes you can use to launch other apps from your WP8 app

Matt Lacey: Awesome with Windows Phone - 325 Windows Phone apps you can launch from your own app

Have you noticed how some apps exist that will let you create tiles that launch other apps? Or that some apps will link to other apps?

If you didn't know, this is done through the app being launched having defined a custom scheme (or protocol) that can be used to launch it.

There is no public repository of registered schemes but this information is available via the metadata in the store. With a bit of free time I wrote a crawler to find all the schemes I could.

Here's what I found through checking the top 300 apps in each category.

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Some points worth noting:

  • This list is not exhaustive.
  • There is no guarantee that these apps or schemes will be around in the future.
  • Not all apps are available in all markets so some people may not be able to find anything when searching for certain schemes.
  • Some schemes are used for a LOT of unrelated apps. e.g. "xplatformcloudkit" which is applied to all apps generated with the XPlatformCloudKit.
  • Some apps may require certain values to be passed to open correctly.

If you're a developer and want to know how to launch apps with the above schemes see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/hh701480.aspx
If you want to publish a scheme for your app see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/jj206987(v=vs.105).aspx#BKMK_URIassociations

You may find more information on some of the above schemes at http://developer.nokia.com/community/wiki/URI_Association_Schemes_List

In a word... Awesome... I love that he wrote code to grab this list...

Friday, February 28, 2014

Here's your shortcut to the Windows Phone Emulator shortcut keys...

Kunal-Chowdhury.com - Windows Phone Emulator - Shortcut Keys

When working a lot on Windows Phone Emulator, it is sometime easy to use the  computer keyboard to perform some specific tasks instead of tapping onscreen display on the Emulator. Sometime, it is also require to know the keys when you don’t have the hardware buttons in emulator.

Here I am sharing all the keyboard shortcuts which the Windows Phone Emulator supports. I am sure, this will be handy to have while developing apps.

Do you know:
If you are a Windows Phone Developer, Windows 8 Store Application Developer and/or Nokia Asha Developer, you can get some Free Goodies from Nokia? Register for the Nokia's DVLUP Program, Partcipate in challenges, Collect XP Points and redeem them for some really cool goodies like Lumia Devices, Phone Accessories etc. For more info, click here.

Here I am sharing all the shortcut keys and their respective functions which you can perform directly using the computer keyboard e.g. simulate the phone’s hardware back button, start button, search button, volume buttons, power and camera buttons etc:

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Blend for VS2013 Windows Phone SketchFlow Templates

Timmy Kokke - Windows Phone Sketchflow 2013

In the past I used SketchFlow to prototype my Windows Phone apps. Unfortunately the development of the windows phone SketchFlow templates stopped back in 2011. These templates don’t work in Blend for Visual Studio 2013. Today I had enough of not being able to use that template and just upgraded it to Blend for VS2013.

To use the template you’ll need Silverlight and SketchFlow (which comes with Blend on VS premium and ultimate).

You can download the Windows Phone SketchFlow templates here: http://1drv.ms/1gfqR1d

Once downloaded, extract the zip file into: %userprofile%\documents\Visual Studio 2013\Blend

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Been quite on the SketchFlow front recently. Good to see it's not dead out there in the "real world"...

 

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“Application Prototyping with SketchFlow” Refcardz
Four Expression 3 Starter Kits, two for Blend and two for Web, focusing on Sketchflow, Gaming, SuperPreview and SilverLight.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Bypass the Windows Phone Store in your app beta testing with Build It Beta for Windows Phone 8

Nick's .NET Travels - Windows Phone Application Testing with Build it Beta

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Yesterday I announced that Build it Beta is now public for Windows Phone app developers, but what is Build it Beta? Well it’s all about Windows Phone Application Testing. There are a number of existing mechanisms available to Windows Phone application developers but none of them offer the simplicity and ease of deployment as say TestFlight. Build it Beta fills that gap, providing a mechanism to allow any Windows Phone application to be deployed for testing to any Windows Phone 8 device*.

