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  • Blog Post: Getting to 1.0

    I imagine that a lot of my readers are developers like me who got into the business (or stay in the business) because they love the craft of software development. I would go even further and say that a lot of my dear readers are working on a “side project” to create apps for their hobbies, family, and...
  • Blog Post: Incredible Training Available Across the Globe

    As technologies come faster and faster, we have to quickly gain proficiency with whatever today's new platform/language/product/service is. Microsoft is comitted to supporting the WORLDWIDE technology community with FREE TRAINING!!! So if your company is holding the line on training costs, I would encourage...
  • Blog Post: Making dreams come true

    Growing up I was a huge video game fan, and that hasn’t changed as I’ve grown up. My day job is generally writing business productivity apps, so while gaming is fun, and concepts like gamification are slowly working their way into my world, there isn’t a whole lot of overlap. Listening to the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Lights, Camera, Publicity

    Now is your chance to be like Jessica Alba and Cam Newton and have your Windows Phone 8 app star in a primetime TV ad. The contest is called Windows Phone Next App Star, and it is open to Windows Phone developers worldwide. It’s easy to participate; registered developers can just visit Dev Center...
  • Blog Post: February Developer Deadlines

    Want free stuff? Want some upcoming events to keep you motivated on writing your next app? Check out some of things the things you can do in the next three weeks.   The White House Open Data Day Hackathon is Feb 22. If you're a developer interested in attending in person, move quick and submit your...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone app fails static validation. Image file format is not supported.

      Once you are done developing your app, you will submit it to the Windows Phone Marketplace . After you upload your application, it will immediately undergo static code analysis   to ensure that you have complied with the Marketplace guidelines when developing your application. This is a formality...
  • Blog Post: So much learning…

    I’ve been writing my annual assessment at work and reviewing the projects I’ve worked on as well as visualizing the types of projects I want to work on in the next year. The rate of change is incredible and Microsoft is announcing new technologies left and right . How am I ever going to be able to make...
  • Blog Post: Litte Watson .. Data Warehouse??

    In developing apps for Windows Phone, I’ve been using the Northern Lights code library which includes Little Watson; a library for packaging exceptions and sending them to a http listener. The demo application uses a php page to send an email. Scott Hanselman’s inaugural WP7 post has him doing the same...
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