Jerry Nixon

Microsoft Developer Evangelist

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  • Blog Post: How Apple’s new IPhone 5S bald-faced copied Microsoft Windows Phone

    There is no shame in copying excellence. In fact, I would say that a core tenet of excellence is its ability to inspire excellence in others. Microsoft had the first smartphone, that doesn’t diminish Apple. Microsoft had the first smart watch, that doesn’t diminish Google. Microsoft had the first DVR...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Design is Calm

    Across 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...
  • Blog Post: Walkthrough: The Windows 8 AppBar, you might as well have the coolest! (feat. Expression Design)

    Windows 8 apps don’t have a ribbon. Windows 8 apps don’t have a top menu. Instead, Windows 8 apps have AppBars. An AppBar on the bottom of your app is where you place command buttons. An AppBar on the top of your app is where you place navigation elements. Read the whole article here
  • Blog Post: New Pepsi website flatters Windows 8!

    It’s a funny thing to see the new UX look and feel of Windows 8 as the core style on a major web site like http://pepsi.com . Flattery is the best form imitation for politicians. For designers, imitation is the best form of flattery. When our UX team goes to http://pepsi.com they are surely flattered...
  • Blog Post: Hooray! Here’s all 316 pages of the Windows 8 UX Guidelines in one cool PDF

    Fortunately, we are providing UX guidelines to developers. Unfortunately, those guidelines are seriously comprehensive (aka long). As a result, and to all our benefit, the UX guidelines have been consolidated into a single PDF document. Get the full PDF here .
  • Blog Post: Adding Location, Geocoding, and Bing Maps to Windows 8 Apps

    Did you know that the Windows 8 Location service does not require a GPS? It’s totally true. So many applications have to use location and so many applications should. With Windows 8, sensors and location isn’t a “what if” it’s a standard service that “just works”. Read/watch the whole article here
  • Blog Post: Use Expression Design to create a Windows 8 ‘Ratings’ control

    If you are not aware of Expression Design, you are missing a powerful tool in your toolbox. Expression Design allows designers and developers to create original vector assets or edit existing, including those created in other tools (like those from Adobe). An update to Expression Design 4 was recently...
  • Blog Post: (new episode) Microsoft DevRadio: Why Wait? Develop for Windows 8 Now!

    Dev Radio is back! Today’s show is a fun interview with Jake and Sam from Random Salad. The topic? That burning Windows 8 question: “Why wait to build your app?” Developers have a lot of choices to make. Random Salad has their apps in the store now. Why did they decide to move forward? Let’s talk about...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8: Making the case for Expression Blend

    One of the coolest parts of the XAML designer in Visual Studio 2012 is that it is the same code base as the designer in Expression Blend for XAML. That’s right. Blend’s designer used to be better, but now Visual Studio developers are first class, too. Visual Studio inherited quite a windfall! Here’s...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8: The right way to Read & Write Files in WinRT

    Windows 8 Metro development leverages WinRT; and, in WinRT, there are new namespaces – and namespace constriction in the .Net Framework. What you think you know, you may not. MSDN : In some cases, a type that you used in a .NET Framework desktop app doesn't exist within the .NET APIs for Metro style...
  • Blog Post: 30 questions about Windows 8 that I get asked all the time

    As a developer evangelist, I interact with a lot of developers. Many developers are just meeting Windows 8 for the very first time. Some developers have started to tinker. And, others are deep into their first application – on target for the store. The common thread between them are a set of recurring...
  • Blog Post: Easily include Bing Map data in your Windows 8 Metro App

    There’s no question how awesome Bing Maps is. It is loaded with innovation and tons of awesome data that now you can include in your application by using their REST based services. The services provide a lot of value to developers and their apps including data source management: New: Bing Maps Account...
  • Blog Post: Easily upgrade from Bing’s V2 API to Bing’s Data Marketplace API

    It wasn’t that long ago when Bing released their REST API ( http://api.bing.net ) to fetch search information. It was simple and powerful, and I discussed it here . But not too long ago, Bing announced that the API will be migrating to the Azure Data Marketplace . As of August 1, 2012, the Marketplace...
  • Blog Post: Easily use Yahoo!’s Geocode Service in your Metro App

    If you want to interact with a map, you will likely need latitude and longitude, not the string like “Denver, CO”. In order to convert a string into lat/long you need a geocoding service. You might also have an address, like “123 Main Street”, and want to validate the address or standardize the address...
  • Blog Post: Easily use Yahoo!’s Local Search REST API in your Metro App

    Bing, Google, Yahoo. They all have a series of APIs you can call to use their services in your Metro application. one of the more compelling services is Yahoo!’s Local Search API which allows you to find local businesses based on latitude and longitude. Local Search The latest version of the Local Search...
  • Blog Post: Easily use Bing’s REST API v2 to get Search Data in your Metro App

    Microsoft Bing Search has a set of free, exposed REST APIs that has been very popular. It allows you to do a series of queries. But let me let the documentation do the talking: Bing API Version 2.0 enables you to embed a flexible and powerful search engine as a custom search component in your sites and...
  • Blog Post: Easily use Yelp’s REST API v1 to get Restaurant Data in Metro App

    So many of the cooler services out there have have free APIs. The data from those APIs can add considerable value to your application. Using these APIs can vary in complexity quite a bit. I have implemented a lot of these recently, and thought I would share the Yelp REST API version 1. First: get a developer...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8: 15 More Reasons why I choose XAML over HTML5

    Metro developers building applications for Windows 8 have choices to make. A few weeks ago, I put together my top ten reasons to choose XAML. That really got me thinking. There are so many more than 10 good reasons why I prefer XAML. I thought I would continue the list. First, let’s reflect on the first...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8: Top 10 Reasons Why I choose XAML Metro over HTML5

    Windows 8 introduces Metro as a new a development paradigm on the Microsoft platform. I get asked which people should choose all the time. For me, I chose C#/XAML. Here I wanted to walk through some of the key reasons I did just that: 1. It’s a Nail It turns out I am a hammer. After spending a career...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8: Top 10 Reasons why Metro development smokes Windows Desktop development

    Windows 7 had one application scenario – desktop apps. Windows 8 has two application scenarios – desktop and Metro. Metro is the start menu, but also a shell in which app containers execute. Note: Metro developers can build native apps in JavaScript, C#, VB, and C++. They can leverage HTML, XAML, and...
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