Jerry Nixon

Microsoft Developer Evangelist

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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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    Hey IT Pros! What developers already know about Windows 8

    Remember how Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan ended? Spock saved the Enterprise but died from radiation exposure. Fortunately, Spock mind-melded with Bones before his famous “I am and always will be your friend”. That’s how Kirk restored Spock’s Genesis...
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    Windows 8 Play, Pause, Resume. Do you even know what it is?

    Join Jerry Nixon, Developer Evangelist for Microsoft and Brian Tyler, Principal Development Lead, Xbox LIVE Services, as Brian discusses Xbox Live for Windows which provides connections to the cloud and is all about you as a player. Gamers will be excited...
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    Walkthough: Use XAML’s 3D PlaneProjection to Open a Window and See What’s Inside

    Here we go again, down the fun road with XAML. This time, since it’s Christmastime, I’ll throw together a Christmas-themed demo for you! Of what fun it is to code in XAML and Expression Blend, hey! So in the video below I will use some awesome features...
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    Walkthrough: Implementing SnapView in your Windows 8 App

    imageThere are four supported orientations in Windows 8. There is Full View, Snap View, Fill View and Portrait View. Each is important in the overall strategy of Windows 8. In order to get your app into the Windows Store, you must support the Full, Snap and Fill view. And to support them, XAML uses ViewStates that easily execute custom animations and show your tailored content.

    What view?

    The different views in Windows are something developers have to deal with but are fundamentally one of Windows 8’s core differentiators in the marketplace. Since a Windows 8 is only active when it is visible it means that only one app can run at a time – similar to the IPad. But because of SnapView, Windows 8 allows users to view more than one app at a time, even if the second app is in a narrow format. As a result, the user can enjoy more than one app at a time, increasing the opportunity for productivity.

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    The image above shows the Full, Snap, and Fill View on a slate device, respectively. It is an important note to say that Snap is not a touch-only mechanism. I run on a desktop that has no touch input. I use snap. It allows me to have more than one Windows 8 app up at one time. It also allows me to have a desktop app and a Windows 8 app running at the same time. It’s nice.

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    DevRadio: Developing your Windows 8 Apps using Visual C++

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    Jerry Nixon welcomes Eric Battalio, Ayman Shoukry and Raman Sharma from the Visual C++ team as they discuss how you can develop Windows 8 apps using C++. Tune in as they provide best practices and reasons why you would want to use this language.

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    Walkthrough: Building a Sweet Dial in XAML for Windows 8

    imageCustom XAML controls are a breeze. But, honestly, if you aren’t familiar with building them, there’s a learning curve. Let’s break this barrier and build a custom user control together.

    I’ll build a control that works like a standard oven dial. The application uses of such a control are many. The implementation is a little sticky, but I can do it in about 10 minutes. That should raise your confidence a little. Plus, it will demonstrate the flexibility and power of the XAML framework for building complex controls with simple implementation.

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    DevRadio: You’re Coding from the Wrong End! Adventures in Advanced Data Modeling

    imageThis is a combined post of part 1, 2, and three especially united for my readers. in this episode I have a lot of fun with Buck Woody who has forgotten more about Data Modeling that most of us. Listen in and take a course with the professor.

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    Jerry Nixon welcomes Sr. Technology Specialist from the Windows Azure team, Buck Woody to the show as they kick-off their 3 part series on how data applies to developers and how this ties in with Windows Azure’s service offerings. Tune in for part 1 of this 3 part series as they discuss data modeling and how this should be used first in the design process.

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    With Steven Sinofsky leaving Microsoft, Windows 8 will have to stand on its own!

    It’s amazing what Steven has accomplished as the head of the Microsoft Windows Division. I am sure he is exhausted after the past years of miracle-working. I will miss his tenacity to do what everyone else didn’t think could be done! With Steven gone...
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    Training Resources for native C++ and C++CX programming, graphics and gaming

    imageLooking for a great set of C++ resources out there? There is an increasing focus on native programming on our client stack, especially with gaming and high fidelity graphics being super important. If you look at the number of sessions dedicated to DirectX and C++ in the recently concluded //build, it should be obvious. Clearly not all of us will focus in this area, but if you are interested in building an expertise in the area, I wanted to collect some of the training resources available for you to use.

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    It’s official. Goodbye Windows live Messenger. Hello Skype.

    Think Microsoft has too many messaging engines (Messenger, Lync, Skype)? Honestly, can you really have too many messaging engines? Well, it turns out “yes, you can”. All it took was the inevitable integration of the Microsoft Account into the Skype world...
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    Announcing: WCF Data Services 5.1 Released!

    First and most importantly, this morning (November 7th) we uploaded WCF Data Services 5.1 to NuGet. "5.1" is a deceptive version number - this release of WCF Data Services is arguably one of the most important releases as it contains the new...
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    The Largest Hack-a-thon in the World is in Colorado!

    imageBuild 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 of code on that app you've already started.

    This hackathon was renamed from WowZapp!

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    Introducing the Windows Azure Store; we’ve loved it for years!

    imageMy fellow developer evangelist in California, Bret Stateham, wrote a great article on how Windows Azure developers can now more-easily leverage the Windows Azure Data Marketplace. Check it out.

    Did you know that Windows Azure has it’s own store?  It’s been around for some time as the Windows Azure Marketplace.  Well, today an update to the Windows Azure Management portal allows both store vendors and consumers a much better shopping experience! 

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    Light-styled XAML Controls in a Dark-themed Win8 Project

    imageOne 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 apps is their ability to integrate with the system. One of these integration points is the Settings Charm. I’m not going to show you how to create a settings flyout. There are already lots of examples out there that do this. There are even some helpers like the SettingsFlyout available in Callisto and the helper created by Jerry Nixon. Recently Tim Heuer made a change to the SettingsFlyout to set the background to white. This change allows your app to follow the guidelines. He also added a property that allows you to change what you want the background to be if you are not a fan of white.

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    See you at the Windows Azure Conference!

    imageOn November 14, 2012, Microsoft will be hosting Windows AzureConf, a free event for the Windows Azure community. This event will feature a keynote presentation by Scott Guthrie, along with numerous sessions executed by Windows Azure community members.

    Streamed live for an online audience on Channel 9, the event will allow you to see how developers just like you are using Windows Azure to develop applications on the best cloud platform in the industry.

    Community members from all over the world will join Scott in the Channel 9 studios to present their own inventions and experiences. Whether you’re just learning Windows Azure or you've already achieved success on the platform, you won’t want to miss this special event.

    November 14, 2012 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST

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    Team Foundation Service is live! It’s Free!

    TFS : One year ago, at the first BUILD conference, we unveiled the limited preview of Team Foundation Service. At Tech Ed, in June, we removed the “invitation code” mechanism and opened it up for anyone to try in a public preview. Now, a year after its...
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