Chrome to WP7 App Now Available

We’ve all had those times where we need to leave the computer in the middle of an interesting web article. Well, Chrome to WP7 alleviates that pain by allowing you to easily send that website from your brower to your Windows Phone 7 device – for free! You need to be using Google’s Chrome browser for this to work (hence the name ;)). Simply download the plugin from developer Dave Amenta’s site and install it (literally takes a second). Then grab the free app from the Zune marketplace. Using it is extremely easy. When you find yourself wanting to send the link to your phone, simply click on the Chrome to WP7 icon in the Chrome browser and it will send it to your phone. You can then click on the item from within the app to continue browsing on the phone. What’s more, you can also highlight page on a text, click the icon and have that sent over to your phone as well. A neat little touch is that if the app isn’t running, a push notification is sent to the device. Cool app, and free! Check out more information on Chrome to WP7 over at Dave’s site.



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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VB.NET Support for WP7 Now RTW!

‘Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools – RTW’ is now available for download. Previously, VB.NET support was still in early stages (CTP), but today changes that. If you’re a VB.NET developer, you can now use your skills to develop for Windows Phone 7. All the languages the C# toolset supports is now available (English, French, Italian, German and Spanish). Check out the blog post linked below, which includes download links, code samples and more information.

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Making it Easier to Debug Media in Windows Phone 7 Apps

My current app requires me to mess around with media files on the device. I have my device plugged in and Zune software running. Simple, right? Well, not necessarily so. It seems that when you’re running the Zune software, the media library becomes locked and inaccessible to your app. This may be quite annoying when it comes to debugging and stepping through code on your device. Further more, if you’re running it on the locked emulator, you won’t have any music media to test with and so you have to debug on the device.  Fortunately, MS have released the WPConnect tool to make this possible, but it means having to close the Zune software. If you run the Zune software, you have to run the tool again to allow media debugging. I like listening to my music whilst developing, so having to switch between the Zune software and WPConnect tool can get a bit tedious. I decided to integrate WPconnect into the Visual Studio IDE for quick access. I’m going to explain a quick and simple way of doing it.

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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.


Fiddler Now Supporting WP7 Emulator

You may have read my previous post on how to get Fiddler to play nicely with the Windows Phone 7 emulator, but now you don’t need to manually make the changes. The latest beta version of Fiddler has improved support for the emulator. You can download the beta here.



Silverlight Toolkit November Release

This is probably one of the highly anticipated toolkits, solely for the new controls it introduces:

  • AutoCompleteBox
  • ListPicker
  • LongListSelector
  • Page Transitions

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Free Obfuscation and Runtime Intelligence Service for your Apps

Microsoft and Preemptive have worked together to provide developers an easy and free way to obfuscate their code as well as provide useful analytics of app usage using Dotfuscator. The good thing is, it’s designed to work with Silverlight and XNA apps, so whether your making a game or an application, you can take advantage of Dotfuscator.

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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.



PDC10 Starts Today (28th) – Watch It

As always, PDC will be running sessions on various development areas and tools. However, being a Windows Phone 7 blog, I’m interested in seeing what sessions are available as a WP7 developer.  You can check out a list of WP7 sessions below as well as links to the stream.

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