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Last week we released Beta 2 of the Mango developer tools. Even more excitingly, we made pre-release images of the Mango OS for retail devices available to developers registered with App Hub. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to get started now building outstanding Windows Phone apps leveraging all of the new functionality we’ve added in Windows Phone Mango.
We didn’t just release the tools and images; we also released a very large number of online resources to help you get started leveraging Mango functionality today.
As anyone watching our page on Reddit or our Twitter tag knows, there are a very large set of resources being created on a weekly basis for Windows Phone developers. Since I’m the Product Manager at Microsoft responsible for Windows Phone Developer Educational Content, I thought I’d start a series of posts to highlight the ones I think are most interesting and useful. Today’s post is specifically about Mango developer resources. Here they are:
This is but a small sample of the large set of resources we’ve currently got available. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be releasing more items targeted at helping you leverage all of the fantastic new developer features in Mango.
Larry Lieberman Product Manager, Windows Phone App Platform
All fine and dandy unless you still can't load mango on your dev device because it is a Samsung Focus and not updateable. I guess one day that will change when AT&T decide it is now "safe" to let me have the same update all the other AT&T phones have had for 5 freaking months.
A little off topic, but I want to make sure someone sees this.
I'm running the ISV beta and the changes are astounding. Words can't explain how impresed I am with this update. There are a couple of glaring issues that I have found after just a couple of days of use:
1. Closing an app in the task switcher is not possible. That doesn't even make sense. Why not have a close "X" or a WebOS "throw it away" type of gesture?
2. When will we be able to group app icons? My list of apps is very long. The search helps, but I would also like to see grouping.
3. Still no screen capture? How can evangelize Windows Phone if I cannot captur screen shots and post to facebook?
@frankwick on two of your topics. The system is pretty good at managing memory and tasks, and believe it or not, for the vast majority of phone users, task management is not high on their list of desired features. We have screen capture in the dev tools, which means that you can cpature screens from apps you are building or can deploy via the dev tools. It's not the 100% ideal solution, but hopefully enough foward progress for you.
@frankwick "1. Closing an app in the task switcher is not possible. " -- what's the point? It's not like we can use multitasking for non-audio applications.
Performance heavy operations, like having a socket running in the background for a chat application (like IRC), is still not allowed with the current API.
Thanks for the info, no w I check all the links, and i wanna to know more about windows phone 7 "mango" & Office 365, bye bye.
Gotta disagree with you there, Brandon. Coming from Android, where everything basically runs wide open...all the time, task management and memory management are most DEFINITELY wanted. Windows Phone 7 (NoDo as it were) does a pretty good job of policing apps and memory, but I fear once you give more multitasking, we're going to run into the same issues that Android has.
Who do I have to kill for full filesystem & registry access?
You guys should understand that blog entry is Not The place for tech comments. if you want to comment so that you'll be heard, do it in the dev forums or on Connect, if you're serious about it, and keep it professional!
Thanks and Enjoy Windows Phone 7.1
I have a Samsung Focus with AT&T and had no trouble upgrading to Mango (or NoDo)
Is there any API coming for bluetooth development?
I am confused, where can I get contact that I can report some applications in the Marketplace with abuse contents. It is very hard get the support, feedback, or report abuse on zune, windowsphone7, and microsoft support website.
Hey WP7 Dev's - at the risk of a double-post from over in the regular Windows Phone Blog - thought it was relevant in a post re: all the tools and resources from MS for DEV's with Mango.
Here's a couple of articles I have blogged on what can you do AFTER your App/Game gets into the Windows Marketplace. No disrespect to Michael or Brian in the Marketing team for WP7 - however I think the MS support in this area is light on compared to all the DEV and DESIGN support MS offer.
SO here they are - If you have any feedback (positive, constructive or just damning LOL - please consider leaving a comment on the blog/article, you dont have to join to do so)
Editorial – So your App or Game is in the WP7 Marketplace – What next? | Sheeds' Blog http://bit.ly/qUHqRd
Editorial – Sell, Sell, Sell – Self Promotion outside of the WP7 Marketplace. | Sheeds' Blog http://bit.ly/nzcYt5
A specific question also for Brandon - will we get to see any stats/results/wash-up of the Spring Cleaning Initiative and how well it worked for Dev's or otherwise ? Hope recovery is going well!
Thanks for this list of resources. Very helpful. Already started using some of them.
Will it be possible to update to the final release of Mango from this beta build? Thanks and sorry if this has been previously discussed elsewhere.
Could we get another 'development for absolute beginners' video series? I need a resource that I can use. My application, EdGenda, is a ToDo app that uses Isolated Storage fileName strings to source listboxes, but I would like to use the new Local Database stuff, but I don't want to use MVVM. Can anyone point me to some beginner resources? I mean, it took me a whole school year last year to learn Silverlight for windows Phone and develop EdGenda. Can Anyone help me?
Is it possible for a hardware designer to make a device that uses the Windows Phone as the control panel. Supposing a hardware designer made a device that control the lights in a room, this device has no a monitor for a user to turn on or off a light, but has a USB device port. Is it possible to make connection between this device and Windows Phone 7, use the Windows Phone 7 as the monitor for that device?
How to: Build a Globalized Application for Windows Phone.
I noticed VB - No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.
Please advise will VB going to be supported in the coming final relased of WP7 Mango development tools?
ya new services has been added but of very little use, background services can run only in very limited condition , so we can't develop any such application with it that may require continuous or periodic processing as periodic task in Windows Phone 7 does not run for all ceases, in fact calender is exposed but does not give any unique identification of appointment like EWS gives again of no use cause no one can track changes in calender ...what Microsoft is doing
comon , they gona compete with Android, Symbian which give much better environment even at much lower performance , u cant just sell ur product just with a good UI but with of no good features
Hello everyone, I am aware that Windows phone 7 does not support ASHX files. I wanted to know this time, if Windows phone Mango would support these type of files? Your responses are greatlt appreciated. thanks!