June, 2011

  • Canadian Mobile Developers' Blog

    Long Weekend Plans? One Word – Mango

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    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 Beta 2 on the Windows Phone Developer Blog. There’s lots of new features to play with in this release and some new goodies as well. Check out the release notes for a complete listing. To top the news of the release of the new tools, the Mango OS can now be put on your retail Windows Phone 7 device so that you can test out features like fast app resume, updated Live Tiles, motion sensor, live agents, sockets, background audio, and raw camera access on your retail Windows Phone 7 device.

    I mentioned that the stars aligned – well that’s not just because the tools were released or that you can now update your phone. It’s actually that you can do all of that AND have Windows Phone 7 expert and Microsoft MVP Mark Arteaga (@MarkArteaga) to guide you through exploring these really cool updates!

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    1. First, go get the tools. You’ll need to update your developer tools to update your phone and to deploy your apps. Read the instructions before updating – These are very important steps which you need to follow to the letter. The Windows Phone team is committed to supporting you with such an early access program, so if you have questions, start with the forums, which they are monitoring.
    2. Update your retail phone to Mango using the instructions included with the tools download. Make sure to save your backup somewhere safe (maybe on your machine and on an external device as well – you can never be too sure).
    3. Head over to Mark’s blog where he’s prepared some walkthroughs for you.

      Windows Phone 7 and Multitasking Revisited
      Windows Phone Multitasking - Fast Application Switching
      Windows Phone Multitasking - Scheduled Notifications
      Windows Phone and Database Support
      New Windows Phone Device Status APIs
      Windows Phone Launchers and Choosers
      Augmented Reality and Windows Phone 7 - Part 2
      Quick Tip: Theme Aware Icons

    Make sure you stay tuned to Mark’s blog and follow him on Twitter. With 1500 new APIs in Mango, have no doubt that there will be additional walkthroughs posted in these months coming up to the Mango release and beyond.

    From your team here at Microsoft Canada, we all wish you a safe and enjoyable weekend! Happy learning!

    On behalf of Canadian mobile developers, I’d like to thank you, Mark, for guiding us on this exciting journey.

    About Mark Arteaga

    Mark Arteaga is Founder and President of RedBit Development which specializes in helping customers such as Bell Media (formerly CTVGlobeMedia), The Globe & Mail and MTV implement mobile based solutions. Mark has an extensive background in software development and has dedicating the last 10 years to the trade. Mark has also been awarded Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional award 6 years in a row for his role in the Windows Phone developer community and is the only Windows Phone Developer MVP in Canada. Mark is often speaking to the developer community at various events about mobile based solutions throughout Canada. You can contact Mark via his blog at blog.markarteaga.com, mark@redbitdev.com or follow him twitter.com/MarkArteaga on Twitter.

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    Mobile Development at DevTeach

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    There was a lot of buzz around mobile development at DevTeach Montreal a few weeks ago with an entire track dedicated to mobile development, 4 Windows Phone 7 sessions, and a post-conference full day event all about Windows Phone 7 with Colin Melia.

    As an added bonus, Carl Franklin (@carlfranklin) and Richard Campbell (@richcampbell) were on hand to host a special .NET Rocks! show – Panel of Mobile Platform Experts. On the panel were Kevin McNiesh, iPhone expert; Robert MacHale, Android expert; Michael Hutchinson, Mono expert; and Colin Melia, Windows Phone 7 expert. The experts sat down to talk about where mobile development is at, development processes, and fielded questions from the audience. 

    Now, you can relive the discussion here.

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    In addition to this conversation, Colin had an opportunity to chat with Richard about the challenges of securing applications using the phone and the Cloud. The discussion dug hard into Active Directory Federated Services, Azure Access Control Services and more.

    Download the RunAs Radio Interview “Colin Melia Secures Azure and Windows Phone 7”

    Do you have any questions you’d like to ask Colin? Share your questions in this Phone Development LinkedIn discussion.

    About Colin Melia

    Colin Melia is a Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft MVP for Silverlight known as an architect, trainer, speaker and author with deep and broad knowledge of the latest Microsoft technologies, proven problem solving skills, hands-on solution creation ingenuity and the ability to communicate rich and complex ideas.

    He speaks regularly with his British accent at conferences, events and code camps for Microsoft and community organisations as well as being a college academic advisor. In the summer of 2010 he developed and delivered the first Windows Phone 7 boot camp tour in North America, training dozens of developers and companies across Canada at Microsoft offices. His recent articles and reference cards have been featured on Mobile Developer Magazine & DZone and he regularly posts on his blog.

    Colin has 17 years of hands-on experience in areas of rich UI with WPF/Silverlight, cloud development with Azure and BI with SQL Server, along with in-depth knowledge of core technologies such as .NET, OData, WCF, WF, LINQ and WIF. He has developed award-winning simulation technology with rich UI, cloud-based learning portals and workflow-driven BI systems. He also created the first streaming video community site with Windows Media.

    He has worked in the finance, telecoms, e-learning, Internet communications and gaming industries, with his business solutions recently in use at major league companies world-wide.

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    7 Apps In 7 Days

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    7 Apps in 7 DaysShortly after Victoria Day, Atley Hunter (@atleyhunter), a local GTA developer, and Phone geek, sent me an email letting me know of a challenge that he had set up for himself – he was going to write 7 Windows Phone 7 applications in 7 days.

    The premise of the challenge was to start in the morning with a new app idea, code the app during the day, test it, and then release the application to the Windows Phone Marketplace before 11:59:59 PM each day. Sounds fun, eh? He chronicled the challenge, code, commentary, and all on his blog.

    Check it out!

    So what’s the lesson from this challenge? Developing applications for Windows Phone 7 is a breeze! If you’re tossing around the idea of creating a phone app, stop tossing. Start doing! Getting your next big app idea out to the world doesn’t have to be a big project. As Atley mentions in his summary:

    … I could get apps done even faster than I previously thought. I have always said that the tools were fantastic, easy to use and the most complete I had ever seen for a mobile platform. Doing this just proved that to me without a doubt.

    For those of you already creating phone apps, you know this already! So I challenge you, similar to what Atley has done – take your app ideas, code them, test them, and see how fast you can get them all in to the Marketplace!

    When you’re done, share the challenge of your story in this LinkedIn discussion in the Ignite Your Coding: Mobile Development group.

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