August, 2011

  • DaveDev

    Annoucing the Windows Phone Camps East Coast Fall 2011 Tour

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    Windows Phones

    Microsoft is happy to announce another round of free, full day developer training for Windows Phone.  If you haven’t had the chance to get started with an app yet now is the time.  These Phone Camps will also focus on the new features coming in the next version of Windows Phone, codenamed “Mango”.

    More details via DevFish

    What’s a Windows Phone Camp?

    For those who went to our "Windows Phone Garage" series last year, its one of those. For those new to the scene, its a free, full day event chocked full of everything you need to know to develop a Windows Phone application. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just getting started with phone app development this full-day event is for you.

    Interested in profit? We’ll also lead discussions on how to monetize your applications and generate profits with your apps.

    Don’t miss the new Windows Phone 7.5 (codename "Mango") features as well - with detailed sessions in the afternoon around Fast Application Switching, Multitasking, Live Tiles, Push Notifications, and more.

    The day will be capped with an open lab hands-on session and prizes for apps completed. This is the perfect opportunity to begin work on your dream application, or finish that app you’ve already started, with Windows Phone experts there to guide you every step of the way. Bring your own laptop to join in the fun and show off your killer app!

    Agenda

    9:00 AM - Welcome Campers

    9:15 AM - How to make money with your Windows Phone App

    10:00 AM - Frameworks for fun and profit > Silverlight and XNA

    noon-ish - Canteen > Install Fest

    1:00 PM - Hands-on lab

    3:00 PM - Cool stuff your app can do

    4:00 PM - To the Cloud

    4:45 PM - Be What's Next > Peoples Choice Awards

    Not only is the content great, but we've got a ton of locations coming up. Note that we are not only hitting the traditional Microsoft facilities, we are hitting a ton of campus locations as well. Students can attend Microsoft facility events, and professionals / entrepreneurs are more than welcome to drop in on the on-campus locations as well. Mix, mingle, network.

    Don't see your geography in the list? Located in the East Coast USA? Reach out to us and let's see if we can line up a Windows PhoneCamp "community edition".

    Schedule

    9/20/2011
    Charlotte, NC
    Registration

    9/22/2011
    Atlanta, GA
    Registration

    9/27/2011
    Malvern, PA  
    Registration

    9/29/2011
    Reston, VA  
    Registration

    10/12/2011-10/13/2011  
    Cambridge, MA
    National Event – Day 1 Registration, Day 2 Registration

    10/18/2011
    Chevy Chase, MD
    Registration

    10/19/2011
    New York City, NY
    Registration

    10/25/2011
    Tampa, FL
    Registration

    10/27/2011
    Champlain College, Burlington VT
    Registration

    11/2/2011
    NCSU, Raleigh, NC
    Registration

    11/4/2011
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Registration

    11/8/2011
    UCF, Orlando, FL
    Registration

    11/10/2011
    Univ of Miami, Coral Gables FL
    Registration

    11/10/2011
    SUNY (New Paltz), New York
    Registration

    11/15/2011
    Virginia Tech
    Registration

    11/17/2011
    Howard University, Washington DC
    Registration

    11/29/2011
    Pittsburg, PA
    Registration

    12/1/2011
    Hofstra, Long Island, NY
    Registration

    12/8/2011
    Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA
    Registration

    Prerequisites:
    Bring a notebook computer and identification. Also check out the APP HUB where you can get developer tools, learn about application features, understand common task for Apps and register and load your APP.

    This event is brought to you by Microsoft and is free of charge. However, you are responsible for booking and paying for your own travel and accommodations

    -Dave

  • DaveDev

    Attention all Windows Phone Developers – Phone Tools, Mango bits, and AppHub have all been updated!

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    The Windows Phone Team has recently pushed out three important updates that you should take advantage of.

    Developer Tools Beta 2 Refresh (Release Candidate)

    The first of the new updates is for the Windows Phone Developer Tools.  Cliff Simpkins from the Phone Team has a break down of some of the new features on his official blog post here.  His top 5 are as follows:

      • Application platform APIs are now locked; you can feel confident to start getting ready for submitting your apps next month.
      • Emulator now has a nifty screenshot capability built in, allowing you quickly snap quality images of your app without the need of separate tools or cropping time. The images are great for use in app submission process or to share on your blog or with folks such as my team (hint hint).
      • The profiler has been greatly improved and provides memory profiling.
      • As of this drop, you can install NuGet into the free version of the WPSDK tools. I find NuGet to be one of my favorite productivity boosters and I’m happy to see the extension supported in the free tools.
      • The drop includes an initial peek at the Marketplace Test Kit; with the RC release, you’ll be able to use the included version of this toolkit to test your XAP file against the same certification testing tools that we use when ingesting apps for the Marketplace. For this refresh, it’s there but not fully functional; but more on this in a future blog post.

    You will also notice a new RC (Release Candidate) in the control panel tools listing.

    WPTools

    Be sure to read the full official blog post here.

    Mango Bits

    There has also been a refresh of the Mango Bits that you can flash your phone with.  There are some new features inside this update, like native Twitter integration, you can take advantage of as well.  Head on over to the WinSuperSite for a breakdown on what is new inside this RC.

    The update is being pushed out to eligible devices as we speak.  You can also check for it manually by following these important steps:

    • Make a copy of the backup you took when you updated to the Mango Beta 2 pre-release and put it in a safe place, if it isn’t in one already
      Note: Make sure that you copy this backup and put it somewhere else; uninstalling Zune will auto-delete any backups previously taken
    • Return to Connect.Microsoft.com (we’re using the same program you were invited to join last month) and download the freshly posted files, which includes a new Zune client and a new UpdateWP executable
    • Head to the Control Panel and uninstall the Beta 2 software (Zune client and UpdateWP) and tools (WPSDK) that you installed last month
    • Install the new software and tools that you just downloaded from Connect
    • Fire up the new Zune client beta (4.8.2134.0) to check for the new update
                                                  Update

             

    • Zune will then update your phone from 7661 to 7712

                                                           MangoBits

     

    AppHub Changes

    The Marketplace has been hard at work at updating the reporting features of AppHub as well as launching marketplaces in several new countries.  Some of these exciting features include:

    • Geographic expansion: publish to 19 new consumer markets, submit from 7 new developer markets and coming soon, expansion of markets for in-app advertising!
    • New private distribution options: developers can now privately distribute their apps using beta and targeted distribution options.
    • Enhanced application management: we’ve made a lot of additional improvements to how you manage and publish your application in the App Hub itself, in response to your feedback.

    I have seen an uptick in downloads for my own DoodlePad apps when the new markets when online.  You can see the spike in downloads in the chart below:

    Downloads

    It is important to point out however that you need to go into AppHub and select these new countries in order to be published to them.  By default your application will not be available in the new marketplaces unless you specifically tell it to be.  This includes apps that  previously selected “Worldwide Distribution” you will need to go back in and select worldwide again.

    Be sure to check out the official blog post here for all the details.

    Happy Coding!

    -Dave

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