Nokia Music API is a set of services that allow you to offer parts of Nokia Music services in your application, which is especially interesting on Windows Phone 8 and (more recently) Windows 8 platform. The Windows 8 support is available for around 2 weeks. How to use it in your app?
This is not another WinDays 13 goodbye post. It’s actually a ‘see you again soon WinDays’ post, with a few of my own impressions and thoughts about the Microsoft WinDays 13 conference held in Umag, Croatia last week. I had a session there about Live services and I wrote for the official WinDays 13 blog with a couple of colleagues.
After quite some time, I am transferring blog to Azure Web Sites to have more and better control over it. This means better insight into what’s happening regarding the traffic, better customization possibilities etc. Where are we now? What’s next? How do you like the new theme?
As a relatively new platform, WinRT is missing some of the features that WPF and even Silverlight developers are used to. One of those features is definitely the character ellipsis trimming feature for TextBlocks. I did a little research on that matter for one of my recent projects, and here’s what I’ve come up with.
When working with a lot of data in apps based on web services (JSON return format being quite common), you’d normally want to cache it in order to make your apps faster and make your users spend less Internet traffic on refreshing which actually isn’t necessary. Also, if the users opens your app while having no Internet connectivity, it’s nice to show him something, even though it’s cached data. It’s always possible to implement your own caching framework, but there’s a nice library already out there called Q42.WinRT which makes it very easy to do the caching.
Modern UI, Microsoft Design Style, Metro… Doesn’t matter really in this case. I was looking for a PowerPoint template to use in my presentations and didn’t find many clean and nice online. I didn’t want Windows 8 start screen in my presentations, but clean interface with Segoe font and maybe some solid fill rectangles in great looking colors. I found one which was looking OK and working great, so I modified it to fit my needs, created dark and light versions and now I’m sharing it.
Live SDK makes it easy for you as a developer to use Live services from inside your Windows Phone 8 app. More than 500 million people use services like SkyDrive, Hotmail, Messenger etc. There are some things which you don’t want to store locally when building apps, such as data that needs to be used from any device that a person has, calendars and events, people etc. When you use Live SDK, it synchronizes beautifully in the Cloud and becomes available on all the devices. I’ll try to cover some basic Windows Phone 8 Live Connect stuff in 3 days. This is day 1.
One of the issues when it comes to space and properly designing a GridView on devices with 768 pixels of height is the fact that the title of each GridView item can often take just the amount of space on the top that you need to fit all your data. Considering the fact that the GridView is predefined to scroll horizontally and that in landscape orientation you get more space horizontally, why not put the title of each item vertically next to the item and get those approx. 60-100 pixels back. Plus, it looks really cool. Read more to find out how to do it!
There I am, all happy and excited about the latest Windows Phone 8 SDK released today. And so I downloaded it and installed it. I opened Visual Studio 2012, created a new template project, tried to run it in emulator and… error occurred. What? Windows Phone 8 emulator wasn’t able to create the virtual machine? Here are some of the steps that helped people online and myself to get it fixed.