Jerry Nixon

Microsoft Developer Evangelist

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  • Blog Post: It’s all free! Here’s $500 for your user group, all the swag you want, and free Facebook advertising. No catch. Really.

    Microsoft has a kind of love affair with its developer community. As a result, the Microsoft developer community worldwide is the largest and most cohesive community you could imagine. It was Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, who said, “Developers, developers, developers, developers, developers!”. That set...
  • Blog Post: Walkthrough: Locking Asynchronous File Operations

    When I started writing Windows 8 apps, one of my first productions was wrapping file operations in a helper class called StorageHelper . This class has successfully been leveraged by thousands of Windows 8 developers. I certainly use it every time I interact with a File or a Setting. But the StorageHelper...
  • Blog Post: Where is PhoneGap for Windows Phone 8? Right here!

    Native 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...
  • Blog Post: The Largest Hack-a-thon in the World is in Colorado!

    Build your one-of-a-kind Windows app at the free Gen Appathon event on November 9th. Join thousands of developers just like you on November 9, 2012 for the world's largest code fest – Gen Appathon . Here's your chance to get down to business and start building your dream app, or polish up the last lines...
  • Blog Post: Light-styled XAML Controls in a Dark-themed Win8 Project

    One of my favorite Colorado community leaders and XAML Jedi, Shawn Kendrot , wrote a great article helping XAML developers dynamically style controls with the standard light and dark layouts. In his article, Shawn uses the Settings charm to show how to do it. One of the things I love about Windows Store...
  • Blog Post: There is absolutely *no* reason you aren’t using Visual Studio ULTIMATE!

    Often when I talk to developers the examples I provide them or the walkthroughs I give them don’t match their version of Visual Studio. And why? Because they are using Express. Expression is the free version of Visual Studio and for what it is, it’s awesome. But VS Ultimate is the freakin’ bomb! Here...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup | USA People’s Choice | Get out the vote!

    Students from around the country compete to solve problems with technology. Indeed, here’s their mission : Create real-world software applications using Microsoft technologies. Just remember, they must address the Imagine Cup 2012 theme: Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems...
  • Blog Post: Oh, no you didn’t! Office 365 at Home?

    In an article by Richard Hay: I recently transitioned our household to hosted email accounts with Office 365.  My wife and I are both Outlook users and like the benefits of working in that interface locally on our desktop and laptops. The option we are now using, hosted Microsoft Exchange e-mail...
  • Blog Post: Why Google Docs Suck!

    To get your point across, style matters . Making your point takes flair and sometimes some swagger, and you always need substance. So, your message needs to be complete and your document’s format needs to be what you intended. Of course, you want to have all of the pieces in your message, including your...
  • Blog Post: Lasers can be Magnetized: Faster Hard Drives

    One of my local, community leaders, Dennis Martin, specialized in Storage technologies. In a recent article of his, he discusses the use of lasers in magnetic media to improve the performance of hard drives. The disk industry has been experimenting with bit patterned media/shingled writes (see our post...
  • Blog Post: Utah’s Code Camp Announced!

    UTAH’S PREMIER DEVELOPER EVENT Neumont University 10701 S Jordan River Parkway | South, Jordan, Utah Saturday, March 10, 2012 | 9:00AM – 5:00PM FREE | Lunch Included Registration: utahgeekevents.com Meet your peers and learn about the latest technologies and best practices from some of Utah’s best developers...
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