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    PeterNL

    Thanks a lot Bob and the others in this series-team! So far this series presents for me the right level of informative insight. Nice pace as well. Bob you are doing great. Keep on trucking. Looking forward to the other episodes into the coming days/weeks. Windows Phone 8 development is cool!

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    Niner77839

    One small thing that I would like to be explained. In App.xaml we use attribute name of the style definition. On the page we used key attribute. Why is that? How does it work internally? What about performance?

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    Arad

    Thanks a lot for this great series. Are there any differences between using x:Name and x:Key for defined resources in App.xaml ?

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    RandomAlec

    Hey Bob (and anyone else reading), I've run into my first "programming" issue so far following this specific tutorial. I've continued on with a few more lessons, but it is really bothering me now that that Live Tile for the app is not changing icon-wise.

    What I mean is the application icon shows up fine in the app list both on my device and emulator (duck picture). But, when I pin the tile to the Start Screen it shows up as a big asterisk as if I never set the images.

    Please help!

    Edit: Fixed the issue by simply deleting the images from the Solution Explorer and reloading them into Visual Studio.

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    Progr

    Thank you very much, Bob!

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    BobTabor

    @PeterNL: Awesome.  Smiley

    @Niner77839: Yeah, I know I forgot to explain it thoroughly.  Let me point you to this same question on StackOverflow so you can get a complete picture:

     http://stackoverflow.com/questions/589874/in-wpf-what-are-the-differences-between-the-xname-and-name-attributes

    In a nut shell, there's no practical difference.  The differences are in how things are implemented behind the scenes in XAML with namespaces that both define the same attributes.

    @RandomAlec: Great that you figured it out ... I had no idea what I was going to suggest.

    @Progr: No, thank you for watching.  Smiley

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    isyedakhtar

    @Bob

     

    Is there a way to define styles in app which are automatically applied depending on the x:Name property like we do #ID in css for web. Like I create one style for RootLayout and It is applied aytomatically to a control whose x:Name="RootLayout"

     

    Thanks

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    BobTabor

    @isyedakhtar: I honestly don't know what a "best practice" would be in regards to selecting & styling, but take a look at how we do it in this video:

    https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Windows-Store-apps-for-Absolute-Beginners-with-C-/Part-14-Modifying-DataTemplates

    Yes, I realize this is for Windows 8 Store Apps, but the concepts are the same (at least, I'm pretty sure they are).  Does that help?

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    isyedakhtar

    Thanks Bob, I think I have to go with creating styles and applying them explicitly as you taught in the above video.

     

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    Shenzhongwei

    Great tutorial! Thank you for your great work! One small thing I'd like to point out that the image below the text
    "Great! Now, let's click and hold down until a context menu appears displaying the options to "pin to start" and "uninstall":"
    might be incorrect.

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    Doctor Who

    Excellent tutorial! This helps with the basic concept of getting your tiles onto the start screen, something I've wondered how that is to be done for a while, now I know.

    One thing, which I don't understand, is that in Visual Studio I have a green squiggly line under things like PhoneTextNormalStyle, PhoneFontSizeNormal, etc. If I mouse over those squiggly lines I get a popup that says:

    "XAML 'PhoneFontSizeNormal' is not found"

    Why is that? It is my understanding, based upon this tutorial, that those are all styles found online, and I would conclude resolved in that way. So, why am I getting that warning message?

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    Akhil Menon

    @Bob

    I must say you explain the concepts very clearly and I am enjoying the development of windows phone 8.

    I am having a problem here that when I see the App listing in emulator,I see my application having image that I set but when I pin it to start I don't get that image in tiles....pls help

    I am getting a small square with white color instead of app tile image.

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    Akhil Menon

    Hey Bob,
    See this is the screenshot I am providing....Why I am not getting the App icon in the start menu....

