My First WP7 Application

March 27, 2010
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I’ve been playing around with the new Windows Phone 7 Silverlight development.  If you want to start playing with these early CTP bits, you can get them at:

I looked at an approach for a panoramic (or hub) application that was posted about (at InnovativeSingapore):

I wanted to take this simple approach and tie it into Silverlight code I was familiar with. So I took a publically available OData version of my XBox database and wanted to create a simple game browser:

XBox Browser in the Phone

XBox Browser in the Phone #2

It doesn’t do much as far as interaction, but I wanted to play with several ideas:

  • Using VisualStateManager to change the views of the hub.
  • Use a flick gesture to move between views.
  • Use OData to comsume the data on the phone.
  • Use a Task (WebBrowserTask in this case) to make something happen.
  • See how much could be done with Blend only in the UI design.

Much of the look is a “me-too” approach with other designs I’ve seen. Remember, I am not much of a UI guy. But the approach to building a Silverlight app for the phone was surprisingly straightforward.

For the interaction, I am using the new ManipulationCompleted event which fires when the UI is changed.  This API is where the gestures will come through. But for this example, I am only using to see if an item has been tapped.  If so, I launch a search on (because I neglected to include a URL in my screenscraping of the XBox daata) for the game.

Take a look at the sample and tell me if you have any questions…its a whole new world and I can’t wait to start teaching it in our classes.