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Problems With Sharing Windows Phone 7 Applications Within A Large Group Of Beta Testers

Abstract I work for a huge media company in a mobility team as a project coordinator. At the moment, I work on an application for Blackberry and have established workflow for developing and testing new builds. The team includes great number of product owners who work as testers and as customers at the same time. The Blackberry platform provides all required possibilities to have tested applications by any number of testers/product owners. You just need to compile COD files and sign them at RIM to be able to install on any Blackberry device/simulator. Let’s have a look at...

Xaps Minifier. A Step Forward. New Options and New Features

Abstract Almost two months has come since the previous release of Xaps Minifier (see part 1 and part 2). This add-on has been downloaded from the Visual Studio Gallery site more than 450 times and I am sure it is pretty successful. I have some ideas and time to implement them has come. First of all, I want to add ability to avoid adding references to startup projects. Some professionals claim it’s essential to have a tiny startup project to avoid disappointing users. I do agree and I must implement an option to protect startup project from adding...

XAPs Minifier. Avoiding Problem With Multiple Startup Objects

Abstract As mentioned in my previous post, the add-on can generate error if it finds more than one Startup Objects in a solution. Usually, it happens when developers add new Xap file via adding new Silverlight project (File-New-Project-Silverlight Application). They delete App.xaml file but do not clear Startup Object in the project properties and it is not cleared automatically. I decided to add additional check into the add-on to find out whether application has particular startup object or not. If the project does not have appropriate class, its startup object is just ignored. Implementation Following code...

XAPs Minifier. An Add-on to Visual Studio 2010 to Optimize and Minimize Size of Xap Files

Abstract I work at Silverlight applications every day and do releases every week or two. Some of them I publish on my blog other are published on other web resources. As a rule, I use MVVM as a basic pattern for Silverlight applications to divide them on logical parts, pack into XAP files and load on demand. XAP file is a logical item in any Silverlight application and it contains assemblies and app manifest. During the work I have noticed majority of XAP files contain duplicated assemblies. For example, if I...