Windows Phone 8.1 for developers – Using the Credential Locker

This blog post is part of a series about how Windows Phone 8.1 affects developers. The series is written in collaboration with Microsoft evangelist Peter Bryntesson, check out his blog here.

Intro

With the release of Windows Phone 8.1, the Credential Locker service is now available for Windows Phone app developers. This is great news for both first time users and those of us already using the service in our Windows 8.1 Store apps.
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Choose your Windows Phone XAML app model

This blog post is part of a series about how Windows Phone 8.1 affects developers. The series is written in collaboration with Microsoft evangelist Peter Bryntesson, check out his blog here.

Intro

The release of Windows Phone 8.1 SDK gives us, as developers, three different XAML app models to choose from for our future app development. This post will describe the difference between them and how to choose the right app model.
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Visual Studio 2013 and Blend design-time exception debugging

This blog post describes how to debug a design-time exception by attaching a second Visual Studio instance to the XAML designer worker process. A demo solution is included to let you practice the debugging scenario. I will also point out a problem with using ‘Application.Current’ in design-time.
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How to build a simple Win 8 Store App and also implement the Search Contract without using VS built-in Search Contract Template

I have looked into some videos and MSDN articles about the Search Contract and created a cleaner MVVM example without using the Visual Studio template for Search Contracts. The result is a fully working app also showing concepts like Search suggestions, Converters, Horizontal Listbox, XAML Resources, Blendability and INotifyPropertyChanged injection without becoming complex. Source code is included.

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Label printing in your .NET application with a DYMO LabelWriter 450

I am involved in a side project to create a minor visitor management application. One feature is to print name badges. This post is about my first experience to use DYMO:s LabelWriter 450 and their .NET SDK to communicate with it.

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Hey! Why do your Windows Phone app need all that access!?

I recently received a comment from a Windows Phone owner questioning if one of my apps were spyware because of all the capabilities it required. The reason might be obvious for us developers but we can lose users if we don’t explain it better for them.

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Design resources for Windows Phone and Windows 8 programmers

I enjoy working with WP- and Win8 projects. New cool hardware, new application architectures, new tools and no more battleship-grey experiences! The developer scene has changed, especially at the frontend. I have collected some useful design resources for developers in this post.

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Visual Studio designer not working (NullReferenceException) in Windows Phone solution after WP8 SDK installation.

I watched the Build keynote last week on a big screen together with colleagues at Jayways Copenhagen office. One of the highlights was the WP8 SDK release. You can read a great…

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