I've been looking at a lot of applications on the Windows Phone 7 platform since even before launch. It seems that a lot of the apps out there need polish to make them easy to use. I've put together my ten top annoyances when trying out new application on my Windows Phone 7.
I recently wrote about the release of my GooNews application for the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. The Application has now been pulled from the marketplace and will not be resubmitted. There were a variety of issues that finally forced me to give up and just pull the application and give up on ever getting it out there as a successful application. Here's the story:
MIX 11 is coming and the Open Call sessions are ready to be voted on. If you like hearing me speak, feel free to vote for my sessions:
In this ninth part of my series on architecting Windows Phone 7 (WP7) applications, i'll discuss threading on the phone. If you've missed the past parts of the series, you you can visit them here:
In this eighth part of my series on architecting Windows Phone 7 (WP7) applications, i'll show you how to deal with Toast Push Notifications. If you've missed the past parts of the series, you you can visit them here:
I am writing a new Windows Phone 7 application called GooNews to show Google News in an application for the phone. I am writing this application because I needed an app like this. Being able to keep up with news (and create news categories based on keywords) is key to what I wanted to get on my phone. I tried a lot of the other apps out there and when I didn't find what I wanted, I decide to build it myself.
UPDATED: Added comments on backend story.
I am pretty invested in the Windows Phone 7 and in that light I went ahead and got a phone at launch. I had a LG developer device that Microsoft got me to help me work on the book. While having an early device is really helpful, I was ready for an up-to-spec device. To get a device early, I left Verizon and moved to T-Mobile (for what its worth, AT&T is just more evil than the rest so I my hand was forced to T-Mobile). I went with the HTC HD7. I took a leap of faith and actually pre-ordered the phone without getting my hands on it. But because this phone hardware was used for the Sprint Android Phone and the HD2 WinMo phone, I'd had a chance to see the other devices and liked the overall size and heft of the device.
In this (somewhat belated) part 6 of my Architecture for the Windows Phone 7, I want to talk about dealing with data across the wire (or lack of wire I guess). If you've missed the past parts of the series, you you can visit them here:
Today AgiliTrain is announcing their schedule for the 1st half 2011. We are visiting cities with both our Silverlight Tour Workshop and our new Silverlight for the Windows Phone Workshop. We are visiting cities around the US including Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta and San Francisco. You can view the full schedule (which also includes our partner's international stops) here:
I've been an advocate of Silverlight since it was called WPF/E, so I am not quite an unbiased observer. I decided to sit back and watch the twitterverse explode and see what the world thought. The Silverlight guys got angry; the ASP.NET guys got glib; the open source guys ignored us all.
I spent most of the last week with my early demo Windows Phone 7 (e.g. WP7) phone as my primary phone. See I am a Verizon customer currently and therefore I couldn't use Verizon on the demo phone (as it takes SIM cards and Verizon can't spell SIM). So I took the opportunity while in Europe to get a pre-paid SIM card and use it as my main phone (since my Droid was useless there). You're probably wondering what my impressions were? Well, two caveats to start with...I have bet pretty heavily on the phone so I am not exactly a neutral party, but I'll try to be. Also, I've never owned an iPhone (AT&T is true evil incarnate) so take that for what its worth.
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