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  • Blog Post: A Vision Needs a Roadmap

    You know the projects you’re currently working on and the technologies you use to get them done. But what about future projects? What would they be using? The people that can answer that are the developers and architects that not only keep themselves up to date with technologies of today, but that also...
  • 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 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...
  • Blog Post: Test Your App on a Real Windows Phone in Toronto, Calgary and Montreal

    Pre-manufacturing Windows Phone 7 devices are incredibly hard to come by, but we’re working on ways for you to test your WP7 apps on the real thing. One way we’re doing this is by holding “Deployment Clinics” all over Canada. Today (Thursday, Sept 2): Toronto If you’re in downtown Toronto, I’ll be holding...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Goes RTM

    Gone RTM That’s right: the last touches have been put on the Windows Phone 7 OS and it’s now in “RTM”, Release to Manufacturing. Here’s what Terry Myerson wrote on the Windows Phone Blog: Windows Phone 7 is the most thoroughly tested mobile platform Microsoft has ever released.  We had nearly ten...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Coffee & Code in Calgary!

    An homage to the late Jan Gabriel : Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Friday! Friday! Friday! Hold on to your hats and prepare to feel “mobilized” as the Windows Phone 7 Coffee and Code visits the Kawa Espresso Bar in downtown Calgary! Prepare to be blown away by the epic-ly awesome developer...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 App: Rubik’s Cube

    I was a teenager in the 1980s, which meant that along with watching Knight Rider , going to Depeche Mode concerts and playing blocky games on an Atari 2600 , I had a Rubik’s cube . These puzzle toys were such a big craze at the time that toy and game stores couldn’t keep them on the shelves. I’m told...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone-a-Palooza [Updated]

    Update: Please note the changes to the Toronto-area deployment clinic locations! The "Windows Phone Canada" LinkedIn Group If you’re not a member of LinkedIn , the social networking site for professionals, you should join it now! It’s a great place to keep in touch with your network of working...
  • Blog Post: Learn Windows Phone 7 with the “Jump Start” Course

    (Well, it's two English guys surrounded by tech gear and a psychedelic background. The interior of the TARDIS came to mind.) The Windows Phone 7 Jump Start is the first of a number of free online courses on WP7 programming led by Microsoft MVPs , and you can jump in right now! Presented by Andy Wigley...
  • Blog Post: Get Your Game on with Windows Phone 7

    It’s On! When Windows Phone 7 was first shown to the public in March, we got a taste of the Games hub and were told that Microsoft was working with a number of big game developers to bring games to the new phone platform. Late yesterday, we got the announcement of the first games coming to WP7: It's...
  • Blog Post: TWC9: Lots of Windows Phone 7 Stuff, SQL Cop, WCF for Large Data

    Can’t see the video? You can download and install Silverlight or download the video in iPod (MP4) , MP3 , WMA , WMV , WMV (High) or Zune formats. Here’s what’s up on the latest edition of This Week on Channel 9 , the summary of the most interesting videos and news on Microsoft’s Channel 9 site: Creating...
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