    Screenshot attachment link in skydrive

    https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=3CFE66C624796BBE!199&authkey=!AJlD6cpe7LrGGeY

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    Akhil Menon

    RingtonePlay is my app name

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    BobTabor

    @Akhil Menon: Are you using the image I provided in the source code that accompanies this series?  Or are you using your own image?  I suspect the latter.  And therefore I suspect you don't have a transparent background image.  Please let me know and I can advise next steps.

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    Clint

    @Akhil Menon: I agree with @BobTabor here.  if you still having issues, upload your images to https://absolutebeginner.codeplex.com/WorkItem/Create.  I may need see the app as well but right now give me your tiles only 

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    Akhil Menon

    Oh Bob I am using my own created image in png format.So how to make our own app image i.e transparent background?
    Please provide me the link of your app image so that I can use it

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    Akhil Menon

    I got the assets folder of your folder.How to make my own app image?

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    BobTabor

    @Akhil Menon: Try this: 

    http://clippingmagic.com/

    Personally, I use Adobe Fireworks, but I know any image / photo editor would be able to handle it ... perhaps even Paint.net or Gimp.  Good luck!

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    Akhil Meno

    Thank you very much......It worked

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    Joe Benassi

    I have a question Bob: How do I go about creating the icons for my app? Is there a particular tool I should use (I'm not a graphic designer)?

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    Clint

    @Joe Benassi: there are a bunch of sites that you can get icons for free or pay for them.  http://modernuiicons.com/ is one of many sites.  Please be sure you follow their licensing terms and guidelines.

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    Trang

    probably a great series of tutorials you did. I'm really appreciate it!!! Keep going on :)

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    Jason

    @Akhil Menon: If you do a lot of background-removing, Background Burner might save you some work because it can usually auto-detect the foreground object without your input.

    http://api.bonanza.com/background_burner

    Jason

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    MrCharles​Reid

    Hi Bob, really enjoying the series so far.  One comment on the transcript for this part of the series - it looks like the inline image for pinning the app to the start screen has been swapped with the image for converting the textblock style to a local style.  Sorry to nitpick.  Moving on to part 7.  Thanks!

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    BobTabor

    @MrCharlesReid: Thanks for the heads up ... creating the HTML for this was harder than recording the videos!

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    MrCharles​Reid

    @BobTabor: I'd wondered if there was some magic involved in creating the transcripts.  Anyway I really appreciate them.  They enable me to make progress even when I don't have the luxury of watching the videos (which are also great).  Thanks again!

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    odiltonjr

    Hello Bob Tabor, I already congratulate the initiative and say that the content is great and the way it is taught and fascinating, congratulations for explanations, I wanted to ask as I can from a text box that the user types the name get a corresponding list related to the User entered data? Thank you for your attention.

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    mfouad91

    Hello guys I have been following the video instructions but the app icon does not appear in the menu taking in consideration that I used the app icon used in the assets provided and it appears in visual studio and in the tiles but it does not appear in the menu here is a screen shot.

     

    https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=3D11F7FD99432C8C!1388&authkey=!AHs3u0bShyoT5MM&v=3&ithint=photo%2c.png

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    Arjun

    Can I dynamically change the style of a control ? Do we have a StyleSelector in Windows phone 8?

    Problem : I have a list of categories and based on the category name I need to load different styles.

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    Fahad​Shafique​Mirza

    Nice Idea to have small video of yours at the bottom in tutorials  

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    Gabriel Guimaraes Aguiar Teixeira

    My name is Gabriel'm Brazilian, I would like to thank the classes, I'm really enjoying it.
    I'm using Visual Studio 2013 SDK 8.0. I wonder if it is to launch an application created in this software version for WP 7 on ...
    I did not find this option in the settings of Visual Studio ..
    I would have to do 2 on 2 different apps sdk's?

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    BobTabor

    @Gabriel Guimaraes Aguiar Teixeira: I don't think you can do what you're trying to do.  I could be wrong, but I've never tried it before and I doubt it can be done.  Sorry!

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