Alex Yakhnin's Blog

Development and architecture for Windows Mobile devices. And a few useful tips on the way...

Moving to a New blog

Since I'd left Microsoft a few months ago I am moving to a new host for my blog here:...

Author: AlexYak Date: 11/26/2013

In the process of updating FeedPoint app.

I am in the middle of updating of my FeedPoint app. Of course I am changing it to work with Feedly...

Author: AlexYak Date: 08/14/2013

Sync Framework for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

One of the DPE's from France Sebastien Pertus has done an excellent job by porting the SyncFx 4.0 to...

Author: AlexYak Date: 06/18/2013

Windows 8 store apps designs fiesta.

If you are developing Windows 8 apps you'd be interested in these 50 (!) design templates:...

Author: AlexYak Date: 01/10/2013

FeedPoint Window 8 Store app is released.

My FeedPoint app for Windows 8 Store has been released. You can get it from here:...

Author: AlexYak Date: 10/29/2012

Would you like to debug your apps on your Surface RT?

Tim Heuer has got a blog post on how to do it:...

Author: AlexYak Date: 10/26/2012

Tip: How to avoid missing icon for your app in the store.

When submitting your Windows 8 store app for certification don't forget to update the StoreLogo.png...

Author: AlexYak Date: 10/25/2012

Charts for your Win8 app.

One of the Microsoft employees Mahmoud Medhat Mousse has created an open source project on...

Author: AlexYak Date: 09/28/2012

The video of the FeedPoint.

I've made a good progress in my work to port the FeedPoint app for Win8. Functionality wise it...

Author: AlexYak Date: 09/16/2012

Excellent Win8 Labs for developers.

An excellent labs for developers learning how to develop for Win8 have just been published. It's a...

Author: AlexYak Date: 09/11/2012

How to restore scroll position of the GridView when navigating back.

When developing WinRT applications which utilize GridView or ListView controls you'd come to the...

Author: AlexYak Date: 09/09/2012

Unity for WinRT

If you're In need for a DI and IOC container framework, you can get a port of the Unity for WinRT...

Author: AlexYak Date: 08/22/2012

How to display charms on a top of the WebView.

I've been moving along in my development of the FeedPoint app to WinRT. And as a good citizen of the...

Author: AlexYak Date: 08/13/2012

How to emulate Navigating event in the WebView.

While working on the Win8 version of the FeedPoint app, I've encountered the situation when I needed...

Author: AlexYak Date: 08/07/2012

More details on how to use SQLite with Windows 8 apps

Tim Heuer has posted a walkthrough on how to install the SQLite runtime package for your WinRT apps...

Author: AlexYak Date: 08/07/2012

FeedPoint app for Win8 Metro.

While on vacation I've finally found some time to start working on the FeedPoint version that runs...

Author: AlexYak Date: 07/19/2012

SQLLite database for WinRT

You should have probably noticed that when developing Metro apps for Win8, the WinRT currently...

Author: AlexYak Date: 06/12/2012

FeedPoint for Windows 8.

I've recently made an early holiday gift for myself - Samsung Series 7 Tablet. It looks great, with...

Author: AlexYak Date: 11/10/2011

FeedPoint updated for Mango

I've finally published the update for my FeedPoint app for Mango. It's got a few bug fixes as well...

Author: AlexYak Date: 10/26/2011

ProfileItem control for WP7

In the number of the applications that I'd worked on I had to create a screen to display information...

Author: AlexYak Date: 10/25/2011

Sketchflow for Windows Phone 7.

Would you like to be able to create your scetchflow designs for the Windows Phone 7? Now you can:...

Author: AlexYak Date: 06/09/2011

Reactive for Compact Framework.

Have you heard about Reactive (Rx) Framework? If you have been developing for Windows Phone 7,...

Author: AlexYak Date: 05/04/2011

FeedPoint updated.

I've updated the FeedPoint app with the a few requested features: - The feed list screen now has the...

Author: AlexYak Date: 04/17/2011

Avis app

A few months ago I spend some time with folks from Avis to help them to get started on the...

Author: AlexYak Date: 03/08/2011

The recent release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools January 2011 Update

Here's some useful information from the documentation team: The recent release of the Windows Phone...