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Next, how does it work?

Windows Phone 8 included the ability to deploy applications within the enterprise without going through the Windows Phone Store. This is referred to as enterprise deployment and involves signing an application (ie the packaged application file .xap) with an signing certificate. The same certificate needs to be distributed to the devices that the application is to be tested on. Then the signed xap can be installed on the devices either via code or by distributing the application to the device via email or via a url link. Build it Beta uses this mechanism to deliver a testing tool which eliminates the complexity for both developers and testers.

Ok,  so how do I get started?

The first step is to get Build it Beta from the Windows Phone Store, but we’ve got a simple set of setup instructions that will get you up and running in no time at all.

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Once you’ve completed the setup, all you need to do is to start sending your .xap files to upload @ builditbeta.com. Make sure you send them from the same email address that you registered with when setting up Build it Beta. We’ll ingest your xap and send you a confirmation email. You should also get a toast notification on your Windows Phone device letting you know that a new version of your application is available for testing. Click on the link in the email, or tap on the toast notification to download and install the signed version of your application.

* Build it Beta relies on enterprise deployment to install applications. This is a feature that was introduced with Windows Phone 8 which means Build it Beta cannot install applications to earlier versions of the Windows Phone operating system. If you need to deploy applications for testing on earlier versions of Windows Phone you can do this using the Windows Phone Store Beta process

Now that's an interesting hack (in a good way). Not sure if this is something I'd use, but that doesn't mean I don't think it's a pretty cool work around/implementation/hack/thing...

Welcome WindowsAppDev.com!

The man, the myth, the legend in his own mind... err, I mean... um... time... yeah... Dan Rigby has spun off his daily curated dev news into its own site, WindowsAppDev.com.

Dan says;

Also, you may have noticed that the Windows App Developer Links posts are not immediately visible. Fear not, for they have finally been given the respect they truly deserve and now have their very own site at WindowsAppDev.com!

What this does mean though, is if you are subscribed to my blog feed (and you are subscribed, right?), if you want to continue to receive my (almost) daily Windows App Developer Links, you'll need to subscribe to the new feed.

I also find it kind of funny that his site is running in my neighborhood (so to speak);

This blog (and WindowsAppDev.com) are now running on a new VPS in Los Angeles. While I love my old host, the performance of running WordPress in a shared hosting environment wasn't great and wasn't getting better over time.

So if you're following him, you'll want to grab the new feed, asap... I'll wait. Done yet? What about now? Oh just go do it...

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Windows Phone 8 Tip of the Day: Taking an on device screenshot

Vinod Kumar (Blog home) - Taking a Screenshot of your Windows Phone 8

What can I say about Windows Phone 8 experience – I just love it :). Every now and then I get amazed by some neat new features which surprise me and I have a whole load to explore from this phone. You might also want to see my older post on some of the cool features that I use – Windows Phone 8 features I love using.

This blog post is a simple feature that I discovered on Windows Phone 8 that was worth sharing. How many times you are playing a game or you found a neat thing on your Windows Phone that you wished you can take a screen shot of it and use? So here is the neat tip. You can use... [Click through for the tip... but cough... Windows + Power... cough... ]

 

It's two fingers easy and takes a little coordination, but once you get it, its easy, easy.

The funny thing is that I needed this, just this morning. And POW, there was the tip! I love the internet... :)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Working Office Remote (No that kind of remote...). The new Windows Phone app and Office Add-in that lets you remote control PowerPoint/Word/Excel

Office News - Introducing Office Remote

Today we're excited to announce Office Remote, a new app from Microsoft Research that turns your Windows Phone 8 into a smart remote allowing you to interact with Microsoft Office 2013 or Office 365 documents on your PC. The app gives you the ability to control Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents from across the room, so you can walk around freely during presentations.  To learn more about how the Office Remote app came to be, go to the Inside Microsoft Research Blog and then check out the Windows Phone Store to download and give Office Remote a try!

