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SilverlightShow Windows Phone App

Published on Sunday, March 11, 2012 12:09:00 PM UTC in Programming & Tools

A few weeks ago, I submitted the official Windows Phone app accompanying the portal to the Marketplace. The app is completely free (also ad-free!) and presents you the content available on this platform. Today I've pushed a first update of the app to the Marketplace for certification, with some improvements to the notification tiles. You can now choose the interval the app goes out to check for updates to optimize battery life on your phone. I've also been eating my own dog food and have improved memory consumption of the involved background agent using the tips of my article series on the topic. If you haven't checked out the app yet, you can find it on the Marketplace here:

SilverlightShow App

Creating the app was an interesting experience, because it wasn't a greenfield development but had to accommodate to the already existing infrastructure and of course the particular requirements of the guys over at SilverlightShow. We thought it would be nice to share some of these experiences to give developers an idea of what creating such apps looks like, off the beaten paths of simplified tutorials and scenarios. Watch out for some upcoming articles on that, with particular details about the problems and issues we were facing, and some recipes for how to solve them.

As always, feel free to leave comments, thoughts and suggestions – we particularly want to improve the app in future versions based on your feedback.

Tags: SilverlightShow · Windows Phone 7