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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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:
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...
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...
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.