Mike Ormond's Blog

Musings on mobile development and Windows Phone 7 in particular.

October, 2010

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    What are you doing? (Poll Result)

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    For the last MSDN Flash we asked about what sort of dev work you’re currently doing . An excellent response this time around and things are quite closely matched between developing brand new apps and developing a new version fo an existing app. Overall...
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    Tech Cartoons (Poll Result)

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    Yes, time for a bit of a results catch -p again. We asked what your favourite tech cartoon was . A number of you suggested some others, not included in the poll such as Not Invented Here (thanks Jason) and Basic Instructions (thanks Matt) but I didn’t...
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    A Few More Windows Phone 7 Apps

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    I’ve captured a few more apps on video running on the LG developer prototype device. Some are released, some are purely for demo but all of them have my own funky music! More details for each can be found in the YouTube descriptions . Thanks to Gergely...
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    Targeting multiple platforms with the cloud

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    This week’s MSDN Flash article is from fellow DPE colleague Martin Beeby who talks about the challenges of building mobile applications optimised for particular platform capabilities, a subject close to me heart. Anyway, I’ll let Martin explain (you can...
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    MSDN Flash Poll #10 – What are you doing?

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    This week we re-visit an old theme; what are you doing at the moment?
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    Windows Phone 7 Apps - Retrospaced

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    When I first blogged about Jonathan Jong’s game Retrospaced I’m sure he’d agree that it still needed *a lot* of work. It was such early days in fact, I don’t think he’d even decided on a name. We did a bit of testing and went around the loop a couple...
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    Windows Phone 7 Apps – Currency Converter

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    When Rehan Saeed contacted me to say he was building a currency converter application for Windows Phone 7 I’ll admit that initially I felt a little underwhelmed by the idea… until I saw his app that is…   Apart from looking great and having up-to...
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    Hurrah - PDC UK Event Announced in Readingmond

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    Ever wanted to share in the joy of attending PDC but just couldn't bear to be away from Twitter for the duration of the flight? Ever been curious what developer evangelists such as MikeT and myself get up to of an evening? Ever wanted the chance of a...
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    Silverlight for Windows Phone 7: ListBox Scroll Performance

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    The Silverlight for Windows Phone Performance Team have posted some tips on optimising the Listbox scroll performance on WP7. At the DDD Manchester WP7 event today we ran a “xapathon” where people could deploy apps they’d built to one of our developer...
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    How to Fail Marketplace Ingestion

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    Doing my public service bit we have some early feedback from the first apps being submitted to Marketplace. The team has compiled some common failure scenarios and put together a list of 10 common issues and how to avoid them. Starting with “Read the...
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    Developing for Windows Phone 7 Slides

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    I did two sessions yesterday on Windows Phone 7 at opposite ends of the country (or at least it felt like that). For the first one I followed Mr Steve Ballmer on stage at our UK TechDays event. Not an easy gig in anyone’s book but at least I didn’t have...
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    Extending ASP.NET MVC’s Validation

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    This week’s MSDN Flash feature article is all about enhancing the validation support in ASP.NET MVC using the specific example of cross-field validation. My thanks to David Bending for writing the article which is a little more “code-heavy” than a typical...
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    MSDN Flash Poll #9 – Tech Cartoons

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    Another straightforward one – we all enjoy seeing the funnier side of the technology world. There are quite a few talented artists out there with a knack for highlighting obscure, weird, ridiculous or sometimes just plan banal things we can all relate...
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    Which type of mobile handset do you have? (Poll Result)

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    Hmm – a slightly surprising winner in the form of “just a phone” with iPhone, Windows Mobile and Android all vying for 2nd place. And here was me thinking we all had aspirations to be the next Techno-Bill…
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    Mix a Cocktail with Windows Phone 7

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    I attended a meeting of the Scot Alt.Net group in our Edinburgh offices last night. Gergely did a session on Windows Phone 7 which was crammed to the gunwales with useful information, tips, tricks and his experience of developing for WP7 over the last...
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