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Windows Phone Toolkit(update)

A new toolkit for Windows Phone 7 has been released on Coding4Fun. The toolkit includes Controls,Converters and Helpers.

(update) Get it here

With Controls such as

  • About Prompt
  • Input Prompt
  • Progress Overlay
  • Round Button
  • Round Toggle Button
  • Memory Counter
  • TimeSpan Picker

I suspect that most WP7 developers should look at this kit


Microsoft Math

Microsoft has had a good but generally unknown history of producing really quite remarkable Mathematics additions to its OS’s and Applications

Microsoft has just published a new version 4.0 get it here


Math contains

  • Graphing calculator

    • allows 2D and 3D colour graphing.

  • Formulas and Equations Library

    • more than 100 commonly used equations and formulae.

  • Triangle Solver

    • teaching tool for triangles and their parts.

  • Unit Conversion tool

    • convert units of measure, including length, area, volume, weight, temperature, pressure, energy, power, velocity, and time.

  • The Step-by-Step Equation Solver

    • helps learning on how to solve math problems.

The Main Site is here

Microsoft Mathematics Add-In for Word and OneNote get it here

I would definitely give it a spin


Phone 7 Hacks

as the phone 7 hacks start rolling in, I thought I would keep a list, still no HTC hacks

Samsung Hacks


Using the Phone as a USB device


StyleCop Compliant Code Snippets

For all of you who know that I am a big big fan of StyleCop, I am super pleased that Doug Holland has released  is a new update of a set of really good code snippets

Get them here

I would recommend reading Doug's blog posts for the last two updates, well worth the and here

Doug also has some StyleCop compliant project templates which are well worth a peek

Get them here


Windows Phone 7

Having had a phone 7 for a few days now and I thought I would share some thoughts on the platform, My overall feeling is 99% good, the office integration is great and the UI is delightful. The developer experience is fantastic.

The LG offer of free applications is amazing and Flowers is just a great game.

but as ever with a new device some nice to have features or oddities.

For Reference here they are, but honestly the phone is worth it

The MAC address for WiFi needs to be shown so it can easily be added to a locked down network

Certificate Management – none to be had as far as I can see, bad if you are sat behind Threat Management Gateway on WiFi.

The app store should show you which apps you already have, I know I should know, but I have jet lag

Lack of tethering

The lack of good ring tones (customisable) is just weird, i know it is old fashioned but I like a phone to sound like one. When I hear a nursery rhyme being sick in the corner of the room I know my phone is ringing is not the experience I was expecting.

Would like to be able to have multiple front panels to organise things more

Don’t like the fact that all my people have been imported and I can’t remove them (without deleting them) from Live. This must be a bug. Alternatively the ability to hide or categorise contacts would solve the problem.


Windows Phone 7 SDK update for October


There is an October update for the Windows Phone 7 Developer kit get it here

It includes two new utilities, the Windows Phone Capability Detection Tool which allows you to work out which phone capabilities you need to register and a tool to allow connection to a phone without Zune for debugging , it also includes update for Bing Maps


Thoughts on Kodu

The Kodu team have an introductory video on teaching children to program with Kodu see it here

The Consolarium have released a set of videos as an introduction to Kodu , see them here. They are a Centre for Games and Learning, established by Learning and Teaching Scotland to explore the world of computer games and help teach programming. It is great to see centralised generation of quality teaching material for consumption across all the schools in a region, inspired. Just a shame we don't have this in England, luckily they are happy to share.

and finally a plug for the Kodu educational material get it here