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  • Blog Post: Localization session at Windows Phone Meetup in Silicon Valley

    I had a great time last night at the Windows Phone Meetup in Silicon Valley.  Many thanks to all that attended and thanks to the Nokia folks for hosting the event.  There were a ton of great questions and comments.  I hope you all go out and start localizing your apps for the 63 consumer...
  • Blog Post: I think I’m turning European

    I spent the last 2 weeks traveling through various countries through Europe talking to developers of all kinds.  The whirlwind tour through 7 countries in 14 days gave me an opportunity to hear many ideas and concerns and to learn about what developers are out there building.  If you attended...
  • Blog Post: Top Ranked – Crash King

    View or download the video on Channel 9 (includes higher quality video) Bad stuff happens!  There is no way around that.  It’s a fact; your apps, out there in the wild on consumers devices, will crash.  This in itself is ok but only if you can get the information about those crashes and...
  • Blog Post: Top Ranked – Element Alignment

    Misaligned elements is probably one of the most common issues I see with apps in the marketplace.  In this episode of Top Ranked, I delve into why this is an issue and how easy it is to check for that and fix it.  Alignment is a part of the overall Metro design language.  I’ve even seen...
  • Blog Post: Top Ranked – All About You

    The About page is usually one of the last things you think about when building an app. It’s just not core to the whatever it is you’re trying to build. And yet, you’ll soon find that it’s pretty much a necessity for most apps. Not only is it something you can use to help build...
  • Blog Post: Top Ranked – Control Feedback on Tap

    In this episode, I focus on another small tweak that developers can add to their apps that will help make those apps look a lot more like native apps.  I’m referring to the addition of the Tilt Effect to controls.  By default, when you add controls to the canvas in Visual Studio or Expression...
  • Blog Post: Top Ranked – Market Testing

    In this episode we talk about pricing and more generically about market testing. I know, I know, marketing is probably not every coders favorite subject. I bring it up as I’ve noticed many apps in the marketplace that are underpriced. Apps that are cool, differentiated or do something of great...
  • Blog Post: Top Ranked – Benefiting from Trial Mode

    In this episode of Top Ranked I explore Trial mode. Trial mode is one of the most important features available to you as a developer if you’re building a paid app. By implementing Trial mode in your app you give consumers the opportunity to take your app for a spin while ensuring that you’ll...
  • Blog Post: Top Ranked: Supporting all Markets

    Note: This video is the first in the series so I spend some time at the beginning introducing myself and the goals for the series.  To get directly to the content in this episode skip to about the 4:00 mark.  When we launched the Windows Phone platform we released initially for the EFIGS (English...
  • Blog Post: Introducing: Top Ranked

    With this post I’m introducing a new series of videos I’m producing which called Top Ranked.  In this series I’ll present various topics that will be of interest to developers building on the Windows Phone platform.  My aim is to provide short videos on topics that will help you raise the quality...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Development Jump-Start Events

    As part of our efforts to help developers get started with building their applications and games on the Windows Phone 7 platform we’re planning a couple of events in Redmond (May 18-19) and Silicon Valley (May 25-26).  If you’re interested, be sure to register using the links below. Abstract Get...
  • Blog Post: Samsung Blackjack II Annoyances

    I’ve been thinking a lot about Windows Mobile lately (more on that, a lot more, later).  As I looked at the device I’ve been carrying for the past year or so ( Samsung Blackjack II ) I’ve found a few things annoying so I recently set about fixing things.  I’m sharing the solutions here for...
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