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  • Blog Post: Untether Talks in Toronto: A conversation on the future of mobile

    This week (June 26 and 27) in Toronto, the Untether Talks conference will take place.  If you’re interested in mobile and what some of the best experts in the mobile space think will happen over the next few years as mobile computing grabs greater traction, you’ll want to join the talks by registering...
  • Blog Post: Mobile screen != PC screen. Raise your hand if you knew that.

    Ok, I admit it. The headline was a bit of link bait given how obvious it is. That being said, it’s surprising how often the mistake is made by app developers to add more features and screen activity than is necessary. This is especially true of developers porting a PC app to the mobile form factor...
  • Blog Post: “Open” for business: using OData in Windows Phone apps

    Everyone who has used a modern smartphone knows that with very few exceptions, apps that have the most value to its users are those that are connected to services.  Standalone apps just don’t cut it anymore.   With that being said, finding data sources through web-based services can be difficult...
  • Blog Post: Unlocking the motivation of your mobile app user

    When you look at successful mobile apps and games, there are a few common traits that you will notice in them. They all achieve a certain set of goals that may be subtle or completely obvious (or both!). If you harness the power of motivation for your app user, you have created an experience for your...
  • Blog Post: 2012: The year of the Windows Phone app and how we’ll help get you there

    Happy New Year! With 2012 upon us and a fresh outlook on what a new year can bring, you might have a few ideas up your sleeve for apps/games that you’ve always wanted to build. Windows Phone should definitely be one of the platforms you target for your upcoming masterpieces; given the momentum the app...
  • Blog Post: Like HTML5? Like Phone Apps? Then you’ll LOVE Mango because…

    A few weeks ago, I wrote a post referencing how you as a developer don’t have to be torn between building mobile experiences in HTML5 or native phone apps.  In fact, with the upcoming Mango release for Windows Phone, the “better together” story is a strong one that allows you to take advantage of...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Devs: Why Windows Phone Matters to You

    Everyone knows how competitive the mobile space is.  There are a wide range of platforms available for you as a developer to adopt and build your mobile app masterpiece, each with their pros and cons.  So Microsoft introduces a new mobile platform (Windows Phone 7 and now the upcoming Mango...
  • Blog Post: Q&A with Matt Kiazyk on “Own This World” for Windows Phone 7

    Matt Kiazyk ( @mattkiazyk ) hails from small town Manitoba and is a partner in Big Nerds in Disguise (BNID), an independent application development shop based out of Calgary, Alberta. Graduating in 2003 from Brandon University , he now works for an accounting firm in Brandon, Manitoba. He recently teamed...
  • Blog Post: Two New Books for Windows Phone 7 Developers

    Free Ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7 Charles Petzold literally wrote the book on Windows development , and he’s now doing it for Windows Phone 7. Programming Windows Phone 7 is published by Microsoft Press and covers Windows Phone 7 development from many angles: building apps with Silverlight, making...
  • Blog Post: Got a Windows Phone 7 App? Let Joey Know!

    Are you a Canadian developer working on a Windows Phone 7 app that’s done or nearly done? We want to help you get a head start on everyone else. Contact me – Joey deVilla – by Monday, October 18th (and sooner is better) and let’s see what we can do to make your app one of the first in Windows Phone Marketplace...
  • Blog Post: Try Out Your Apps on a Real Windows Phone at Coffee and Codes and Deployment Clinics

    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...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Launch Today

    It’s Canadian Thanksgiving today, which means it’s a day off here, but it’s a regular working day for our American neighbours, and it’s the day that a lot of big announcements about Windows Phone 7 get made at an event in New York City. As Mary Jo Foley points out in her article on today’s event, today...
  • Blog Post: Get Your Windows Phone 7 Apps Ready for Marketplace!

