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Setting up Windows Phone SDK update for Windows Phone 7.8 and working with Visual Studio 2010/2012

January 23, 2013 .NET, All, Community, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Mobile-Development, MSDN, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 7.0, Windows Phone 7.1 SDK, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Phone Store, XAML 1 comment

Microsoft has just released an update for Windows Phone SDK 7.1 and 8.0 to provide support for Windows Phone 7.8 emulators.I have shared the details in my last blog post.

With this article I will walk you through how it would look to work with this update.

The following simple steps will help you with it:

1.) Install Windows Phone SDK 8.0 or Windows Phone SDK 7.1

2.) Install Windows Phone SDK Update for Windows Phone 7.8 from Microsoft

Click the Download button for ‘WPexpress78_update.exe’

3.) Double Click on ‘WPexpress78_update.exe’ and Click on ‘Install’ to apply this update.

Note: Depending on the network bandwidth, it would take some time to download and install necessary packages.

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Once the update is completed, you will receive the confirmation.

4.) Launch Your Visual Studio 2010 or 2012, and open up/create a Windows Phone project.

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Now go to the device selection drop down and you can see that new set of 7.8 emulators(256MB and 512MB) are added to the list.

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and click on ‘Run’

Now you play with emulator for some time you can see the new tile resizing option to display small tiles for your application. And also you can create Flip, Cycle, and Iconic template based live tiles as well.

Just sharing some screen shots of sample app on emulator with Medium, small application live tile display.

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Why you need this separate set of emulators for 7.8, instead I can use the old 512MB/256MB emulator right?

NO, You require Windows Phone 7.8 emulators to setup and test the new Cycle, Flip, or Iconic – live tiles[small sized] for your application. Also to have the new feature –  ‘Live Tile light up’ ( an easy way for you to add Windows Phone 8 Live Tile functionality to your Windows Phone OS 7.1 app so that when it’s run on a Windows Phone 7.8 or Windows Phone 8 device it “lights up” the new templates! )

the following articles would help you understand this further.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/jj720574(v=vs.105).aspx

http://blogs.windows.com/windows_phone/b/wpdev/archive/2013/01/22/windows-phone-7-8-and-windows-phone-8-live-tile-light-up-for-windows-phone-os-7-1-apps.aspx

Read about Flip, Cycle, and Iconic live tile templates.

Announcing Windows Phone SDK update for Windows Phone 7.8 – for Windows Phone SDK 7.1 and Windows Phone SDK 8.0

January 23, 2013 .NET, All, Community, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, MSDN, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7.0, Windows Phone 7.1 SDK, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK No comments

Microsoft has released an update for Windows Phone SDK for Windows Phone 7.8 support. This SDK adds Windows Phone 7.8 emulator support for Windows Phone SDK 7.1 and Windows Phone SDK  8.0.

The Windows Phone SDK Update for Windows Phone 7.8 adds two new emulator images to your existing Windows Phone SDK installation.

  • New Windows Phone Emulator 7.8
  • New Windows Phone Emulator 7.8 256MB

This update supports both the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 and the Windows Phone SDK 8.0.

Using this update, you can provide the Windows Phone 8 Start screen experience in your Windows Phone 7.5 apps. You can also test how your apps will run on Windows Phone 7.8 devices.

Note: Windows Phone SDK 8.0 or Windows Phone SDK 7.1 must be installed before you can install Windows Phone SDK Update for Windows Phone 7.8.

For more information about Windows Phone 7.8, see Windows Phone developer docs.

[Quote from Microsoft Download Center]

Download Windows Phone SDK update for Windows Phone 7.8

Windows Phone – Downloading and Sideloading Apps from SDCard

January 2, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, All, Community, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Mobile-Development, MSDN, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 7.0, Windows Phone 7.1 SDK, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Phone Store 2 comments

With Windows Phone 8 and new Windows Phone store – Microsoft has introduced the support for Manually download the .XAP files and install the application from an SDCard(Memory card).

Follow the steps:

Step 1: Windows Phone store will have an additional option  ‘Download and install manually’   for each application [Similar to the screen shot given below].

[Image 01 – Download link]
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[Image 02 – Upon clicking on download]
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Step 2: Now copy the XAP file on to your MicroSD card, and insert to your supported Windows Phone 8.0 device.

Step 3: Open Windows Phone store application in your Windows Phone 8.0, you could see the ‘SDCard’ list item available along with ‘Apps’, ‘Games’ and ‘Music’.

Step 4: Select ‘SDCard’ and will list all the application .XAP’s available in your SDCard, select appropriate file and click on install.

