Updated – A FREE fully-featured edition of Visual Studio!

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Among yesterday’s great product launches by Microsoft, was the FREE unrestricted version of Visual Studio – Visual Studio Community Edition 2013. What I didn’t notice is that “this version lets developers target any platform from desktop and mobile to web and cloud”. Instead of waiting for Visual Studio 2015, we can start creating Android and iOS applications as from today!

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Xaml – Add and Update Row Definitions

XAML-LOGO Row and Column Definitions are used to set the rows and columns in a grid on a xaml page. I wanted to add or remove any of these definitions from the code behind using C#. Next is the solution:

Add Row Definitions:

RowDefinitionCollection defs = myGrid.RowDefinitions;
defs.Add(newRowDefinition(){Height=newGridLength(140)});
defs.Add(newRowDefinition(){Height=newGridLength(1,GridUnitType.Star)});

Update Row Definitions:

RowDefinitionCollection defs = myGrid.RowDefinitions;
defs[0] = newRowDefinition(){Height=newGridLength(140)};
defs[1] = newRowDefinition(){Height=newGridLength(1,GridUnitType.Star)};

 

To add and update columns, just change RowDefinition with ColumnDefinition in the above code. Hope this helps you in your Windows Phone and Windows Store apps! Happy Xamling!

How to use Cortana outside the US?

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Thanks for asking Cortana 🙂 and thanks for making my Windows Phone better. Yesterday Microsoft released Windows Phone 8.1 to all Windows Phone developers. To download you have to have a Windows Phone Store account and the app Preview for Developers installed on your phone. One of the most awaited features of the 8.1 update was Cortana, Microsoft’s new personal assistant for Windows Phone. It takes her name from Cortana, the AI in Halo, and it can help you with all your daily needs, set reminders, check the weather and much more. Continue reading

New Windows Phone 7 comes to the family!

Yesterday, I had a nice surprise as we got a new Windows Phone 7 into the family. It’s not mine… it’s my girlfriend’s… but still I can use it :)… mine will come later on. It just arrived last Saturday in Malta!!

Which One

She got the HTC Trophy WP7 mobile. Apparently it’s going to be the only WP7 mobile device to come to the Maltese Islands.. or at least for now.

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HTC HD2 | Not Sending SMS

So a friend of mine just got a new HTC HD2… and let me tell you… the screen is amazing!! 4.3 inch full of color ;)… All worked well, phone calls, camera is great, sms received but he couldn’t send any sms. When trying to send, they remained in the outbox. We thought there was a problem with the sms service centre but there is no place where you can edit the service centre number.

After googling a bit, we found the Solution. You need to first… Continue reading