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Farewell, Windows Phone

Submitted by Arktronic on 29 March 2013 - 4:46pm

It was a gray afternoon, the kind that makes people long for rain just to break up the dreary monotony of the sky. I was nursing a scotch, which was by this point in time far too diluted for my taste, as the ice had long melted. As I lit my fifth cigarette I heard a dull thump outside. Must be the paper. Late as usual.

How to properly get a Windows Phone app's assembly version

Submitted by Arktronic on 16 May 2012 - 9:40am

I've been seeing code floating around that suggests that in order for you to get an assembly's version number in Windows Phone SDK 7.0/7.1 you have to call Assembly.ToString() or Assembly.FullName and then parse the output. Please don't do that. There is a better, more stable, and more supported way to get the information you seek:

new System.Reflection.AssemblyName(System.Reflection.Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().FullName)

My phone, my rules

Submitted by Arktronic on 14 April 2012 - 5:08pm

This week I got a Samsung Focus Flash. It's a nice upgrade from my first-generation LG Optimus 7. Although I have a Nokia Lumia 710, I can't actually use it because it still doesn't support tethering. While the Focus Flash does support tethering (or "internet sharing"), the functionality is tied to AT&T. I don't have AT&T; I'm using an MVNO as my cellular provider. That means I simply can't activate tethering.

Why the mobile "write once, run everywhere" mentality is misguided

Submitted by Arktronic on 26 January 2012 - 9:22pm

Every so often I see articles and news blurbs about yet another product that allows people to create a mobile app once and automagically publish it on all of the major smartphone platforms. Recently, I've seen lots of buzz around PhoneGap becoming fully-featured in regards to Windows Phone. And just today I saw an article on Slashdot about Yahoo! getting into this space. Although, as a developer and a techy, I love the idea of being able to write an app and quickly have it available on multiple platforms, I must say I do not approve of actually doing it.

Good app vs. great app: resilience

Submitted by Arktronic on 2 August 2011 - 12:57am

I strongly believe that a distinguishing mark between a good app and a great app is resilience, or in other words, its ability to adapt to unusual conditions. Naturally, it's up to the app's architects and developers to make it resilient, but too often I see apps that break with the slightest change of an upstream API. This has been observed not only with small, relatively unknown apps, but also with some high profile ones, such as the official Facebook app for Windows Phone. Why is this behavior so prevalent?

Relax - Microsoft has not banned open source from Marketplace

Submitted by Arktronic on 17 February 2011 - 10:22am

This recent Slashdot article is sure to cause some hubbub. As usual (when it comes to anything Microsoft), it's completely inaccurate. The only licenses that have been banned are GPLv3 and its derivatives and equivalents, including LGPLv3, and Affero GPLv3. Why these particular licenses, and why specifically version 3?

An idea for curbing WP7 piracy

Submitted by Arktronic on 29 December 2010 - 3:03pm

Since it has been made painfully obvious that Windows Phone 7 application piracy is possible, at least for developer unlocked devices, it's about time I outlined a fairly simple idea I had a couple of months back about curbing such piracy for a significant subset of the WP7 apps out there.

First, the tl;dr version is as follows: Microsoft should provide an API to get (or verify) app purchasers' anonymized Live IDs and/or Device Unique IDs.

The ugly side of Windows Phone 7: Marketplace

Submitted by Arktronic on 23 November 2010 - 11:30pm

Before I start my rant, let me preface this post by saying that I do really like WP7, from a consumer perspective (it's very responsive, good looking, and just plain fun to use) and a developer perspective (language and tools are a breeze to use, there's a lot of helpful info online, and the community is great).

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