Weekly Links – 2-11-2012
Due to travel and other engagements, I’ve missed a couple of weekly links, so this one will be slightly larger.
One thing I want to call out specifically is that Ben Riga and I have been working on a set of sessions on building for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Ben will be presenting these sessions for Microsoft Virtual Academy on February 21st. I would be joining him except that I’m heading to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress that day. Nevertheless, it is a great set of lessons for building apps across Windows-based devices.
Windows Phone 8
- Spotify is available for Windows Phone 8!
- Running the Windows Phone 8 emulator on a Mac OS
- Windows Phone 8 SDK on a Virtual Machine with a Working Emulator
- Using the Share Link task for Windows Phone – takes in a link and shares it with any of the social networks already integrated into the device
- How to connect to a local web services using with Windows Phone 8 emulator (hint: boundary machine)
- Windows Phone API Quickstart – a nice big visual summary of the Windows Phone APIs
- Coding4Fun Toolkit (Clint Rutkas) – An incredibly valuable toolkit for Windows Phone / Windows 8 development. Includes GzipWebclient, Audio Recorder, storage wrappers, additional controls. Really cool.
- Proximity Tapper – NFC emulation for the Windows Phone emulator.
- NFC Toolkit beta testing – from @MSicc, a beta app for NFC tag reading, writing and profiles
- Windows Phone app for desktop (Preview 3) – The missing link between your Windows Phone 8 phone and your media libraries
- Auto-launching apps using file and URI associations for Windows Phone 8 – an underappreciated feature, but one that I’ve implemented to great effect
- Wallet and In-App Purchase for Windows Phone 8 ( Mustafa Kasap) – HUGE post on integrating Wallet features and functionality and in-app purchases into your Windows Phone app
- Using an Ad Control in a Trial App (With Debugging Support)
- All the MSDN Code Gallery samples for Windows Phone 8 (about 90 items)
- Super NES emulator app for Windows Phone 8
- 3D Print your own Lumia 820 cover using the official specs from Nokia
- Adding Network Connection Settings to your Windows Phone app (Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, Cell, Wifi)
- Basic Speech Synthesis in Windows Phone 8 (code)
- Basic Speech Recognition in Windows Phone 8 (code)
Windows Phone 8 HTML/JS
- Build a Hybrid App for Windows Phone 8 using appMobi (Dave Isbitski @thedavedev) – Starting to see Windows Phone 8 support in a lot of the HTML5-based cross-platform tools.
- YoYo Games GameMaker Studio – for cross-platform game development, supports Windows Phone 8 as well as Windows 8. (And also, iOS, Android and Mac OS, but no one cares about those, right?)
- Adding a ListView to Display a List of Items in Windows 8 (HTML/JS) And then adding a template and functionality to those listview items
- Making $30K a month on Windows 8 apps – It can be done.
- Fall Fury: Part 2 – Shaders – Some of the geniuses at Channel 9 are outlining how they built the Fall Fury game
- HTML5 game Mudvark hitting hundreds of thousands of downloads on Windows 8
- Reading and Writing Text Files in Windows 8 Metro Store Apps (Morten Nielsen @dotMorten) – Same code also works in Windows Phone 8
- How do I port my iOS or Android app to Windows 8 (Windows Store)? (videos)
- A stupid huge list of tips for using/configuring Windows 8
Design and UX
- Color Scheme Creator – a simple Windows 8 app for constructing a color scheme based on a photograph
- PlaceCage – a set of flexible image placeholders featuring Nic Cage
- 366 Logos – A logo a day every day of 2012. Each logo created in about an hour.
Other Awesome Things
- Kinect Magic Mirror demo code (goes along with Rob Relyea’s Kinect for Windows Programming Deep Drive Build talk)
- Why We Shut Down Charm on the Even of Public Launch (Amy Hoy @amyhoy) – balancing the success of a product against the scalability of that product and making the hard decisions that are right for the customers. Ouch.
- Building a Great Web API (Evan Cooke or Twilio) – includes the valuable line “It should take no more than 5 minutes for a developer to perform a useful task using your API for the first time.”
- RunPee – Ever need to hit the restroom during the movie but worried you’ll miss something? RunPee tells you the slowest point in the movie and lets you know what you’ll miss while you go.
- Your Conference Presentation (from PhD Comics)
- Bluetooth gloves that work as a head-set for your phone