Inside Microsoft Research - Advance Your Presentation with Your Phone

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Making a business presentation can be daunting. Interaction with the audience might require you to change the flow of your presentation by jumping to a different section in your PowerPoint presentation. Or you might want to show supporting evidence in an Excel or Word document. Either you’ve faced these challenges or you’ve seen somebody else address them, but you know the drill.

With Office Remote, a collaboration between Microsoft Research and the Microsoft Office engineering team, you can manage such modern presentation flows from the palm of your hand.

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This all can be yours, starting Nov. 18, when the app becomes available for download from the Windows Phone Store. All you need is a Windows Phone 8 device, Office 2013 (all versions except Office 2013 RT), a Bluetooth-enabled PC, and the installation of a desktop add-in for Office Remote on your PC, available on the download site. Once thus equipped, all you need for a flawless presentation is to open the Office document you want to project, pick up your phone, and begin your pitch.

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Indeed, the app, operated via convenient, touch-based control, takes full advantage of existing projectors, large-screen televisions, and Lync-meeting connections. Your Windows devices talk to each other to make things easier for you. As a result, you can show what you want when you want.
In addition, these intelligently connected devices enable you to present one experience on your PC while simultaneously controlling what you’re presenting from your phone.
Van Hoof mentioned the highlights of the Office Remote capabilities above, but those are not the only scenarios the app enables. Consider:

  • PowerPoint: Large, easily accessible buttons on the phone enable you to start a presentation, advance slides forward or backward, view thumbnails and jump to a particular slide, access speaker cues while viewing the presentation time and the progress of slides, and deliver accurate, non-shaky direction with the on-screen laser pointer.
  • Excel: Simple gestures enable jumping not just between spreadsheets and graphs, but also among any named objects. Spreadsheets can be changed with a mere finger swipe, and navigation is available through rows or columns. In addition, you can use PivotTables or filters and change zoom levels, all with an Office Remote-equipped phone.
  • Word: Zoom control is available in this application, as well, and Word docs can be scrolled by screen or by line.

The research component of this project, by Edge and John Ransier, technical program manager, enables deeper understanding of real-world presentation practices. Such work fits squarely into Edge’s research vision.

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Office Remote represents just the first deep exploration in the productivity space into the realm of what Bill Buxton of Microsoft Research refers to as a “diverse society of devices,” where you use not only the right device for the task at hand, but, potentially, also use multiple devices together to make it easier to achieve your goals.
With the app ready for download, now it’s your turn to refine the process. Users can provide feedback on the website, which also includes a forum to provide answers to users’ questions. Let your voice be heard, and help make the presentation process better than ever.

For me, this just worked. It was pretty awesome paging through my deck via my phone. And seeing being able to see my slide thumbnails on the phone too was cool. This might become the cool dude presentation tool...

Now, I want to see an easy for guys like me toolkit to help us build this kind of functionality into my Desktop and Modern apps.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Nokia Imaging SDK v1.0 RTW now available, officially a "boatload of new features and functionality"

Nokia Imaging SDK 1.0: Power tools for Windows Phone developers

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Today at Slush 2013, one of the top start-up conferences in the world, Nokia announced the latest version of its Imaging SDK (v1.0) to give Windows Phone developers the tools they need to create sophisticated new imaging apps for Nokia Lumia smartphones.

“Based on the core technology that we have in our own imaging apps, such as Nokia Camera and Creative Studio, the Nokia Imaging SDK gives developers access to filters, effects and on-screen rendering options that are unlike any other library on Windows Phone,” says Samuli Hänninen, vice president of software program management for Nokia’s Smart Devices business.

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A boatload of new features and functionality

The Imaging SDK is available exclusively for Windows Phone developers. It includes more than 50 built-in filters such as Sepia, Black & White, Mirror, Tones, and Chromakey, which enables “green screen” magic to come to life so a developer can provide a background to render objects in.

