WebAuthenticationBroker for Windows Phone Silverlight 8.x

In Windows Phone 8.1 both the Silverlight and Windows App programming models introduce the WebAuthenticationBroker class. This is inherited from “big” windows but with a change to reflect differences in the app model. Rather than operate as an asynchronous method within the context of your app there is instead an AuthenticateAndContinue method. This closes your […]

Charming Display

The latest addition to the “Build Charming Apps for Windows Phone” libraries addresses a couple of properties required to support different screen sizes. I decided I wanted a simple way to retrieve the DPI and Scale factor (real not emulated) while working smoothly on devices prior to GDR3 where 1080p support was added. The result […]

Nokia DT-601 Review

As part of the New Year tidy up I decided to add a wireless charging pad to my desk so that I can easily top up devices without too many trailing wires. I saw the new second generation DT-601 and thought it looked perfect – smaller than the original pad and with a USB interface […]

Translating Windows Phone Features

There are a number of steps when translating a Windows Phone app. Hopefully you are using the Microsoft Multilingual App Toolkit (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/bg127574) which supports the standard XLIFF format. Often you will start with your own language string resources and then add other languages, possibly first with machine translation and then passing them to a native speaker to […]

Charming Storage for Windows Phone

A tweet by @martinsuchan earlier reminded me of an issue I faced porting some code from Windows Phone to Windows Store. Moving from the Isolated Storage API to the new Windows.Storage namespace there was nothing built-in to determine if a file/folder exists prior to Windows 8.1. This meant the only supported option was to try […]

Windows Phone: App Accent Color

The last post showed how to get the current app’s tile colour in Windows 8. What about Windows Phone? There isn’t the concept of a tile colour – you provide a full image for your app icon and tiles and this can be whatever colour you choose or transparent in which case the user’s accent […]