Camera Explorer shows the use of Windows Phone 8 advance photography API. This application contains three views: viewfinder, settings and preview page. Viewfinder has the option to select ISO and scene mode, settings page holds the camera configuration controls and preview page opens and display the preview image of the photo captured in the viewfinder. A comparison and implementation of the application in respect to Windows Phone 7 are provided in the project wiki.
Windows Phone 8 camera API has a high configurability of camera parameters. This new photography API allows the access of both the camera hardware and the camera API of the platform, like exposure time, ISO, focus position and white balance. To learn more about this camera API see Advance photo capturing library.
– Somnath Banik (on behalf of the Projects Moderation team)
Series 40 Web Apps UI Visualisation Examples is a Nokia Developer example which demonstrates the basic use of the S40 Web Apps HTML “UI Components”. The example code snippets are meant for both designers and developers: designers get an impression of how the components actually look on the device and developers learn how to use the Web Apps UI components.
If you’ve noticed a theme in our examples you’re right. Last month we featured a similar project showing off Java ME UI components
. These sorts of Nokia Developer examples make it easier for designers and developers to start programming more easily, with less iteration.
The project wiki documentation contains extensive documentation explaining the main UI elements and navigation elements, along with common design patterns. This is a useful complement to the Series 40 Web Apps Developer’s Library.
As this is an official example, you can ask questions in the project discussion boards.
– Hamish Willee (on behalf of the Projects Moderation team)
By now, many of you will have heard that Ron Liechty (Nokia Ron) is leaving Nokia Developer to enjoy a well-earned retirement. I’ve created this blog as a place where we can share anecdotes about our experiences with working with Ron, and thank him for his dedicated stewardship of our community.
It’s my blog, so I get to go first. I’ll be brief!
I guess I should say up front that I’ve still not actually met Ron in person, although I do know he looks a bit like a pirate on a motorcycle (images below for your viewing pleasure). That feels very odd with someone I’ve worked closely with for 2 years and come to respect and value.
I first became “aware” of Ron in 2006. He seemed to be everywhere on the forums – providing fast and concise answers on almost any topic. While his technical responses were excellent, what set him apart for me was how diplomatic, respectful and patient he was in all circumstances (I was a technical support team leader at the time, and let me tell you, this is not always easy!)
When I joined Nokia to share community management responsibility for the wiki I was a little nervous about working with Ron. Firstly he was a legend in the community, with a reputation a mile high – how could I make my mark? Also, I know how hard it is to share responsibility for a community you’ve built with people you don’t yet trust. I shouldn’t have worried – he was very welcoming and helped mentor me through “working in Nokia”.
Things aren’t going to fall apart now he is going – the moderators and champions he’s recruited will still be working as hard with the community as ever; and of course Ron’s done a thorough job handing over his responsibilities. But over the last 2 years we’ve become a really effective team, and that is what I will miss most – sharing the experience of working with this excellent community with him, and being able to easily get his advice and insight.
Thanks Ron for everything. I hope you really enjoy your retirement.