Need more filters? With the new SDK release, developers can now create their own custom filters and add previously unseen effects to their apps.

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Initially launched as a beta this past summer, hundreds of beta participants have already published their apps and provided feedback about the Imaging SDK. Some of the many apps created using this SDK include Smart Resize, Social Scene, TapShoot, Panna Paint, OneShot, as well as Pikura, which was the winning app in the Nokia Create Mini Mission 1 that called for updates to apps using the SDK.

“After a successful beta, we’re confident that this release will be well received. We’ve taken into account a lot of the feedback and have made the SDK even better for developers,” says Sami.

The Nokia Imaging SDK is free to download and available now from Nokia Developer and via NuGet.

Well if it's got a "boatload of new features..." then is HAS to be good, right? Something fun to play with this weekend or this coming holiday season...

 

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Reimagining images with the Nokia Imaging SDK for Windows Phone 8

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

So tasty you'll want to eat your phone, Marmalade comes to Windows Phone

Windows Phone Developer Blog - Microsoft welcomes Marmalade developers to Windows Phone

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We’re committed to the success of the developer community, and we’ve been proactively working with third-party development tool vendors to ensure that their developers can take advantage of the monetization opportunities and global user base on the Windows platforms. The latest of these shops is Marmalade, which just released the final version of Marmalade 7, their cross-platform C++ SDK that includes support for Windows Phone 8, ending the beta phase.

Hundreds of Marmalade developers have already taken advantage of the opportunity to develop for the Windows Phone Store, and to participate in Marmalade’s special offer*, with rewards for porting your app to the Windows Phone Store. The Marmalade offer closes on December 31, 2013, so don’t miss your chance to participate.

While some developers are still polishing their apps, many have published already. Some of these developers have shared their porting experience with us, and we’re featuring a few of their cool games here.

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Microsoft UK Faculty Connection - Microsoft Marmalade Developer Day 19th Nov at Birmingham City Uni

Marmalade and Microsoft along with Birmingham City University are hosting one of the largest Marmalade and Windows Phone 8 porting events in the UK and they would love to see you there! By attending this free one day event you’ll receive the latest information regarding Marmalade 7 and Windows Phone 8.

Over the last 12 months we have seen the Windows Phone UK market share increase rapidly, more and more consumers are purchasing Windows Phones and Windows tablets and we are seeing amazing success on the Windows ecosystem from game developers with titles such as Mortar Melon reach 750k+ downloads; Guns4Hire & Judge Dredd with 1m+; Royal Revolt with 1m+ in 6 weeks and Lego Hero Factory: Brain Attack with 500k downloads in 4 weeks.

There will be hands-on advice from Marmalade experts to help you port your existing or new mobile games to the Windows Phone

If you don't have the necessary hardware to port to Windows Phone we have that covered! We will provide hardware running all the necessary developer tools and will provide access to Marmalade 7.

This event is for new and existing marmalade developers and students

10.00 Registration
10.30 - 10.40 Intro from Uni
10.40 - 11.00 Welcome from Microsoft/Marmalade
11.00 - 12.00 Getting started with Marmalade - Jamie Grossman Marmalade
12.00-13.00 Lunch Break
13.00-14.00 Using Marmalade walkthrough popup lab tutorial - Jamie Grossman Marmalade
14.00-15.00 Designing beautiful windows phone games - Lee Stott Microsoft
15.00 -15.10 Break
15.10 - 16.00 Microsoft/Nokia developer programmes and Opportunity - Lee Stott Microsoft
16:00 -20:00 Hackathon/Gameaton with Marmalade for Windows Phone 8
20:00 - 20.30 Games Showcase
21:00 Close

Register Now http://aka.ms/microsoftmarmaladeday

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I've chatted with the folks at Marmalade and we've hung out at a few Microsoft events and they are good people. It's good to see them moving forward with their product and relationship with Microsoft...

