Formatting Debug Writeline

For the past few months, I have been working on a Windows Phone app that uses several tables. Most of the time when I debug, I rely heavily on Debug.Writeline to help me keep track of what is going on as I test an app.  If the app crashes, I can look at Output andContinue reading “Formatting Debug Writeline”

WP7 Thems Mighty Big Words Partner.

During one of the local user groups presentations, I had to send several notes to the presenter and to some of the organizers.  At the time I wrote on a notepad (the old fashion type). Considering my terrible handwriting it was not a great success, so I decided to write a Windows Phone app for that.Continue reading “WP7 Thems Mighty Big Words Partner.”

Watch your language! VS Multilingual Toolkit for Win 8

So I survived using the Multilingual Toolkit with the phone, Windows 8 should be a piece of cake. Unfortunately, the experience could be described as crumby. The documentation is either piecemeal, refers to older methods or different languages or has been deleted. If the Toolkit is the preferred way, the older documentation needs to beContinue reading “Watch your language! VS Multilingual Toolkit for Win 8”

WP7 Problem with Tiles – orphans

I have a new WP app – Banner or that displays a message in the largest possible font for a given orientation as a scrolling banner. Inverted landscape displays a secondary message.  To allow the user quick access to a message, the original design included secondary tiles, but other than text, the tiles wereContinue reading “WP7 Problem with Tiles – orphans”

WP7 Can you translate that for me? VS Multilingual Toolkit

I have done a few apps that support several languages and the basic process was not bad but juggling the translations was far from easy. It required exporting to Excel, merging the English language with the new language. The hint column in the resource file was not bad, but it was easier just merging theContinue reading “WP7 Can you translate that for me? VS Multilingual Toolkit”

A weekend of models and bondage?

I know it is Friday, but has taken five days to recover enough to talk about that weekend.  Too bad it sounds more exciting than it was. I spent the weekend trying to understand data binding and data models. I have been working on my next Windows Phone app and ran into a problem. For some reason,Continue reading “A weekend of models and bondage?”

WP7 The Trials of making money!

So far, not a lot of luck making money with apps. So the quest continues. One suggestion to make money was to create a Trial version. Of course, if you are not planning on making money, no Trial is needed. The process seems simple, but somehow I do not have a lot of confidence in howContinue reading “WP7 The Trials of making money!”

WP7/8 Mystery of the screen bounce?

I have been working on a new app that required more screen real estate than the phone provided.  All my attempts to get a canvas inside a standard ScrollViewer ended in having the unusual effect that I could not scroll to the bottom or far right. As soon as I took my finger off the screen,Continue reading “WP7/8 Mystery of the screen bounce?”