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  • Blog Post: The First App with a Patent! An Interview with Annecto

    I had the opportunity to interview the developers (Mathieu Haddad and Prabhdeep Singh) behind Annecto about their experience building cross-platform native apps for iOS, Google and Windows Phone. Annecto lets users search and connect with professionals who share the same networking & career interests...
  • Blog Post: Forget Login Screens! How to Add Single Sign On for Universal Windows Store Apps

    Ever wonder how you can get rid of the ugly login screen and have the user jump straight into your app? The login screen is one of the pain points of building an app and has always required detailed attention from a user experience and design perspective. The last thing a developer wants is to have...
  • Blog Post: Don't Launch Your Universal Windows Store App Before Reading This

    Your Universal Windows Store App is ready to go to the Windows Phone and Windows 8 markets and I am assuming you have read the 5 most important resources before building your app . Well, don't launch just yet! There's a few things that you need to make your app an even greater success on the market....
  • Blog Post: 5 Must Read Resources for Building Universal Windows Store Apps

    With the release of Windows Phone 8.1, you can use the Windows Runtime to build apps for both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices. If you are looking to get started building complex apps, you might want to take a look at these 5 must read resources before you get started. Trust me, they will make...
  • Blog Post: Build Some Ears on Your App and then Listen!

    Recently I have had taken some time to look at my existing apps instead of constantly pushing out new apps.  I came to the realization that I have just not spent enough time on my existing apps.  I think a common attitude among developers is "If I build it, they will come". ...
  • 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: Security Risks and Recommendations for Mobile Apps

    For the purposes of the below, let’s set the context that mobile apps include both Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps. Windows 8 introduced several security features, which are being rolled out gradually. Secure Boot , Early Launch Antimalware , as well as the new AppContainer technology added the security...
  • Blog Post: Time Saving Tips to Get Your Windows Phone App Started

    Now that you have your development environment set up and ready to go (in case you’ve missed it, check out my earlier post, Setting Up Your Windows Phone Development Environment in 30 Minutes (or less) ), let’s go over the ways that Visual Studio can easily get you started without having to dig too deep...
  • Blog Post: You Have What It Takes To Be A Mobile App Developer… You Really Do!

    Years ago, in the not too distant past, I envied mobile app developers. They had the power and capability to develop and publish their own mobile apps, taking control of their career all while building an impressive portfolio of their work. Some even went on to become overnight successes. As a .NET developer...
  • Blog Post: Building Secure Windows Phone 8 Apps – The Platform

    Security on the Brain Security is something we all know is important, but is it something that we always do? Most likely, not always. That’s partially because security is complex and takes time to implement. Many of you, these days, don’t have that time (it’s all about shortest time-to-market, right...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 8 for the Holidays

    While I’d love to say that I’m giving you each a Windows Phone 8 device for the holidays, I can’t. Sorry. But, given that most of us have some time off coming (or perhaps you’ve already started your winter break), I can give you the gift of a Windows Phone 8 developer course – 20+ hours worth of learning...
  • Blog Post: On the Next D³: LIVE & Interactive – Sharing “Awesome”

    Sharing Awesome | Wednesday, December 5, 2012 | 12:00 PM ET - 1:00 PM ET Add to Outlook >> --> Windows Phone apps don’t just simply run on Windows 8 as they are. There are ways. However, to architect your code so that you can share your “awesome” across multiple screens. Alnur Ismail shows how...
  • Blog Post: Wavefront & Microsoft Present: What’s new with Windows Phone - WaveGuide Code Camp

    Calling all developers and designers! Wavefront and Microsoft are back with hands-on coding workshops to update you on what’s new with Windows phone, support your app building, and get you prepared to submit to the Windows Phone Store. We have listened to the feedback that we received at previous...
  • Blog Post: What’s Up: Developer–November Edition

    Here’s the news as seen on this month’s episode of D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE : Links Technology Post Roundup - 5th Edition Canadian Developer Events - One stop to get all of the developer events happening nationwide. Canadian Developer Connection Windows Store app - NOW available in the Windows Store...
  • Blog Post: The More We Get Together, The More Valuable We’ll Be

    Image Source Since I have a 17 month old son, I sometimes find myself thinking about things in terms of children songs. As such, when I think about the Microsoft-based platform and where it’s heading, the first song that pops to mind is “The More We Get Together”, and its repeating line: “The more we...
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