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Windows Phone 7 (Mango) Tutorial - 2 - Know more about Page

In my previous post, we discussed on how to create a Windows Phone 7 application and what are the different parts of the MainPage.xaml. We also created a small and simple HelloWorld application as the quick start. I guess, now we are comfortable to create a basic application with a good UI (if you already know how to design a XAML page).

 

It's time to explore more in depth about the page. In this post, we will discuss about the base class called "Page". Read to know more about it.



Windows Phone 7 (Mango) Tutorial - 1 - Creating a Hello World Application

Recently thought to take some break from core Silverlight programming and start learning something new. As I will be working on Silverlight in office, hence decided to start exploring Windows Phone 7 in my off time. Though, it is also in Silverlight, but there we can learn something new apart from the actual Silverlight development. Now onwards, I will write about Windows Phone 7 programming and whatever I will explore, will post here in my blog.

 

Jump started with my first exploration to create a "Hello World" application in Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) public Beta. This is the first post of the series. As a beginner I will be contributing to the series and if something that I can improve in any of the posts/demos, please let me know by providing your inputs using the Comment box. Hope this series will help the beginners to learn about it.


Weekly News Digest @SilverlightZone - 22-May-2011 to 28-May-2011

Here comes this week's News Digest of Silverlight-Zone.com which contains approximately 76 new News items on various topics like Silverlight, Windows Phone 7, LightSwitch, XNA etc. It also contains lots of posts including MVVM, XAML, Blend etc.

 

This week most popular posts are on "Powerful 3D WP7 Application" by Paul, "Google Maps for WP7" by Naveed Tejani , "Mango Training Course" by Abhishek Baxi, "XAML Tips" by Michael Crump and "Basics of MVVM" by Paul Sheriff.

 

So, read out those posts and get knowledge on them. Also find links for Daily News Headlines of this week.


What’s New in Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta?

Microsoft released the public beta version of Mango (Windows Phone 7.1) Developer Tools on 24th may 2011. In this post, I am going to share some of the new features that has been released with the Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) Public Beta. You might already know about those from various resources but wanted to share some of them in my blog.

 

If you not yet downloaded the developer tools, Download Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta. Read the complete post to know more about the new features.


Silverlight 5 Features Ancestor Relative Source Binding

Silverlight 5 has another new feature called Ancestor Relative source binding. It was already available in WPF and has been newly introduced in Silverlight 5 beta. Using this, you can now bind to the relative ancestor elements very easily.

 

Let's discuss it with a small example where we will create a Control Template for a Button and bind it's Tag property to the actual element to display text, instead of setting the Content property. Read to know more.


Download Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta

Windows Phone 7.1 Developer Tools (code named "Mango") Beta has been released on 24th May 2011. It contains a no. of new features (more than 500) including Internet Explorer 9 and Skype inbuilt in the OS. Find more about the features here. You can use this new Beta Tools to develop applications targeted to both 7.0 and 7.1 OS version. Remember that, it is still in Beta stage (i.e. development stage) and hence you can't use it for production.

 

In this post, find the links from where you can download (both Web & Standalone/Offline installer) and install the Developer Tools 7.1 Beta release.



Silverlight 5 Window : The things those I did not like

In my previous post that I did yesterday, I discussed about the Multiple Windows Support in Silverlight 5 Beta and there I mentioned that though it is a wonderful feature but there are some things that I didn't like. Though it is still in beta, so it is currently in development stage and may be the team is working on it.

 

Let's read the post to know the points those I didn't like or want in the future versions. Those are my personal opinions only and looking forward to see them implemented in future releases of Silverlight 5.


Silverlight 5 Multiple Window Support

Multiple Window support is one of the important feature in Silverlight 5. Using this you can have additional top level Window on top of your trusted Silverlight Out-of-Browser application. Yes, you read correct. It only works in Out-of-Browser Silverlight application and hence you cannot open it inside a browser.

 

So, what is this new Window and how to use it in our application? Let's have some discussion on it. After it you will be able to know about it more.


My experience at MVP Open Day India - Day 3

Saturday, 21st May 2011 was the 3rd day at MVP Open day. We attended various sessions during the whole day. We had a lots of Fun there at night. Started the day at Microsoft India Development centre and ended at Ista hotel, as usual.

 

In this post, I will share some information of this day including some snaps. Session details will not be available due to Non Disclosure Agreement.


Weekly News Digest @SilverlightZone - 15-May-2011 to 21-May-2011

Here is the Weekly news digest at Silverlight-Zone.com and we have 56 new posts submitted during this week. By this week, we have completed 1,13,346 hit since 1st January 2011. Till now we have a huge 1587 posts in our database. We have collected all these links from various web sites and delivered to you daily as a news digest. It's our passion to deliver the good contents to you daily to a single location.

 

Follow us for daily news and keep supporting us. We share all these posts to Twitter and Facebook whenever a new link has been submitted. Follow us in Twitter @SilverlightZone to be up-to-date.


My experience at MVP Open Day India - Day 2

Yesterday (20th May 2011) was the 2nd day at MVP open day. It was with full of session in various tracks and also lots of fun during the whole day and night. We had a small trip to Golconda Resort at Hyderabad in the evening which was more entertaining and refreshed our energy.

 

In this post, I am going to share some info with you, so that, you will be able to know what happens at MVP Open day. BTW, the session details will not be covered here as they are part of MVP Non-Disclosure Agreement.


 
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