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Windows Phone 7 (Mango) Tutorial - 9 - Page State Management

Yesterday we discussed the basic theory on Windows Phone 7 Page State. We came to know what is this and when to use this. We also came to know the way to implement the state management. In this chapter of the tutorial series, we will learn more about Page State Management in Windows Phone 7.1 with a small application.


After reading this tutorial chapter, you will be able to store page state, retrieve and clear them on your need. Read to know more about this topic, share the link to others and ask any queries if you have at the end of the post.

Windows Phone 7 (Mango) Tutorial - 8 - What is Page State?

Sometime you may want to save the values present in your page while switching from one page to another page, sometime you may want to store the values while switching application between foreground and background.


When you are switching from one application to the other, the first app enters into the deactivated mode. At that time you can store the current state of the page and display them back again by retrieving those values from page state once you return to the first app.


In this chapter we will discuss about the page state. This will help you to know the basics about it, very good for a beginner to jump start with it.

Windows Phone 7 (Mango) Tutorial - 7 - Know about Application Lifecycle

The Windows Phone 7.1 application lifecycle has been designed in a way that it can run multiple applications in the background. Today we will discuss about the Lifecycle of Windows Phone 7 (Mango) apps.


Here we will learn about various states of Windows Phone 7 application life cycle. This is an important chapter of the tutorial series to learn about the execution model before developing any application product. Read to know more about this topic and at the end don't hesitate to leave your feedback or queries if any.

Silverlight 5 Features Local File System Access without using COM API

Do you know that, you can now access local files and folders in Silverlight 5? Yes, you heard right. Earlier to Silverlight 5 it was only limited to trusted location like My Documents folder, means it was only possible to read/write in My Documents. Now using Silverlight 5 you can do such operation in any files or folders.


Let's discuss more on this topic. After reading this post, you will be able to read/write to/from any file in local file system. Also you will be able to get information about System Resources. Read to know more.

Windows Phone 7 (Mango) Tutorial - 6 - Working with Navigation

Today in this Windows Phone 7 Tutorial, we will discuss on Navigation Service and Navigation Context. We will create a small demo application to showcase the functionality of those class. We will navigate from one page to another and then again use the history to return back to the previous page.


In this chapter, we will use a case study of showing customer details in multiple page and using that demo we will learn about Navigation in Windows Phone 7 series. Read to learn more on it. Source code is available at the end of the post.

What's New in Silverlight 5? Download PUG Event Slides and Demos

Yesterday I attended the PUG Event and delivered 1 hour session on Silverlight 5 Beta features. I demonstrated some important features too. Here in this blog post, I am going to share the "What's New in Silverlight 5?" slides. You can view it online and if you want, you can download to view it offline.


Also, I am sharing the demo projects that I used during the session. You can freely download them from the attached links. Earlier I published some articles on these features, sharing their links too so that, you can read them and understand in depth.

Windows Phone 7 (Mango) Tutorial - 5 - Design Guidelines for Application Bar

In the last chapter of the series, we learnt about Application bar and the uses of it using a small demo application. We described about Icon buttons and Menu items too.


You can add an application bar to your page both from XAML and code behind. There are some design guidelines for Application bar and a developer must know about these before designing and developing their Windows Phone application. In this chapter, we will discuss about them. Read to know more and don't forget to share them to your colleagues and followers.

Windows Phone 7 (Mango) Tutorial - 4 - Application Bar

Application Bar is a tiny toolbar for your page to do some specific operation. Using this, you can easily add a toolbar for your application pages. It is a combination of 1-4 icon buttons and/or a collection of menu items.


In my previous post, we already discussed about the class. Today we will discuss more on this topic. We will also create a small demo application to showcase the use of ApplicationBar. Read to know more and don't forget to share your feedback.

First look to Microsoft Windows 8 User Interface

Yesterday, 1st June 2011 Microsoft demonstrated their next generation Windows Operating System at the D9 conference which internally called as “Windows 8”. It supports touch screen and can operate with/without a Mouse or Keyboard using the touch APIs and onscreen keyboard.


The video demonstrates the power of flexibility and dynamic user experience. To know more about it and watch the video demonstration of the first preview, read the complete post.

Windows Phone 7 (Mango) Tutorial - 3 - Know more about PhoneApplicationPage

In our last post of the series, we learned about the base class "Page" and Here in this post we will learn about "PhoneApplicationPage" which is root of any Windows Phone 7 page. Before jumping to the core in depth, a beginner must know all these things. As I am also exploring these for the first time, sharing the same knowledge with you.


I hope that, these series of posts will be helpful to a beginner. If you want to know more about PhoneApplicationPage class, read this post to learn about it.

Monthly News Digest @SilverlightZone - May 2011

Silverlight-Zone.com completed it's 5 months with more than 1,700 news items. Thank you everyone for supporting us all the time. In May, we aggregated 308 posts in Silverlight-Zone and shared all these links over Twitter and Facebook page to reach out to maximum people.


In this post I am going to share you the best picks of the month. Top rated posts were on Windows Phone 7 by Doug Holland, Naveed Tejani, Paul, Amit Chatterjee and Abhishek Sur. Read to find out the top links.

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