Telerik controls for Windows Phone 7 – first official CTP release

It is a great pleasure to announce the immediate availability of our first official release of Telerik RadControls for Windows Phone 7. It has been an exciting time for us in the last several months while we have been working on these controls. Now we are proud to share the result with you and get your feedback.

RadControls for Windows Phone 7 are natively built for the platform and enable you to create rich mobile applications in the same powerful way that you are used to with the standard controls and Visual Studio.

The CTP release of RadControls for Windows Phone 7 brings 12 new controls, 8 of which are not available in the default MS Toolkit. We also provide LayoutTransform, UniformGrid and DockPanel controls that cannot be found neither in the Windows Phone 7 OS nor in the Toolkit. Please check our comparison table that is publicly available on …

Introduction to Windows Phone 7 and Silverlight

Last October 11, 2010 at  New York City should make you aware enough that Windows Phone 7 is the newest Microsoft OS platform for their mobile phones. Now, I assume that you, who are reading this post right now are all developers who will read this post and might be wondering that, “Okay, Microsoft got a new OS for a mobile phone but is it easy to develop an application for that platform without having to learn a lot of new things again?” . Before you dismiss the capabilities and features of this new OS for our smart phones, try reading the rest of this post before you dismiss trying to develop applications for Windows Phone 7. Continue reading

Windows Phone Developer Tools Update Released

It’s been a month since Microsoft released it’s final release of SDK for Windows Phone 7 and now it’s time for an update from Microsoft! This is the first update for the SDK for Windows Phone 7. This update has added new features to use.

The Windows Phone Developer Tools October 2010 Update includes:

  • Windows Phone Capability Detection Tool – Detects the phone capabilities used by your application. When you submit your application to Windows Phone Marketplace , Microsoft performs a code analysis to detect the phone capabilities required by your application and then replaces the list of capabilities in the application manifest with the result of this detection process. This tool performs the same detection process and allows you to test your application using the same list of phone capabilities generated during the certification process. For more information, see How to: Use the Capability Detection Tool.
  • Windows Phone Connect Tool – Allows you to connect your phone to a PC when Zune® software is not running and debug applications that use media APIs. For more information, see How to: Use the Connect Tool.
  • Updated Bing Maps Silverlight Control – Includes improvements to gesture performance when using Bing™ Maps Silverlight® Control.

Grab the update here.

Just a question: Do you guys think there should be an SQL for Windows phone 7 or should developers just use the SQL Azure?

Telerik, WPF Rad Controls

I was trying to read books in WPF and reminds me that I haven’t tried implementing a hierarchical data grid in WPF. So I tried to scan an eBook for WPF and went to jump start for WPF controls. Unfortunately for .NET 4.0 it’s not available. Datagrid control is available for WPF 4.0 but how about Hierarchical data in a Datagrid control? You could develop your own control but that’s too much to code.

After hours of searching on the search engine, I still can’t decide on what third party control should I use. After awhile I tried youtube and saw a Telerik MVP posted a tutorial on how easy it is to implement Telerik. It convinced me to try Telerik and currently, i’m downloading the RADControls for WPF.

Will try to learn Telerik’s WPF RAD Controls and will share to you how to implement their controls and it’s features that other third party components don’t have.

I’ll keep you updated with this product for WPF.

Telerik’s site

Thesis Ideas : August 18, 2010

If I was not a Microsoft Innovation Center intern, I wouldn’t enhance my communication skills, technical skills and presentation skills. I’ve learned a lot of Microsoft technology and was interested and curious in developing applications with the use of a certain technology. Browsing MVP blog’s, community websites, and of course MSDN documentation helped me a lot in achieving and implementing the technology. Most of them are straightforward tutorial and clear explanation. I’ve been fascinated with Multipoint, Silverlight 4.0, Windows Phone 7, and XNA 4.0.

Before the start of second term in my school (FEU -East Asia College), I already planned on sharing these technologies to our junior students who will take up their thesis for the next term. I gave them ideas on what they can develop without having to develop common applications that are already developed in the previous thesis class. With the use of their technology, not only they produced a marketable application but they also produced an up to date technology that maximize the experience of the users when using technology in their daily lives.

Since I have been speaking in schools with these technologies, I already thought of bringing all of these technology in one package in our school and disseminate the current technologies that can be used for their thesis. Continue reading

JPCS – TIP : General Assembly

It’s been a month since I was done with Multipoint technology. The real plan was after Multipoint technology, our next project to be developed should be in Silverlight. Our current breadth developer evangelist Sir Tim introduced to us on what application we can develop using the new features of Silverlight.

Lately, I was bum and I have nothing to do beside staring the laptop. I browsed community sites and MVP blogs for me to keep updated with the technology. I stumbled across with new release of Silverlight 4.0 and Windows Phone 7.

After reading it’s new features and learned how to implement the new features of Silverlight, I was invited to become a guest speaker last August 10, 2010 for my co-national organization, JPCS TIP QC(Junior Philippine Computer Society, Technological Institute of the Philippines). I get the chance to offer them that I could talk Silverlight for their school.

Before starting, I was suppose to use my Microsoft Presenter Mouse to point out the images in my presentation with a laser. Unfortunately, it ran out of battery and I cannot use it so I have to use normal mouse and just give highlight the new features of Silverlight 4.0. Continue reading