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    PhoneGap now fully supports Windows Phone 7 (cross posting)


    My colleague David blogged about support for Windows Phone 7 in PhoneGap released last month.
    Please find more information and resource below or head off to David’s blog.

    Back in September, Microsoft joined Nitobi to announce a Beta of PhoneGap support for Windows Phone Mango, and at the same time committed to continue working with the PhoneGap Open Source project community to help bring full support.

    PhoneGap by Nitobi is an open source mobile framework that enables developers to build applications targeting multiple platforms, by using standard web technologies (HTML5, CSS and JavaScript). This release extends the cross-platform capabilities of PhoneGap, giving more choices to developers in need of a programming environment allowing them to easily deliver the same mobile experience to their users across the various existing and prominent mobile operating systems.  

    In addition to being able to leverage their HTML5 and JavaScript skills to target Windows Phone, developers can now enjoy a selection of PhoneGap Plugins that support social networks and a solid integration into Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone. The plugins are:

    • Facebook JS SDK
    • Twitter/LinkedIn/Windows Live status retriever
    • Bing Maps Launcher
    • LiveTile Update

    This release includes many new features, and you can find more details here


    Other resources:

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    TechDays 2012: Scott Guthrie for developer opening session and content updates


    Less than one month to go! As we approach TechDays 2012 be sure to secure your spot before we sell out! The full agenda is now available: we invite you to have a closer look and pick your favorite sessions.
    Note: keep in mind minor changes to the agenda are still possible. Make sure to check online for the latest version.
    As you can imagine, we’re very happy to announce that for our 10th anniversary edition we got a special gift ... Scott Guthrie (aka The Gu) will deliver the Opening Session for developers on February 14! That’s not all, you can enjoy two extra breakouts by Scott as well: a session on ASP.NET MVC 4 as well as “ScottGu Unplugged”. Come prepared with your questions!

    Opening Session by Scott Guthrie

    Top Speakers

    Join a mix of international third-party and Microsoft speakers paired with some of our local heroes. Some names are:

    • In the Developer track: Alex Turner, Brian Keller, Bart De Smet, Scott Guthrie, Gill Cleeren, Jeff Prosise, Maarten Balliauw, Matt Milner, Ben Riga, Steve Sanderson, Rob Miles, Tarek Madkour, Nick Harris, …
    • In the IT Professional track: John Craddock, Kurt Roggen, Ilse Van Criekinge, Adam Hall, Corey Hynes, Kim Oppalfens, Mike Resseler, Dan Holme

    TechDays Full Agenda Now Available

    This year promises to bring a lot of new content from Microsoft. Looking at the next versions of tooling, languages, OS and management you know this is not a standard TechDays event. Our content is split into current and upcoming technology. You can take advantage of filtering options on the website in order to build your custom agenda by adding sessions to your calendar through the export icon. By choosing a filter on the main themes you can have your Chinese sessions menu.

    Register now

    Deep Dives (February 16)

    Peter Himschoot and Jurgen Postelmans (U2U) will be delivering a full day deep dive covering all the latest and greatest in .NET 4.5, focusing on Web Development with ASP.NET (both WebForms and MVC), HTML5 and WCF. Come spend a full day with us to dive into next-generation web development.

    Rhonda Layfield
    will be delivering a full day deep dive covering all the different tools and techniques to deploy Windows 7, she will also cover the upcoming Windows OS deployment tools.

    Mike Resseler & Tom Shinder
    will deliver a full day covering private cloud topics, including Management and Operations of your private cloud infrastructure.

    Please note that 1 day tickets for the Deep Dives Day are SOLD OUT. Other packages are still available: register here
    Entrepreneur Track (February 15)

    New at TechDays 2012 is the Entrepreneur Track: a full day to learn from best practices in the industry, meet the owners of successful startups and learn from their experiences as an IT entrepreneur.

