Windows 8 apps for the PhoneGap developer-Files

(This is part 5 in my series on Windows 8 apps for the PhoneGap developer.) Most applications save and read data. That can be just something as simple as a counter, the users credentials, or game high score. Or it can be complex sets of data the user manipulates as “documents” or all the data…

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Windows 8 apps for the PhoneGap developer-Contacts

This is part 4 in my series on Windows 8 apps for the PhoneGap developer. It’s time to make contact with a user’s contacts! Since a user’s device is very personal to them, it often has their list of contacts. And it’s very common to build functionality into phone apps for interacting with a user’s…

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Windows 8 apps for the PhoneGap developer–Motion and orientation

This is part 3 in my series on Windows 8 apps for the PhoneGap developer. Here we are going to focus on writing apps that respond to the various ways a user can move the device around. The basic accelerometer code in PhoneGap is generally used to determine the orientation of the device with respect…

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Windows 8 app dev for the PhoneGap developer–Location

In my previous post about PhoneGap to Windows 8 migration, I used the location API as comparison point about how similar the programming approaches were. In this post I’m going to examine location in a bit more detail. Location information in Windows 8, as in PhoneGap, can be accessed either in single requests, or can…

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Windows 8 apps for the PhoneGap developer

Abstract: Windows 8 apps can be designed and coded using HTML/CSS/JS just like PhoneGap apps can. And with very little effort you can use your skill and existing resources to crank out a sleek, modern looking Windows 8 style app in no time. PhoneGap and Windows 8 development – more similar than you realize PhoneGap…

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PhoneGap on WP7 Tip #8: Alarms and Reminders

One of the key design decisions the design team made when creating Windows Phone was a focus on providing maximum battery life for the end user. And it seems a major contributor to short battery life is having applications running in the background. So it’s important to realize that apps you create for Windows Phone…

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PhoneGap on WP7 Tip #7: Marketplace tricks

This is a quick follow up tip to the last one I posted about using Trial Mode with a PhoneGap application on Windows phone. As I mentioned in that article, having your application available for users to try without laying out any money is a great way to grab them as a customer. But successfully…

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PhoneGap on WP7 Tip #6: Trial Mode

When you provide users a way to evaluate your application without any money up front, your app turns into the best advertising for itself. The user can check out your application in a limited feature mode, and when you have them hooked in to the benefits, they’re more likely to spring the cash to buy…

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PhoneGap on WP7 Tip #5: Live Tiles and Deep Linking

Windows Phone has a unique and very handy way of providing multiple entry points into your application. This is done through the use of one or more Live Tiles. The start screen on Windows Phone is comprised of tiles that represent many things – applications, people, websites, music, map locations, and more. There’s a neat…

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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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