May, 2011

  • Canadian Mobile Developers' Blog

    Windows Phone 7 Hackfest in Ajax This Saturday!

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    Guest post by Atley Hunter (@atleyhunter)

    Hackfest?

    HackFest Spring 2011 - Part 2If 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 is for you! We’ll have experts and tutors on hand to show you how to write your first Windows Phone app, and it’s easier than you think.

    · If you have the skills to build apps for Windows Phone but don’t have any ideas for an app, this event is also for you! If you’ve got C#, .NET, Silverlight or XNA skills but can’t think of what to write, the Hackfests are a great place to brainstorm with other people and come up with ideas for apps.

    · If you’re looking for a job or clients, this event is also for you! Okay, Hackfests aren’t actually job fairs, but they’re excellent networking opportunities, and these days, 80% of the tech jobs out there are found by networking.

    Find The Hackfest

    Ajax’s Hackfest takes place this Saturday, May 14th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the McLean Community Center (95 Magill Drive, Ajax, ON).

    This event is free – click here to register!

    Get the Tools

    If you’re coming to the Hackfests, you’ll want to bring a computer (preferably a laptop, unless you’re into heavy lifting), and to make the best use of the time, you should install the Windows Phone developer tools beforehand.

    You can download the tools from the App Hub (create.msdn.com). They’re free-as-in-beer and they’re awesome.

    You’ll want to do it in this order:

    1. Download and install the Windows Phone Developer Tools (Release Notes)

    2. Download and install the Windows Phone Developer Tools January 2011 Update (Release Notes) [Note: Installation may take several minutes and is complete when the install dialog box closes.]

    3. Download and install the Windows Phone Developer Tools Fix

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    Connecting Windows Phones and Slates to Windows Azure

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    In the words of Rob Tiffany (@robtiffany), Mobility Architect at Microsoft, “the combination of mobile and cloud computing is like peanut butter and chocolate. Nobody does it better than Microsoft when Windows Phones and Slates are connected to Windows Azure over wireless.” If you haven’t had a chance to see how Windows Azure offers you, the mobile developer, an easy way to add redundant storage, compute power, database access, queuing, caching, and web services that are accessible by any mobile platform, check out this session from TechEd North America last week.

    In this session, Rob helps you make sense of wireless-efficient web services and data transports, such as JSON. You’ll learn how to scale out processing through multiple Web and Worker role instances. Next, you’ll learn how to partition your data with Windows Azure Tables to dramatically increase your scalability via parallel reads. You’ll also learn about providing loose-coupling for inbound data from devices through the use of Azure Queues and Worker Roles. Finally, you’ll combine all this with distributed AppFabric Caching and Output Caching to provide a responsive mobile experience at Internet scale.

    Did this make you think of cool ideas for the two? I’d love to hear them, so please share. Are you doing something with Windows Phone 7 and Windows Azure? I’d love to hear how you’re using it. Share the coolness in this LinkedIn discussion.

    Happy viewing.

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