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  • Blog Post: You Definitely Want to Beta Your App

    The process of creating an application does not only revolve around its development. There is another important aspect that we tend to avoid or not take seriously enough: user testing. Beta phase, as I like to call it. No matter which platform you build your app for, you need to test your app at some...
  • Blog Post: <What’s Up: Developers> May Edition

    As always, as you’re winding down for the weekend, take a few minutes to catch up on May’s developer news as seen on this month’s D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE (this past Wednesday). Links Canadian Developer Connection Windows Phone App ( Windows Phone Marketplace ) TechDays TV - May 8 - WIN280 - Metro...
  • Blog Post: Coming Up on TechDays TV

    It’s that time of the month again where I get to fill you in on what’s coming up on TechDays TV in May. Don’t forget – these sessions are LIVE and INTERACTIVE, bring the TechDays experience online. Ask questions and get them answered as if the expert was right there in the room with you! If you’re not...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Welcomes the Canadian Developer Connection

    The Canadian Developer Connection experience as you know it today consists of the blog and corresponding Twitter and Facebook pages. It also has a very active discussion group on LinkedIn where some of you are already networking and sharing your thoughts (if you’re not a member of the group yet, you...
  • Blog Post: TUESDAY on TechDays TV: WIN380 - Push Notifications and Live Tiles in Windows Phone

    TechDays TV brings you live TechDays sessions on the very latest in technical training topics. Developer-focused episodes are featured every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. These sessions are LIVE - watch the session, ask questions, and have them answered by the expert presenters. Sessions will then...
  • Blog Post: TOMORROW on TechDays TV - What They Didn’t Tell You About WP Development (Lessons Learned through Coding and Too Much Soda)

    TechDays TV brings you live TechDays sessions on the very latest in technical training topics. Developer-focused episodes are featured every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. These sessions are LIVE - watch the session, ask questions, and have them answered by the expert presenters. Sessions will then...
  • Blog Post: Coming Up in April on TechDays TV

    Mark your calendars! Below are the sessions airing on TechDays TV in April. Don’t forget – these sessions are LIVE and INTERACTIVE. Ask questions and get them answered right then and there. If you’re not able to tune in on Tuesdays at 12:00 PM ET , the sessions will be available on-demand after the live...
  • Blog Post: Technology Post Roundup - 1st Edition

    As you read in Paul’s blog post Why we love our MVPs , Microsoft MVPs write about and talk about some really cool things. Many of you have told us that you’d like it to be easier to discover MVPs and what they’re writing about. So, moving forward, I’ll be curating top picks and...
  • Blog Post: Chat with Gladstone Grant on the Developer Opportunity

    From Episode 3 – Securing .NET Applications | February 1, 2012 Following his presentation at the East of Toronto .NET User Group ( @easttorontoug ), Gladstone Grant ( @gladstonegrant ) takes on my questions as well as some from the viewers about the opportunities developers have working with the Microsoft...
  • 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: On the Next Developers, Developers, Developers: LIVE & INTERACTiVE

      January 4, 2012 | 12:00 PM ET | Add to Outlook >>   Tune in on January 4 to Developers, Developers, Developers: LIVE & INTERACTIVE . Windows Phone experts Atley Hunter, Barranger Ridler , and Paul Laberge will be on the show to chat about Windows Phone and the Developer Movement...
  • Blog Post: 2012 Will Sure Get You Starting Something New

    As 2011 comes to a close and 2012 about to begin, now’s the time to start thinking about starting something new. Whoa! I can’t believe it. 2011 is already coming to a close. Where did this year go? Looking back, there were some really amazing things that happened. Just off the top of my head: Windows...
  • Blog Post: Enabling Fast App Resume in Legacy Windows Phone 7 apps by upgrading to 7.5

    One of the more complicated concepts in phone development, regardless of the platform you are targeting, is multi-tasking.  The nature of a mobile device is to be resource-limited.  It’s not a PC where you have a significant amount of CPU, memory, storage and other assets to tap into in your...
  • Blog Post: Dude, Where’s My Mango Update?

