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RadControls for Windows Phone Q3 2012 comes with a new DataForm control
With the last couple of releases RadControls for Windows Phone suite has become a mature toolset for developing native Windows Phone applications. We've been polishing and extending the product based on your feedback and the expertise we gathered while developing applications like Tasks, Design Templates and Picture Gallery. Thus, we shaped up the product to be exactly what each of you (developers) needs. So here's what's inside our latest and greatest Q3 2012 release: DataForm A brand new control that makes it easier for you to create input and editor pages for your business entities. Providing flexible validation mechanism and extensive possibilities for customization RadDataForm is a really powerful tool...
October 17, 2012
How to Build a Picture Gallery app for Windows Phone - Part 3
In this last part of the Picture Gallery blog series, we will discuss how the app handles errors and how RadControls for Windows Phone improved the development experience. In case you missed the previous two posts, they can be found here and here. Handling exceptions No application is complete without proper error handling. To be robust the application should handle the expected exceptions in a meaningful way or crash noisily when an unexpected error occurs. In the Picture Gallery app there are a few situations that should be expected. The first and most important condition that we need to verify on app startup is whether...
October 01, 2012
How to Build a Picture Gallery app for Windows Phone - Part 2
In this second part of the picture gallery blog series we'll discuss how information is being passed between pages and how favorites are persisted to the phone's flash memory. If you haven't read the first part of this blog series, be sure to also check out the first part as well. Passing state When navigating between pages we need a mechanism to tell the new page what it will be visualizing. There are two ways to achieve this. One is to pass information between pages as parts of the query string in the page’s Uri. This is a rather limited approach and in...
September 20, 2012
How to Build a Picture Gallery app for Windows Phone – Source Code Available
Software development, like many other things, is learned by studying theory and applying that theory to practice. While practicing however, it is also a good idea to learn existing software to reinforce the theory and also learn a trick or two that are not mentioned in the books. With this in mind we decided to create a complete sample app for Windows Phone that will be free to download and study in order to help you with your Windows Phone development. It is a Picture Gallery app that demonstrates how to create a native Windows Phone client for Flickr or another...
September 13, 2012
New control for elegantly picking TimeSpan values on Windows Phone: TimeSpanPicker
We've received some feedback recently that a control for working with TimeSpan values would be a great addition to the RadControls for Windows Phone suite. Just like the Date- and TimePicker controls that target the DateTime struct, RadTimeSpanPicker implements similar user experience for picking TimeSpan values in Windows Phone applications: The RadTimeSpanPicker control has an easy-to-use API that allows: Defining selectable value ranges Different formats for the selected value Adjusting the available for selection TimeSpan components in the popup (like whether weeks, days, hours, minutes or seconds will be selectable) Using null values Using value steps, i.e. defining different steps (intervals) for the selectable TimeSpan components in...
August 02, 2012
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