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How to Launch WP8 built-in Apps using URI Schemes?

In Windows Phone 7, we had four network settings page that we can invoke using the ConnectionSettingsTask. We had no other APIs to launch other settings page but in Windows Phone 8 Microsoft exposed few schemas for invoking these settings pages.

 

In addition to the existing pages, now we have few more as addition. Today in this post we will learn how to open those settings page using proper URI schemes.



Interview Question: Difference between a struct and a class in C#

Welcome to the Interview Questions series on C#. Last week we discussed about “ref” and “out” keywords of C# with suitable example and I hope, that gave you clear understandings about those two parameter type.

 

This week we will discuss about struct and class as few people in Facebook asked me to clarify those two types.


How to connect Telerik TeamPulse with Visual Studio TFS on Cloud?

You might be aware that, we now have a Team Foundation Service (TFS) on the cloud from Microsoft Visual Studio team, where you can host your source code for free (as of now, but they will charge you in future for this) and manage your project work in agile methodology.

 

Today in this post, we will learn how to connect Telerik’s TeamPulse tool with the Visual Studio Team Foundation Service (TFS) on the cloud.


Interview Question: Difference between the ref and out keywords in C#?

Many time while working in our application module, we need to use “out” and “ref” parameters in various methods. Sometime you will face this question in front of interview panel too. So, what are those keywords and how they differ?

 

In this post, we will discuss the basics of C# to make you understand more about “out” and “ref” parameters which you will find useful.


Happy New Year 2013 to All

It’s time to welcome the fresh New Year with fresh hope, fresh expectation. Forget the past and think ahead. Thanks to all my friends, family members, blog followers and the unknown persons with whom I am connected with virtually.

 

Wishing you not just happiness but pure joy, not just wealth but Heaven's treasures, not just silence but God's peace. May this new year bring you all the blessings every day in your life.


Book: Kinect for Windows SDK Programming Guide from Abhijit Jana

My friend Abhijit Jana recently published a book “Kinect for Windows SDK Programming Guide”. The book covers step-by-step tutorial to demonstrate the API usage with well explanation and code sample for beginners.

 

Hence I thought to share this to my blog readers and followers in case it helps you to learn Kinect programming. Sharing herewith a sample chapter and other links.



How to Retrieve Remaining Battery Status of WP8 Programmatically?

If you are looking for a way to retrieve the current battery status of Windows Phone device, first let me inform you that the same is not available for WP7 device. But if you are looking for the same to implement in WP8 device, you can do it now.

 

Windows Phone 8 SDK exposes an API to retrieve the current battery status of the device which includes remaining percent and time. Let’s discuss more about it.


The TeamPulse Integration Service could not load the required TFS Client Libraries

If you just installed Telerik’s Team Pulse solution for your TFS synchronization, you might face the following error message that says “The TeamPulse Integration Service could not load the required Team Foundation client libraries”.

 

You might already searched for a solution online and came here to resolve the issue. So, let us discuss how to resolve it.


How to Crop an Image based on a Shape or Path control?

In the last post we discussed “How to Crop an Image using the WriteableBitmap class”. If you didn’t read it yet, first try to understand that before reading this post as we are going to use it in this post very frequently.

 

Today in this post we are going to learn how to crop an image in different shapes like rectangle, circle or any other different complex shapes programmatically.


How to Crop an Image using the WriteableBitmap class?

Some time we need to crop an image uploaded by user in Silverlight or Windows Phone applications. Sometime we also need to do a rotate transform or skew transform to the image before saving it. So, how to achieve it?

 

This blog post will cover the code with details using the WriteableBitmap class that comes with the SDK. Continue reading to know more about it.


How to create Image Stream of XAML Page using Telerik’s ExportExtension method?

Earlier days while working with Silverlight 2, it was very difficult to take a snapshot of the XAML page programmatically in Silverlight. Later WritableBitmap class helped us to take snapshot of any portion and save it as image.

 

Today I learnt something new to do this operation very easily using Telerik library methods and hence thought to share with you in this post.


 
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