Jerry Nixon

Microsoft Developer Evangelist

January, 2013

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    DevRadio: Using Xamarin to Create the Draw a Stickman app for Windows 8

    Abstract: Jerry Nixon welcomes CEO of Xamarin , Nat Friedman and President of Hitcents , Chris Mills to the show as they discuss how Hitcents used Xamarin’s MonoTouch to launch their app, “ Draw a Stickman EPIC ” on Windows 8. Tune in as they chat about...
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    DevRadio: Integrating Bing Maps into Your Windows 8 apps

    Abstract: Jerry Nixon welcomes Ian Bennett and Jim Blizzard to the show as they discuss how they integrated a Bing Map into their Windows 8 app. Tune in as they chat about the Bing Maps SDK , along with the why, how-to and lessons learned from developing...
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    DevRadio: Windows Phone 8 Features Overview

    Technical Evangelists Jerry Nixon , Daniel Egan and Ryan Lowdermilk discuss their Top 20 (give or take) Windows Phone 8 features. Tune in as they discuss NFC support, Data Sense, Geolocation, Writable OS Tasks, Bluetooth and Skype APIs and much, much...
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    Walkthrough: Dynamically Skinning your Windows 8 App

    One powerful feature of XAML is the ability to make any control look however the developer or designer wants without having to change the control itself. Similar to, but far more powerful than CSS, skinning a control in XAML lets you change how it looks...
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    Here’s Microsoft Surface as a Windows Phone (concept)

    If only. Awesome.
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    Holy Smokes. Windows Phone on a Flexible Display? Awesome!

    imageAt the CES Keynote, some amazing things happened. For not being part of CES, Microsoft was all over it!

    “It should be clear that there is no rule that says displays or computers need to be flat, opaque or rigid.“

    “Microsoft vision is that sensors like Kinect combined with flexible, transparent and projected displays will bring us to a point where any object can be a surface and can be a computer.“

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    Windows 8 Design is Calm

    imageAcross the Microsoft platform we have Windows Client, Windows Phone, Windows Server, Microsoft Xbox, and Windows Embedded. Each exists to address a specific type of device and user scenario. But what’s great is that each participates in the Windows Design Language.

    What is the Windows Design Language?

    The Windows Design Language is a set of principles that help designers and developers layout excellent apps and excellent user experiences. It drives consistency across apps and across the Microsoft platform. And, it is beautiful.

    Note: The Windows Style varies from device type to device type. The Windows 8 style guide, for example, is only related to the Windows Phone style guide. It is not identical because the interface is distinct. Sometimes consistency is mistaken for uniformity. The flexibility within the Windows Style not only extends across device-types, but also to individual apps, letting developers innovate distinctive yet consistent apps.

    Consider this image. It depicts four separate applications. Their UI is quite distinct. However, each of them has acute similarities that are prescribed by the Windows Design Language. In this case, specific to Windows 8, it is illustrating compliance to the Windows 8 Silhouette.

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    Where is PhoneGap for Windows Phone 8? Right here!

    imageNative applications on mobile devices deliver a great experience to users. Only native applications can deliver excellent fidelity and performance, and support a disconnected state. But if you don’t know the devices mobile technology development can be difficult.

    Mobile web sites deliver a poor experience to users. Mobile web sites are simply web pages; they cannot access the device itself and necessitate an always-connected device. But because it’s just HTML, developers have an easier time supporting multiple devices.

    A Real Option

    Mixing native with web is PhoneGap – it executes local HTML and JavaScript in an embedded browser wrapper app. PhoneGap apps are not as awesome as native apps, but they are surely the next best thing – and are a viable option.  These types of apps don’t require developers to know much about a device – and can be deployed across the various mobile platforms with little investment. They also have access to the device itself (including sensors, battery and more); they support offline scenarios, too.

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    Choosing the Windows Phone That’s Right for Me

    Stop me if you have heard this one: so, a Microsoft Developer Evangelist walks into an AT&T Store and asks to see their Windows Phones. Which phone gets recommended? Since time immemorial, the recurring trend is this: people like what they know and...
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