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Sort Data in Windows Phone using Collection View Source
When you write a Windows Phone application you will most likely consume data from a web service somewhere. If that service returns data to you in a sort order that you do not want, you have an easy alternative to sort the data without writing any C# or...
Windows Phone Choosers
Windows Phone does not yet support multi-tasking, however you can interact with some of the built-in applications on the phone from within your application. Depending on the application you call, you will either launch the application and pass in some...
Windows Phone Launchers
The Windows Phone does not support multi-tasking (yet), however you can call many of the built-in applications on the phone from your application. Depending on the application you call, you will either launch the application and pass in some data to the...
Using the Windows Phone Pivot Control
The Windows Phone Pivot control is similar to a Tab control on Windows Forms, WPF or Silverlight. Each “tab” or PivotItem you create is like a separate little page where you can have whatever other XAML you need. In this short blog post I will show you...
Using the Windows Phone Panorama Control
The Windows Phone Panorama control makes creating a wrap-around list of items very quick and easy to accomplish. In this short blog post I will show you how to create a nice panorama of a collection of photos. You will be able to take a set of your photos...
.Net Rocks TV - Architecting Windows Phone Applications
I recently completed a .NET Rocks TV show with Carl Franklin. In this episode I discuss some design decisions that will help you create architecturally sound Windows Phone applications. Of course, many of the techniques will also apply to Silverlight...
Tip on Reusing Classes in Different .NET Project Types
All of us have class libraries that we developed for use in our projects. When you create a .NET Class Library project with many classes, you can use that DLL in ASP.NET, Windows Forms and WPF applications. However, for Silverlight and Windows Phone,...
Get XML from Server for Use on Windows Phone
When working with mobile devices you always need to take into account bandwidth usage and power consumption. If you are constantly connecting to a server to retrieve data for an input screen, then you might think about moving some of that data down to...
Get Application Title from Windows Phone
In a Windows Phone application that is currently in development, I needed to be able to retrieve the main Application Title of the phone application. You can set the value for Deployment Title in the properties sheet of your Windows Phone Application...
Using Xml Files on Windows Phone
The Windows Phone does not have a database for you to use locally on the phone. This means that you will need to use WCF services to get data from a database. However, each time you make a call to a WCF service this means that you need to connect to the...
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