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NDC London 2013
I just spent 3 enjoyable days at the NDC conference in London. NDC usually stands for Norwegian Developer Conference which happens every June in Oslo, Norway and which is a popular conference – I really hope that I can speak there next June! The organisers of that, NDC Conferences, decided to bring their...
6 Dec 2013
Push Notifications made easy: Using Windows Azure Notification Hubs with Windows Phone
When I built the Windows Phone 8 Jump Start training, one of the sessions was on Push Notifications. The demo app I used was an update of an old favourite, a Weather app which first saw the light of day a few years ago with the initial demos built for Windows Phone 7.0. In the demo, you have a phone...
22 Aug 2013
Now easier than ever to developer unlock a handset to get started building apps for Windows Phone!
Great news reported in the latest Windows Phone Developer Blog post, Making it easier to get started with Windows Phone App Studio beta, simplified phone registration, support options & more payout markets . There you can read about a great new tool, Windows Phone App Studio , that can help people...
7 Aug 2013
Beware the perils of async/await in application lifecycle event handlers (in fact in *any* event handlers)
Many developers are, quite rightly, adopting the use of async and await when writing Windows Phone and Windows 8 Store apps. It’s the right thing to do, as it allows long-running operations such as network calls and file i/o to complete efficiently without any risk of inadvertently locking up the UI...
31 Jul 2013
SQLite-WinRT: Database programming on Windows Phone and Windows 8
Today at TechEd North America in New Orleans, I am presenting a session on programming the SQLite database on Windows Phone 8. You can watch the video and download the slides from here: Support Your Demanding LOB Apps With SQLite and Windows Phone 8 . The sample application I walked through is here:...
6 Jun 2013
PhoneGap devs–bring your app to Windows Phone and win!
From now until June 30th, 2013, we are running a competition aimed at developers who have built PhoneGap apps and published in other stores – for example, Apple iTunes, Google Play, Blackberry World, Bada, Symbian, or Palm OS – to take any of their existing PhoneGap apps and port it to Windows...
21 May 2013
Live Apps: Creating Custom Tile and Lock Screen Images
One of the really great ways that apps in Windows Phone can connect with the user is by supporting Live Tiles – tiles that are more than just a quick launcher, but instead get updated with timely, specific information to connect the user with the data that’s important to them. As a developer, you can...
10 Apr 2013
Async and Await for HTTP Networking, Part 2–HttpClient
In my previous post on this topic, Async and Await for Http Networking on Windows Phone , I described how you can use extension methods to create awaitable methods on the WebClient and HttpWebRequest APIs. Courtesy of Microsoft’s .NET Framework team, there have been more developments in this area – the...
12 Mar 2013
UK App Builders: Reward Program *One Day Special* and Bonus Rewards
Show us that you’re a game changer and collect points every step of the way to redeem rewards like a brand new Windows 8 RT Slate. Create the next app phenomenon by building your original and unique Windows Store and/or Windows Phone App. Get recognised and rewarded for building your original apps. Further...
5 Mar 2013
Async and Await for Http Networking on Windows Phone
Using async and await for executing long-running operations such as networking calls has many benefits: your code is much cleaner and easier to maintain, the result is automatically marshalled back to the originating thread so you don’t need to use Dispatcher.BeginInvoke to get back to the UI thread...
7 Feb 2013
Windows Phone 8 Jump Start Video Recordings now available!
The videos for last weeks’ two days of demo-packed fun that was the Windows Phone 8 Jump Start are now available online. So if you missed the event, or part of it, or were there and want to watch it all over again, you can find them in one of these two places: On Channel 9: Here you can find the 21 ...
6 Dec 2012
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