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Lumia800 bundle unboxing

I wanted to buy a Nokia Lumia 800 for a while now, but since I wanted to buy it for Daniela I wanted to buy the pink magenta version, and I couldn’t find it neither in Italy nor in Belgium. Since I’m now in Bellevue for the MVP Summit, I decided to take advantage of a promotion done by Microsoft Store and buy the Lumia 800 bundle, which includes the Lumia 800, the Purity Monster headphones, the Play 360 speaker and the Luna Bluetooth headset, all for 899USD + taxes (984USD in WA) which is 730€. If you consider the...

5 books for developing on Windows Phone 7

After the Node.js resource list and the list of book for Arduino, the third part of the 2011 summer book list is about Windows Phone 7. The platform is still pretty young, and there are no books that cover both the feature of the device together with some best practices and, something that is important in phone development, the developer/designer workflow. For that reason this list includes also books about Silverlight and WPF. Core skills Silverlight 4 Unleashed Even if not specific to Windows Phone 7, this book is one of the best (if not THE best)...

Track the sales/downloads of your Windows Phone 7 applications with Mopapp

In this post I’m going to introduce a Mopapp, a mobile app sales analytics site I am using to track the downloads of my FeedTso WP7 app. It is a startup by an Italian developer, and it is competing as BizSpark European Summit Start-up for the year. If you think it is a cool idea, I’d really appreciate if you could vote for it. The problem it solves If you have developed a Windows Phone 7 application and put it online in the MarketPlace you might have found that the reporting capabilities of MarketPlace backoffice are not that...

The importance of performance testing in a Windows Phone 7 application

A few months I described how I handled the encoding bug of the WebBrowser control in WP7. Unfortunately it was not just a problem with the “smart quotes” but also with all non western characters, and the naïve solution to the problem caused a performance problem. Let’s see how I solved it. The problem I needed a more general purpose character replacing procedure, like the second one I mentioned in the previous post: foreach (char value in strText) { int decValue = int.Parse(string.Format("{0:x4}", (int)value), ...

Introducing FeedTso, a social news reader for Windows Phone 7

In the last few months you have probably noticed a few posts about Windows Phone 7, about my experience using it and about some little problems I found using the web browser. The reason is that, together with Daniela, we were working on a news feed reader for Windows Phone 7, called FeedTso. Today I’m happy to announce that after a few months of coding nights, yesterday we released the first version of FeedTso on the Zune Marketplace. What is FeedTso? FeedTso is a news feed reader that works as Google Reader client. We call...

WP7 Tip: Always Encode Urls for the WebBrowserTask

Exactly as the title says, remember to encode the url you want to open in the external browser via the WebBrowserTask, always. This is probably the first of a series of posts I’m going to write about some problems I found while developing FeedTso, a feed news reader application for WP7, of course with the solution. But let’s go back to the problem. How to open a url in the WP7 web browser from your application Well, this is easy: WebBrowserTask task = new WebBrowserTask(); task.URL = "http://feedtso.com/"; task.Show(); ...

My wish list for Windows Phone 7

After the first unboxing of my new Samsung Omnia 7 and reporting my comments on WP7 after a few weeks of using it, now I’m writing my wish list on what I’d want in the next updates for WP7. A full fledged Zune for Mac that can synchronize Apps, contacts from Mac’s Address Book A new, better browser that supports HTML5, and doesn’t look like a Windows Mobile 6.5 application. A unified mailbox that groups together all the mailbox I configured Data usage counter ...

Windows Phone 7: my first comments

Update: the first update has been already announced, adding copy & paste (and some other enhancements) Before Christmas I got my Samsung Omnia 7, and I played a bit with it during the week I spent skiing in Cogne. Let’s start directly from the conclusion: I really enjoyed using it, the overall UX is great, better than the iPhone, but there are still some details and bugs that need to be fixed, hopefully with the next updates coming in the next months (the first update is already announced). But I’m not planning to migrate from my iPhone...

Unboxing Samsung Omnia 7

A few days ago I finally got my Windows Phone 7 device: a Samsung Omnia 7. Here in Belgium there are just 3 devices at the moment (LG, HTC HD7 and Samsung Omnia) which all cost more or less the same price (530€ for the least expensive and 570€ for the most expensive) so I decided for the Samsung Omnia 7 mainly because of its Super AMOLED display. Unboxing the phone Here is the “unboxing” gallery:       The packaging is really well done, all cardboard, all recyclable, which is good....

How to convert dates from Google Reader and Facebook API with Json.NET

Lately I’m working together with Daniela on a news feed reader for WP7 and one of its features is Google Reader synchronization. (It is called FeedTso, and if you are interested in knowing when it will be released I recommend you go and subscribe to the newsletter on the FeedTso site.) I’ll talk about the Google Reader API in a future post (I’ll opensource the API when FeedTso is on the MarketPlace) but for the moment I want to discuss how I deserialize the JSON Date that I receive from the Google Reader API (and from what I’ve been...

Hand picked sessions from PDC2010

Update: Added links to all downloadable videos If you are not living under a rock, probably you know that yesterday (October 28th) the PDC2010 started. This year’s format is quite different from the other years’ one: just 2 days, hosted inside Microsoft Campus, all sessions (not just the keynotes) available live and some sessions have been pre-recorded to give more content than it could fit into just 2 days. And they developed a great website so that people could watch the whole conference from home (of course, they wouldn’t get the WP7 phone). The main themes The...