How to install iOS and Android SDKs for Visual Studio 2013 Premium & Ultimate

I was going to install Visual Studio Community 2013, but it asked me to uninstall Visual Studio 2013. I started checking some demos about Visual Studio Community 2013 (you can check the demo from Channel 9) and noticed that you can install the same tools as in Visual Studio Community 2013 to Visual Studio 2013. So let’s get started.

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Create iOS and Android apps using Visual Studio and .NET

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Microsoft today announced some amazing news:

First the big news. Microsoft just launched the preview versions of Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 2015. This release includes the “Roslyn” .NET compiler platform, new language features in C#, improved debugging and profiling, and code analysis tools. And the biggest new of all – VS2015 supports “C#, C++ and HTML/JavaScript development targeting iOS, Android, Windows and more.” There’s even a Visual Studio Emulator for Android (see picture below).  I’m drooling! Continue reading

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

Over 600 downloads and counting…

626 people are now keeping track of their personal and group expenses. Download and keep track of your expenses by getting Expense Box from www.expensebox.net or from the Windows Phone Marketplace.

This app is currently helping Windows Phone users track personal or group expenses, either when going shopping, organizing a party, a school reunion, go on a trip abroad, or simply going for a night out. It will store the payments done by each, and automatically calculates the exact amount of money each have to pay.

Skype Beta on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Finally, after much waiting, Microsoft and Skype announced the much awaited Skype app for Windows Phone, although it’s still in Beta. Apparently, compatible devices are the second gen Windows Phones including the Nokia Lumia Family Phones 710, 800 and 900 (and most probably the new Lumia 610 – more details on this one soon). This Beta version will allow free audio and video calls over Wifi or 3g, plus also paid calls. Continue reading