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 …

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.

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Get the Windows Phone 7 look on your desktop

I’m a fan of Windows Phone 7 UI Design. Since Windows Phone 7 is not yet available in the Philippines, why not try getting your Windows Phone 7 look on your desktop?

Windows Phone 7 offers a unique and exciting UI that displays lots of information efficiently on the screen.  And with a simple Rainmeter theme, you can have the same UI and content directly on your Windows 7 desktop.

Turn your Desktop into a Windows Phone 7 lookalike

First, in order to turn your desktop in a Windows Phone  7 lookalike, you need to download some softwares and themes in order to implement the design.

You need to have the free Rainmeter application installed.  If you do not have it installed, download it here (V1.3) and run the setup.  Accept the license agreement, and install it with the default settings. Continue reading

Windows Phone 7, new controls for a better UX

Introduction

I have been developing windows phone applications since the WP7 SDK CTP but last September 16 2010, the Silverlight team developed a new SDK for Windows Phone 7. There have been controls that are developed at codeplex by Stephane Crozatier before the final release of the SDK like the Pivot and Panoramic controls that brought high-level UI controls to help developers  build apps. Today, these two controls are now officially shipped into the new release.

Now for those who are not yet familiar with the Pivot control and Panoramic control, I’ll share to you my experience in using these two controls.

First, let’s know what are these controls and what do they do.

Panoramic control from the word “panoramic” which is a picture (or series of pictures) representing a continuous scene ,

(Apolo 11 – Commander Neil Armstrong’s pan of East Crater, with LM Eagle in the background)

for me I have never seen any panoramic user interface in the mobile platform. that are developed today in the mobile world. It’s a nice to have control for a mobile platform since it brings the user to a new experience when using their smart phones.

Pivot control, to those who are developers out there and have heard of the word “Tab Control” then it’s concept is just the same with the Pivot Control. If you’re not familiar with the tab control then here’s a quote from MSDN.

“A tab control is analogous to the dividers in a notebook or the labels in a file cabinet. By using a tab control, an application can define multiple pages for the same area of a window or dialog box. Each page consists of a certain type of information or a group of controls that the application displays when the user selects the corresponding tab.”

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