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Enriching Windows Phone 7.1 (“Mango”) Apps with Secondary Tiles

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Another new feature of Windows Phone 7.1 that every developer should know about is secondary tiles. Windows Phone 7.0 allowed users to pin an app to the Start screen, creating a tile for that app. But it limited apps to one tile each, and it provided no mechanism for passing information to an app launched from a tile. Enter Windows Phone 7.1, which allows apps to create additional tiles – “secondary tiles” – on the Start screen, and to embed a link containing unique information in each one. Secondary tiles can’t be created directly by a user; they can
only be created from your code. They’re useful because they support deep linking into your app, each one representing your app in a different state. To demonstrate, I wrote an app named SecondaryTileDemo, which is pictured below. Take it for a spin by typing a zip code into the text box at the top of the screen and pressing the button to its right. The app responds by displaying the current temperature at that location, which it obtains by firing off a call to a REST service at Once you’ve retrieved the current...(Read whole news on source site)

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