Windows Phone Fast Application Switching

As you may have heard, Mango status went to RTM (Released to Manufacturer) today, this means that Microsoft have now given it to Manufacturers & Carriers to customise before it’s released. With Mango comes the ability for users to resume apps much quicker than previous releases, without having to endure the “resuming…” screen that we’re so accustomed to.

This article by Jesse Liberty takes a brief plunge into the Application_Activated event, to help dev’s take full advantage of Fast App Switching.

Full Article: Fast Application Switching | Jesse Liberty.

How To Activate Facebook Chat in Messaging On Windows Phone Mango Update

I’ve been using Mango now on my main phone for a couple of weeks now, but initially struggled to activate Facebook Chat; everytime I went to go online I’d be met with an IE page requesting credentials.

I’ve now got this working I’ve been using it constantly & I personally think it’s really good.

I stumbled upon the fix to this by chance, but this post by Mobile Minded may save you a bit of time.

Full Article: How To Activate Facebook Chat in Messaging On Windows Phone Mango Update.

Enriching Mango Apps with Secondary Tiles

Another new feature of Windows Phone 7.1 that every developer should know about is secondary tiles. Windows Phone 7.0 allowed users to pin an app to the Start screen, creating a tile for that app. But it limited apps to one tile each, and it provided no mechanism for passing information to an app launched from a tile.

Enter Windows Phone 7.1, which allows apps to create additional tiles – “secondary tiles” – on the Start screen, and to embed a link containing unique information in each one. Secondary tiles can’t be created directly by a user; they can only be created from your code. They’re useful because they support deep linking into your app, each one representing your app in a different state.

Full Article: Jeff Prosise’s Blog.

Building Cross-Platform Mobile Applications with HTML5 and Mango

One of the most exciting new features coming in Windows Phone 7.1, code-named “Mango,” is an HTML5 Web browser based on IE9. One by-product of this addition is that you can use Mango phones to browse HTML5 Web sites. But the greater implication is that developers can now use HTML5 to build cross-platform mobile applications that run on Windows phones as well as iPhones and Android phones.

via  Jeff Prosise’s Blog : Building Cross-Platform Mobile Applications with HTML5 and Mango.

Building a detailed About page for your Windows Phone application

Looking back, I never really put much thought in the about page of Glasto Guide. It was something that I really wanted to include, however, the final result looked like it had just been stuck on the end of my Panorama.

Jeff Wilcox, developer of 4th & Mayor, has put together this brilliant post of how to create an about page for your app. Definitely worth a read for any developer.

Full Article: Jeff Wilcox – Building a detailed About page for your Windows Phone application.