Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:36:00 GMTAt the end of last year, I took the personal challenge to create multiple apps for Windows 8, XAML and C#. I had at the time one app ready but difficulties to pass the certification process. How things have changed since that dreadfu time ;-) The whole experience of submitting an app and get it approved is so much better than on Windows Phone (or other platforms). All the apps below have been developed and released in less than 2 weeks! I don't consider myself a genius developer but as soon as you get the WindowsRT paradigms, like asynchronous features for example, everything goes fast, very fast. In fact I spent most of my time tweaking the apps design, and it's still something I continue to do. Because the update submission is so fast, it is not a problem anymore to submit multiple app version quickly. Thanks Microsoft for that, I wish you could apply this to the Windows Phone DevCenter. I am currently finishing few projects, but app #6, #7 and #8 very close to completion. #1 - BusFinder BusFinder gives you access to live updates on the latest Dublin bus departures by searching for a bus stop or route. BusFinder now works with maps! - Search any route and stop - Display on the map any stop location- Display all the stops for any selected route- Get any stop info including Real Time departures. #2 - BikeFinder Bike Finder is a free application that provides the bikes stations in Dublin.You can list all stations or search for a nearby one. You can also check if a bike is available, the maximum number of bikes for a selected station, the location of the station and if you can use your credit card. #3 - Reskit ResKit gives you easy access to educational resources, based on the official Irish Primary and Secondary level curriculum.With an access to 15,000 educational resources, this app lets you browse through the subjects from the curriculum and select useful and interesting articles or resources. All the lists are organized in an elegant way and a smooth animation to navigate through the selection process. #4 - FotoBank Browse more than 10 000 photos.Whether you are looking for famous buildings, breathtaking landscapes, flowers, history, etc... FotoBank is always there!Features:- Browse by category- Quick scrolling list- A single tap then to see the selected photo full screen- Save the picture to your phone to create high quality wallpapers (not available in Trial mode) #5 - FotoIreland This app present a gallery of snapshots from Ireland. Browse an extensive collection of pictures all about Irish landscapes, plants and wildlife.[...]
Thu, 08 Mar 2012 17:18:00 GMT
(image) (image) That's my frst post in a year but hey what a year, busy with my little experiments on Windows Phone.
The lates one BusFinder is doing well and with some other developers we are hoping to do even better in the next release.
I have to admit that the first version was a bit rough and we learned a lot from the experience. Open Data is not yet a reality in Ireland, looks like it's still too proprietary stuff to my taste.
We had reports that some routes were wrong.
But at the second release we got it better, the results provided by the real timeinformation is accurate. We are including in the next release a Report button for any missing data liek stops or wrong route. This will help us providing more reliable information.
Now we are finishing few things before releasing the version 2.0. We have decided to jump from 1.1 to 2.0 because so much has been done to improve the UI and the features of BusFinder.
One thing we are going to include sooner than expected is a Near By function. As you can see on this screenshot, the green pin is my current location and I can see with the help of a slider the nearest stops around me.
Tap on a pin and you get the next bus to depart. Quite cool.
So much fun with the maps that we are working on another future feature, a Route Planner.
Expect the version 2.0 to be published sometime next week.
Fri, 20 May 2011 09:48:00 GMT
Cool app! Spritemapper is an application that merges multiple images into one and generates CSS positioning for the corresponding slices.
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 15:05:00 GMT
From the VBTeam
I have experienced lot of fun creating Windows Phone 7 applications in Visual Basic and writing about them here. In our last post, I explained how to create a Bing Maps application for Windows Phone 7. In this blog, I want to share a sample that will help you to create a settings page for Windows Phone 7. This application will display two setting pages - one where the setting changes will be updated immediately, and the other where the user will have to confirm the changes.
I will now demonstrate how easy it is to create a settings page for Windows Phone 7, using Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools. The settings page can be created in 6 simple steps as follows:
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 15:02:00 GMT
Today almost all web sites are designed to operate on a desktop or laptop computer. Anyone operating marketing, ecommerce, information or entertainment web sites now needs to consider the mobile phone when designing content and services. Mobile web sites development is increasing day by day and so is the number of different mobile devices trying to access the web sites.
Major problems for web developers for mobile website development are following:
* Detect mobile device and redirect user to mobile website E.g. practical client requirement: Apple users should be redirected to an Apple theme URL, RIM (BlackBerry) users should be redirected to a Blackberry theme URL and all other mobile devices should be redirected to a standard mobile theme URL.
* Mobile device database to fetch mobile capabilities in order to deliver the best possible experience to mobile users
E.g. does this phone support java or flash, or what kind of entry method is available, such as a qwerty keyboard or a touch screen?
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 14:58:00 GMT
Data storage and access is nearly an eternal topic in all kinds of applications. In Windows Phone 7, data manipulation still plays a fundamental and important role. Regrettably, in the current Windows Phone 7 Series there is no local database API that can be used. Windows Phone 7, though, does support access to data in several ways: XML, Isolated Storage, and Cloud Storage. In this article I will introduce to you how to handle XML data in Windows Phone 7 for Silverlight applications. In detail, we'll explore three cases: how to load and render a local resource-formed XML file; how to abstract components hidden inside an XAML (XML form in essence) file, and how to obtain remote XML data via a simple RSS reader sample.