Thursday, October 24, 2013

XPlatformCloudKit - Your Cross Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Android, powered by Azure Mobile Services, Cloud Kit

winappkits / XPlatformCloudKit

A Hands-on lab for creating your very own multi-platform app with Azure Mobile Services as a backend.

Simply follow along with the included Powerpoint file located in the root of the project.

The XPlatformCloudKit supports displaying grouped items retrieved from an Azure Mobile Service, Rss Data Services, and/or Local file. It can aesthetically organize grouped objects of Type Item with property of Title, Subtitle, Description, Image, and Group to produce a Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Android application by means of Portable Class Libraries, Xamarin Studio, and MVVMCross.
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Video Tutorials

Getting Started

After obtaining and installing the prerequisites, download the .zip of this project (link on the bottom right of The XPlatformCloudKit Project Home) Save the .zip, then right-click=>Properties=>Unblock=>Apply then extract the contents of the .zip file

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Prerequisites for all projects

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Notes on getting Windows Phone 8 project to run:

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Notes on getting Android Project to run

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I've got a strong feeling your going see this mentioned again on the Coding4Fun Blog in the near future. :)

(via Geek Camp - XPlatformCloudKit: Using Youtube Playlist RSS Feed in Windows Phone)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Shining the light on 30 Code Samples, 9 Technologies and Windows Phone 8 with a SilverLight sample browser

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

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 the wealth of samples available for Windows Phone on MSDN.

There are a lot of very cool samples on MSDN covering a lot of topics. As I went through them I was so inspired, I thought a visual of the samples would be a great way to help navigate them. So I selected 30 of my favorite sample and put together this chart showing how the samples walk through different Windows Phone 8 features and technologies.

This isn’t to say there are only 30 good samples on MSDN. But I had to make a cut-off somewhere before I ended up with more information than I could reasonable show on a screen.

For an interactive version of this visual, I built a little Silverlight app

Interactive Windows Phone 8 Samples Browser

I also wanted to highlight 10 of my favorite samples from that chart.

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Interactive Windows Phone 8 Samples Browser

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There's about 1.97 billion code samples at http://code.msdn.microsoft.com yet this makes those for WP8 a little more discoverable and anyway, you've got to love code samples and a pretty sample browser...  :)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Summer is almost over, but the Windows Phone Dev Center Summer Break special price isn't! It's staying at $19 for now...

WMPowerUser - Microsoft To Continue Windows Phone Dev Center Registeration Fee As $19

Back in June, Microsoft announced a “Summer Break” offer for developers who want to build Windows Phone apps. The Dev Center registration was reduced to a $19 annual registration fee (normally $99 for individuals and companies). Todd Brix from Windows Phone team today tweeted that Microsoft will continue its dev center fee as $19 even though the  “Summer Break” offers ends today.

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Makes sense... This shouldn't be free, but should also be very reasonable too. I think $19 is a good price point...

Monday, August 26, 2013

You can have my WP8 when you pry it from... these monkey's fingers...

Windows Phone Central - Even monkeys in Finland enjoy using Windows Phones

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Who said it were only humans who could work a smartphone? Pictured above is a cheeky little chap who's currently wielding a Lumia Windows Phone. Visitors were not only able to take shots of the monkey enjoying some tunes through Xbox Music, but they probably found themselves being filmed for the others in the pack to have a gander at later on in the evening. So how does a primate come to own a Lumia smartphone?

A visiting tourist managed to drop the device into the enclosure, which was taken up by one of the primates who refused to allow zookeepers to retrieve the handset. ...

I see a new Microsoft commercial coming...

Monday, August 19, 2013

Paul Thurrott shares his latest Windows Phone 8 book online (and free) (651 pages, all about using WP8 and many of its app's...)

