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Posted 24 Jan 2011

Windows Phone 7 MUST HAVE Toolkits

, 24 Jan 2011
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Windows Phone 7 MUST HAVE Toolkits

If you do ANY serious Windows Phone 7 development, here are a couple of toolkits you MUST HAVE.

Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit

“Welcome to the Silverlight Toolkit CodePlex project, a place where the Silverlight Team at Microsoft shares new components and functionality for designers, developers, and the community to provide an efficient way to help shape product development. It includes full open source code, samples, documentation, and design-time support for controls focusing on both Silverlight 4 as well as the Windows Phone.”

This one has been covered by most bloggers and is probably the most well-known toolkit out their… It gives us AutoCompleteBox, ListPicker, LongListSelector, Page Transitions, GestureService/GestureListener, ContextMenu, DatePicker, TimePicker, ToggleSwitch & WrapPanel.

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Sterling Isolated Storage Database with LINQ for Silverlight and Windows Phone 7

“Sterling is a lightweight object-oriented database implementation for Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 that works with your existing class structures. Sterling supports full LINQ to Object queries over keys and indexes for fast retrieval of information from large data sets.”

Coding4Fun Windows Phone Toolkit

“This is where Coding4Fun will house all our cool controls and tools that we come up with! Right now, we've created and updated some great controls for Silverlight that should help out everyone! If there is a bug, a needed control that could benefit everyone, or you want to help out, please reach out to us! “

I am a huge fan of Coding4Fun and I am very excited about the cool new toolkit thy have released… This toolkit includes About Prompt, Input Prompt, Progress Overlay, Round Button, Round Toggle Button, Memory Counter & TimeSpan Picker.

NOTE: This also includes the VERY important Jeff Wilcox high performance progress bar.

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Windows Push Notification Server Side Helper Library

Supporting push notifications in your applications require quite a lot of code… here are some helpers to get you started.

WP7 Contrib

WP7 Contrib is a set of components to help build WP7 Apps. It can be plugged into MVVM Light or used as separate components in your app. Our goal is to provide a set of tools and patterns that help WP7 developers.

WP7 Contrib has a very nice implementation of a caching layer… check it out!

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Do you use any other toolkits? Let me know…


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