18. February 2011 11:02
Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit Feb 2011 is now available. Components included in this update are:
- Page Transitions
This update also includes the samples project for Visual Basic phone developers.
You can download this update from http://silverlight.codeplex.com/releases/view/60291 .
5. February 2011 11:05
New Windows Phone Developer Tools - January 2011 Update is now available. This update includes the most awaited API access to copy and paste for developers, they can now test their applications with copy paste functionality in the Emulator update.
This update includes:
Windows Phone Emulator Update.
Windows Phone Developer Resources Update.
Windows Phone Capability Detection Tool.
Windows Phone Connect Tool.
Updated Bing Maps Silverlight Control.
Prerequisites to install this update includes:
Supported OS : Windows 7 or Windows Vista.
Windows Vista (x86 and X64) with Service Pack 2 all editions except Starter Edition.
Windows 7 (x86 and x64) all editions except Starter Edition.
You can download January 2011 Update from this link. There are two separate installation for the Developer Tools. In the first step download “WindowsPhoneDeveloperResources_[language]_patch1.msp” and in the second step download “VS10-KB2486994-x86.exe” .
I have installed both the updates and the copy and paste feature is working like a charm. As shown in the images below, simply tap on the text to select it, you can expand or collapse the selection, a copy icon appears on the top when you select some text, tap on this icon to select the text. When you are in the target text area, you will see a Paste icon on top of the keyboard, by tapping on this you can paste the text copied in the clipboard.
4. February 2011 13:27
Cheryl Simmons has posted a concise list of Windows Phone 7 Design Guidelines, which I am sure will be helpful to all Windows Phone Developers.
I am quoting some of the points from the original post:
Themes: Avoid using too much white in applications, such as white backgrounds, as this may have an impact on battery life for devices that have organic LED displays.
Application Settings: Application actions that overwrite or delete data, or are irreversible must have a “Cancel” button.
Canvas/Grid for layout: Canvas uses a pixel-based layout and can provide better layout performance than the grid control for deeply embedded or nested controls in for applications that do not change orientations.
Thank you Cheryl for the extremely helpful list.