Mobile Corner


Build Network-Aware Windows Phone Apps with Azure Mobile Services and Background Tasks

Here's how to build a Windows Phone application that synchronizes data with Azure Mobile Services, triggered when the device restores its network connection.

Add Azure Active Directory Support to Azure Mobile Services-Enabled Windows Phone Apps

Windows Phone applications can use Azure Active Directory to authenticate users and authorize access to Azure Mobile Services. Nick Randolph walks through the process, step by step.

Enterprise Distribution of Windows Phone Applications

Nick Randolph discussed how Windows Phone applications can be deployed within a company using enterprise distribution.

Windows Phone and Windows 8.x: Designing Once for Both with XAML

How to define common XAML resources to improve the consistency of your applications.

How To Use the Windows Phone 8.1 GridView and ListView Controls

If you're used to ListBox or LongListSelector, find out how the GridView and ListView controls for Windows Phone 8.1 can do it better.

The Last Mile: Fit and Polish for Your Windows Phone 8.1 Application

Learn how the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK, coupled with Visual Studio, provides the necessary tools to debug, test, polish and publish your application.

Windows Phone 8.1: A Giant Leap Forward for Convergence

It may look like a simple point upgrade, but it isn't. Examine more closely, and you'll see why the latest iteration of Windows Phone is a big deal.

Using Visual States in Your Windows Phone User Controls

Nick Randolph demonstrates two techniques for using Visual States to change the layout of a Windows Phone User Control.

Rapid Windows Phone Application Development Using MvvmCross

Nick Randolph takes MvvmCross for a spin and shows how quickly you can build an application for Windows Phone and other mobile platforms.

Tracking Your Windows Phone App Analytics with VSO's Application Insights

Nick Randolph walks through adding analytics to your Windows Phone application using Application Insights for Visual Studio Online.

Retrieving, Storing and Displaying Data in Windows Phone Apps

Nick Randolph connects a Windows Phone application to the cloud to save and retrieve data, then uses a local SQLite database to cache data for offline use.

Windows Phone Dev 101: A Get-Started Guide for Pros

From project templates to themes to testing to authentication and much more, Nick Randolph looks at some of the tools, technologies and techniques you'll need if you want to become a professional Windows Phone developer.

States, Navigation and Testing with Portable Class Libraries for Windows Phone

How to manage visual states, and perform navigation and testing of your view models from within a Windows Phone PCL.

Design Time Data with Windows Phone and Windows 8

Windows Phone tooling is more advanced than that for Windows 8. But savvy developers can use that to their advantage when building Windows Store apps.

Customize the Windows Phone ToggleButton

Nick Randolph pulls apart the Windows Phone ToggleButton to help you adapt it to the look of your application.

Building Apps Across Windows 8 Platforms

Although Windows 8 and Windows Phone share the same core, building an app for both isn't as easy as you might think.

A Lap Around the Windows Phone 8 Platform

Nick Randolph dissects Windows Phone 8 as a platform for application and enterprise developers.

Integrate Windows Phone 8 Functionality Into Windows Phone 7 Apps

How to use the new Windows Phone 8 SDK to build applications across both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8.

A Lap Around the Windows Phone 8 SDK

Nick Randolph looks at the tools that make up the new Windows Phone 8 SDK.

Windows Phone Navigation with the LongListSelector

Use the LongListSelector control to conveniently display large amounts of data in your mobile apps.

Data Binding 101: Expression Syntax

Data-binding parameters that you can use when wiring up the contents of your Windows Phone application.

Data Binding 101: The Converter Attribute

The Converter attribute can be added to the binding syntax to augment the data at the point it's data bound.

A Data Binding Primer

Data binding is central to Windows Phone Development. Here's a refresher for old pros, and an introduction for newbies.

Getting Started with Windows Azure Mobile Services

Set up and use create a simple Windows Phone program that connects to Azure Mobile Services.

Animating Windows Phone Listbox Items

Adding visual states and animation to your Listboxes can juice up your Windows Phone app.

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