PhoneGap 1.3 released, full support for Windows Phone

This morning the PhoneGap community announced their version 1.3 release! This release is special because it’s the first one to include support for Windows Phone. And not just a little support, but all the main PhoneGap features. For those of you with PhoneGap experience or even just a heavy HTML5 background, this will be an…

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Great Windows Azure announcements and fresh content!

One of the downsides of finding videos and articles on the Web is that they can get out of date (to varying degrees) over time. So it’s always exciting to me when fresh material comes around, especially in conjunction with new announcements and especially from the product teams themselves. So is the case with the…

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PhoneGap on WP7 Tip #4: The Application Bar

“So two applications walk into a bar…” One of the user interface constructs that’s unique to Windows Phone is the Application Bar. The App Bar (as we affectionately call it) gives users a standard place to find buttons for commonly used tasks within an application, and menus for lesser used but still necessary tasks. Here’s…

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PhoneGap on WP7 Tip #3: Sending SMS and intro to Plugins

In this tip, I’m going to show you how to send an SMS message from PhoneGap on Windows Phone using the SMSCompose member of the Microsoft.Phone.Tasks namespace. There are a lot of useful launchers and choosers in that namespace, and I’ll be writing about some in detail in a future blog post. I’m also using…

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PhoneGap on WP7 Tip #2: Script interaction

(This post is part of my series PhoneGap on Windows Phone 7 tips.) When you are creating integration points between your PhoneGap HTML5 application and the Silverlight hosting application, there are a few ways you can go about crossing the gap (pun intended). This tip is an example of one of those techniques. It’s very…

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PhoneGap on WP7 tip #1: Handling Orientation

  Today’s PhoneGap on Windows Phone 7 tip involves handling orientation changes. This means when a user rotates their phone from portrait to landscape, the content should rotate as well. Not only that, in some scenarios elements on the screen should reformat for readability and ease of interaction. As I mentioned in the introductory post,,…

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PhoneGap on Windows Phone Tips

  A few months ago, Microsoft announced support for PhoneGap on Windows Phone Mango. This announcement seems to have flown under the radar, because it hits a (currently) small intersection, developers who know HTML5 and developers who want to target Windows Phone 7. However, the former subset is huge, and the latter is growing rapidly,…

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Resources for my “What’s New in Mango” talk

Thanks to all who came out to last week’s Atlanta .NET user group meeting. Although we were moved a week back due to Halloween, I’ll pretend it was some kind of super Daylight Saving time adjustment instead. (grin>. In any case, here are resources for the talk I did on new developer features in Windows…

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WebVisions Mobile Hackathon for Good in ATL November 17

Yet another great sounding conference is headed to Atlanta. This one is WebVisions and it explores the future of the Web and mobile design, technology, user experience and business strategy. After 11 years in Portland, the show is bringing its Indie/DIY/Maker vibe to Atlanta with presentations, studio tours and more. Unlike other conferences, WebVisions’ all-star…

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Community Phone Camp in Birmingham, AL November 9

In addition to the Microsoft led Windows Phone camps that are happening on the east coast, some industrious folks in Birmingham have put together one for folks in Alabama to get up to speed on Windows Phone development, learn about the Mango release, and write some apps! Register now for this free event taking place…

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