Another post on the Windows Phone blog from a couple of weeks ago talking about the uptake of Unity as a development platform on both Windows and Windows Phone.
And a good video introducing Unity development for Windows Phone.
A nice post on the Windows Phone blog this week on options for testing Windows Phone apps with a discussion of the stages of testing from running in the emulator through the store test kit and into beta testing.
The iconic Sydney Opera House are running a Hackathon in Sydney over the weekend of Dec 7-8. With a first prize of $4000, this might just be a great way to spend a weekend. They’re making a heap of great data sets available including archival recordings and a huge 3-D spatial data set with a model of the Opera House both inside and out.
Check out the details on their site here. (By the way, even though they explicitly mention iOS and Android, I’ve checked and they’d love to have Windows/Windows Phone developers along).
Starting next week, YOW! conferences are running in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Featuring a great line up of speakers and content, YOW! provides an industry perspective on development, design and architecture.
If you can’t get to the entire conference there’s an option to just attend the evening keynote session.
In addition to the conference sessions themselves, YOW! are running in-depth workshops on a number of great coding topics.
All the details are on the Yow! conference web site.
This is a free Windows Azure Instructor led Workshop where you roll up your sleeves and get hands-on with the latest Windows Azure services, development tools and technologies.
Day One will start with the basics and Day Two will build on to more advanced topics, featuring instructor led hands-on labs for; Windows Azure Web Sites, Mobile Services, Cloud Services, Virtual Machines, and many others.
As a developer, I’m always on the lookout for sample code showing me good ways to do things I need to do. Finding that code is sometimes problematic, but there’s a great hub put together by Windows Phone evangelist Matthias Shapiro.
Check out the Interactive Windows Phone 8 Samples Browser
Mathias also has a great post listing his 10 favourite samples.
We just announced that Windows Phone 8 Update 3 is coming. The full feature list is in the post, but in summary:
At the bottom of the Windows Phone 8 Update announcement, there’s a very exciting announcement for Windows Phone developers, we’ve also announced a Preview Program for developers.
In summary, if you have a developer-unlocked phone you will be able to install the update early. You need to visit the Windows Phone Preview for Developers page. This page goes through everything you need to know about the preview program. Once you accept the terms and conditions, you can download the Windows Phone Preview for Developers app, which installs from the Windows Phone Store directly onto your phone and allows you to opt your phone in to receive updates. Then you can head over to your phone’s Phone update setting app and get your update on.
Nokia are running Design/Developer camps in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne.
The Sydney event is on this Friday/Saturday 18/19 October.
Perth is 25/26 October and Melbourne 1/2 November. These look like great sessions, delivered by experts Shane Morris and Nick Randolph, in conjunction with Nokia’s Vaughan Knight. Full agenda and details are on the sign up page.
From the sign up page:
We are holding a free 2 day event for developers and designers to level up their skills with help from industry experts Shane Morris and Nick Randolph. The event will cater to new comers and veterans alike, covering both designing and developing for Windows Phone. With fantastic new devices such as the Nokia Lumia 1020, and growing market share globally, it's time to level up your modern design skills.
Sign up here:
Michael Kordahi and I started the FranklySpeaking podcast back in November 2009. We recorded about 75 episodes up to the middle of 2011 and then went quiet with the exception of 2 or 3 false starts (there was other shiny stuff to play with). A couple of months ago we restarted and we’re having a great time.
The new (hosted on Windows Azure Web Sites) site is at http://franklyspeakingpodcast.com, and there are links from there to subscribe with your favourite podcast client.
By the way, we’ve also shared the audio files from the entire back catalogue on our SkyDrive.
I had a great time doing a talk at Ignite Sydney this year. My title was “Statistics - Learn it or Lose”
Some other great talks from the night (not all safe for work):
“You’re probably not an outlier”
Which I liked so much that I had a T-shirt made of it.