6. June 2013 08:00
Thanks to everybody who attended my session on Windows Phone 8 Enterprise Development in Karlsruhe yesterday. It was a lot of fun. I'm glad Windows Phone development is picking up speed in the business world too. Also thanks to all who filled out their evaluations, and the great and overwhelmingly positive feedback! Very much appreciated!
Here are the slides (German):
31. May 2013 14:45
Next week Software Developers Conference "Entwicklertag 2013" is about to start once again, in Karlsruhe. As last year, I'll be there talking about Windows Phone. This time, I'll present and discuss our project experiences with using Windows Phone 8 for Enterprise Applications, and of course I'll also give a general overview of what's in the box for enterprises with Microsoft's mobile platform. You can find more information on the Conference's web site:
My session is described in detail here:
If you want to chat about Windows Phone, .NET or software design and architecture in general, I'd love to see you there ;).
21. April 2013 12:24
After a short period of testing and use in a project, I released version 1.2 of YLOD (on NuGet) today. It adds support for passwords, a feature requested by Brecht over on CodePlex. I was a bit amazed that I didn't ran into this earlier, as having passwords in your app's options seems like an obvious use case. It once again shows the value of feedback from others – thanks for that.
How it works
Passwords integrate in the same way as all other available options by using attributes for configuration. There are two typcial scenarios that are supported:
- You want the user to enter credentials for some own or external service. This would be achieved by displaying a single password box.
- You want to enable your users to change some existing credentials, for example for your own service and/or app. This typically requires a second password box to confirm a password change and avoid typos.
The following snippet shows a fully configured password property on your options data container type with the second scenario used. You don't need to configure the confirmation related properties if you're only interested in the first scenario, of course.
[OptionPassword(Description = "This is a password with confirmation, e.g. to change an existing password.",
GroupName = "passwords",
ShowConfirmation = true,
ConfirmationDescription = "Confirm the password:",
PasswordsDoNotMatchErrorMessage = "Password and password confirmation do not match.",
MinLength = 3,
ValidationErrorMessage = "A password must be at least 3 characters long.")]
public string MyPassword
As you can see, the "OptionPassword" attribute inherits some base properties, in particular of the string option attribute, to let you add simple validation checks (through the "MinLength" or "RegularExpression" properties) without requiring custom validators.
Of course the new option supports all the features of other options, including localization and support for both Windows Phone 7 and 8 (more here: https://ylod.codeplex.com/documentation).
How it looks like
The above example results in an options page like this:
If you want to play around with this or any other features of YLOD, I recommend taking look at the source code, which contains sample applications for both Windows Phone 7 and 8 that make it easier to get started with the project.
I hope you enjoy this new feature and find some use for it. Have fun!
2. April 2013 07:30
I used the time over the Easter holidays to update some of my open source projects. It was mostly fixing small issues and also improving support for Windows Phone 8. In particular:
Your Last About Dialog (also on NuGet)
Your Last Options Dialog (NuGet)
Liphofra (NuGet) – first public release
I also introduced some changes to PAARC lately, and worked a bit on the Phone Net Tools – however not to a point that would justify a new release (see the repository if you're interested).
28. March 2013 07:00
In the current issue of German print magazine "dotnetpro" (04/2013) I write about the features and chances of Windows Azure Mobile Service, using a practical sample as introduction on the topic. The online description (also in German) can be found here:
25. February 2013 14:13
Part of the last article was a detailed look at the possibility of speech recognition from within your app. A logical continuation of this technology and feature is to seek deeper integration with the operating system by using voice commands. Voice commands are a way for you to register certain phrases with the Windows Phone OS that are recognized when the user invokes the built-in voice recognition, without your app being active or even launched. In this article I will explain what it takes to use this feature, and what you can achieve with it.
Read the full article on SilverlightShow:
19. February 2013 13:03
Windows Phone 7 already has some speech features built into the system, for example voice commands that can be invoked by holding down the start button. As with many other features of this first generation of the platform, accessibility to these was extremely limited for app developers. Once again Windows Phone 8 not only heavily improves this situation, but it also adds a variety of completely new features that both developers and users will benefit from. In this article, I'll take a closer look at text to speech and its counterpart, speech to text (speech recognition).
18. February 2013 19:57
No matter how much touch and gestures talk is around, the keyboard likely will continue to stay developer's best friend for a long time. My personal companion for serveral years has been the Logitech UltraX keyboard . It sure isn't a high-end or premium model, but it suited my style of typing extremely well. It's not particularly durable either, at least not for someone who's using it several hours a day and likes to write both texts and code – in the last years I have worn out approximately one every year. They start to turn ugly quickly, because the silver color is rubbed off in only few months if not weeks, but technically they're robust enough to see all four seasons. At a price of less than 20€ this is something I was willing to accept. More...
12. February 2013 14:56
In this third part about communication feature improvements in Windows Phone 8, I will focus on Near Field Communication, or NFC for short, which lately has found its way into many modern smart phones across different platforms like Android, Bada or BlackBerry. On Windows Phone, NFC support has only been added in version 8; there wasn't any support for it in Windows Phone 7 neither built-in nor available to third-party developers. The most prominent use case is for payment services like the "Wallet Hub" in Windows Phone , however the range of uses is not limited to that, and with the available API developers can adapt the technology easily for their particular needs.
Read the full article on SilverlightShow.net:
6. February 2013 07:00
When we talk about Bluetooth support in Windows Phone, we really have to look at two different sides of the same medal: user experience and features as well as developer opportunities. Windows Phone 7 had basic support for Bluetooth from the beginning, however more advanced options were not available to the user. For developers, the situation was even worse, as there was no public available API to support Bluetooth features in your apps at all. Both situations have changed and improved dramatically in Windows Phone 8, however, as we will see in this article, the situation is still not perfect.
Read the full article for free on SilverlightShow: