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Friday, 5/31/2013 4:45 PM
by Peter Kuhn
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Meet me in Karlsruhe

Friday, 5/31/2013 4:45 PM by Peter Kuhn | 0 Comments

Next week Software Developers Conference "Entwicklertag 2013" is about to start once again, in Karlsruhe. As last year, I'll be there talking about Windows Phone. This time, I'll present and discuss our project experiences with using Windows Phone 8 for Enterprise Applications, and of course I'll also give a general overview of what's in the box for enterprises with Microsoft's mobile platform. You can find more information on the Conference's web site:

http://www.entwicklertag.de/

My session is described in detail here:

http://www.entwicklertag.de/2013/content/windows-phone-8-enterprise-development

If you want to chat about Windows Phone, .NET or software design and architecture in general, I'd love to see you there ;).

Sunday, 4/21/2013 2:24 PM
by Peter Kuhn
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YLOD 1.2 adds support for passwords

Sunday, 4/21/2013 2:24 PM by Peter Kuhn | 0 Comments

After a short period of testing and use in a project, I released version 1.2 of YLOD (on NuGet) today. It adds support for passwords, a feature requested by Brecht over on CodePlex. I was a bit amazed that I didn't ran into this earlier, as having passwords in your app's options seems like an obvious use case. It once again shows the value of feedback from others – thanks for that. More...

Tuesday, 4/2/2013 9:30 AM
by Peter Kuhn
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Updated Open Source Projects

Tuesday, 4/2/2013 9:30 AM by Peter Kuhn | 0 Comments

I used the time over the Easter holidays to update some of my open source projects. It was mostly fixing small issues and also improving support for Windows Phone 8. In particular:

Your Last About Dialog (also on NuGet)

Your Last Options Dialog (NuGet)

Liphofra (NuGet) – first public release

I also introduced some changes to PAARC lately, and worked a bit on the Phone Net Tools – however not to a point that would justify a new release (see the repository if you're interested).

Enjoy!

Thursday, 3/28/2013 8:00 AM
by Peter Kuhn
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Print Article: dotnetpro 04/2013 – Nicht nur mobil

Thursday, 3/28/2013 8:00 AM by Peter Kuhn | 0 Comments

dotnetpro 04/2013

In the current issue of German print magazine "dotnetpro" (04/2013) I write about the features and chances of Windows Azure Mobile Service, using a practical sample as introduction on the topic. The online description (also in German) can be found here:

http://www.dotnetpro.de/articles/onlinearticle4434.aspx

Have fun!

Monday, 2/25/2013 3:13 PM
by Peter Kuhn
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Windows Phone 8: Voice Commands

Monday, 2/25/2013 3:13 PM by Peter Kuhn | 0 Comments

Part of the last article was a detailed look at the possibility of speech recognition from within your app. A logical continuation of this technology and feature is to seek deeper integration with the operating system by using voice commands. Voice commands are a way for you to register certain phrases with the Windows Phone OS that are recognized when the user invokes the built-in voice recognition, without your app being active or even launched. In this article I will explain what it takes to use this feature, and what you can achieve with it.

Read the full article on SilverlightShow:

http://www.silverlightshow.net/items/Windows-Phone-8-Voice-Commands.aspx

Tuesday, 2/19/2013 2:03 PM
by Peter Kuhn
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Windows Phone 8: Speech

Tuesday, 2/19/2013 2:03 PM by Peter Kuhn | 0 Comments

Windows Phone 7 already has some speech features built into the system, for example voice commands that can be invoked by holding down the start button. As with many other features of this first generation of the platform, accessibility to these was extremely limited for app developers. Once again Windows Phone 8 not only heavily improves this situation, but it also adds a variety of completely new features that both developers and users will benefit from. In this article, I'll take a closer look at text to speech and its counterpart, speech to text (speech recognition).

http://www.silverlightshow.net/items/Windows-Phone-8-Speech.aspx

Have fun!

Monday, 2/18/2013 8:57 PM
by Peter Kuhn
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Developer's Best Friend

Monday, 2/18/2013 8:57 PM by Peter Kuhn | 0 Comments

No matter how much touch and gestures talk is around, the keyboard likely will continue to stay developer's best friend for a long time. My personal companion for serveral years has been the Logitech UltraX keyboard [1]. It sure isn't a high-end or premium model, but it suited my style of typing extremely well. It's not particularly durable either, at least not for someone who's using it several hours a day and likes to write both texts and code – in the last years I have worn out approximately one every year. They start to turn ugly quickly, because the silver color is rubbed off in only few months if not weeks, but technically they're robust enough to see all four seasons. At a price of less than 20€ this is something I was willing to accept. More...

Tuesday, 2/12/2013 3:56 PM
by Peter Kuhn
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Windows Phone 8: NFC-Near Field Communication

Tuesday, 2/12/2013 3:56 PM by Peter Kuhn | 3 Comments

In this third part about communication feature improvements in Windows Phone 8, I will focus on Near Field Communication, or NFC for short, which lately has found its way into many modern smart phones across different platforms like Android, Bada or BlackBerry. On Windows Phone, NFC support has only been added in version 8; there wasn't any support for it in Windows Phone 7 neither built-in nor available to third-party developers. The most prominent use case is for payment services like the "Wallet Hub" in Windows Phone [1], however the range of uses is not limited to that, and with the available API developers can adapt the technology easily for their particular needs.

Read the full article on SilverlightShow.net:

http://www.silverlightshow.net/items/Windows-Phone-8-NFC-Near-Field-Communication.aspx

Wednesday, 2/6/2013 8:00 AM
by Peter Kuhn
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Windows Phone 8: Bluetooth

Wednesday, 2/6/2013 8:00 AM by Peter Kuhn | 0 Comments

When we talk about Bluetooth support in Windows Phone, we really have to look at two different sides of the same medal: user experience and features as well as developer opportunities. Windows Phone 7 had basic support for Bluetooth from the beginning, however more advanced options were not available to the user. For developers, the situation was even worse, as there was no public available API to support Bluetooth features in your apps at all. Both situations have changed and improved dramatically in Windows Phone 8, however, as we will see in this article, the situation is still not perfect.

Read the full article for free on SilverlightShow:

http://www.silverlightshow.net/items/Windows-Phone-8-Bluetooth.aspx

Thursday, 1/31/2013 8:45 AM
by Peter Kuhn
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Windows Phone 8: Protocols and File Type Associations

Thursday, 1/31/2013 8:45 AM by Peter Kuhn | 0 Comments

In Windows Phone 7 we had several options to communicate with the outside world, for example using Web Services, HTTP or low-level communication using sockets. This already enabled a large field of possibilities for interesting apps. For example, I built a remote controlling component named PAARC [1] on top of this to virtually communicate with and control any .NET application from your phone. However, despite these options support for a lot of alternate technologies was missing: app developers could not use well-established things like Bluetooth, support for new technologies like NFC was missing completely on the phones, and direct app-to-app communication on a single device was impossible. Windows Phone 8 improves all of these situations, and over the next three articles I'll take a deeper look at some of the new possibilities that have been added. This time, I'll concentrate on what options we have to enable a greater interaction between apps on the local device.

Read the full article on SilverlightShow for free here:

http://www.silverlightshow.net/items/Windows-Phone-8-Protocol-and-File-Type-Associations.aspx