#wpdev - which open source projects do you use?

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? The third question is optional. It should take around a minute to fill the survey. Do you know a good library that I forgot…

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The best open source components for Windows Phone

I am a big fan (and user!) of open source components for the Windows Phone platform development. There are many (hundreds?) of them available on CodePlex, but I use some of them in almost every project I create. Why? Simply because it means that I can do more in less time. I can create better experiences, better design, better functionality. And so could you. You probably know about some of these, or perhaps even all, but they are so good that they’re worth mentioning to every Windows Phone developer. I even created a small presentation about Windows Phone and…

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How to use the Coding4Fun Tile control?

There has been an update to the Coding4Fun toolkit around 10 days ago, which included a new control – Tile control. It’s an interesting control which basically creates you a button with Content and Title part, without animation. So it’s a static tile, unlike the HubTile I wrote about earlier. But, it does the trick – it looks like an ordinary Tile, and if you don’t need animations, it might be a perfect choice for you. Let’s see what can we do with it. In my last post, I created a small application called NoteKeeper which basically keeps…

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How to use the ExpanderView control?

ExpanderView – another great control from Silverlight for Windows Phone toolkit. Why do I think it’s great? Because it allows a systematic way of holding data, like in a ListBox, but at the same time gives you access to more details only a tap away. And it does it nicely, just like the email application, which keeps the user experience on the device unified. In this post, I will describe a simple application that uses ExpanderView, called a NoteKeeper. I am targeting Windows Phone Mango. In case you didn’t ready my blog post about using a HubTile control, go…

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A quick fix for C4F WP toolkit with latest August Silverlight toolkit

If you are working with Coding 4 Fun Toolkit in your next Windows Phone Mango app, you might get in trouble when using it side by side with the latest August Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit. It’s the next error that will keep bugging you: File or assembly name 'Microsoft.Phone.Controls.Toolkit, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=B772AD94EB9CA604', or one of its dependencies, was not found. Technically, a TypeLoadException when using a control from C4F Toolkit. The problem here is obviously that the C4F Toolkit is dependent on the old build of Silverlight Toolkit. The…

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How to use the HubTile control

I've used a new control in my latest demo app, called HubTile which is a part of the latest Silverlight for Windows Phone toolkit (August - Mango release) In this post I will describe how to use HubTiles, including how to style them to be more appropriate for your own application. HubTiles let you easily use tiles inside of your application. I've seen a numerous forum posts where people asked about creating a button that looked like a tile - large square with no borders, that responded to tapping. Well, the answer to those was almost always styling a button,…

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