Tag Archive for 'WP7'

Rosetta stone of mobile development for WP7, iOS, Android

Cool link with a side-by-side comparison of WP7, iOS, and Android development features and classes from a mono (C#) perspective.

iOS WP7 Android
“View” XIB (Interface Builder) Xaml axml
UIViewController PhoneApplicationPage (codebehind) Activity
n/a (UIAutoResizing) StackPanel LinearLayout
UITableView ListBox ListView
UITableViewCell ListBox.ItemTemplate n/a (any view)
UITableViewSource n/a (binding, IEnumerable) BaseAdapter
Navigation “Controller” NavigationController. PushViewController() NavigationService. Navigate() StartActivity()
n/a (object) Xaml Uri Intent.SetClass()
n/a (object properties) Xaml Uri querystring params Intent.PutExtra() .AddFlags()
n/a (object properties) NavigationContext .QueryString .TryGetValue() Intent .GetXXXExtra()
Threading InvokeOnMainThread Dispatcher.BeginInvoke RunOnUiThread
“Model” C# .NET objects – shared thanks to Mono on iOS & Android. Also WebClient, Linq, Generics, Xml, Serialization, etc… :-)

And while we are on the mono subject, they just released a Mono droid update, which means they now have comprahensive tool chains for C# development for the following systems, iOS (including app store), Mac (including app store), Android (including app store).

Nokia selling QT

Fresh on the heals of deciding to use Windows Phone 7 as their mobile OS going forward, it seems Nokia has sold off QT.

Interesting days in the mobile world.

IE9 for WP7 has hardware acceleration

Lots of mobile news over at MWC at the moment. Found this interesting video showing of Windows Phone 7′s Internet Explorer 9 Mobile with hardware acceleration. Next to a non hardware-accelerated iPhone 4 browsing experience the difference is very dramatic.

Crossplatform mobile dev with Mono

Cool post over on Chris Hardy’s blog talking about a non-trivial twitter app on winphone 7, iphone and android with the mono toolset.

Stick with the preso, the last few slides have the best info about cross platform dev and limitations, and the videos at the actual post are quite cool.

New Windows Phone 7 Campaign

This has been doing the rounds on the inter-webs today. It’s an interesting take, and a cool campaign, but I think I agree with the guys over at mobilecrunch. While I’m guilty of having my face down far more than I should, especially around my kids, I think it’s actually because I enjoy it, not because the present phone UI metaphore is too clunky (not that it isn’t clunky though).

Many a Sci-Fi writer has a decent take on this phenomenon in the future with their stories of massively wireless interconnected minds and the way people stare off into nowhere with absent eyes when they are busy communicating.