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    Windows Phone 7 - Developer Roadmap and a Belgian Contest

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    Today the Windows Phone 7 Developer team blogged about the roadmap for the RTM version of the tools. Interesting to note that August marks six month anniversary of the public unveiling of the new Windows Phone platform at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. In that meantime a lot has happened: the developer and designer tooling was announced and made available at MIX10, a tools beta update for developers made available in June, launch Xbox Live game titles were announced...

    Full details on the roadmap can be found in the team’s blog post: “A Developer’s Roadmap to Windows Phone 7 Launch Timing”.
    Important to note is the developer tools RTM version will be made available on September 16th, and the marketplace submission for Windows Phone 7 apps will open early October. So the message for today is: make sure you register for the Marketplace today and finish off your application with the beta tools.

    5K Challenge Belgium – win up to a €5000 cash prize

    If you’re living in Belgium you can even win some cash when developing your Windows Phone 7 application. We are looking for the best application that makes full use of the Windows Phone 7 platform, the more creative you are, the better your chances.

    How can you participate?

    1. Register to participate before September 30, 2010.
    2. Publish your application to the Marketplace by Nov 30, 2010.
    3. Read the full contest terms and conditions here.

    Share your experiences on Twitter using #5Kwp7be, or blog about it and keep us posted!

    Getting started with Windows Phone 7 design and development

    You won’t believe the amount of information that’s already out there concerning developing and designing applications for WP7. I’ve selected a few of the most important resources to start with.

    Training and resources

    Windows Phone 7 Design Guidelines

    Join the conversation on Windows Phone 7:

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    VISUG event with Juval Lowy, October 14th

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    The guys at the VISUG have done it again: Juval Lowy is visiting the country for an training class organized by Pieter Gheysens and like past editions they managed to get Juval for a free VISUG community event as well.

    This time Juval will be presenting “The Architect”, still some places left so be fast to register.

    Session: The Architect by Juval Lowy
    Date: 14 October 2010 – 6PM
    Session abstract: The software industry is in a deep crisis. Projects suffer from low quality; schedule slips and cost overrun are common. But this is hardly ordained, since there are plenty of examples of projects done on schedule, on budget, on quality in a repeatable manner. The key for solving the crisis is to practice software development as an engineering discipline, just like it is done in mechanical or electrical engineering. That is exactly the responsibility of the modern software architect. Armed with that crucial observation Juval will share his perspective on what is the key set of skills required of the architect and what it implies both to companies and to individual architects.

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    REMIX10 – Registrations open and a glimpse at the agenda

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    This is feeling like a tradition since I started working for Microsoft almost three years ago: we’re been organizing REMIX events every year. This year is no different with REMIX10, taking place on September 28th 2010 in De Montil near Affligem.

    REMIX events are geared fully towards web folks: web designers, HTML integrators and web developers. We bring in a blend of local and Microsoft corporate speakers, with a keynote that portrays a bunch of local cases and gives you a good overview of Microsoft Web and User Experience platforms. First things first: make sure you register in time, you can choose the User Experience Track or the Web Development Track. Registering for one does not prevent you from changing once at the location but it does allow us to better setup our rooms.
    Register here.

    So, what can you expect this year?

    • If you managed to attend last year you will be happy we have a return speaker: Arturo Toledo is joining us again this year with a session on Expression Blend 4 UX super powers and a new one.
    • Georg Petschnigg from Microsoft Pioneer Studios will be talking about how to use design techniques for identifying, developing and evaluating business opportunities.
    • Pete LePage will be talking about HTML5 and other goodness with Internet Explorer 9.
    • You can also expect stuff on Windows Phone 7, Silverlight and Azure and Web apps, speaker names will be confirmed really soon.

    The remaining sessions are to be confirmed really soon. Make sure you follow us on Twitter for the latest updates: @remixbe

    We’re all in!
    This year we’re also giving special attention to the Cloud for web developers. As a web developer, you are already designing and building for the cloud. We will show you how the cloud becomes your perfect service to host sites, applications and back-end services.

    Check out our first look at the full agenda on the REMIX10 page. Hope to see you there and spread the word!

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