WP 7.1 SDK Release Candidate Now Available

You can now download the latest RC version of the WP SDK which lets you create apps for 7.0 and 7.5 (Mango). It also includes the ‘Go Live’ license that lets your publish your Mango apps to the Marketplace. Click here to get to the download page for the SDK as well as the Release Notes.


SDK Update, 1 million downloads and Phones for Developers

In preparation for the NoDo update, developers can now download the latest refresh of the SDK here (if the download doesn’t work, please try again later as the CDNs are still updating). This update will provide:

  • Copy and Paste support for textboxes
  • Updated emulator image that contains the copy and paste functionality (note: The functionality won’t be available on your actual device)
  • Bug fixes and performance enhancements

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Coding4Fun Windows Phone Toolkit for WP7 Devs

Clint Rutkas has released a new, open source WP7 toolkit on CodePlex. This is different from the Silverlight for Windows Phone 7  Toolkit and contains the following controls:

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Windows Phone Marketplace payouts coming in January, reporting available now

A new blog post over on the Windows Phone Developer Blog has been written and explaining the current situation with AppHub, the marketplace and payouts. There have more than 18,000 registered developers and almost 4,000 apps released in to the Marketplace. Not bad figures considering the platform only got released recently. You can see a quick overview of the details below and a link to the main post.

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Developers – Your Stats are Now Available

For those of you who have submitted an app to the Windows Phone 7 marketplace, stats have been lacking. Although it was said to be coming in January, we’ve been given an early Christmas present in the form of download and purchase stats! Visit your dashboard on AppHub and click on the reports section. It seems like it’s lagging by a week or so, but I’m not looking a gift horse in the mouth :). When looking at the stats, it’s important to remember it’s really early days, so hopefully things will pick up in the new year.


Make WP7 Dev Searches Quicker and Easier

For those of you who were on the old WP7 MSDN boards, you’ll probably know that there was a lot of good information there. I often find myself searching those forums, then the AppHub forums and then use search engines. I figured I’d make this process quicker and easier so that you can search MSDN WP7 boards, AppHub, Bing and Google with just one query. I quickly knocked up a page that lets you do this. You can check it out here.


WP7 Deployment Error Codes Explained

I was trying to deploy a test application on to my WP7 device and kept getting a deployment error with the code “0x81030119”. Any deployment error code is usually caused by forgetting to have the Zune software open, or not reconnecting the WPConnect tool after previously having used the Zune software. However, the problem kept occurring and it turns out that the error code shows that  I have reached the maximum number of side-loaded applications limit. Quick fix is to simply uninstall previously side-loaded apps. Anyway, to solve future code-related errors, the following table might be useful. (Note the descriptions aren’t necessarily the exact official error message, it’s been translated from Japanese).

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Developers – See Reviews from All Countries

You may have noticed that there is an inconsistent number of reviews based on who’s accessed the app in the Marketplace. At the moment, it seems that you can only see reviews from your country and not elsewhere in the world. However, Tom Verhoeff has done a nice job on creating a website that displays reviews from all over the world. Simply enter your app’s product ID and click ‘Go!’. Check out the website here.

Also check out zTop Marketplace Analytics by Alex Sorokoletov which provides integrates with AppsFuze to make browsing easier.


1000 pages of WP7 Development Goodness – Free!

You may have previously seen preview pages of Programming Windows Phone 7, but now the finished e-book is available for download. Ebook link and source code downloads can be found here.

Many thanks to Charles Petzold for authoring this book. I’ve had a read of the few early chapters, but will now need to find time to get through the rest.



New Site for WP7 and Xbox Indie Developers

If you’re an XNA developer, and frequent the forums, you’re probably aware that the XNA forums have been down for a few weeks. However, it’s now back up and incorporates information regarding XNA and Windows Phone 7 development.

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