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  • 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: Free Phone Reminder: Get Your Apps in to the Mango App Challenge!

    A couple of weeks ago I introduced the Mango App Challenge – in essence, a contest for you to develop and publish 2 Windows Phone apps to the Marketplace and in return we’d give you a free phone.  Well, so far the contest has gotten a lot of entries (but there’s still plenty of phones left to give...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: Ottawa and Toronto Coffee and Codes on Thursday October 14

    Just a reminder: there are a couple of Coffee and Codes this week… Ottawa: Join developer/trainer Colin Melia and IT Pro Evangelist/destroyer-of-technology Rick Claus as they set up office on Thursday, October 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Bridgehead Coffee House at 109 Bank Street (at Albert...
  • 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 4: Go DevMENTAL

    What is Go DevMENTAL? Since TechDays – Microsoft Canada’s cross-country developer and IT pro conference visiting 8 cities across Canada this fall – is a two-day event, we’ve got the venues for the entire 48-hour period, including evenings. Rather than have the session rooms (which are already set up...
  • Blog Post: I Need “Booth Brains”!

    I need “booth brains” at the Windows Phone 7 booth at FITC Mobile 2010 tomorrow (Saturday). “Booth brains” are like “booth bunnies” , but smarter (and of either gender). If you’re technically inclined and curious about Windows Phone 7 or a Windows Phone 7 developer who’d like some deployment time with...
  • Blog Post: Quick Updates

    I’m sitting in the airport lounge in Vancouver, waiting to board my flight back to Toronto. Some quick updates: TechDays Vancouver went very well. Over 800 attendees catching over 60 technical sessions on Microsoft’s platforms, tools and technologies, all taking place in the beautiful West Building of...
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