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If you’re into metro development (windows phone or Windows 8) I’m sure you’ll appreciate another set of cool mono-colored very simplistic yet beautiful icons.

iconmonstr offers a set which includes over 600 items with multiple variations for almost each element.

Icons are mostly focused for web apps as most of them are actions, charts, badges or social networking-related.

iconmonstrThey are available as PNG + SVG files and completely free to be used in free + commercial projects.

P.S. The only bad part is that the set is not offered as a single download pack but you have to browse pages to view/download each of them.


WM7.5 Hackathon

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This weekend I had a chance to participate in the first Athens Windows Mobile 7.5 Hackathon. This was the first time Microsoft hosted an event that aimed in helping and encouraging developers in building actual applications and I have to say that I was really impressed with the participation and outcome.

I’m guessing that more than 150 developers patiently attended the whole two days event, listened to 20 mini tutorial style sessions and finally 32 of them came up with very interesting ideas and application for the windows mobile platform, although some of my favorite applications didn’t make the top 6 (I guess my criteria are different from the judging committee one’s Smile).

If you didn’t make it, you can catch a glimpse of what happened from the following image gallery.

I was assigned three slots where I presented

  • Application Bar & System tray
  • Isolated Storage
  • Launchers and Choosers
  • Live Tiles & Push notifications

You can find the slide decks as well as the demo code I used here:


I had the chance to speak at a Microsoft event this month (on April 6th) about the new mobile phone development platform unfortunately and due to my blog maintenance I wasn’t able to blog about it. Now that everything is back in order though, I can let you know about it and share some of the event’s content with you.

The event had three sessions and a demo fest where developers presented their applications.

On the first session Dimitris Gkanatsios gave an intro to the platform and spoke about the Pivot control, sensors (GPS, Accelerometer, Vibration), HTML parsing, WCF, Media Library, Navigation, Launchers and choosers, Isolated Storage and briefly talked about the market place and how can someone upload an application.

On the second one I got to speak on more advanced topics like Data Binding, Panorama Pages, RSS, Video, Notifications, Application Bars, Application Lifecycle, and the Web Browser control. You can find my slide deck here.

The third session was about XNA and how someone can use it to build killer gaming apps in 2D and 3D for WP7and was given by Ioanins Panagopoulos.

In the demo fest slot I got the chance to speak about the news application I’ve developed for www.zougla.gr that is going to be published really soon.

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If you missed the event, don’t worry you can still watch most of the sessions videos at www.techdays.gr really soon.


If you’re developing a GPS enabled app for Windows Phone 7 you will surely appreciate the Windows GPS Emulator application.

The Windows Phone GPS Emulator consists of a small WPF application and a WP7 DLL and allows you to create complex paths that you can play back just as if you were driving or walking. With it you can debug your application on the emulator or a real device without leaving the comfort of your home or office.

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Once you’ve completed your testing and debugging, you only need to change a single line of code to switch the device back to real GPS.

The download includes:

  • The Windows GPS Emulator application
  • The Windows Phone GPS Emulator Client DLL
  • A simple Windows Phone Test client
  • An end-to-end Windows Phone App using Bings maps (a more complex sample)

You can download it from APP HUB

Oh how I wish I had a WP7 phone…