Step 5: Sit and enjoy until the confirmation box appears. Viola!, the has app installed on your Windows Phone device.

Is that cool? Awesome!, that is really a great leap forward by Microsoft. But I think option will be limited up to Free application, considering the Piracy factors of distributing the .XAP for paid applications and games.  Even though Windows Phone store allows to download the paid application *.XAP files without purchasing, Windows Phone will validate you installation file against your purchased items.

But a great step forward. Will be really useful if you have  to install a large game which has more than 50MB or so.

WCF Data Services 5.2 RTM Tools for Visual Studio 2010/2012

December 18, 2012 All, Community, DataServices, MSDN, Tools, Updates, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, WCF, WCF Data Services No comments

Microsoft has released an update to WCF Data Services tools – v5.2, this will update the NuGet packages referenced by the WCF Data Services item templates to 5.2.0. This installer also fixes a bug where generating a service reference against a large model would cause Visual Studio to crash.

This release contains the following noteworthy bug fixes:

  • Fixes an issue where code gen for exceedingly large models would cause VS to crash
  • Provides a better error message when the service model exposes enum properties
  • Fixes an issue where IgnoreMissingProperties did not work properly with the new JSON format
  • Fixes an issue where an Atom response is unable to be read if the client is set to use the new JSON format

URI Parser
In this release ODataLib now provides a way to parse filter and orderby expressions into a metadata-bound abstract syntax tree (AST). This functionality is typically intended to be consumed by higher level libraries such as WCF Data Services and Web API.

  • The WCF Data Services 5.2 installer will update the “Add Service Reference” tooling integration in Visual Studio if it’s already installed, hence it will generate code based on WCF Data Services 5.2.
  • The KB2502836 update for Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Web Developer (that gets delivered as a part of this update for Silverlight 5 development) reverts the “Add Service Reference” behaviour to generate code based on the assemblies that shipped in the .NET Framework 4. Running the WCF Data Services Installer and repairing the installation fixes this problem.

[Source: Microsoft Download Center]

DOWNLOAD from Microsoft Download Center

Other Releases: WCF Data Services 5.0 for OData V3

Windows Phone Power Tools–a must have extension for all Windows Phone developers

November 1, 2012 .NET, All, Community, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Mobile-Development, MSDN, Must-Have, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 7.0, Windows Phone 7.1 SDK, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Phone Toolkit No comments

The Windows Phone Power Tools are a natural extension to the developer tools that come with the Windows Phone SDK.

  • Instead of allowing you to only install developer xaps the Power Tools let you test update scenarios by allowing you to update an existing developer app.
  • Instead of having to step through the IsolatedStorage file browser on the command line, the Power Tools provide a GUI to allow you to interact with your applications.

 

Here are some screen shots :

We can connect to a Windows Phone device(after launching Zune)

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Or select an Emulator for your choice

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Connect to an emulator

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Connect to a device through Zune

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Browse your application’s Isolated storage.

Note:

  1. You can browse only the applications that you have installed through your developer license.
  2. You cannot browse through IsolatedStorage area of applications installed through Windows Phone store.

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Download from  Windows Phone Power Tools – Codeplex.com page ( it is worth trying)

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Windows Phone Toolkit–October 2012 with WP8 SDK support

November 1, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, All, Community, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Mobile-Development, MSDN, ToolKits, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7.0, Windows Phone 7.1 SDK, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Phone Toolkit No comments

Windows Phone Toolkit is an additional set of controls for Windows Phone Development released by Microsoft Windows Phone developer platform team through Codeplex.com.  Windows Phone Toolkit provides the developer community with new components, functionality, and an efficient way to help shape product development.

Windows Phone Toolkit – October 2012 includes additional support for using the toolkit controls with recently released ‘Windows Phone 8.0 SDK’.

 

Components in Windows Phone Toolkit – October 2012:

  • AutoCompleteBox
  • ContextMenu

  • CustomMessageBox

  • DateTimeConverters

  • DateTimePickers

  • Effects – SlideInEffect, TiltEffect and TurnstileFeatherEffect

  • ExpanderView

  • HubTile

  • ListPicker

  • LongListMultiSelector

  • Map extensions

  • PhoneTextBox

  • RatingControl

  • ToggleSwitch

  • Navigation transitions

  • WrapPanel

  • LongListSelector for 7.x

  • MultiSelect for 7.x

  • Samples are included in the source code.

DOWNLOAD:

Codeplex Link for Windows Phone toolkit – October 2012

 

Link to Download Windows Phone SDK 8.0 Final (Online and Offline standalone Installer)

How to–Install Windows Phone 7.1 SDK in Windows 8