Background Agents – Part 3 of 3

In Part 1 we looked at a simple app to get tweets from Twitter, and in Part 2 we looked at the AsyncWorkloadHelper library. In this final part, we’ll look at a couple of the other helper libraries in the project that you might find useful. As before, the code can be found at the…


Background Agents – Part 2 of 3

In Part 1 we looked at a simple Windows Phone application that used a background agent to periodically show a toast and / or update a tile when a new tweet was found for a particular search term. The code we are discussing in this post can be found at the end of that post….


Background Agents – Part 1 of 3

This post has (errr, “These posts have”) been a long time coming. They are based off the Mix 11 and TechEd 2011 sessions I gave a loooooong time ago, but despite my best efforts I’ve not been able to post anything to my blog for some time. Partly it was due to a family vacation…


Alarms and Notifications in Mango

Here’s the first of several posts about the new multitasking features in Windows Phone Mango. Alarms and Notifications is a good place to start because it is the simplest of the new multitasking features (outside of Fast App Switching, but that’s not really an API) and it doesn’t require running code in the background; it…


Mango samples coming soon, no really!

Now that the consumer features of Mango have been announced and the beta developer tools have been released, it’s time to make good on my promise to make the Mix / TechEd sample code available to all. I’ll also try and post the push notifications code from TechEd that I borrowed from Tom Fennel. I…


Sample code from TechEd New Zealand talks

[Update September 9: Link to the recorded sessions] [Update September 2: Updated the ZIP file to comment-out dependency on not-yet-shipped Map control :-)]   Attached to this post is a ZIP file with three projects in it: Part1Demo, which is the demo app for WPH304 (video should be available soon at Part2Demo, which is…

Introducing the concept of “Places”

TechEd Australia is all wrapped up, and I wanted to let everyone else know about one of the new concepts we’re introducing around application structure. As we’ve previously discussed, Windows Phone 7 applications are composed of pages that exist on a back stack and can be accessed by the user with the hardware Back key….


Heading to TechEd next week

I’ll be at TechEd next week (along with my cohort Shawn Oster and bunch of other Windows Phone folks) to give a new-and-improved version of my Mix talk. I’ll be showing a few features you haven’t seen yet, as well as providing some updated guidance on writing apps for the phone.


Back from TechEd

My trip to Australia and New Zealand went very well — lots of customers are interested and/or excited about Office development and the possibilities that VSTO provides for them. Nice to actually be around 3,000 people who (for the most part) actually like Microsoft after spending most days browsing Slashdot and thinking the whole world…