Highlights of 2012 - Windows Phone Edition
As 2012 comes to an end, I thought of putting together a list of interesting articles that I published in the last twelve months, all related to the Windows Phone developer platform.
- Building a Rowi-like "show-on-tap" menu - with the release of Rowi for Windows Phone, a new UI component was showcased - a menu that is not using the standard "tap-and-hold" approach, but rather a single tap one. I show a sample implementation of a similar control (source code included).
- Automatic Version Increment for Windows Phone Apps - by default, the versions in WMAppManifest.xml are consistently maintained with the same value. Here is a way to get those up with the help of a small tool.
- Porting a Windows Phone Application to Windows 8 - A Look from 10,000 Feet Above - Windows 8 is out and if you have a Windows Phone application that's already in the Marketplace, porting it to the fresh new platform might be easier than you thought.
- Using the Coding4Fun ChatBubble and ChatBubbleTextBox in a Windows Phone Application - do you like the Windows Phone messaging hub? Create messages that look just like that in your own application.
- Fixing a Streaming Issue in ShoutStreamSource on Windows Phone - if you are building a Shoutcast application and using ShoutStreamSource, you might've encountered a streaming issue. Here is how to easily fix it.
- How I ended up using WebBrowser instead of a TextBlock in a Windows Phone application - I am explaining why I decided to use a WebBrowser component instead of a TextBlock while building Visual Studio Achievements for Windows Phone.
- TCP-based sockets on Windows Phone with support for large amounts of data - I am showing how to use sockets on Windows Phone 7.1 to transmit large amounts of data, such as massive picture or audio files.
- Use Built-In Application Icon Resources on Windows Phone - you can actually get icons that belong in the OS in your own application. This article explains how to do that for your application icon.
- “What Time Is It” explained and ported to Windows Phone - the video experiment where a real-time clock is shown through a construction set is ported to Windows Phone by me.
- How To Get WP7-sized Bing Wallpapers - Bing exposes a web service that fetches daily images and images from a week ago, that were shown on the Bing homepage. This short article shows how to access this service from your application.
- Capturing Transport Data Between Visual Studio and Windows Phone - here is a way how you can intercept of what's being transmitted between Windows Phone and Visual Studio during a debug session.
- Basics of Using Local Storage on Windows Phone 8 - Windows Phone 8 introduced some new ways to handle local storage and I tried to cover the fundamentals for you to leverage those in your application.
- Working With Static NFC Cards on Windows Phone 8 - NFC is awesome and your app can be as awesome if you use it there. Find out how.
- Adding SkyDrive Upload Support to Your Windows Phone App - local storage is not always enough - make sure you implement a backup option in your app for the users to preserve the data in the cloud.
- Trick or Treat - URI Associations In Windows Phone 8 Outside Bing Vision - find out how to make sure that your application URI scheme is being handled correctly by Bing Vision.