    This track is organized in close collaboration with the Microsoft Innovation Centers – the MICs are supporting entrepreneurs and startups to boost their IT projects into a successful business enterprises.

    It is possible to register separately for this track. MIC members should contact the MIC directly as there is an offering from the MIC.

    Dynamics Sessions (February 14)

    In an effort to broaden the topics of the conference there will also be 3 sessions about Microsoft Dynamics on the TechDays agenda. All 3 of them are scheduled on February 14:

    10:45 – 12:00
    Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 – Better Together
    Wim Coorevits

    13:00 – 14:15
    Integrating on premise Line Of Business applications with CRM Online
    Sam Vanhoutte

    14:30 – 15:45
    Extending the reach of your Microsoft Dynamics AX Application with the next-gen tools
    Jeroen Doens

    About TechDays 2012   

    Join our 10th anniversary edition in a new location (Kinepolis Imagibraine - Braine l'Alleud) and learn about:

    • Tooling and languages with Visual Studio, C# and VB Futures  (.NET 4.5 and Dev11)
    • Cloud development with Windows Azure Platform
    • Windows 8 Metro Style applications runtime and apps
    • Web development with HTML5, JavaScript and ASP.NET
    • Windows & Internet Explorer
    • Windows Server 8 & Hyper-V
    • Windows Phone 7 development
    • System Center 2012 & Windows Intune 

    Questions? Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook or simply via e-mail.

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    Deadline approaching for student competition “The Imagine Cup 2012” (cross posting)


    If you are a student or a teacher, this is something you should make sure to read. My colleague Lieve Goedhuys has the full post on the Academic Belux blog.

    Leveraging the information below:


    image The StudentsAppsVenture contest has just been closed, or another very renowned international competition is waiting for you : “Imagine Cup 2012”. In addition to the prestigious category “Software design”, there are 4 other very interesting competitions in which you can participate as individual student or in groups up to 4 participants.

    Sign up for the Imagine Cup. It is an amazing experience!

    What makes it so exciting ?

    • You work on a topic that interest you the most – though related to “millennium development goals” ( eradicate poverty and hunger, education for all, sustainability, improve maternal health, reduce child mortality, ..)
    • You will use all various skillsets : project management, technical development and communication skills
    • You discover in-depth the technology and will be encouraged to go the extra mile, via e-learning and or coaching
    • You will be able to network with peers ( participating students and academic coaches)
    • Big prizes : the best Belgian teams in each category will be able to join the international contest in Sydney from July 6-10. Travel and participation costs will be completely covered for you. On top of that, the best international team (being the winners of each category) can win a prize ranging from 3.000USD up to 25.000USD!

    How can you participate ?

    There are different categories, with focus on different technologies. You will certainly find the category that fits best your core skills/interest.

    Have a look at the different categories, presented in a nutshell.

    You can still register, but act now : select carefully your category and topic to work !


    Short description


    DEADLINE for registration and 1st round

    Software design

    In this ultimate category, participants will develop innovative, dynamic and powerful software applications. It is the ideal competition to demonstrate your ideas and technical ingenuity.


    March 13, 2012

    Windows Phone Challenge

    Develop a Phone App (Imagine Cup theme). Ensure it is a practical application with a strong content and an appealing look and feel.


    March 13, 2012

    Azure challenge

    Use the Azure Cloud computing platform in an innovative way to develop a powerful web application that answers one of the challenges of the millennium targets.


    March 13, 2012

    Game design: Xbox/Windows

    Create a “fun game” that illustrates the Imagine Cup themes. Above all, the game should be fun to play and illustrate how technology can impact positively the world in which we live.


    February 14, 2012

    Game design phone competition

    Develop a creative and technically unique phone game in line with the Imagine Cup themes. Do not forget a high fun factor !


    February 14, 2012

    For all categories, except Software design, the will be a first and second round, managed completely by Microsoft Corp. Please read carefully through the info on each category to find out:

    Good luck.. and hope to see you and your teammates in Sydney !

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