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Michael Crump Microsoft MVP, INETA Community Champion and XAML Advocate. WP7 Windows Phone 7 Articles
2 Good Reasons to update to the latest Mango Beta 2 Refresh Update
So, you grabbed the latest Mango Build and installed it on your phone. Now your probably thinking, Why should I update to the latest Mango Beta 2 Refresh? Well, I will give you two good reasons. New Screen Shot Tool built into the Emulator Marketplace Test Kit Screen Shot Tool You may be thinking, there are a hundred ways to take a screen shot. I personally used SnagIt, but this involved a lot of steps. Load up SnagIt. Make sure my Emulator was visible. Click the “Capture Button” in SnagIt. Resize ......

Posted On Saturday, August 13, 2011 1:04 PM

My eBook and articles series on OData for Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 is complete.
Introduction I’m proud to announce my first eBook and update to my article series on OData for Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 is complete. I have worked very hard on this series and am pleased with the work. I may be a little biased, but I believe this is the best step-by-step guide ever created for OData and Silverlight/WP7 Mango. In the series, I walk you through every step with detailed screenshot and code snippets. From creating the OData data service to consuming it in an Silverlight application ......

Posted On Thursday, July 28, 2011 6:50 AM

The Busy Developers Guide to Mango.
You’re a busy developer and you have read article after article of “What’s new in WP7 Mango” but you are only interested in knowing “What does this mean for me as a developer ?”. This is where I step in and give you the “need to know” with a quick blog post. What is it? The Beta to Windows Phone 7.1 Developer Tools named ("Mango") was released on May 24th, 2011. This means you can download the bits right now, but as far as having Mango on your phone you are going to have to wait. Let’s hit the bullet ......

Posted On Friday, May 27, 2011 6:29 AM

A few tips for working with XAML inside of Visual Studio 2010.
If you work with XAML day in and day out then surely you will have your own tips/tricks for working inside of Visual Studio 2010. Here are mine. I hope that you find them useful. Tip #1 When Double Clicking on a .XAML File go directly to the XAML View and collapse the Design split view. I find it annoying how the design view opens up every time you double click on a .XAML file. I like to create my UI inside of Expression Blend instead of Visual Studio. For instance, I get the following screen when ......

Posted On Monday, May 23, 2011 6:05 AM

Best of FREE Frameworks, Tools and Controls for Windows Phone 7.
The list provided below is my “Best-Of” FREE Frameworks, Tools and Controls for Windows Phone 7. I have used everything listed below in an my WP7 applications. Most of them are in the marketplace at this point and some are still in development. Let’s get started. If you are developing WP7 Applications, this is one that you have probably heard of already. It is Microsoft’s official set of controls that comes complete with full source code of course. Project Description: Welcome to the Silverlight ......

Posted On Monday, April 25, 2011 9:06 AM

Adding Analytics to your Windows Phone 7 App with Preemptive Solutions
I have always been interested in learning which features of my application users are using as well as if they are using it. I have done this with other applications by using my own “home-grown” version of web services, etc. Since I have been working a lot with Windows Phone 7 lately, I decided to learn how to do this and share with the community. Before you get started you will be pleased to know that you won’t have to spend any money *at least until 2012* to do this with your existing phone apps. ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 22, 2011 6:51 AM

Attaching a Command to the WP7 Application Bar.
One of the biggest problems that I’ve seen with people creating WP7 applications is how do you bind the application bar to a Relay Command. If your using MVVM then this is particular important. Let’s examine the code that one might add to start with. <phone:PhoneApplicationP... <shell:ApplicationBar IsVisible="True" IsMenuEnabled="True"> <shell:ApplicationBarIco... x:Name="appbar_button1" IconUri="/icons/appbar.ques... Text="About"> <i:Interaction.Triggers> ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 22, 2011 7:07 AM

Having Fun with Coding4Fun’s Windows Phone 7 Controls
I’m a big believer in having a hobby project as you can probably tell from the first sentence in my “personal webpage using Silverlight” article. One of my current hobby projects is to re-do my current WP7 application in the marketplace. I knew up front that I needed a “Loading” animation and a better “About” box. After starting to develop my own, I noticed a great set of WP7 controls by Coding4Fun and decided to use them in my new application. Before I go any further they are FREE and Open-Source. ......

Posted On Monday, February 14, 2011 6:32 AM

Quick run through of the WP7 Developer Tools January 2011
In case you haven’t heard the latest WP7 Developers Tool update was released yesterday and contains a few goodies. First you need to go and grab the bits here. You can install them in any order, but I installed the WindowsPhoneDeveloperResour... first. Then the VS10-KB2486994-x86.exe. They install silently. In other words, you would need to check Programs and Features and look in Installed Updates to see if they installed successfully. Like the screenshot below: Once you get them ......

Posted On Saturday, February 5, 2011 4:18 PM

Review of Samsung Focus Windows Phone 7
I recently acquired a Samsung Focus Windows Phone 7 device from AT&T and wanted to share what I thought of it as an end-user. Before I get started, here are several of my write-ups for the Windows Phone 7. You may want to check out the second article titled: Hands-on WP7 Review of Prototype Hardware. From start to finish with the final version of Visual Studio Tools for Windows Phone 7 Hands-on : Windows Phone 7 Review on Prototype Hardware. Deploying your Windows Phone 7 Application to the actual ......

Posted On Thursday, February 3, 2011 6:28 AM

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