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 14:56:00 GMTIsolated Storage aims to enable managed applications to create and maintain local storage. In Windows Phone 7 Silverlight-based applications, all I/O operations are restricted to isolated storage and do not have direct access to the underlying OS file system. Windows Phone application developers owe the ability to store data locally on the phone, leveraging all the benefits of isolated storage, such as providing security and preventing unauthorized access and data corruption from other applications.
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 16:40:00 GMT
UPDATE: Phoney now has a NuGet package. Search on NuGet to add Phoney to your project!
I started this project when I found I had a number of small classes that I'd built for my Windows Phone 7 application so I thought it was time to share. here is the information on the new library.
It is currently in a very early Alpha stage, but I expect to have it at a release version by MIX 11 (Mid-April). Let me know what you think!
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 15:31:00 GMTWP7 Isolated Storage Explorer is a tool designed to help developers and testers interact with the isolated storage file for Silverlight Windows Phone 7 applications.
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 15:01:00 GMTThis post try to address an issue with the Microsoft Advertising SDK, the main fact that today Microsoft is still refusing access to the Ad Center worldwide.Yesterday they generously increase the number of free apps we can develop from 5 to 100. According to talks with other developers and the Windows Phone 7 team, I have the strong feeling the model of publishing free apps supported by apps is the right course to take today.This probably why Microsoft has moved to a bigger figure. Am I the only software shop concerns by the lack of support tools fro WP7 outside the US? I don't think so.So currently I am trying to seek alternatives.First AdDuplex. The name is abit misleading, this is more like a link exchange system and it works quite well. But it won't give me any revenue even if it increase the visibility of my apps.Then one popular one is AdMob. However the lack of true WP7 Api make its implementation very difficult. A solution exist but it didn't work for me.The one I had real hope was Smaato. True Api, easy to implement. Unfortunatly it's really buggy. If you need to use IsolationStorage in your app (who doesn't) this kit delete your keys without reasons. Smaato is aware of the bug but seems to be verys low on the answer department.Finally by pure randomness, I found ZestAdz and they have released a native Api for WP7. However forget their support it's really too slow to get some answer to a basic question. At the moment I try the sample provided but no ads appears.I have also no idea if Microsoft will approve an app with Google ads. It is not really difficult to code, but due to the lengthy approval process, I don't want to be the guinea pig in that domain. So at the moment I am left with no real strong solutions. Smaato display the ads but with a slight delay and the ad look and feel is really poor.If only they could fix their Api quickly it might be an intermediate solution until Microsoft finally push their borders to the world. [...]
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 14:59:00 GMT
This post is an overview of the new Coding4Fun Windows Phone Toolkit. It offers developers additional controls and helper classes for Windows Phone 7 application development, designed to match the rich user experience of the Windows Phone 7. The official Coding4Fun tools were released yesterday by the Microsoft Coding4fun team, as always the full source code and a sample test project are also available (the whole toolkit is completely FREE). Some of the "geeks" involved in this cool project are: Jeff Wilcox, Thomas Claudius Huber, Kevin Marshall, Stephanie Hertrich and others.
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 14:49:00 GMT
FollowMyFeedallows you to quickly create your Windows Phone 7 application for free without any technical knowledge.
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 14:44:00 GMT
Richard Griffin current project has taken him on an interesting journey of late and so he thought that it would be helpful to share with you some of his experiences and of course some code. He have been taking a look into charting on WP7
Tue, 18 Jan 2011 17:26:00 GMT
Wed, 29 Dec 2010 18:41:00 GMT
I knew this was possible! WPCentral has released a video showing a software to download any app from the Marketplace, removing the DRM protection and download it to a Windows Phone device.
I saw already some russian website releasing direct links to different apps, this is another proof that Microsoft has really some work to do to secure the Marketplace and bring its developers base some new confidence.
Mon, 20 Dec 2010 23:42:00 GMT
Here you can find third party sample code that may be helpful while developing your Windows Phone 7 application.
Thu, 16 Dec 2010 23:08:00 GMT
Sketching an app is probably one of the most important first step when I work on an app or a website. Those sketch sheets published by Sara Summers will be useful to any Windows Phone 7 developer.
Thu, 16 Dec 2010 19:06:00 GMT
So for this tutorial we will be detecting pixel by pixel collision on multiple objects and responding to each. This builds on Pong Part 2 So be sure to read that first before proceeding. Download the assets here
Thu, 16 Dec 2010 17:43:00 GMT
This is the first post in a week-long series on multitouch in Windows 7.
Most everyone is comfortable with using a mouse to navigate on a computer. An alternate form of user input is touch. For some time, we have had touch machines (such as tablets) that allow us to substitute one finger on the screen for the mouse. Multitouch takes this paradigm one step further: the computer can recognize and respond to multiple touch points at the same time (for instance, multiple fingers on the screen). Multitouch is a huge part of the NUI (Natural User Interface) movement.