Happy New Year 2012: My Favorite Windows Phone tiles of the 2011

Happy New Year! The 2011 was a fantastic year for me, full of energy, new friends, interesting and challenging tasks and I wish everyone a Happy New Year! Looking back at 2011, Windows Phone reached 50,000 apps in the Marketplace and gained a lot of respect and following from users and developers. Happy New Year…


5 Windows Phone games great for holiday travel

In my previous post we discussed using Expression Blend to create a flipping card animation. Since the Holiday season just started, I’d like to share these games I built, that use this technique. Happy Holidays, have a great holiday season, and for those skiers: Let It Snow! Enjoy the games! DUO is my version of…


Flipping Card animation for Windows Phone 7 using Expression Blend

Download Source In this post I’ll show you how to create a card flipping animation for Windows Phone 7, using Expression Blend. The source code is available for download in the attachment. First, I create a Windows Phone 7 project from scratch, using Expression Blend, you can also create a project in Visual Studio, right…


Register for Windows Phone Camps!

If you are a developer, or just curious about Windows Phone platform, we have a series of Phone Camps in Costa Mesa, Phoenix, Denver, Santa Monica, San Diego, San Francisco, Redmond and Portland. I’ll be speaking at Costa Mesa, Denver, San Francisco and San Diego (my session will be about Live Tiles @ 2:00PM, I…


Windows Phone 7.5 Cheat Sheet: Beyond Mango SDK – Toolkits and Controls

This cheat sheet lists more advanced tools, toolkits and controls beyond the standard Mango SDK 7.1, such as NuGet, Silverlight Toolkit, MVVM Light, Catel, Phone7.Fx, Coding4Fun and others. I just needed one place to stick them all to, and I think this format is great for it. Other Windows Phone Cheat Sheets: Part 1. Windows…

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Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Cheat Sheet – Live Tiles

One of the most important (and unique!) features of Windows Phone 7.5 is live tiles. Live tiles make Windows Phone truly recognizable, even if you see it from 10 meters away in a store. I created this cheat sheet to help you quickly add live tile features to your app. Enjoy! Other Windows Phone Mango…

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Connect Windows Phone 7 Apps to WordPress using XMLRPC

Download Code Samples This post was originally published on my main blog: http://kevinashley.com This is Part 1 of my Windows Phone connectivity series. Check out Part 2 on how to connect to WordPress using JSON. Many of us use WordPress: it’s an excellent platform for bloggers. Every time I start a new Web project, before…

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Connect Windows Phone 7 Apps to WordPress using JSON

This post was originally published on my main blog: http://kevinashley.com Download Code Samples This is the Part 2 of connectivity posts for Windows Phone. In Part 1 we discussed how to connect a Windows Phone app to WordPress using the blog’s built-in XMLRPC mechanism. This time we’ll use another popular protocol called JSON. Many of…


MVVM is your friend to get sensor data in Windows Phone 7

See my original post at http://kevinashley.com There’s little doubt that MVVM pattern makes your life as a developer a lot easier. There’re several MVVM frameworks for Windows Phone that make it happen: MVVM Light  http://mvvmlight.codeplex.com Caliburn http://caliburnmicro.codeplex.com Catel http://catel.codeplex.com Cinch http://cinch.codeplex.com and a few others (please, comment if you don’t find your favorite one!). In…


A vector set “I Love Windows Phone” and Metro in SVG

I feel like giving out something to the community today. And there’s one thing I’ve been missing: a set of vector graphics for Metro UI, and in particular, “I love Windows Phone” piece. Several people asked me about it, so I created one in SVG, using my favorite vector tool: Inkscape. License: This vector set…