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Top Ranked – Control Feedback on Tap

In this episode, I focus on another small tweak that developers can add to their apps that will help make those apps look a lot more like native apps.  I’m referring to the addition of the Tilt Effect to controls.  By default, when you add controls to the canvas in Visual Studio or Expression Blend… Read more

Top Ranked – Market Testing

In this episode we talk about pricing and more generically about market testing.  I know, I know, marketing is probably not every coders favorite subject.  I bring it up as I’ve noticed many apps in the marketplace that are underpriced.  Apps that are cool, differentiated or do something of great value to the consumer can… Read more

Top Ranked – Benefiting from Trial Mode

In this episode of Top Ranked I explore Trial mode.  Trial mode is one of the most important features available to you as a developer if you’re building a paid app.  By implementing Trial mode in your app you give consumers the opportunity to take your app for a spin while ensuring that you’ll get… Read more

Top Ranked: Supporting all Markets

Note: This video is the first in the series so I spend some time at the beginning introducing myself and the goals for the series.  To get directly to the content in this episode skip to about the 4:00 mark.  When we launched the Windows Phone platform we released initially for the EFIGS (English, French,… Read more

Introducing: Top Ranked

With this post I’m introducing a new series of videos I’m producing which called Top Ranked.  In this series I’ll present various topics that will be of interest to developers building on the Windows Phone platform.  My aim is to provide short videos on topics that will help you raise the quality of your apps… Read more

A Lap Around Mango

I had a great time presenting to the Bay.NET user group last week.  With so much to talk about I ran out of time so I’m posting my slides for those that wanted to go a little further.  Click on the folder below to view them.  Let me know if you have any questions. Technorati… Read more

BackKeyPress and LostFocus Colliding

I’m working on a Windows Phone 7 app and ran into an issue that I just couldn’t figure out.  I was trapping the LostFocus event on a TextBox and finding that by handling the LostFocus event I was losing the case where the user hit the Back Key since that actually triggered the LostFocus event… Read more

PDC on your Windows Phone 7

Vertigo Software just released their PDC10 Windows Phone 7 app.  That’s going to make it a lot easier to follow along this year.  If you have a WP7 device go download it now. This year we’ll be broadcasting pretty much every minute of the PDC.  As part of building out the infrastructure and in an… Read more