    Hey, Canadian mobile developers: If you’ve got an idea for a Windows Phone 7 app, whether it’s brand new or a port of an existing mobile app, start working on it now! If you’re working on a Windows Phone 7 app, get it ready for Marketplace, which will be accepting submissions soon! If you haven’t even...
  • Blog Post: A Scene from Today’s Windows Phone 7 Coffee and Code

    A test version of Smiles running on my WP7 device. In between chatting with developers who dropped by today’s Coffee and Code in downtown Toronto and getting some work done, I’ve been playing Smiles (pictured above), an incredibly cute and incredibly addictive puzzle game by London, ON-based development...
  • Blog Post: “BieberSmash” at Tonight’s Canada's Technology Triangle .NET User Group Meeting

    Tonight, I'll be in Kitchener speaking at the Canada’s Technology Triangle .NET User Group Meeting, where I’ll be talking about game programming on Windows Phone using XNA. Assisting me – albeit indirectly – will be Justin Bieber, in sprite form. Starting from the humble “File –> New”, I’ll code up...
  • Blog Post: Montreal Coffee and Code Today!

    Today, Wednesday, September 29th, join “les bons gars”, Developer Advisor Christian Beauclair and Regional Director Guy Barrette , who’ll be holding a Coffee and Code at Le Café de la Cité on 75 Queen . They put on a professional appearance, but we all know qu’ils vont ecrire des «fart apps»! They’ll...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Hands-On Lab in Ottawa: Saturday, October 2nd

    If you’ve been meaning to take up Windows Phone 7 development but didn’t know where or how to get started and you’re in the Ottawa area, this event is for you! Join Microsoft Developer Advisor Christian Beauclair and DreamDigital’s Colin Melia as they present a hands-on lab this Saturday where they show...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic for Windows Phone!

    It Makes Sense… It makes sense , after all: You can develop Silverlight applications in Visual Basic. You can developer Windows Phone 7 apps in Silverlight. Why can’t you develop Windows Phone 7 Silverlight apps in Visual Basic? That’s the question a number of developers have been asking, as Brandon...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Advanced Training Today!

    I know that this is incredibly short notice, but I just heard about it myself: Join us on September 21 2010 at 8.00 am PDT (11:00 EDT) for the first of two Office Live Meeting broadcasts. The Microsoft Windows Phone 7 marketplace will open in October, and Microsoft wants to help you make your app the...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Windows Phone 7 Coffee and Codes / Deployment Clinics [Updated]

    Update (Sept. 21 @ 6:15 p.m. EDT): Made some corrections to the schedule. We’re out there, and we want to help you with your Windows Phone 7 development by giving you a chance to deploy your apps to an advance-release Windows Phone 7 device for testing! We’ll be in the following cities on the following...
  • Blog Post: FITC Mobile 2010

    What is FITC? What a week! On Thursday, I was in Vancouver at the Take 5 Cafe making an all-too-brief appearance at the Windows Phone 7 Coffee and Code, and on Friday I was at FITC Mobile 2010 in Toronto, minding the Windows Phone 7 booth. FITC Mobile 2010 is part of a larger group of conferences called...
  • Blog Post: Scenes from TechDays Vancouver, Part 2

    One of the hot topics at this year’s TechDays conference is Windows Phone 7. With a new user interface featuring a design that isn’t all “me too”, a “glance and go” approach that doesn’t have you riffling through pages of apps and not one but two programming models that meet specific (and very different...
  • Blog Post: Cross-Canada Windows Phone 7 “Coffee and Codes” Start Next Week!

    The idea behind Coffee and Code is simple: I, along with some of my fellow tech evangelists from Microsoft, take advantage of our status as mobile workers and choose a day to work at a cafe. We announce that we’re doing this and put out a general invitation to come join us – perhaps for a few minutes...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Coffee & Code TODAY in Edmonton!

    Cue Professor Farnsworth : “Good news everyone! I haven’t invented something, but John Bristowe will be in Edmonton TODAY for a Windows Phone 7 Coffee & Code!” That's right. I’m heading north up to Edmonton to visit with some local developers and to chat about Windows Phone 7 (WP7) and how to develop...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Blogger Night in Toronto

    Last night, we held a night to showcase some cool Windows Phone 7 apps being written by developers in and around the Toronto area. We invited some local tech and mobile industry bloggers and developers to see these apps in action and try out a late beta version of Windows Phone 7 on the hard-to-come...
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