Posts Tagged ‘Windows Phone 7’

Integrating with Facebook on Windows Phone 7

March 18, 2011

I recently helped a collegue with Facebook integration on Windows Phone 7. The requirement was to log in and post a link to the users stream. I quickly came across the Facebook C# SDK found on codeplex at: http://facebooksdk.codeplex.com/. Unfortunately the otherwise pretty straight forward API is poorly documented, so it took me a bit of trial and error to get what I wanted. Here are the steps I took:

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Windows Phone 7 development: FINALLY!

January 28, 2011

I finally got a chance to try out the entire Windows Phone 7 experience, from creating Silverlight and XNA applications to deploying on actual hardware. But thats not the finally this post is about. The reason I am writing this post is becaus now i FINALY have what I have been missing from Windows Mobile for the last several years: a mature smartphone platform that i can develop for using my favourite toolchain and language.

With arround a days experience total, this isn’t exactly an indepth impression but I have to say I’m very excited. Developing in XNA compared to the work I’ve done in Cocos2d on iPhone is a really smooth experience. And Silverlight – well slap on a listbox, style it which ever way you please, databind it and it just works. A dream of mine just came true.

This is not to say that there isn’t a lot of kinks Microsoft needs to work on – a great platform is more then great developer support. Like the brower – don’t even get me started. And I’m not just talking about the rendering, I’m talking about the whole entering and editing a URL and what not. Also while deploying to WP7 is super fast, I can’t help but think that Microsoft could have done something so that i don’t have to manually unlock the phone each time i wan’t to deploy.

I’m not even going to mention the missing enterprise story here..

All in all I’m starting to think Microsoft have a winner on theire hands if they can keep the updates rolling out quickly. Noe i’m just gonna sit here and wait patiently for a chance to work on the platform professionally.

Live feed from Microsoft’s Mobile World Congress press event

February 15, 2010

“Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will host a press conference at Mobile World Congress 2010. Watch the live Webcast here on Feb. 15 starting at 6 a.m. PST/3 p.m. CET”

http://www.microsoft.com/news/windowsphone

Steve Ballmer live – sweet!

Windows Phone 7 predictions from a Window Mobile developer

February 12, 2010

With Mobile World Congress in Barcelona only two days away, I feel like making my “predictions” for Windows Phone 7. If nothing else, then so that people will have something to throw in my face (yeah right – it’s so i can gloat of course).

First let me take you back: One of the first things I noticed about the Windows Mobile 5 / Compact Framework combo was how weak the graphics system was. As usual I created a layout in Photoshop, assuming that stuff like basic transparency and gradients would of course be available. Years later I have spend countless hours trying to wrangle Compact Framework Forms applications into something good looking / user friendly. At some point you just realize it’s too much effort and half resign.

Why this talk of Compact Framework?

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