Dmitry Lyalin's Applications for Windows Phone 7

Archive for January, 2011

Thank you to Silicon Valley WP7 Meet-up Group

I wanted to thank the Silicon Valley Windows Phone7 Meet-up Group for allow me to present to them the same talk I gave in NYC on Building the TWIT App for Windows Phone 7. I love talking about this platform and happy for every chance I get.

You can find the slides I used here (slightly updated since the last time)


Silverlight User Group Presentation: Building TWiT for WP7 (slides)


I want to thank everyone who attended my presentation last night at the Silverlight User Group where I talked about my experience building TWiT for Windows Phone 7, and how you can learn from my experience.

The presentation didn’t have code demos but instead focused on learning how to take an application from an idea all the way through being published and really hope everyone enjoyed it.

Channel9 Presentation

Update: This presentation was recorded by my buddy Peter Laudati and is now up on Channel9! Enjoy the presentation if you missed it and send me your feedback.


(Special thanks to @WayneHRichmond for hosting the event and taking the picture above)

TWiT App featured on Marketplace


Today one of my colleagues pointed out that my TWiT app was featured on the WP7 Marketplace, now that’s very nice to see, thanks Windows Phone 7 Marketplace team!

The app continues to do well in download count too having hit a little over 5,300 downloads since its release on 11/24/2010.

TWiT v1.4 for WP7 released


I am happy to announce that TWiT app for Windows Phone 7 has been updated to version v1.4 having past certification. The update should be available world-wide within 24 hours.

This is a bug fix release including:

  • Live Tiles on the home screen should work again (they stopped updating in v1.3)
  • Recent Episodes list should work again (stopped working due to some unhandled data-cases in RSS feed I consume to create that list)
  • Tech Guy podcast will no longer crash when opening the episode list for this podcast
  • Pressing Pause during audio/video playback while its buffering will no longer Stop the playback, but instead actually Pause it as originally intended

Big thank you to everyone who has been reporting issues and making suggestions. This feedback is critical, so please keep it coming.

My contact info for app bugs / suggestions:

Twitter: @lyalindotcom

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,500 times in 2010. That’s about 13 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 20 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 46 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 6mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 24th with 348 views. The most popular post that day was TWiT for WP7 v1.0 is LIVE.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for wp7 slider control, wp7 progress bar, wp7 screenshot, smooth streaming wp7, and wp7 progressbar.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


TWiT for WP7 v1.0 is LIVE November 2010


TWiT.TV September 2010


WP7 Sample–Create a JPG screenshot of Bing maps control September 2010


Smooth Streaming support released for WP7! September 2010


Sliders and Progress bars in WP7 October 2010