I am preparing a session about open source in Windows Phone development and I’d like to hear from the awesome #wpdev community! I am a real fan of open source in #wpdev and I admire people who invest their free time, energy and knowledge to make things easier for others. So, if you use open source in your apps, which ones are your favorite? Are there any that you add immediately after creating a new project?
I wrote about LayoutTransform back when I needed it for Windows 8 XAML development. I modified the existing Silverlight Toolkit code to work with Windows 8 and it was great. Now a lot of people are asking the same question over and over again on StackOverflow – where’s LayoutTransform in Windows Phone Toolkit?
I wrote an article a year and a half ago about using GART with Windows Phone to create augmented reality scenarios in really easy steps. It’s linked in the GART project documentation and it gets a lot of attention and even questions from people working on Windows Phone 8 apps. The article was written with Windows Phone 7 in mind, but conidering it’s still being used as reference getting started implementation, I decided to write about what has changed.
Advanced Technology Days is a two-day conference that took place in Zagreb, Croatia on December 4-5. I was among 20 developer speakers in the developer track, and I held a session about Nokia Imaging SDK for Windows Phone 8.
I noticed an interesting hashtag on Twitter today, started by Jay Bennett, which is usually followed by screenshots of developer’s app download statistics. We’re not trending yet, but you can help by joining :)
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.
As I announced earlier, I had a session at KulenDayz conference about Windows Phone and augmented reality. You can hardly start talking about augmented reality before you cover some basic elements of it, which includes defining the augmented reality, classifying it, explaining sensors, camera, and all sorts of open source toolkits that make it simple to start creating augmented reality apps today. Find the presentation in this blog post
Today, the agenda for MS Community event in Croatia known as KulenDayz got refreshed, and my session got accepted and became a part of the ‘Windows Phone’ track! I am very excited about it because I explained earlier why KulenDayz is a special event to me. So, besides being a part of the organization team, I will get a chance to speak about a very exciting and challenging topic. Here’s what you can expect to hear if you are coming to KulenDayz!
To enable developers to test applications that somehow rely on location services without having an actual device, Microsoft added a location tool to the Windows Phone emulator back in Mango release. For some reason, the tool stopped working and the Bing map is not rendered if you try to use it today. Without a map, you can’t add pushpins to it which would simulate your device actually having latitude and longitude – location somewhere on Earth. Luckily, there’s a workaround!
One of the things you might need Twitter authentication in your app for is to be able to share photos. In my last article, I described the way to get the user authenticated (PIN based authentication), and this article will show one of the methods for sharing photos on Twitter from Windows Phone app. Note that there are of course other solutions, this is just my way of handling it in my apps.