Paul Thurrott's Windows Phone 8 - Windows Phone Book - Version 1.02

I've embedded the SkyDrive version of Version 1.02 above, IFrame style. If it doesn't come through, click through and you can get it via his Skydrive/DropBox/Google Drive links.

Here's a snap of it in SkyDrive (which seems to be a pretty darn nice web representation of the PDF)

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Here's some snips from the book (page 3)

Who this book is for

Paul Thurrott’s Windows Phone 8 was written for current and future users of Windows Phone 8. It was written for real people—users—not technical experts, or those who need to manage mobile devices in a corporate environment.

The book makes no assumptions about your experience with prior versions of Windows Phone, but by this point in time, I do assume that you have at least some experience using a smart phone in general.

If you are already at least passingly familiar with Windows Phone, you can use the book as a reference and pick and choose from the various topics. Otherwise, you should read the first two chapters in sequence and then branch out from there. There’s no need to read the book in sequence, though you may of course do so if you wish.

For the few times in which you need to connect your handset to a computer, I assume that the computer will be a Windows-based PC, preferably using Windows 8 or RT. Those with older versions of Windows should be able to follow along. (Those with Macs are on their own. Just as in real life.)

This book is…

Free. Paul Thurrott’s Windows Phone 8 is free, my gift to the Windows Phone community. You should never pay for this book, nor should you acquire it from any source other than its author and copyright holder, Paul Thurrott. Updated versions of this book are available from Windows Phone Book and Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows. In the future, versions for Kindle and various e-book platforms will be made available as well.

Not complete. This book is comprehensive but it is never complete. That is, I will continue updating the book to address ongoing changes to the platform and to add more content. I will keep providing these free updates to this free book for as long as Microsoft and Nokia, its primary platform partner, provide updates to Windows Phone 8.

Original. Paul Thurrott’s Windows Phone 8 is an original work, written solely by its author.

Not perfect. If you find any mistakes or omissions, or have suggestions for future versions of the book, or ideas for future books, please email me: This book should be as useful as it is up-to-date.

Specifically about Windows Phone 8. When Microsoft finally moves forward with a new version of the operating system (Windows Phone 8.1, 9, whatever), I’ll provide new editions of the book (Paul Thurrott’s Windows Phone 8.1 or whatever). These future editions will not be free, but will be priced as low as possible. Think less than a dollar. 

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Channel 9 Windows Phone 8 App (Beta) now available... If you 8, you'll want 9...

Duncan Mackenzie - Channel 9 has a Windows Phone 8 app coming…

And it is available in beta now, please check it out and let me know what you think.

So, here you go, if you have a Windows Phone 8 and have any interest in Channel 9 type content:

http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=9a5115e0-268a-4260-876c-dc0ff2f45c48

Just using the app generates telemetry that is useful, but please reply with any direct feedback you have to me and I’ll consolidate.

If you have a Channel 9 account, you can swipe over to the panel marked “More”, pick Settings and sign into your account. This will let you rate videos and add them to your Queue, but otherwise the app is fully functional without signing in.

This is a beta, and we know some features and stability is still missing, so don’t be surprised if you hit a few issues. And if it crashes, we get that data, so your pain is our gain!

Note that we’ve decided to have the wonderful folks at HiddenPineapple publish this Beta as its own app, which means that when we release a final version (which will be a 1st party app, after the code has been transitioned to my team) you won’t be auto-updated…. sorry about that!

Channel 9 (Beta)

Channel 9 provides a way to browse and view videos on a variety of developer and consumer topics from the Channel9.msdn.com web site

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Cool app for browsing Channel 9, blogs, shows, events and more. It's not just a video browser but entire site browser... The About/OSS page is an interesting view of tech used. MVVM Light Toolkit, HTML Agility Pack (FTW! ;), sqlite-net-wp8, json.net and more.

