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John Blanco01/24/12
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iOS Brownbag: Views vs. Layers

For many iOS developers, layers are a lower-level, complex version of the UIView. In reality, it’s the UIView which is a thin layer on top of CALayer. Unfortuntely, 95% of the iOS books and documentation out there talk almost exclusively about the...

Maarten Struys01/24/12
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Every Windows Phone application deserves a Live Tile (part 2)

My previous post about Live Tiles showed you how to use both sides of the Application Tile in Windows Phone Mango and how to initialize it in the WMAppManifest.xml file. You also learned how to add local language support. Now we will focus on how to update...

Juhani Lehtimaki01/24/12
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Hands on Open Source Android UI Libraries

In a previous post I listed some free UI libraries. In this one I'll take a look at example applications.

Daniel Mohl01/23/12
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Making F# Windows Phone Development a Little Easier

About a month ago, I announced that most of the existing F# project templates on Visual Studio Gallery had been updated to include support for Visual Studio 11.

John Blanco01/23/12
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Getting Started with Mogenerator

If you’re an iOS developer using Core Data in your app, whether a n00b or expert, you should be using Mogenerator. I mean, really, you *should* be using it. If you don’t, well don’t worry, I’m not only going to tell you why you need it, I’m...

Maarten Struys01/23/12
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Every Windows Phone Application Deserves a Live Tile (part 1)

Live Tiles have been one of the nice differentiators of Windows Phone. In Mango, Live Tiles even got better, as a matter of fact, way better for end users and for 3rd party application developers. Today, applications can benefit from multiple secondary...

Andrea Haubner01/23/12
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Windows Phone Styles and Resources

For this blog entry I am just getting right to the point. I created a new project with just a button and immediately ran it. So I can change the theme in my emulator. I am setting the background to light, and the accent color to brown. I want to find out...

Dan Dyer01/23/12
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Accessing Local Name-Based Virtual Hosts From the Android Emulator

To test mobile versions of websites, it is useful to be able to connect to a web server on your local machine from a web browser on an Android emulator without having to expose the web server to the Internet.  You can’t use the normal loop-back IP...

Tim Murphy01/23/12
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Windows Phone Silverlight: Poor Man's Double-Tap

I have seen a lot of articles about gestures but they require third party libraries or complex coding approaches.  What I am going to present here isn’t strictly elegant or necessarily the best approach, but this is the way we would catch this type of...

Tim Dams01/22/12
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Creating a Windows Phone app: Listbox items of the same width

I love databound listboxes in WP7. I do. I really do. However, every time I come to the part of making a nice template for each item (i.e. shiny ugly orange border, etc.) I fail in having items of equal size. This is usally what I produce:  Resulting in:

Jerry Nixon01/22/12
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Windows Phone Mango Sample: Delete Dramatically with ObservableCollection

In a previous post I walked through the five must-have animations for a Windows Phone application. Since then, some readers have offered a 6th – the “Delete from a List” animation. This animation is also a great opportunity to tout the virtues of the...

Den D.01/21/12
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Beta-testing on Windows Phone - some curious facts

I recently launched a beta-test of the Visual Studio Achievements for Windows Phone, and in the process I noticed some interesting tendencies, that I tried to describe in this article. Although it is hard to say how many of these can be applied to other beta...

Jerry Nixon01/21/12
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Windows Phone Mango Sample: 3 Solutions to Formatting Problems

One of the most powerful aspects of XAML is it’s rich and dynamic support for data binding.  

Mikael Koskinen01/21/12
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Windows Phone DataTemplateSelectors with the help of Caliburn.Micro

In this Windows Phone 7 tutorial you will learn how to take advantage of Caliburn.Micro when displaying a list of non-identical objects to the user.

Jerry Nixon01/20/12
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Creating a Windows Phone Application in Visual Studio OR Expression Blend

A Windows Phone application is made up of a frame and pages. The Pages are made up of XAML that define the UI and the Application Bar. The Application Bar is made up of Application Bar Icon Buttons and Menu Items.