Jerry Nixon

Microsoft Developer Evangelist

Browse by Tags

Tagged Content List
  • Blog Post: This is the most important control you may ever use

    There are two version of PianoTime for Windows 8 – a successful title from a Colorado publisher. The free version sponsored by ads, and the $3.48 ad free version. Do people purchase their way out of ads? Yes, they do. Do most people. No, they don’t. So, is it worth it? Freemium Freemium is a booming...
  • Blog Post: 5 things you must do BEFORE you publish your app.

    You have your idea. You are developing your app. It’s coming along great. You can see the finish line. But do you need to do more than just develop your app? Here are 10 things you should do before you publish. 1. Include platforms Don’t mistakenly forget there are several app stores in the marketplace...
  • Blog Post: When Windows 8 copies Windows Phone, we are all winners

    Windows 8 is the reimagining of Windows. Sure. But, let’s not forget, Windows 8 didn’t invent the new design language, Windows Phone did. To be fair Windows Media Center introduced the first low-chrome Microsoft UI for the 10 foot experience. Zune, then, adopted that clean approach and adjusted it for...
  • Blog Post: Walkthrough: Reordering items in a GridView with Drag and Drop

    So, you have some data showing in a GridView . You have ordered it programmatically. Now, you want to let the user reorder it, manually, by dragging and dropping GridView items anywhere they want. Is it easy? It sure is. GridView inherits from ListViewBase , which ultimately inherits from ItemsControl...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 and Windows Phone Exclusive: Halo Spartan Assault

    What’s this? A new Halo game? Yes! And what’s this? Exclusive to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8? Yes! We’re starting to see what we’ve been expecting for some time – Microsoft titles being released as exclusives to the Microsoft platform. This, Smart Glass, and the sheer buttery beauty of Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Best Windows Phone Commercial Ever

    “Siri, search one-trick pony” “Aren’t you a little young to have an IPhone” “Isheep” “Copy-bots” “Auto-correct… this!” Boom! “Is there an app for that?” “Siri, search karate! No, Ka-ra-te!” “Do you think if they knew about the Nokia Lumia they would stop fighting?” “I don’t know. I think they kind of...
  • Blog Post: 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 more! Next Steps: Step #1 – Begin Your Windows Phone...
  • 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: 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 recommend what they like. This is true with cultures...
  • Blog Post: The Absolute Top Features of Windows Phone 8

    All I can say is Awesome ! I am so pleased with Windows Phone 8. WPCentral : There are two areas in which Windows Phone 8 differs from its predecessor: the core of the OS has been updated with the NT kernel and the addition and refinement of features. Consumers don’t need to know about the kernel specifics...
  • Blog Post: Walkthrough: using Windows 8 Custom Protocol Activation

    Protocol activation, what is it? Well, when you run “http:{something}” you expect a browser to launch, right? When you type “mailto:{something}” you expect a mail client to launch, right? What if you could create “custom:{something}” that launched your app? That’s custom protocol activation! MSDN : Windows...
  • 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: What Windows 8 developers need to know about app certification and publishing

    Here are some of the best links for developers building Windows 8 apps. Windows 8 app certification requirements Thank you for your interest in developing apps for Windows. We’re committed to a relationship with you that supports your ambitions and encourages a diverse catalog of high-quality, engaging...
  • 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: Walkthrough: the Windows 8 Settings and About Dialogs

    Windows 8 is a new user experience. One of the best parts is a uniformity and consistency across applications to handle common tasks the same. Specifically, I mean the charms. Users search consistently. Users share consistently. And, users access settings, preferences, options, personalization, and about...
  • Blog Post: Save the date! For Windows Phone 8 on October 29th

    If you are like me and you love Windows Phone, then you are excited about the next version (Windows Phone 8). If you are like me and you love to develop for Windows Phone, then you are excited about the next version. When is the next version coming? Well, here’s what I am hearing ‘round the net: PCMAG...
Page 1 of 1 (16 items)