You’re building apps for Windows Phone 7. You’ve tested them as much as you can on the emulator. You now need to test them on a real device. We can help!
Getting your hands on a Windows Phone is a very hard thing to do. Even those of us who work inside the company are having trouble getting our hands on them because there just aren’t enough advance devices to go around. We have a small pool of phones and a big number of people who need to test their apps on them, so we’ve had to get creative in order to help people test.
First, there’s Coffee and Code. Coffee and Code has traditionally been an event where we take advantage of our mobile worker status and work out of a café, where we’re easily accessible. Lately, we’ve been using them as a chance for you to drop by, impromptu, take a look at our Windows Phones and even deploy apps to them for some quick testing. These are pretty informal, with no appointment required, and first-come-first-serve.
Then, there are the Deployment Clinics. These are a little more structured – you book an appointment to drop by one of Microsoft Canada’s offices and spend some quality just-you-and-your-app time with a Windows Phone. You have to book time in advance, and you have the phone all to yourself for the appointment.
Take advantage of these opportunities to test your WP7 apps on a real phone!
Here’s the schedule for the upcoming Coffee and Code and Deployment Clinics:
To book an appointment, drop Samantha Wong a line and she’ll set you up.
This article also appears in Global Nerdy.
Vancouver has clearly been forgotten.
Henry: Hold tight! They've added a Vancouver date, and I'll update the article shortly.
Just heard Paul Thurrott on Windows Weekly gushing over the Samsung Focus/Cetas and Windows Phone 7 so much that ... I think I might want to replace my iPhone 4 with one. Maybe.
At the very least, it has me installing Windows 7 on my Mac for some quality dev. time. ;-)
So I might stop by Starbucks this Thursday with a copy of my iPhone app, TTC Mobile, ported to WP7. I've been planning a GPS-enabled, GTFS-processing revision for some time now that also includes a custom OpenGL street map based on Ontario Road Network data, though I suspect any code I have ready for this week will be for a simplified, mostly text-based UI and I'll add the fun map stuff later.
If I can, I'll try and draw inspiration from sebastien.hillaire.free.fr/.../vline2.htm or since that could be complicated, I'll stick to 2D, e.g. www.drunkenhyena.com/.../view_cpp_article.pl ... I did get some proof-of-concept code going on my iPhone 3GS earlier: http://blog.lsta.me/?p=36