21. March 2012 13:30
The guys over at SilverlightShow just released my first article on the creation of the Windows Phone app accompanying their web portal. In this mini-series of articles I share some of the experiences during the development of that said app, and focus on things that you probably don't see that often in other tutorials about Windows Phone on the web. One of the particular goals of the articles is to give you some insights in the development process of a real-world project, what problems you might be facing in such a project and how to deal with them. The first part solely talks about the development process itself, and what steps we performed to get the app development up and running. You can find the full article here:
I'd be glad to hear some feedback or receive comments, either here, over at SilverlightShow, or through the contact options of my blog. Also, if you are interested in reading about a particular details of the app in a future part of the series, let me know. It's still time to integrate your suggestions if they're reasonable.
11. March 2012 13:09
A few weeks ago, I submitted the official Windows Phone app accompanying the SilverlightShow.net portal to the Marketplace. The app is completely free (also ad-free!) and presents you the content available on this platform. Today I've pushed a first update of the app to the Marketplace for certification, with some improvements to the notification tiles. You can now choose the interval the app goes out to check for updates to optimize battery life on your phone. I've also been eating my own dog food and have improved memory consumption of the involved background agent using the tips of my article series on the topic. If you haven't checked out the app yet, you can find it on the Marketplace here:
Creating the app was an interesting experience, because it wasn't a greenfield development but had to accommodate to the already existing infrastructure and of course the particular requirements of the guys over at SilverlightShow. We thought it would be nice to share some of these experiences to give developers an idea of what creating such apps looks like, off the beaten paths of simplified tutorials and scenarios. Watch out for some upcoming articles on that, with particular details about the problems and issues we were facing, and some recipes for how to solve them.
As always, feel free to leave comments, thoughts and suggestions – we particularly want to improve the app in future versions based on your feedback.
3. March 2012 22:35
Using a bootable VHD has proven to be a simple way to install and experience Windows 8 Developer Preview with its full features, without deleting your current operating system from your computer. If you are interested in using a similar technique for the just released Windows 8 Consumer Preview, then I can confirm that my previously published guide for the Developer Preview is fully compatible with this new release too:
How to install Windows 8 as bootable VHD
Have fun playing with Windows 8 :)