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What I Learned In WP7 – Issues 4 and 5

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Issue 4 - If you’re struggling to come up with a good icon to represent an action in your app, you should check out The Noun Project.  It’s an SVG-based site full of different, free icons that are all very WP7-styled.  From their site: “The Noun Project collects, organizes and adds to the highly recognizable symbols that form the world's visual language, so we may share them in a fun and meaningful way.”  (The site utilizes SVG, so you’ll need a browser that supports it.  This currently includes IE9, Chrome, and Firefox 3.6.3 and higher.


If you’re a WordPress blogger, you’ll be happy to hear that there is a WordPress app for Windows Phone now.  It should be available worldwide by the time I publish this article.


Do you need to know some of the information about the user’s device in your application?  Ibrahim Ersoy has published a great article about how to get Manufacturer, Device Name, Device ID, Firmware Version, Total Memory, and current memory usage.  Definitely a good read. (c-sharpcorner)

Issue 5 - Today, the session schedule was released for the CodeMash conference that is coming up on January 12th.  The good folks that organize that conference also supplied the public with an API that you can use to build an application around the session data.  So, I took a couple of hours this morning, and whipped something together for Windows Phone.  You can download the XAP here, or wait for it to show up in the Marketplace early next week.  (Keep in mind that to use the XAP file, you need a developer unlocked phone or a jailbroken one.)


Probably because of my .1% contribution, the Windows Phone Marketplace now has over 4,000 apps.  (yes, that means I made 4 of them. :)

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