Using Offline Maps in Windows Phone 8

This is a support post for the Inside Windows Phone show on location and mapping in Windows Phone 8 published here. I love the offline maps feature in Windows Phone. I love to travel and I frequently find myself in need to maps even when I don’t have good connectivity on my device (especially in…

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Finding and Mapping a Route in Windows Phone 8

This is a support post for the Inside Windows Phone show on location and mapping in Windows Phone 8 published here. One of the really cool and powerful things in the Windows Phone mapping services is the ability to simple hand the Windows Phone APIs a list of geo coordinates and have it create walking…

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Reverse Geocoding in Windows Phone 8

This is a support post for the Inside Windows Phone show on location and mapping in Windows Phone 8 published here. Reverse geocoding is the process of getting an address from a latitude/longitude pair. With Windows Phone, this process is not only easy, it works in conjunction with the offline mapping capability so that developers…

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Calculating Distance From 2 GeoCoordinates in Windows Phone 8

This is a support post for the Inside Windows Phone show on location and mapping in Windows Phone 8 published here. Calculating the distance between two GeoCoordinates in Windows Phone 8 is about as simple as it can get. First, get a GeoCoordinate. One handy way of doing this is to get the location of…

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10 Great Windows Phone 8 Code Samples (No, Wait… 30)

Sometimes we don’t want to read a blog posts on a topic, we want to look at the code implementing it. Working code cuts through the confusion and explanations and gets us to the heart of the things we want to do. That’s why we should be familiar with the wealth of samples available for…

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Missing OpenStreamForWriteAsync on my StorageFile

I have a sample that I use when serializing data in order to save it to a StorageFile in Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. It looks a little something (or exactly) like this: StorageFile kittenFile = await ApplicationData.Current.LocalFolder.CreateFileAsync("Kittens4Ever.kittens", CreationCollisionOption.ReplaceExisting); var writeStream = await kittenFile.OpenStreamForWriteAsync(); DataContractSerializer kittenSerial = new DataContractSerializer(typeof(ObservableCollection<Kitten>)); kittenSerial.WriteObject(writeStream, listOfKittens); await writeStream.FlushAsync(); writeStream.Close();…

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Getting Started With Windows Phone 8 HTML5 Apps

I’ve recently been learning to write HTML 5 / Javascript apps for Windows 8 and wanted to take some of that knowledge and transfer it over to Windows Phone 8. As I did so, I learned there are a lot of little “tweaks” that I needed to do to get things working so I thought…

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Weekly Links – 2-11-2012

Due to travel and other engagements, I’ve missed a couple of weekly links, so this one will be slightly larger. One thing I want to call out specifically is that Ben Riga and I have been working on a set of sessions on building for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Ben will be…

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Using an AdControl in a Trial App (Windows Phone)

I had to search around for this information so I thought it would be nice to have it somewhere handy. Here’s the scenario: You want to put ads into your Windows Phone app, but only when it is in trial mode. To start: Download the Microsoft Ads SDK Sign into the Microsoft pubCenter and add…

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Weekly Links, January 15 2013

Windows Phone Limiting TextBox Input To Integers in Windows Phone – Simple enough, but I use it every couple of projects so I thought it should go somewhere I can find it. Add Windows Phone 8 Builds to your Existing Apps (Rajen Kishna @rajen_k) – If you want to support both Windows Phone 8 and…

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