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  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jul 15, 2010 (6 days ago)
    In this post, Alex Golesh talks about tombstoning – the part of an application lifecycle on Windows Phone 7.

    The Windows Phone execution model governs the life cycle of applications running on a Windows Phone, from when the application is launched until it is terminated.

    The execution model is designed to provide end users with a fast, responsive experience at all times. To achieve this, Windows Phone allows only one application to run at a time. This eliminates the possibility of users getting their device into a state where multiple applications are running in the background, causing the application in the foreground to become sluggish.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jul 13, 2010 (1 week ago)
    In this post, Alex Golesh talks about the launchers and choosers mechanism in Windows Phone 7 applications.

    The Windows Phone application model isolates every application in its own sandbox, both for execution and file storage. Applications are not able to directly access common stores of information, such as the contacts list to directly invoke other applications such as the phone or messaging applications. To enable scenarios that require common tasks such as these, Windows Phone exposes a set of APIs referred to as Launchers and Choosers that allow applications indirect access to these useful phone features. The Launcher and Chooser APIs invoke distinct built-in applications that replace the currently running application.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jul 13, 2010 (1 week ago)
    Alex Golesh has published two blog post about the push notification mechanism in Windows Phone 7. In the first part he demonstrates how to build the server part of the push notification mechanism, while in the second one he shows how to handle push notifications on the phone.

    Windows Phone 7 application can’t run in the background (performance, battery life, usage of radio) and therefore there is a need to have a mechanism that facilitates a communication channel between backend services and application on the phone. Push Notification is the mechanism through which backend services can send “messages” to the phone to notify the user for any state changes. The Push Notification service is designed to provide a cloud service with a dedicated, resilient, and persistent channel for pushing a notification to a mobile device.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jul 13, 2010 (1 week ago)
    Mike Ormond is happy to announce that the Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta release is now here and is available for download.

    The release notes are available here. A couple of things to point out:

    • Expression Blend for Windows Phone is now part of the install
    • It's now possible to unlock a device (if you're fortunate enough to have one) and to deploy XAP files directly to it
    • There are a number of breaking changes to the API but it's getting close to baked. You can see a full rundown here

    Here are some more post about this release:

    • Windows Phone CTP vs Windows Phone Beta
    • Windows Phone 7 Tools Beta Available for Download by Alex Golesh
    • Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta Released by the Expression Blend Team
  • Silverlight 4 Release Now available!

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Apr 16, 2010 (3 months ago)
    Tags: Silverlight 4 , Karen Corby , Alex Golesh , Zhiming Xue , Scott Morrison , Mike Snow , Tim Heuer , Frank La Vigne
    Now that Silverlight 4 is released, a lot of people are excited and impatient to blog about it. Take a look at some of these posts and learn all the details:
    • Silverlight 4 Ships Today! by Karen Corby
    • Silverlight 4 Available by Alex Golesh
    • Silverlight 4 Release Now available! by Zhiming Xue
    • Silverlight 4 Ships Today - With New Toolkit and Improved DataGrid by Scott Morrison
    • Silverlight 4 Tools Released by Mike Snow
    • Silverlight 4 released. Availability of tools announcement by Tim Heuer
    • Silverlight 4 Now Released! by Frank La Vigne

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