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  • Blog Post: More Windows Phone Events (UK)

    We have another couple of free Windows Phone events coming up – one in London and one in Bristol. London is on Saturday 4th Feb (I’ll be there) Bristol is on Saturday 11th Feb (my fellow evangelist Andrew Spooner will be there) For full details see the UK MSDN blog (don’t ask me about that URL – that...
  • Blog Post: Star Chart–A Definitive AR App for Windows Phone

    I asked San Shepherd, co-founder of Escapist Games Ltd , a few questions about Star Chart, a high tech star gazing companion that allows you to see what’s out there in all its augmented reality glory. Q. Tell me a bit about your background and Escapist Games. "Our vision was to make the heavens...
  • Blog Post: The AdControl Requires Certain Capabilities

    In my post last week I talked about the Advertising SDK and using the AdControl in our applications as a means of generating revenue. I should have mentioned something that could catch you out – the AdControl requires certain capabilities to be defined in your app manifest. Specifically: For Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: You know the Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone works in the UK right?

    If only I had a pound for every time I’ve been asked when Microsoft’s in-app advertising would be available in the UK. The Microsoft Advertising SDK was only available in the US for the initial Windows Phone launch. With the release of Mango however, 11 additional countries were added including the UK...
  • Blog Post: Mango Jump Start Training Recordings Available

    The Windows Phone “Mango” Jump Start Training with Rob Miles and Andy Wigley that took place on 23/24th August is now available to view on demand on Channel 9 . This is  a great way to learn about Windows Phone development and upcoming enhancements in the Mango release. There are a total of 14 session...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days Live Video: From Zero to Hero - Getting your Apps on Marketplace

    Oops – somehow this one slipped through the net. Brandon talks about Marketplace, recent and future improvements and how to maximise your opportunity by building apps customers really want. View this video as a WMV Direct link to the video on the Tech.Days website.
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days Live Video: SQL Server Compact and User Data Access in Mango

    In this session, Andy Wigley takes a look at the new local database features in Windows Phone Mango. Specifically SQL Server CE, how to deploy databases, how to access them and even how to update the database schema. Andy also explores the new APIs for accessing user data on the device (eg contacts)...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days Live Video: Liven up your WP7 Apps with sweet Mango sauce

    Jaime Rodriguez explores some of the new features in Mango by taking an existing application and updating it with local storage, background transfers, reminders, Live Tiles local API etc etc View this video as a WMV Direct link to the video on the Tech.Days website.
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days Live Video: Lap Around Mango

    Brandon Watson takes us on a tour of the upcoming release of Windows Phone “Mango” with a strong focus on developer features including multi-tasking, framework enhancements, XNA & Silverlight integration, access to phone capabilities, performance, database access, push notifications, Marketplace...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days Live Video: Windows Phone – State of the Union

    It seems like an age since “Tech.Days Live” when we had two full days of Windows Phone sessions. All the sessions were recorded and they’re published on the Tech.Days website. To make things really easy I’m going to post the ones relating to developing for Windows Phone on my blog starting with Brandon...
  • Blog Post: All the latest Mango Goodness

    I’m sure most of you reading this will already know we released Beta 2 of the developer tools for Windows Phone Mango last week. In addition, if you’re a registered AppHub developer, you’ll be able to update a developer-unlocked Windows Phone 7 (retail) device to the matching Beta 2 build of the Mango...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Sessions at MIX11

    I’ve just spotted a great index of recordings of the Windows Phone sessions delivered at MIX11 on create.msdn.com . http://create.msdn.com/en-US/news/watch_MIX11_presentations
  • Blog Post: Join us for Two Days of Windows Phone at Tech.Days in May

    If you haven’t yet signed up to come along to our Tech.Days event in May, you still have a chance to attend the two days dedicated to Windows Phone – we still have some places available. Day 1, on Tuesday 24th May , is all about Windows Phone as we know it today and includes sessions on creating beautiful...
  • Blog Post: Are you going to MIX11?

    Sadly this year I wont be there – I didn’t even ask to go (personal reasons) – but I do feel I’m going to miss out on what’s likely to be the most exciting MIX event so far. From a phone perspective, from a web perspective, from a client perspective – there’s just so much going on. Bootcamps If get there...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days Online Conference Session Recordings

    The recordings for the Windows Phone 7 Online Conference last week are now available. You can find the links below and embedded in the original agenda over here . Keynote: Developing for Windows Phone 7 in the UK (Will Coleman) General session: Tips & Tricks for Windows Phone 7 Applications and Marketplace...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Phone 7 Workshops

    We’re running a series of workshops in association with APPA Mundi to help you get your apps working, tested, polished and submitted to Marketplace. Current locations are Birmingham, London and Manchester but there may be more depending on demand. This is a great opportunity to get 1:1 assistance from...
  • Blog Post: Save the Date–Windows Phone 7 Tech.Days Online Conference

    When: Thursday 24th March @ 3pm GMT Where: Anywhere with an internet connection Full details: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukmsdn/archive/2011/02/24/wanna-get-creative-on-24-march.aspx Format The conference consists of a couple of joint sessions followed by two tracks – one on building apps for Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Writing about Windows Phone 7 Development

    Well it took me a little longer than planned to consolidate all of this – things would’ve been a lot quicker if my stomach wasn’t perpetually doing somersaults and my car hadn’t almost caught fire. Anyways…. I got a great response to requests for authors in my last post – thank you – if I haven’t replied...
  • Blog Post: Would you like to write about Windows Phone 7 Development?

    Perhaps inspired by my recent acquisition of a Kindle and subsequent interest in all things eBooky, I’m hatching a plan to pull together an eBook on Windows Phone 7 development topics and I’ll need your help. I know what you’re thinking, we’re already spoilt for choice with titles like: Programming Windows...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days 2011: Save the Date

    It’s that that time of year again when the big one approaches – the big event that gives us an opportunity to get out and about and tell the story of the platform, current and future. This year Tech.Days will run from 23-25 May at a venue in London. It’s an event for both developer and IT professionals...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Content on Demand Pt 3

    Here are sessions 5, 6, 7 and 8 from the DDD WP7 event in Manchester. All the sessions  are available on Channel 9 (including high-quality versions and downloads). "Games Programming on Windows Phone 7 with Silverlight and XNA" with Rob Miles "How to sell Apps through Marketplace"...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Content on Demand Pt 2

    Here are sessions 1, 2, 3 and 4 from the DDD WP7 event in Manchester. All the sessions  are available on Channel 9 (including high-quality versions and downloads). "Understanding the Windows Phone 7 Development Tools and Getting Started" with Maarten Struys "Silverlight App Development...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Content On Demand

    A long time ago I blogged about the DDD WP7 event in Manchester with speakers including Andy Wigley , Rob Miles , Andrej Radinger , Tricky Bassett and Maarten Struys . The good news is that videos of *all* the sessions are now available on Channel 9 . The first session is below and I’ll follow up with...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Jump Start++

    I’ve just noticed that the “extra” Windows Phone 7 Jump Start sessions added at the end of October don’t seem to have been that well publicised (in a very unscientific check of the number of bit.ly links to them). So, in case you missed them, here are the direct links to the additional 7 sessions: Session...
  • Blog Post: Today I Shall Mostly Be Reading…

    …Programming Windows Phone 7 by Charles Petzold. Given it runs to over 1000 pages I may overrun into tomorrow as well. In case you didn’t see the announcement , Charles Petzold’s latest book on Windows Phone 7 is available as a free (yes free) eBook. That’s the whole book, not an abridged version or...
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