WP7 Sample: A Microphone-enabled Phone App in 5 Minutes!

There are a lot of sensors on the Windows Phone. We’ve got: Microphone GPS Location Camera (front & back) Gyroscope / Accelerometer Magnetometer / Compass I suppose we could also say the touch panel is a sensor, but it is so ubiquitous that we just assume it’s there anymore – yes, it’s that world we…

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WP7 Sample: Use Location Services *and* get Certified!

Allow me to draw your attention to this Windows Phone application Certification Requirement: Requirement 2.7.2 The privacy policy of your application must inform users about how location data from the Location Service API is used and disclosed and the controls that users have over the use and sharing of location data. This can be hosted…

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Mango Sample: Give your app the Finger!

My colleague Developer Evangelist, Sam Stokes, in California has written a compelling article on dragging items in Windows Phone. But I have a problem with Sam’s approach! Maybe it’s because I have a problem with Sam – but probably not; he’s actually one of my top 90,000 people @ Microsoft. So, let’s talk about moving…

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A Phone App on every Platform?

My colleague Windows Phone Developer Evangelist, Daniel Egan, has set out to do the impossible. Only kidding. He has set out to measure the real differences between building an app on Windows Phone, the IPhone, and Android. I am excited to see his conclusions. I certainly have my opinions on operating systems, and ease of…

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Mango Sample: A Cloud-based Phone App in 5 Minutes

When you create a Windows Phone application you might have some data to store. Where do you store it? Well, there’s always Isolated Storage. I discuss that here.  There’s always a local SQL Database. I discuss that here. But, what if on-the-phone isn’t good enough? …to the cloud! Why the cloud? There are lots of…

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Mango Tip: Awesome Marketplace Screenshots

Here’s a tool that makes your emulator’s start screen look less like an emulator and more like a phone. If you look at screenshots in the Marketplace that show the Start Screen, you will notice something strange – they all look the same – usually an Internet Explorer tile and a tile for the app….

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PhoneGap fully supports Windows Phone

In addition to being able to leverage their HTML5 and Javascript skills to target Windows Phone, developers can now enjoy a selection of PhoneGap Plugins that support social networks and a solid integration into Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone. Read the full article here.

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Mango Sample: a Secondary Tile in 5 Minutes

Your Windows Phone application is fast. Your Windows Phone application uses animations. Your Windows Phone application is Metro. How can you make it better? Think about your user at a bus stop. They see the bus coming. “Oh!” they think, remembering they need some information from your app. Can they get to it before the…

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Mango Sample: Delete Dramatically

In a previous post I walked through the five must-have animations for a Windows Phone application. Since then, some readers have offered a 6th – the “Delete from a List” animation. This animation is also a great opportunity to tout the virtues of the ObservableCollection. The Observable Collection is a standard Collection that has events…

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Mango Sample: The ApplicationBar’s Secret Blend?

A Windows Phone application is made up of a frame and pages. The Pages are made up of XAML that define the UI and the Application Bar. The Application Bar is made up of Application Bar Icon Buttons and Menu Items. MSDN: The default Application Bar is a row of icon buttons and an ellipsis…

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