Mango Sample: Portable Assemblies

Windows Phone Applications are written in Silverlight (or XNA). Considerations for Silverlight impact Windows Phone developers. The Problem Many developers and organizations have existing libraries (assemblies) used in their desktop solutions. Object Oriented (OOP) Developers love to reuse existing assets. However, desktop assemblies may not be reused in Silverlight projects.  Only Silverlight assemblies may be…

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Mango Sample: Resources Part 4: Styles

This is part 4 in the Resource series. Part 1: Themes Part 2: Colors Part 3: Sizes Part 4: Styles Can I override the Theme? No, but read on – this is important. You are the developer of your application. As a result, you are in control. The reason you implement Phone Resources and respond…

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Mango Sample: Resources Part 3: Sizes

This is part 3 in the Resource series. Part 1: Themes Part 2: Colors Part 3: Sizes Part 4: Styles What Sizes are there? Another handy resource is the built-in size resources. This allows you to scale your fonts with two key benefits: Your font sizes will resemble the rest of the phone Your application…

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Mango Sample: Resources Part 2: Colors

This is part 2 in the Resource series. Part 1: Themes Part 2: Colors Part 3: Sizes Part 4: Styles What Accent Colors are there? Windows Phone supports 10 standard accent colors. The user selects the accent color per their preferences. Your application can read this color, but not influence it in any way. In…

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Mango Sample: Resources Part 1: Themes

This is part 3 in the Resource series. Part 1: Themes Part 2: Colors Part 3: Sizes Part 4: Styles Themes Windows Phone provides a series of resources to delivers. They include Brushes, Colors, Sizes, and Styles. Although a developer could create their own, it is the best practice is to use the Phone Resources….

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Mango Sample: Accelerometer

I know what you’re thinking: “You are already sensitive to various orientations, how can you make my Windows Phone application the same?” Lucky you! Microsoft has written a whole API (a kind of radar, if you will)  to sense Phone orientation. Left? Right? Up? Down? Your application determines what is supported. Windows Phone supports multiple…

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Mango Sample: Advertising

The Microsoft Advertising Pub Center will allow you to create two types of Advertisements. 1) 480×80 XX-Large banner ads, and 2) 300×50 X-Large banner ad. 1. PUBCENTER > APPLICATION(S) First, register your Application at the Microsoft Advertising Pub Center web site – the Ad Control requires the Application Id. Any web page, Windows Phone 7…

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Mango Sample: Icon Design

Let’s take a minute to walk without using Express Design to create a logo for your Windows Phone application. Expression Design is included in the Expression Suite – it is NOT included with the free version of Expression Blend (which is included in the Windows Phone SDK).  Required Formats  When you submit your application to…

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