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Let’s finish up the Windows Phone programming series I started in October. The first part “Getting Started” guides you through the steps you need to follow in order to get up and running with Windows 7.5 (Mango) development. The second part is a quick guide on how you can easily create your own icons to brand your application. Please read them first if you haven’t done so yet.

It’s about time we actually made the application do something useful. For this I choose to use the small wrapper for the Stack Exchange API I made some time ago. It would be nice if I had a small application which allows me to check my StackOverflow profile.

You can download the code for my StackExchange API wrapper on the download page (2011: Article #58). As you’ll notice there are some things we’ll need to change in the existing code to make it work on a Windows Phone device.

Let’s get started…

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IntroductionWindows Phone 7.5 Logo

In the previous part of this series I mentioned that the next one would be about creating some icons for your Windows Phone application.

Took me about two weeks to get around to it. Been busy, switched employers and am now working for a client in Brussels. Happened to lose my phone on the train last Friday or it was stolen. I was in a Zombie-like state (it was early), so I don’t know. Remember putting it away, but when I did the 3 tap check [wallet – keys – phone] on the escalator it was gone … and so was my train by that time. I guess I won’t be deploying my apps any time soon.

Enough about me. Let’s create some icons. For a Windows Phone application you’ll need the following icons:

  1. Application Icon (62 x 62)
  2. Application Tile Image (173 x 173)
  3. Marketplace catalog icon (small) (99 x 99)
  4. Marketplate catalog icon (large) (173 x 173)
  5. Desktop application icon (200 x 200)

Luckily we’ll be using the PNG format for all of them. Let’s get started.

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IntroductionWindows Phone 7.5 Logo

Two weeks ago I wrote an article about using the Stack Exchange API. Turns out it got featured on Channel 9 last week. Cool.

In the video they wonder if there’s such a thing as a Stack Exchange application for the Windows Phone. There a few available, but it got me thinking if I could easily port the code to run on my Windows Phone.

I myself, haven’t developed much on the Windows Phone yet, apart from a few “Hello, World”-isch applications. Now that Mango (WP 7.5) has been officially released and I just reinstalled my PC, I figured this would be a good opportunity to get started with Windows Phone development.

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