    By now, many of you have probably s een the news that carriers around the world will start pushing updates very soon and through the next couple of months.  It’s exciting because many that have seen and used the Mango update for Windows Phone in its beta format have seen it to be a very usable,...
  • Blog Post: Premiere Training on Mango – And it’s free!

    If you find you aren’t busy on Tuesday, August 23 and Wednesday, August 24, you may be interested in attending free an online training event that will bring you to speed on how to build Mango apps. If you’re new to building apps on the Windows Phone 7 platform or a veteran looking to understand the new...
  • Blog Post: Coffee & Code Toronto

    Remember the Coffee & Code Joey was doing in Toronto? It’s the perfect place to code on your project in a casual environment, grab a good coffee, talk about technology and meet others passionate like you. Put a X on your agenda as we will do one in Toronto the 29th of August at Starbucks...
  • Blog Post: On Phone Apps and Web Apps

    Being a mobile developer over the past 4 years has been an interesting experience.  With the advent of modern smartphones with differentiate experiences, we found out that not only is there a viable market for great apps, but that market is booming and very competitive.  We have seen mobile...
  • Blog Post: IE 9 on Windows Phone, Now That’s What I’m Talking About!!!

    This post was originally created by Atley Hunter here and is re-posted with his permission. More on Atley:  Atley Hunter has been a developer for more than 15 years and a mobile developer since way before it was cool.  With over 30 apps under his belt and numerous talks, blog postings and HackFests...
  • Blog Post: Mango RTMs! Now what?

    Last week, we announced that Windows Phone 7 Codenamed “Mango” RTM’ed (RTM = Release to Manufacturing).  This is great news for a number of reasons because Mango represents a very enticing update to Windows Phone 7 that in essence puts it at least on par with our competitors from a phone capability...
  • Blog Post: Changes to the WP7 Marketplace

    Hello, everyone! Before I dive into the specific content of my subject title, I’d like to (re)introduce myself to you. I’m Paul Laberge and I’m a Developer Advisor with Microsoft Canada’s Developer and Platform group. Those of you who have been following the Canadian Developer...
  • Blog Post: What’s In the Cloud: Canada Does Windows Azure - Scanvee

    Since it is the week leading up to Canada day , I thought it would be fitting to celebrate Canada’s birthday by sharing the stories of Canadian developers who have developed applications on the Windows Azure platform. A few weeks ago, I started my search for untold Canadian stories in preparation for...
  • Blog Post: Long Weekend Plans? One Word – Mango

    It’s finally here! The first long weekend of the summer! Looks like all of the stars aligned, giving us an amazing opportunity to spend three whole days ramping up on Windows Phone 7 Mango. Yesterday, Brandon Watson of the Windows Phone team announced the availability of the Windows Phone Developer Tools...
  • Blog Post: Leveraging Windows Azure for Your Next App Idea

    If you’re not already using Windows Azure somehow in your applications, I’m sure you’ve been hearing more and more about how Windows Azure can help you build applications faster by focusing on development and not infrastructure or how it can help you respond faster to customer needs by having IT resources...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Hackfest in Ajax This Saturday!

    Guest post by Atley Hunter ( @atleyhunter ) Hackfest? If you’re in the Toronto area and you’ve been meaning to write apps for Windows Phone 7, there’s a Hackfest near you this coming Saturday, May 14th!  · If you have an idea for an app but don’t know how to build apps for Windows Phone, this event...
  • Blog Post: Connecting Windows Azure to Windows Phone Just Got A Whole Lot Easier

    As of today, connecting Windows Azure to your application running on Windows Phone 7 just got a whole lot easier with the release of the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 designed to make it easier for you to leverage the cloud services running in Windows Azure. The toolkit, which you can find...
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