More Metro

Windows Phone iconography is a key part of the Metro look so the SDK provides a number of icons that match the look and feel of the built in apps on the phone. If you have the tools installed they are located at C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Phone\v7.0\Icons But what other icons are out there…

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Sweet, sweet, data

I forgot to post this yesterday when we saw it go live but … Windows Phone Marketplace reporting is now available! Reporting isn’t always the most exciting thing in the world, but it sure helps make it interesting if that reporting is directly related to your checkbook balance. In addition they announced that first payouts…

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Hidden Features in Windows Phone

My pal Girish has a whole host of tips for Windows Phone interaction.The vast majority come down to the one thing I tell everyone when they say “How do I do X?” The answer is Press and Hold Try it! Try it everywhere! Then build it into your apps as well. This is because the…

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Get you VB on!

The Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools has been officially released. So if you were a Visual Basic developer who wanted to develop applications for Windows Phone 7 but didn’t have the C# skills to dive right in – no more worries. This release enables Visual Basic developers to create Silverlight applications for Windows…

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Free Petzold!

If you are interested in developing apps for Windows Phone 7 (available outside the US today, and in the US Nov 8!) then you must go and download Charles Petzold’s entire book Programming Windows Phone 7 along with the sample source code for FREE. From the book’s introduction This book is a gift from the…

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Windows Phone Developer Tools Are Final

Phone OS RTM’d now the dev kit is final. Go get it and finalize your apps! I know I am. For developers to put their apps into the marketplace, opening in early October, you will need to download this version of the tools. Any application built with a previous version of the tools will fail…

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WP7 notifications

Windows Phone 7 provides a push notification mechanism to allow you to communicate with your application or the user even when your application is not running. The documentation describes the different headers and values you need to use in order to make your notification appear on the phone but I like to have a more…

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And so it began…

Windows Phone 7 – Released To Manufacturing and of course don’t forget that availability of the final version of the Windows Phone Developer Tools is just around the corner.

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Visual Studio Database Guidance released

I’ve been doing a lot of ALM consulting over the years with many different customers and the database development pieces are often the trickiest to work out within the whole process. Over the weekend the Visual Studio ALM Rangers released the Visual Studio Database Guidance for Database Projects which should help everyone in that area….

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Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone

At long last some details of what Xbox Live will look like on the Windows Phone 7 – including video and a pretty good list of launch titles! Check it out at http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/phone/default.htm

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