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Chris Smith03/03/12
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Developer Efficiency - XCode vs. Eclipse vs. Visual Studio

The video shows a "Hello World" app being created simultaneously for iPhone, Windows Phone, and Android. But the point here is not about phone platforms, that's just a way to create an equal playing field...

Maarten Struys03/03/12
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EvenTiles Until Now - A Windows Phone Development Series

Maarten Struys provides a Table of Contents for his "EvenTiles from Start to Finish" Series, including a short description of topics covered in each episode.

Andrew Trice03/02/12
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Extending PhoneGap with Native Plugins

PhoneGap lets you build apps in HTML5 for all mobile platforms. It doesn't actually recreate every single native API, but it can be extended pretty easily to map any native API to JavaScript. Andrew Trice explained how in a recent presentation at the Baltimore JavaScript Users Group, and wrote up the content in this article.

Chris Smith03/02/12
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Python for iOS

In case you didn't know, there's a Python app for iOS available through iTunes for both the iPhone and iPad. The app provides a Python 2.7.2 environment for the iOS and has received glowing reviews...

Juhani Lehtimaki03/02/12
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Android 4.0 Stencils Made Available by Google

Great news for Android developers and designers alike! Google has made available Ice Cream Sandwich Holo theme stencils for Omni Graffle, Fireworks and Photoshop.

Social Ebola03/02/12
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Don’t Use PhoneApplicationService.State[] in Mango!

People who tell you, unequivocally, to not use a certain service in a platform are usually wrong. What they really mean to say is “don’t use service X under this and that circumstances”. However, like in politics, a simple bold statement gets more attention that a true one...

Mikael Koskinen03/02/12
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Windows Phone 7 Sockets: How to Open a Connection

Mikael Koskinen has created a great tutorial for Windows Phone developers using WP7 Sockets. In this post, Mikael explains (in great depth) how to open a connection using Windows Phone sockets...

Andrea Haubner03/01/12
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Image Background, Orientation Changes and Control Visibility

Andrea Haubner explains how to set an image background, make sure that the proportions are right in both portrait and landscape mode, and ensure that the text stays readable with an image background while allowing users to edit values in her Windows Phone app...

Simone Chiaretta03/01/12
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Nokia Lumia 800 Bundle Unboxing

Simone Chiaretta recently purchased the Nokia Lumia 800 Bundle while in Bellvue for the Microsoft MVP Summit. He was kind enough to provide photos and details about his experience...

Juhani Lehtimaki03/01/12
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How to Ask Users to Rate Your App?

The way app stores arrange apps in their top listing is not well known outside the staff. It is a good thing too. Knowing the exact algorithms would allow dishonest manipulation of the system. Regardless, we all want our own apps to be up high in the listing for them to reach as many users as possible. We cannot affect the algorithm and we should not try to game the system. The best thing we can do is to try to get our user to rate our apps.

Chris Smith03/01/12
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What 256MB of Ram Means for Developers and Users

With the announcement that Microsoft has updated Windows Phone 7.5 and reduced the system requirements, making way for low-cost devices running on only 256MB, many developers are wondering what impact this will have on their apps. Chris discusses some of these impacts, and what it all means for developers and users...

Chris Smith02/29/12
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XNA Windows Phone Theme Library

If you've spent time developing games for Windows Phone using XNA, you've probably noticed it can be a bit of a pain to get the phone's theme color, particularly in comparison to how easy this task is with Silverlight. Tired of dealing with this problem, Daniel Brown set out to correct this problem by creating a simple and easy to use library.

John Esposito02/29/12
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Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Visual Studio 11 Beta Now Available

Today's the big beta day! Today Microsoft launched Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio 11 Beta. This article summarizes and links many launch resources, intended for both users and developers. I'll include more details on the Visual Studio 11 Beta launch in a later post.

Chris Smith02/29/12
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Developing Cross-Platform Mobile Apps with Phone Gap

Colin Eberhardt gave a presentation yesterday at the Windows Phone User Group in London on using PhoneGap for developing mobile apps across multiple platforms. Presentation includes a Twitter Search Demo and a look at the first Phone Gap app: Property Finder...

Maarten Struys02/29/12
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EvenTiles from Start to Finish - Part 16

Maarten Struys continues his series on developing a Windows Phone app from start to finish. In this post, he explains how to add some functionality to the About Page created in the previous episode, including: Displaying the application's version in a TextBlock, Submitting a review, and Checking Marketplace for more applications from a given publisher...