Now what I'm waiting on is the behind the scenes story of the code and its construction (once Duncan's team gets the code and drives toward v1)

Note: This is BETA. There are bugs in it (for example, it won't launch if you disable the background processing for the app), but it's still a pretty neat app

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Web based Windows Phone App Studio Beta now available

The Verge - Microsoft launches Windows Phone web tool to let anyone create apps

Microsoft wants Windows Phone developers and apps, and it's launching a developer tool on Tuesday in its latest effort to secure apps for its ecosystem. A beta version of Windows Phone App Studio is now available, and it lets anyone create a Windows Phone app from the web without any knowledge of code. Essentially, it's a set of templates that let developers quickly drag and drop text, content, and imagery into an web form to create an app.

Developers will be able to create apps through the web-based tool and then unlock and register a phone to side-load them and test them for free. Apps won't be automatically listed in the store though, as developers will still have to pay the annual Dev Center registration fee to publish them fully. Alongside the web tool, Microsoft is also updating its developer center to include a live chat service to let developers talk to support reps directly.

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Windows Phone Developer Blog - Making it easier to get started with Windows Phone App Studio beta, simplified phone registration, support options & more payout markets

I’m pleased to announce a number of new tools and capabilities that further expand opportunity and enhance productivity for Windows Phone developers.

New tools for first-time developers

We’ve heard from many potential Windows Phone developers who have great ideas, but who might not have the coding skills to create an app using standard development tools. Sometimes it’s a first-time developer with a small-scale idea for an app; other times it’s an accomplished developer who wants to frame up a concept before committing dev time. We heard you, and today we’re releasing a beta version of a new app development tool, Windows Phone App Studio, that can help you create your app without coding. Windows Phone App Studio is a free, web-based app creation tool designed to help anyone quickly bring an idea to life by applying text, web content, imagery, and design concepts to any one of a rich set of customizable templates. Getting started is easy – just create a Microsoft account, choose your template, and begin adding your content. Windows Phone App Studio does the rest. When you’re app is ready to go, you can download the app to your own phone, or share it with others by publishing it to the Windows Phone Store.

We recommend trying out your new app in action on a Windows Phone before you publish it. Beginning today we are simplifying the developer phone registration process. Now, any developer can unlock and register 1 phone to load up to 2 apps. Registered developers with Dev Center accounts continue to have the option to unlock up to 3 phones and upload up to 10 apps on each.

When you’re ready to publish your new app to the Windows Phone Store, you’ll need a Dev Center account. We’re making that easier as well with our $19 “Summer Break” limited-time Dev Center registration offer (through August 26, 2013). With this offer, the annual Dev Center registration is just $19 (or equivalent local currency). See official terms for more details.

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Windows Phone App Studio

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Shiny new way to create Windows Phone 8 app's...

Once I signed into my Microsoft Account and registered with the app, here was my first screen.

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Here's the text (well most of it) behind the tiles;


Our company
Own a small business? Or know of a small business that you want to promote? Use this template to create an easy-to-use, informative, and attractive app that will showcase your company’s story, products or services, and team. This template also allo...

Catalog
Ever wanted an app that would show people all the great products in your store or all the ...

Celebrate
Use this template to create a unique wedding invitation or celebration of your ceremony. ...

Menu
Do you own a restaurant, or maybe just have that favorite place that you go to every week? Use this template to show your customers or your friends t...

Movie review
Did you see the latest blockbuster last night and can’t stop talking about it? Or do you ...

My Family
Still carrying pictures of your family in your wallet? Modernize your family photo collection by using this template to build an app all about your f...

My favorite band
You know that band you like? Tell the world about them by building an app with this templ...

My hobby
What do you do in your spare time? Knit sweaters? Repair vintage cars? Grow vegetables? Show everyone what you’ve been up to by using this templat...

My trip
Whether you just got back from scaling Mt. Everest, a weekend at the beach, or just a walk down to the farmer’s market, share your favorite moments in...

Official store
Advertise your storefront with a customized app using this template. Show your customers customized collections in each section, showcasing your best...

