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Changing namespaces in WP7 project

It seems that VS 2010 screws the project properties when namespaces are changed.

I posted it on SO.

And the solution is:

Check the “Startup Object” in the project properties page. The sometimes requires manually being set/corrected when the namespace of the app is changed.

Thx Matt ūüėČ

Gay Test

This is happen when you have too much free time :p


How to play music across pages.

Silverlight for Windows Phone 7 is based on the page  navigation system. Key point is the lifetime of pages Рeach page is deleted while you navigate to another. To have an object(singleton f.e.) during the whole application life it could be placed in App class (App.xaml.cs file). MediaElement is definitely an object that should be one (there must be only one music player). The best and simple solution is place the MediaElement in XAML(it needs to be a part of visual tree), I have used application resources:

<!--Application Resources-->
   <MediaElement x:Name="mediaPlayer" Source="/Sound/horrorSong.mp3" AutoPlay="False"  />

Then you can get it from any page:

MediaElement player = null; // get the media element from App resources
if (App.Current.Resources.Contains("mediaPlayer"))
   player = App.Current.Resources["mediaPlayer"] as MediaElement;
if (player != null)

MediaElement can’t play the music while Zune is connect, it is good to prompt the user about it.

if (NetworkInterface.GetIsNetworkAvailable())
   if (NetworkInterface.NetworkInterfaceType == NetworkInterfaceType.Ethernet)
      zuneTextBlock.Visibility = System.Windows.Visibility.Visible;
zuneTextBlock.Visibility = System.Windows.Visibility.Collapsed;

This code does not guarantee if Zune is on (User sill can have the plugged phone) but is very likely that Zune is running(Zune starts while you connect the phone).

Simple center zoom

To add simple pinch zoom (that I used in my Spirit Level) use the Silverlight Toolkit for WP7 and add the pinch GetureListener to a grid

  <toolkit:GestureListener PinchDelta="GestureListener_PinchDelta" />

and code in event

 private void GestureListener_PinchDelta(object sender, PinchGestureEventArgs e)
    if (e.DistanceRatio < 1.0 || e.DistanceRatio > 1.4)
 // Create the animation for pinch
   Storyboard storyboard = new Storyboard();
   DoubleAnimation pinchXAnimation = new DoubleAnimation();
   pinchXAnimation.To = e.DistanceRatio;
   pinchXAnimation.Duration = TimeSpan.FromSeconds(0.3);
   Storyboard.SetTargetProperty(pinchXAnimation, new PropertyPath("GridScaling.ScaleX"));
   Storyboard.SetTarget(pinchXAnimation, GridScaling);

   DoubleAnimation pinchYAnimation = new DoubleAnimation();
   pinchYAnimation.To = e.DistanceRatio;
   pinchYAnimation.Duration = TimeSpan.FromSeconds(0.3);
   Storyboard.SetTargetProperty(pinchYAnimation, new PropertyPath("GridScaling.ScaleY"));
   Storyboard.SetTarget(pinchYAnimation, GridScaling);



WP7 Development Best Practices Wiki

The best practices about Silverlight and Silverlight for Windows Phone 7.

WP7 wiki

Sync Framework 4.0 CTP for WP7

The preview of Sync Framework.


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Thanks a lot!

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