Tag Archive | windowsphone8

Mehdoh: New social media cool-kid on the Windows Phone block.

Mehdoh has been released for Windows Phone: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/mehdoh/150f3fc4-dc0d-4299-a8ba-069b70436ad7

and I must say it’s a darn cool social media app that supports multiple Twitter, SoundHound and Instagram accounts.

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First impressions: It’s very fast, very flexible, handles notifications and the live tile great, including a do-not-disturb time you can set.

Double tap on the header of one of the pivot-lists to scroll to the top.

Coding4Fun Toolkit v2 http://coding4fun.codeplex.com released! New items and the start of Windows Store support! The same XAML / APIs will work against either platform.

The Coding4Fun toolkit is a set of API wrappers and XAML UI controls for building Windows 8 & Windows Phone apps.  Keeping with a Coding4Fun tradition of making hard things simple, complex APIs are as simple as Start and Stop and controls all have a system-level polish to them.  The new version’s target was to give same API/Control works against Windows Store and Windows Phone applications.  Write once, deploy anywhere.

Download from http://coding4fun.codeplex.com/

I have used the toolkit myself for my Sphero Control app. http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=35cd9766-6888-4bfa-b515-13ed5fc9fed5

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Varous Color Picker controls for Windows Phone 8 and for Windows 8.

Windows 8 & Windows Phone Cross Platform Development Resources

With development of apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 getting much closer but still not being the same, there are some good resources out there in regards to creating projects that share a maximum amount of code between the two platforms.

The cornerstone of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 cross platform development are portable class libraries and MVVM pattern that help separate UI and logic.

The main area on the topic on MSDN including articles and code samples is here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/jj714089(v=vs.105).aspx

There is also a section on the “Microsoft Virtual Academy” called “Building Apps for Windows Phone 8”  https://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/tracks/building-apps-for-windows-phone-8-jump-start that has a Module (#19) on this.

You can sign up to the Microsoft Virtual Academy for free using any Microsoft ID.

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Furthermore, the following sessions on the topic were presented at the Build conference last fall in Seattle:

“How to Leverage your Code across WP8 and Windows 8”: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2012/3-043

Link provided by Stuart Lodge: “Create Cross-platform Apps using Portable Class Libraries”: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2012/3-004

Happy coding (and code reusing)!