Personal trainer
Use this template to build a customized personal training app. Keep track of your daily plan, including sports, workouts, and diet. Easily share it ...

Sports team
Build an app with this template to easily share everything you love about your team with your friends. Include pictures and descriptions of your team...

Starting with the My Family template;

Still carrying pictures of your family in your wallet?  Modernize your family photo collection by using this template to build an app all about your family.  Include pictures and stories from your favorite family moments, your most recent trips or activities, and even something unique for each family member.

 

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In short this is a quick and easy way for you to create your first app or two...

Friday, July 26, 2013

Await no more, Amazon Web Services .Net SDK v2 preview out - WinStore, WinPhone and async/await

Amazon Web Services Blog - AWS SDK Support for Windows Phone and Windows Store Applications

Over the last few months, we have released a number of enhancements to help customers and partners build their Microsoft Windows centric workloads on AWS.  Just last week, we announced guidance for running Exchange Server in the AWS Cloud which builds on our guidance for SQL Server and SharePoint.  When it comes to .NET developers, we have provided tools such as our AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio and the AWS SDK for .NET.  In fact, we recently started a .NET Development blog so Windows developers can get tips and tricks on how to best program .NET applications using AWS. 

Our Microsoft tooling doesn't stop there.  If PowerShell is what you use to automate Windows, we have the AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell.  We recently enhanced our PowerShell tools with automatic paging for large result sets and improved support for piping the output of a one cmdlet to another cmdlet.

Today, I’m happy to announce the Developer Preview of the next version of our AWS SDK for .NET.  This release of the SDK adds two major enhancements for .NET developers.

The first is support for the Microsoft Windows Store and Windows Phone applications.  With the new SDK, you can connect your Windows Phone or Windows Store apps to AWS services and you can build a cross-targeted application that's backed by AWS.  With this release, we add Windows Phone support to our growing SDK support for different mobile operating systems including our SDK for iOS and SDK for Android

The other big enhancement is our support for the task-based asynchronous pattern.  This pattern uses the async and await keywords and makes programming asynchronous operations against AWS easy.  For example, you can now upload files to S3 asynchronously like this:

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.NET Development - AWS SDK for .NET Version 2.0 Preview

Today, we are excited to announce a preview of our upcoming version 2 of the AWS SDK for .NET, which you can download here.

One of the most exciting new features of version 2 is the ability to have Windows Store and Windows Phone 8 Apps use our SDK. Like other SDKs for these new platforms, all method calls that make requests to AWS are asynchronous methods.

Another big improvement we made to the SDK for asynchronous programming is that when you target Windows Store, Windows Phone 8, or .NET 4.5 the SDK uses the new Task-based pattern for asynchronous programming instead of the old style using pairs of Begin and End methods. Version 2 of the SDK also consists of a version compiled for .NET 3.5 Framework that contains the Begin and End methods for applications that aren't yet ready to move to .NET 4.5.

For a deeper dive into the differences in version 2, check out our migration guide.

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Good to see Amazon provide this kind of support. It sure will help make building AWS WinStore/WinPhone app's much easier!

Imaging an even simpler image for using the Nokia Imaging SDK (NuGet it!)

Nokia Developer - Simpler installation of the Imaging SDK, using NuGet

When it comes to installing the Nokia Imaging SDK to your Windows Phone 8 projects, the easiest way is to use NuGet.  Until today, you still had to complete the installation by manually editing your project file (.csproj), but thanks to the fantastic input of PetroQ, an active member of the SDK discussion board, the installation is now significantly simpler. Kudos PetroQ!

The steps to install the Nokia Imaging SDK are now:

  1. In Visual Studio, from the NuGet Package manager, install the Nokia Imaging SDK to your project.
  2. Remove the “All CPU” configuration from the project, to leave only “ARM” and “X86″.
  3. Close and reopen your project.

That’s it! Detailed installation steps are documented here.

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Yeah, that does make it much easier! :)

 

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