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November, 2012

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    Windows Phone 8 Development Internals book for only $10 - this week only


    Cover ShotJust spotted this over on the Microsoft Press blog. This looks like an awesome book and you can have access to bits of it now for $10. If you wait until next week, the price goes up to $20, and it keeps going up as more of the book's available (although for your $10, you keep getting more of the book for no additional charge).

    All of the details are available in the Microsoft Press post.

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    More useful Windows Phone 8 Resources


    Announcing the new Windows Phone 8 Developer Platform by Kevin Gallo

    Visual Studio Blog – Introducing Windows Phone SDK 8.0

    .Net Framework Blog – Announcing the release of the .NET Framework for Windows Phone 8

    Windows Phone Blog – Meet Windows Phone 8

    Windows Phone Dev Center Twitter Feed

    Windows Phone Twitter Feed

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    Windows Phone 8 SDK Available for Download

    The Windows Phone 8 SDK is now available for download from the Windows Phone Developer site. Grab it today to start developing for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5. There’s also a great MSDN article - What's new in Windows Phone SDK 8.0
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    Windows Phone 8 Training and Hands-On-Labs in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney


    [13/11] Update - added Agenda below

    Last week I sent a Save the Date to the Australian Windows Phone Community List where I foreshadowed training in Windows Phone in conjunction with Nokia this month. Well, with the release of the new Windows Phone SDK yesterday, I can now announce it will be Windows Phone 8 training and Hands On Labs.

    Come and learn about developing for the new Windows Phone 8. In each city, Day 1 (Friday) is dedicated to presentations introducing you to the concepts and techniques you’ll need to create successful Windows Phone applications. Day 2 (Saturday) is a full day of hands-on labs to get you up and running. With experts from Nokia and Microsoft at hand, you’ll quickly grasp the fundamentals of creating and publishing apps for this exciting platform. Nokia also have some great prizes up for grabs.

    Dates and Locations

    City Day 1 (Presentations) Day 2 (Hands-on-labs)
    Melbourne Friday 16 November 2012 09:00-17:00
    Microsoft Office
    Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place
    Saturday 17 November 2012 09:00-17:00
    Clifton's Training
    Level 1, 440 Collins St
    Brisbane Friday 23 November 2012 09:00-17:00
    Microsoft Office
    Level 28, 400 George St        
    Saturday 24 November 2012 09:00-17:00
    Clifton's Training        
    288 Edward St        
    Sydney Friday 30 November 2012 09:00-17:00        
    Grace Hotel        
    77 York St
    Saturday 01 December 2012 09:00-17:00
    Clifton's Training        
    190-200 George St        

    To register, sign in or create an account on the Australian Windows Phone Community site, and then go to the Events Page.


    The agenda for each of the days is still being finalised, but it will all be Windows Phone 8.

    Day 1 will be presentation-style while day 2 will be hands-on.

    Agenda for Day 1

    Time Topic
    09:15 Keynote
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Windows Phone 8 Fundamentals
    11:15 Notifications
    12:00 Lunch
    13:00 Sensors
    13:45 Store
    14:15 Break
    14:30 User Experience Guidelines
    15:15 Win 8 and Windows Phone - porting and compatibility
    16:00 Break
    16:15 Mobile Services
    17:00 Finish

    Agenda for Day 2

    The format for Day 2 is a hands-on lab day. We'll start with a quick lap around the environment to get everyone up to speed with the tools and the lab content available and then  the group will choose two of the labs to go through together in group lab time.

    Time Topic
    09:00 Intro – tools and lab content
    09:45 Lab time 1
    11:00 Group lab 1
    12:15 Lab time 2
    14:00 Group lab 2
    15:15 Lab time 3

    The eight labs available are as follows:

    Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

    • differences
    • porting steps
    • reusable components

    App-to-App Communication

    • uri scheme names
    • app file types

    Lock Screen

    Voice Commands

    • starting an app
    • advanced functionality

    Live Tiles

    • adding tiles to an app
    • understanding the three tile types


    • in-app purchasing
    • full-app purchasing


    • supporting wallet
    • coupons
    • membership registration

    Running Tracker - sample app with

    • map control
    • maps api
    • background execution

    You can choose to come to either or both of the days.


    This is a free event.


    Registration links will be available here soon.


    At this stage, presenters will be Vaughan Knight from Nokia, Nick Randolph from BuiltToRoam, Dave Glover and myself from Microsoft (I'm pretty sure Frank Arrigo will be at the Melbourne events too). Not every one of us will be at all of the events, but you get the idea.

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