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  • Blog Post: Windows Mobile Docs, wherefore art thou?

    Hopefully you are aware that the best place to read the Windows Mobile 5.0 SDK documentation is on MSDN. And certainly that's something I've been trying to mention in this blog as much as I can. However, there is a small hitch in that MSDN is currently moving content to a new, faster, spiffier web...
  • Blog Post: Windows Mobile related Video Blog 01

    I've just posted a short video blog entry, and I'd be interested in whether is works - both in technical terms, and if it's a useful way of sharing information. In this blog entry, I'm taking a look at some of the new Pocket PC hardware that's become available. Please leave feedback! You can see it...
  • Blog Post: MEDC Blog - Day 2

    Today was spent mostly at the MEDUA booth in the Microsoft Pavilion. In other words, the team took shifts to meet and answer questions from everyone passing by. We had a few hiccups when the exhibition hall's WiFi seemed to go down for an hour, but in general I'm surprised at how well the Pocket PCs...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Devices SDK Quick Poll

    Do you develop applications for Pocket PCs or Smartphones? If so, and you have five minutes, I would appreciate it if you check out the short (anonymous) poll we have running. Just click here and answer a few questions, and miraculously watch your mobile devices SDK documentation improve before your...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Staff Caught on Video - The True Story

    As you probably know, Mike Hall is a cheery chap who loves to explain Windows CE and Mobile Device related stuff. Better yet, he doesn't mind when we point a video camera at him and film him doing it. In fact, he even writes about these videos, on his blog . Although seemingly a simple premise, getting...
  • Blog Post: Debugging Devices, to be sure to be sure.

    First things first, Happy St. Patrick's Day! I'm finishing work soon to partake in a wee drop o' the black stuff. Cheers to all youse ex-pats, and all youse back in Norn Iron. I'm so pleased that my current job doesn't isolate me from my first love: programming devices. I've been working with a programming...
  • Blog Post: Content Specialist - whatsthatthen?

    It’s official – my new job title is Content Specialist for Mobile and Embedded ISVs . What does that mean? It means that if you develop software for Smart Devices – in particular the Pocket PC or Smartphone – and you can’t find the information you need, or you need more information on a particular topic...
  • Blog Post: Meet MEDUA

    MEDUA is the "Mobile and Embedded Device User Assistance" team. It's quite a large team, and writes documentation on everything from Windows CE API references to "How to switch on your Portable Media Center". To warm up our media skills, we put together a little video presentation introducing the team...
  • Blog Post: MEDUA and New Media

    I remember when DVDs, heck, no, make that I remember when CD-ROMs were the "new media". (Commodore CDTV ring any bells?) Now, the new media of choice consists of blogs, podcasts and video-blog-e-learning-casts-o-rama. Ok, that last one is a bit clumsy, but we're working on a better name for it, so stay...
  • Blog Post: What do you look for in a Developer Center?

    Do you visit the MSDN Developer Centers ? Developer Centers are designed to be one of your first ports of call on MSDN . They are portals – guiding you to the newest technical information, keeping you informed and trying to help grow a “community”. Ok, so in reality we all know that most of the time...
  • Blog Post: Teaching your grandma to suck eggs?

    Thanks for the responses on application types (see my last post ). I’m still collecting data, so feel free to keep emailing me. The more information I have, the better! Anyway, this week I spent a part of my time looking at the sorts of questions that crop on the mobile device developer newsgroups. Really...
  • Blog Post: The Mobile Developer

    Hi again. This is the my first blog entry after moving from the C# UE team, to the MED UA team – also known as the Mobile and Embedded Developer User Assistance team. My new role currently has me acting as an advocate for anyone developing for the Pocket PC and Smartphone, be in it C++, Visual Basic...
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