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How to Build a RSS Feed Reader using Windows Phone App Studio?

Everyone wants to build their apps, whether you are a geek or not. And when you have a website or blog with RSS, it’s by nature to build a RSS phone of your blog. A developer who has knowledge of programming can easily start with that. But what about non-techie?

 

Microsoft has recently launched a tool called “App Studio” which will allow you to build a Windows Phone app without any programming skill. Today we will discuss how to use this tool.



Windows Phone App Studio - Build your WP app in 4 easy steps

It’s time for developers to easily build Windows Phone applications and host them in the Windows Phone Store (Marketplace). Microsoft came with a great online tool which will guide you to build WP apps in four easy steps. Though the app is currently in beta stage but you can create professional apps with it.

 

Not only that, Microsoft also came with some offers for the WPDevs which will encourage you to get started with building apps for Windows Phone community.


Bluetooth in rescue to your Windows 8.1 Surface RT battery level

It does not sound good but this is the real fact. If you have a Microsoft Surface RT device with Windows 8.1 Preview installed and facing issue with battery consumption while in standby mode, it’s time for you to turn ON the Bluetooth of your device.

 

Microsoft support team answered in a forum thread that it is a bug and the current solution to resolve the quick draining of battery is to turn on the Bluetooth.


How to create a modal InsertSymbolDialog for Telerik RadRichTextBox?

If you are a Silverlight application developer and working with Telerik’s RadRichTextBox control, you might have already used the InsertSymbolDialog that comes in-built with the control. This dialog provides you a direct API to insert symbols in your rich text box.

 

By default the said dialog opens in non-modal dialog and there are no easy way to make it modal. In this blog post, we will learn how to customize it to make a modal window for that.


Download WP SDK 8.0 Update for Windows Phone 8.0.10322

Microsoft released Windows Phone SDK 8.0 Update for Windows Phone 8.0.10322 with four new emulator images to an existing installation of WP SDK 8.0. The new SDK version no is: 8.0.10322. You must have an existing WP8 SDK installed before installing this latest bit.

 

If you are a WPDev, don’t forget to download the latest SDK to test your apps. Find herewith the link to download the WP 8.0.10322 SDK update.


Missing [RoundtripOriginal()] in RIA Service auto-generated code

Recently after upgrading to latest Telerik binaries in my Silverlight RIA Service application, I noticed a different behavior in the auto generated code. After searching a lot on the issue, came to know that the RoundtripOriginalAttribute was missing in the entity set.

 

As we can not add the attribute explicitly in a auto generated file, I had a tough time to find out the solution of this issue. Lately, got the solution which I am going to document it here for you.



Visual Studio Intellisense Stops Working. How to reactivate?

Sometime it happens with most of us when Visual Studio stops showing the intellisense menu. Most of the time it happens when the license of some Visual Studio plugin expires or when you uninstall any productivity plugins like ReSharper. It makes you annoyed to think what is the root cause here.

 

If you faced similar issue in your Visual Studio IDE and unable to bring back the beloved intellisense menu, here is the solution for you.


How to get the Geolocation in WP8?

If you are a WPDev and looking for a way to retrieve the Geo Location of the user and integrate that Geo Coordinates in your Windows Phone 8 application, this post will help you step-by-step to understand the API and the way to use it.

 

The Geolocator class provides us details about the user’s location. To use this class, you need to add proper capabilities to your application. Let’s start discussing on that.


Blog Reader app of kunal-chowdhury.com now available for WP

It’s a long time I was thinking to make a blog reader app for my blog kunal-chowdhury.com and finally it is now available in the Windows Phone store. Using this small app, you will be able to view the latest posts published in my blog.

 

Though the app is currently available for WP8 devices only, but I am going to push a downgraded version for WP7 devices very soon to the store.


“Easy Settings” - Settings page launcher app for WP8

One of my app named “Easy Connect” for Windows Phone 7 is one of the most download app in the Windows Phone store, which is an utility application to give you easy access to all the four connection settings page i.e. Airplane, Bluetooth, Cellular and Wi-Fi from a single page.

 

In Windows Phone 8, we can see some other settings page which are easily accessible by APIs. Thus I thought to build similar app for WP8.


Recap of #CSCJBPChapter monthly meet (July 2013)

It was the rainy morning when we started for the event. Few places already flooded due to heavy rain in the last night. Still we got a no. of attendees who came across to attend the 2nd C# Corner Jabalpur chapter event. Thanks to all of you who joined us.

 

In this post, I am sharing a recap of the event and the slides of the presenters for you who didn’t get chance to attend it.


 
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