Mobile World Congress 2013 Takeaways

Mobile World Congress has wrapped up and most of us are back home after spending four days at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. Between delivering presentations, walking miles of expo halls, and participating in dozens of meetings, the event is both exciting and tiring.  This conference used to be the sole domain of mobile operators, wireless equipment... Continue Reading →

Windows Phone 8 Push Notifications

During this video, Windows Phone 8 Push Notifications and server-initiated communications are discussed. Andy and Rob discuss the Push Notifications Infrastructure and demonstrate three kinds of notifications including: Raw, Toast and Tile, as well as Push Response Headers. Be sure to check out previous Jump Start videos from Rob and Andy: Introducing Windows Phone 8... Continue Reading →

Windows Phone 8 Background Agents

Andy Wigely and I cover concepts during this video that will help ensure your apps have the best possible performance and battery life for the phone user. Topics such as Windows Phone task management, multi-tasking with background agents, updating tiles from a background agent, creating tasks in Visual Studio, File transfer tasks, and Background notifications... Continue Reading →

Windows Phone 8 Application Lifecycle

During this video, Andy Wigley and I focus on key concepts like the Windows Phone 8 program lifecycle. You'll learn about things like Launching and Closing, Deactivating and Activating, Dormant and Tombstoned applications and the Simulation Dashboard. Next, we discuss Idle Detection on Windows Phone and Detecting Obscured events, Fast Application Resume, Lifecycle design, and... Continue Reading →

Files and Storage on Windows Phone 8

This video covers new storage concepts for Windows Phone 8. The concepts covered in this video include accessing the Installation folder or the Local folder using the Windows Phone Runtime Windows.Storage APIs. Additionally, Andy and I focus on background file transfers, Special Folders (Shared/Media, Shared/ShellContent, Shared/Transfers), and exploring the local folder with ISET Using Removable... Continue Reading →

Building Windows Phone 8 Apps

Now that you've learned how to design Windows Phone 8 apps from the previous video, it's time to dive into the construction of these apps. This session provides developers with a comprehensive understanding of the key components required to build a Windows Phone 8 App, including Page Navigation, the Application Bar, building UI for multiple screen resolutions... Continue Reading →

Designing Windows Phone 8 Apps

With Windows Phone 8, it's more essential than ever that developers know how to properly express apps so they adhere to the overall look and feel of the phone. In this session, Andy and Rob introduce the Windows Phone design language and how to start designing an app; application structure and navigation models, getting started... Continue Reading →

Introducing Windows Phone 8 Development: Part 2

Building Apps for Windows Phone 8 Jump Start: Introducing Windows Phone 8 Development: Part 2 This is the second half of a two-part course introduction led by Andy Wigley and Rob Tiffany. This section provides a broad new features overview (details of these new features are covered in later modules), Windows Phone 7x compatibility, and... Continue Reading →

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