My SDP 2011 Lecturer Interview

February 28, 2011

Last week SELA conducted a LIVE interview with all of the speakers at SDP 2011 (Sela Developer Practice conference). You can catch my interview on the new Sela College Channel: http://www.sela.co.il/y/ArikSprint11 or on YouTube: Thatโ€™s me on the right :) In my interview I talked about the presentation Iโ€™ll deliver on March 15 in the Client track on the topic WPF + Silverlight + Windows Phone 7 = 3-Screens Development where Iโ€™ll show how to develop an application to WPF, Silverlight and Windows Phone 7, while maintaining...

Searching Twitter on Windows Phone 7

February 24, 2011

In the previous post weโ€™ve seen how to get list of trends on twitter. On this post we continue to explore twitter service. We will see you how to search for twits on twitter. Searching Twitter Twitter exposes a JSON-based search service in the following address: http://search.twitter.com/search.json?q={0} where {0} should be replaced with your search term. The results are returned in JSON data format, so we will use again the DataContractJsonSerializer. For more details on how to use it, check out the previous post. Defining Twit and...

Get Twitter Trends on Windows Phone 7

February 21, 2011

In this post I will show you how you can get the list of trends on twitter. On the next post Iโ€™ll show you how you can get the twits related to these trends and generally search twitter for twits. What The Trend? Twitter provides a cool site named http://whatthetrend.com/ where you can see the 10 topics which are most discussed currently on twitter. This site also provides us a web service that returns its results in JSON data format. The service can be accessed using the...

Search Digg on Windows Phone 7

February 10, 2011

Following is another utility class I wrote to help me search Digg results asynchronously on a Windows Phone 7 application. I will present how it was written and then how to use it. At the end of this post you can find a sample application that contains all the code. How to Search Digg? Define DiggStory First we define a model class that will hold a single Digg entry. This class will have the following properties: Title โ€“ title of the Digg entry Description...
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Reading RSS items on Windows Phone 7

February 3, 2011

Following is a utility class I wrote to help me read RSS items asynchronously on a Silverlight for Windows Phone 7 application. I will present how it was written and then how to use it. At the end of this post you can find a sample application that contains all the code. How to read RSS? Add Helper Assembly The first thing we need to do is to add a reference to the assembly, System.ServiceModel.Syndication.dll which contains classes that can parse RSS feeds. This assembly is part of the Silverlight 3 SDK. It...