UPDATE: Phoney now has a NuGet package. Search on NuGet to add Phoney to your project!
I started this project when I found I had a number of small classes that I'd built for my Windows Phone 7 application so I thought it was time to share. here is the information on the new library.
It is currently in a very early Alpha stage, but I expect to have it
at a release version by MIX 11 (Mid-April). Let me know what you think!
By Shawn Wildermuth
WP7 Isolated Storage Explorer is a tool designed to help developers
and testers interact with the isolated storage file for Silverlight
Windows Phone 7 applications.
The explorer can work both as a desktop application for testers or integrated in Visual Studio for developers.
a WP7 application/project involves storing data locally the the device,
it will be to the isolated storage file. A common difficulty is
accessing the data for testing or rapidly restoring the application's
data/state after the isolated storage has been reset, usually during the
testing and development life-cycle.
One of the usual workarounds
has been to add code to handle data transfers (to a WCF service or a
remote Web Service) or just hard code test data, but this takes a lot of
time and migrating the code from one project to another can take
To help solve these issues and facilitate
faster development for a WP7 application, the WP7 Isolated Storage
Explorer includes the following features designed to make your life
- Easy installer. One simple setup file that sets everything up on a development or testing machine.
- Easy integration. Add a single reference to your project and one line of code and you're done.
- Display the isolated storage file from multiple applications at the same time.
- Desktop client that handles all the common operations.
The client handles operations such as bidirectional file transfer,
creating folders, deleting files and folders and can perform parallel
operations on multiple remote applications
- The same intuitive client integrated in Visual Studio. Developers can debug and check the data in the isolated storage file without leaving the IDE.
- Works in the background so your phone application will not be interrupted by operations. The explorer has been tested to handle invalid operations gracefully and to not interfere with the application's purpose.
This post try to address an issue with the Microsoft Advertising SDK, the main fact that today Microsoft is still refusing access to the Ad Center worldwide.
Yesterday they generously increase the number of free apps we can develop from 5 to 100. According to talks with other developers and the Windows Phone 7 team, I have the strong feeling the model of publishing free apps supported by apps is the right course to take today.
This probably why Microsoft has moved to a bigger figure.
Am I the only software shop concerns by the lack of support tools fro WP7 outside the US? I don't think so.
So currently I am trying to seek alternatives.
First AdDuplex. The name is abit misleading, this is more like a link exchange system and it works quite well. But it won't give me any revenue even if it increase the visibility of my apps.
Then one popular one is AdMob. However the lack of true WP7 Api make its implementation very difficult. A solution exist but it didn't work for me.
The one I had real hope was Smaato. True Api, easy to implement. Unfortunatly it's really buggy. If you need to use IsolationStorage in your app (who doesn't) this kit delete your keys without reasons. Smaato is aware of the bug but seems to be verys low on the answer department.
Finally by pure randomness, I found ZestAdz and they have released a native Api for WP7. However forget their support it's really too slow to get some answer to a basic question. At the moment I try the sample provided but no ads appears.
I have also no idea if Microsoft will approve an app with Google ads. It is not really difficult to code, but due to the lengthy approval process, I don't want to be the guinea pig in that domain.
So at the moment I am left with no real strong solutions. Smaato display the ads but with a slight delay and the ad look and feel is really poor.
If only they could fix their Api quickly it might be an intermediate solution until Microsoft finally push their borders to the world.
This post is an overview of the new Coding4Fun Windows Phone Toolkit.
It offers developers additional controls and helper classes for Windows
Phone 7 application development, designed to match the rich user
experience of the Windows Phone 7. The official Coding4Fun tools
were released yesterday by the Microsoft Coding4fun team, as always the
full source code and a sample test project are also available (the
whole toolkit is completely FREE). Some of the "geeks" involved in this
cool project are: Jeff Wilcox, Thomas Claudius Huber, Kevin Marshall, Stephanie Hertrich and others.
FollowMyFeedallows you to quickly create your Windows Phone 7 application for free without any technical knowledge.
Richard Griffin current project has taken him on an interesting journey of late and so he thought that it would be helpful to share with you some of his
experiences and of course some code. He have been taking a look into
charting on WP7