Passing Windows Phone Certification – The Back Button

23 במאי 2012

Tip #2: How not to break Windows Phone certification rule No. 5.2.4 – Use of Back Button. So this is a rather common one, mostly because developers don’t take the hardware keys into consideration when developing an application, or on the contrast use them incorrectly.  Basically what it means is: Make sure the Back Button does what it’s supposed to do: Navigate Back. No matter what your application does, no matter...

Designing Windows Phone Applications With Photoshop

17 באפריל 2012

AKA: How to design your own Windows Phone Application UI, using Photoshop, Expression Blend and a little touch of Magic. When it comes to being an indie-app-developer, you usually find yourself being the Jack of All Trades. You are the developer, designer, tester and marketer. This really isn’t easy, besides being good in each of these fields, and usually you are not, you need to familiarize yourself with various tools, each for it’s own role in creating the application. ...

Code Tips That Will Save Your Life #2 – Part I

5 באפריל 2012

Tip #2: Proper Exception Handling in .Net and in General. ”Always code as if the person who ends up maintaining your code is a violent psychopath who knows where you live.” You can never know when this phrase will turn into horrible reality, so you’d better be prepared! Tip #2: Proper Exception Handling – Part 1 This time on “Code Tips That Will Save Your...
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Passing Windows Phone Certification – Correctly Working with Media

28 במרץ 2012

Tip #1: How not to break Windows Phone certification rule No. 6.5 – Correctly working with the Media Player. Oh this is a fun one… The first certification rejection I ever got was because of this one. It's a very simple rule, but not knowing of it's existence or how to abide it in code can make things tricky when you try to fix it later. ...

Passing Windows Phone Certification and Staying Alive

31 באוקטובר 2011

AKA: What are Windows Phone 7 certification rules and how not to break them   It's just so heart breaking. You've worked tirelessly on your new app, to you it's perfect, more than perfect, it’s the consummation of all your goals in life! But alas a few days after you've uploaded it to the App Hub, you find an update in your notifications panel.. You didn't pass...

Microsoft Announcing: Idea of the Week for Students

26 באוקטובר 2011

Student? Feeling creative? Microsoft is looking For You! This week we are launching a new promotion for students called “Idea of the Week”.  The purpose is to encourage students to start experimenting with our developer tools and to begin taking action on their app ideas.  We will select one winner per week and will award a $50 gift card to     How Students Enter   Students must be registered for Dreamspark.  Then they create a Sketchflow* prototype of their app idea, post it online, and tweet the URL using the hashtag “#WPAppItUp“   Each week, we will select one winner of the $50 gift card and will judge all entries based on:   •Innovation (40%): How innovative...
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Code Tips That Will Save Your Life #1

23 בספטמבר 2011

Tip #1 : Document & Comment Your Code.     "Always code as if the person who ends up maintaining your code is a violent psychopath who knows where you live."   You can never know when this phrase will turn into reality, so you'd better be prepared. This is the beginning of what I expect to be a long series of coding tips and best practices that will help you write better code and might even save your life one day!  ...
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5 Ways Improve Your Windows Phone 7 Application Stability

18 בספטמבר 2011

A.K.A: Critical But Stable Condition Probably the least user friendly experience one can have in a Windows Phone App, not including the "screen freeze" horror, is having the application crash back to start screen. No one tells you what happened, no one warned you that it is coming, and you are left with the horrifying feeling of assuming the worst. Now I know that you know, that when an application crashes it's just an  unhandled exception, nothing big, no scary monsters there. But the...
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The birth of a narcissist

16 בספטמבר 2011

A.K.A: Why on earth would you start a blog? I hate first impressions, never was good at them. I find it easier to grow on people rather than dazzle them with a witty opening line. So also this time I will not make an exception: Hello my name is Josef Goldstein. I'm a .NET software developer and architect; Born and raised in the good ol' holy land (Israel for all you other 50% of the earth). When I'm not at the office I'm working on my B.Sc. degree in CS, while filling the role of a Microsoft Student Partner in my faculty. I like long walks...
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