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…


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…


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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