Sela Developer Practice–December 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Announcing – Sela Developer Practice conference (third time) will take time at Crown Plaza hotel (Tel Aviv, Israel) and the SELA headquarters (Bnei-Brak, Israel) on December 4-8, 2011. This year the conference will focus mostly on Windows 8 and other hot announcements made during //BUILD conference earlier this year at Anaheim, CA. During Sela Developer Practice (SDP) this year, Sela experts and special guests from Microsoft Israel (Guy Burstein and Maor David-Pur) will talk about new features in Windows 8, Visual Studio 2011, .NET Framework v4.5 and other hot technology topics. First conference day...
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My Session at UNETAPlus

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Few hours ago I delivered a session about creating Silverlight/XNA hybrid applications for Windows Phone Mango. I like to thank all the participants – you were great and I had a great pleasure to present for such quality audience. I loved the questions and the conversation after the session. The slides deck I used for presentation can be download from the here.   As promised, the demo applications also published and can be downloaded from the following locations: Demo #1 is here. Demo #2...

Meet me at BUILD

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

BUILD/Windows approaching fast. As previous years with PDC, also this time SELA sends around 20 top experts to BUILD. I will be there also If you want to meet me or someone of other SELA experts to discuss some exciting news I’m sure we are going to get at BUILD (or just say “Hi”) feel free to send me a tweet @DevCorner.   See you at BUILD, Alex

Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) Developer Tools–RC Release!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Microsoft just released a new refresh of Windows Phone Mango developer tools (WPDT) – the RC. This release includes “Go Live” license that permits registered developers to publish Mango applications to the Marketplace! What changed/added: The profiler has been improved, and now provide memory profiling as well The emulator has a couple improvements to make development and testing better: The RTM build (build 7720) is used by the emulator, providing you with confidence that the code you write will work on Windows Phone...

Windows Phone Mango – New Tasks (Beta & Beta2)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Windows Phone Mango adds few more task over initial Windows Phone (RTM) release. This post will cover new task (launchers and choosers) added to Windows Phone Mango Beta and Beta 2. To introduce those features I’ve created sample application which looks very simple, yet have all those new tasks: Before we are starting, one very important note about tasks in general. Some of them works on emulator as on real device (Bing maps, Bing directions, etc.), some of them works but doesn’t produce any “visible” output and cannot been verified (Save Ringtone) and some of...

Windows Pone Mango–Developer Tools Beta 2 released!

Microsoft just released Beta 2 refresh of Windows Phone Mango developer tools! The refresh further improves the tools, resolves bugs from previous release and adds some new features. Most important – registered Windows Phone developers with retail device will get access to Mango updates via invites to Microsoft Connect site which will give them access to Mango for their retail devices! Also, the release brings some breaking changes which we as developers need to be aware of. Here are the list of some breaking changes: Change Improvement Resolution Image decoding moved to the background thread Enables more responsive UI If background loading of an image is not...

Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“Profiler” – Part 9 of 8)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

This post is a “missing part” of series about new features in Windows Phone Mango New and very important feature of Windows Phone “Mango” Developer Tools is the profiler. The profiler enables the developers of Silverlight applications (currently only Silverlight scenarios are supported) to sense important heartbeats of the application and collect information about application behavior at runtime. To measure the performance or the application, navigate to Debug menu option and select Start Windows Phone Performance Analysis: Visual Studio provides the developer with configuration setting screen which enables him to define some profiling settings, like drawing details, depth of stack frames...

Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“Push Notifications & Tiles” – Part 8 of 8)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mango introduces some changes in Push Notifications mechanism which enables the developers to create more attractive scenarios. First feature I’ll show in this post is a secondary tiles for application. Before Mango, every application could have only one pinned tile on the main screen which could be updated using Push Notification mechanism (I blogged about it quite some time ago here and here). Mango release enables to have additional tiles which can be pinned and removed from application code! How about having something like this: All the tiles (beside IE9) on main screen are related to sample I’m going to show...

Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“Silverlight/XNA Interoperability” – Part 7 of 8)

Windows Phone RTM didn’t allowed to mix Silverlight and XNA content. Mango enables the scenarios where Silverlight content can be rendered along with XNA content. In the sample presented in this post we will build 2-pager Silverlight application with pure Silverlight page (1st page) and mixed 3D XNA & Silverlight page (2nd page). Final application looks like the following: In order to ease on the developers, after installing Mango developer tools, Visual Studio provides us with two templates – one in Silverlight for Windows Phone area and one in XNA Game Studio 4.0 area: and The templates are almost identical. The first one...