Author: AlexYak Date: 02/07/2011

Is ANID unique?

When developing the FeedPoint app I needed to encrypt the user credentials in order to store them in...

Author: AlexYak Date: 01/13/2011

The Best of 2010

It's time for a traditional most popular posts of 2010: Creating a Splash Screen with a progress bar...

Author: AlexYak Date: 01/04/2011

FeedPoint app has been published.

The feed reader app that I've been talking about in my previous posts has been published on the...

Author: AlexYak Date: 12/29/2010

MY FEEDER is available for beta testing.

The feed reader app that I described in my previous post is ready to for beta testing. So if you own...

Author: AlexYak Date: 12/08/2010

(Y)et (A)nother (F)eed (R)eader for WP7

I don't know how about you, but I love the Outlook app on the Windows Phone 7. I like its...

Author: AlexYak Date: 12/02/2010

Importing Outlook contacts into WP7.

The Windows Phone 7 doesn't sync the contacts from the Outlook without a connection to the Exchachge...

Author: AlexYak Date: 11/18/2010

Migrate PickerBox and ListPicker to SL Toolkit.

As you already know, the SL Toolkit team has recently released the update to the Silverlight for...

Author: AlexYak Date: 11/07/2010

The new release of the Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit

The Silverlight Toolkit team has just published the new release of the Silverlight for Windows Phone...

Author: AlexYak Date: 11/02/2010

OData client source and binaries for WP7.

The OData client library as well as its source are available for download from the codeplex. The...

Author: AlexYak Date: 10/29/2010

Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7.

The full version of the book: Programming Windows Phone 7, by Charles Petzold is available for...

Author: AlexYak Date: 10/28/2010

Sync Framework for WP7.

The Sync Framework 4.0 (they jumped over the v3) October CTP is available for download. This...

Author: AlexYak Date: 10/28/2010

Great performance tips when creating WP7 apps.

Kevin, from Clarity has started a blog post series on the tips when developing WP7 applications....

Author: AlexYak Date: 10/27/2010

Update to the Progress Dialog.

I've made some refactoring to the Progress Dialog code: First of all I changed the name. Now it's...

Author: AlexYak Date: 09/24/2010

Creating Progress Dialog for WP7.

When creating Windows Phone 7 applications we'll inevitably encounter the situation when a certain...

Author: AlexYak Date: 09/20/2010

Windows Phone Training Kit has been updated.

The Windows Phone Training Kit has been updated with the RTM bits. It's gotten even bigger with 5...

Author: AlexYak Date: 09/17/2010

Customizing Picker Box dialog.

Today I am going to show you how you can customize the Picker Box dialog to display a color picking...

Author: AlexYak Date: 09/17/2010

Windows Phone Developer Tools RTM'ed!

The WPDT has gone gold and available for download: Windows Phone Developer Tools The tools include...

Author: AlexYak Date: 09/16/2010

Update to the Picker Box control.

Last time I showed you how you could create the Picker Box functionality in your Windows Phone 7...

Author: AlexYak Date: 09/14/2010

Implementing Picker Box functionality on WP7.

Last time I talked about the missing Combobox control in the Windows Phone 7 platform and the ways...

Author: AlexYak Date: 09/12/2010

Do we need ComboBox on WP7?

I've seen recently quite a few requiests from the developers externally and internally asking about...

Author: AlexYak Date: 09/10/2010

Creating Scrollable TextBlock for WP7.

There could be many scenarios when you'd need to be able to dipslay a text in your WP7 application...

Author: AlexYak Date: 09/08/2010

Update to List Picker Control

I've made a few updates to the original code for the List picker control that I described here. When...

Author: AlexYak Date: 09/01/2010

Creating List Picker for WP7.

For the application that I am working on right now I needed a control that would allow a user to...

Author: AlexYak Date: 08/30/2010

Creating a Splash Screen with a progress bar for WP7 applications.

If you have seen the demo of the sample application "USGA Shot Tracker" that was created by the UX...

Author: AlexYak Date: 08/17/2010

Creating Round Image Button for WP7 (part 3)

In my previous post I described a programmatic way to change an icon for the Round Image button (or...

Author: AlexYak Date: 08/16/2010

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