Jerry Nixon

Microsoft Developer Evangelist

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  • Blog Post: What if your Windows Phone app idea got funded? Here it is!

    My colleague Brian Hopkins introduced AppCampus! Do you have a great idea for a Windows Phone app? Figuring out how you’re going to raise money for it? You’ve come to the right place for a fresh new way to fund your project. Microsoft BizSpark has teamed up with AppCampus to offer grants for select startups...
  • Blog Post: Learn Windows Phone in Denver

    Windows Phone Unleashed is the premier developer event for Windows Phone. If you live in Denver, don’t miss your opportunity to get exposure to serious know-how, labs, peers, and prizes. What : Windows Phone Developer Camp Where : Microsoft Offices in Denver When : Saturday, May 5, 2012 @ 8 – 6PM Register...
  • Blog Post: Can Windows Phone pick up when Android drops off?

    In a recent CNET article by Dan Farber ( Android not Critical to Google? Really? ), he talks about Google’s recent, strange comments about Android: During the Oracle v. Google trial , the value of the Android platform to the Internet giant has been a subject of inquiry. When Google CEO and co-founder...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8: Windows Phone SDK (7.1.1 update) Ready to Go!

    Cliff Simpkins : I’m pleased to announce that the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update is now available for your download ; it’s the final version of the CTP we released last month, and enables Windows Phone developers to do two things: Develop apps that work well on the new 256 MB devices Use the WPSDK 7...
  • Blog Post: Nokia files Patent for “Phone in a Tattoo”

    Unwired View is reporting on a recent Nokia patenting looking into haptic tattoos to help you feel who is calling. Not satisfied with just getting its own flavor of slide-to-unlock patented , Nokia wants to take haptic feedback to a level you haven’t previously encountered. Haptic tech is employed, for...
  • Blog Post: Broken: Windows 8 and the Windows Phone SDK

    Windows Phone SDK not working in Windows 8 We know many of our software developers are excited and eager to get started using the consumer preview on a daily basis, but Windows 8 is still a preview release, which means that there are going to be instances of software incompatibility. One of these incompatibilities...
  • Blog Post: WP7 Sample: a Settings Page in 5 Minutes

    One of the things that distinguishes great Windows Phone applications is the ability to configure to the preferences of the user. Let’s pretend the user wants to enable or disable a feature – how do they do that? The best way to provide this custom experience is through a settings page. In this article...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Phone App Hub “Invalid Credit Card” Solution

    We are aware that many of you have run into the issue of getting an "Invalid Credit Card" message when trying to register.  We apologize for this erroneous message and inconvenience.  While we work toward a solution, we do have a workaround that you may use.  Here are the steps...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone: Go Underground

    It’s more than once I get asked the question “ Where should I start to learn C#? ” So often I start my blog posts from the point of view that we all know the .Net framework and we are rushing forward from that point. Indeed that does describe 99% of my audience. If you are new to software development...
  • Blog Post: WP7 Sample: A GPS-enabled Phone App in 5 minutes!

    One of the best parts of Windows Phone application development is how fast you can add sophisticated functionality to your solution. In fact, I was teaching a weekend crash course on Windows Phone at Brigham Young University a few weeks back. Here’s a room of 100 smart, young developers following along...
  • Blog Post: Proven Marketing Strategies to Promote your Windows Phone App

    Creating a Windows Phone Application is straight-forward. The rich and robust Silverlight environment gives developers the tools a controls they need to create compelling user experiences. But what do you do once you have your application? What draws people to discover your new creation? What pays you...
  • Blog Post: WP7 Sample: An Accelerator-based App in 5 Minutes

    As I have discussed in previous posts, there are lots of great sensors at the disposal of the Windows Phone application developer. One of them is the Accelerometer . The accelerometer measures the tilt of the device in both the X axis and Y axis. You can read my previous article about the Accelerometer...
  • Blog Post: Customize the WP Emulator’s Skin!

    Yeah, I’ll say it. This is awesome. On CodePlex, there’s a new project, the Windows Phone 7 Enulator Skin Switcher. The Windows Phone 7 emulator skin switcher is an application that gives you multiple skins to use on your Windows Phone 7 emulator. Start the application, select one of the 25 available...
  • Blog Post: WP7 Sample: A Microphone-enabled Phone App in 5 Minutes!

    There are a lot of sensors on the Windows Phone. We’ve got: Microphone GPS Location Camera (front & back) Gyroscope / Accelerometer Magnetometer / Compass I suppose we could also say the touch panel is a sensor, but it is so ubiquitous that we just assume it’s there anymore – yes, it’s that world...
  • Blog Post: WP7 Sample: Use Location Services *and* get Certified!

    Allow me to draw your attention to this Windows Phone application Certification Requirement: Requirement 2.7.2 The privacy policy of your application must inform users about how location data from the Location Service API is used and disclosed and the controls that users have over the use and sharing...
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