Mike Ormond's Blog

Musings on mobile development and Windows Phone 7 in particular.

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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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    Windows Phone 7 Screen Capture

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    I’ve done a fair amount of Windows Phone 7 screen capture over the last few weeks so I thought it might be worth sharing my approach both for video and stills. In particular, when you submit your application to MarketPlace you must include a screenshot...
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    Windows Phone 7 - DDD Community Event, 7th October 2010 - Manchester

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    I'll be attending the DDD Community event on 7th October up in sunny Manchester (at least MikeT's promised it's always sunny up there). Here's the skinny: This event is all about Windows Phone 7. One day of demo-rich presentations where you can learn...
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    What’s new for developers in SharePoint 2010

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    The feature article for this week’s MSDN Flash is by Jussi Roine , Chief Architect at Onsight Helsinki. I want to thank Jussi and everyone else who’s taken the time to submit articles to me – I’m still wading me way through them all! If you have an idea...
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    Visual Studio Add-Ins (Poll Result)

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    Okay, this was more controversial than I ever intended it to be. So please take the results with a pinch of salt. There’s a clear divide between ReSharper and CodeRush and all the others. There were a lot of comments on my original post with other suggestions...
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    Food of Champions (Poll Result)

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    Once again, having been away on holiday (Algrave, lovely weather, thanks for asking) I’ve fallen behind in posting results. I don’t think this one was too controversial (unless Nobu come after me for maligning their signature dish). I asked what your...
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    MSDN Flash Poll #8 – Mobile Devices

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    The last Flash Poll caused a little bit of controversy so let me state clearly that this isn’t meant to be scientific. It’s not immune to vote-rigging (or indeed someone encouraging mass voting using social media channels). It’s just meant to be a bit...
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    Windows Phone Developer Tools RTM’d

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    Yes, it’s that much awaited day when the Windows Phone Developer Tools (WPDT) RTM. I’ve put together a short summary of what’s new / changed and some links to help you find your way around. Let’s start at the beginning. The Windows Phone Developer Tools...
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    IE9 Beta is out

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    I’m a bit late to the party with this one but apparently the world changed yesterday when we released the beta of the next version of Internet Explorer. Rather than write a whole bunch of stuff that’s already been written elsewhere, let me point you to...
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    Visual Studio 2010 Events

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    Just noticed there are 4 Visual Studio 2010 application lifecycle management events coming up in the near future. These are free, full-day events being held in Reading, London Birmingham and Edinburgh. Here’s the event abstract: “Unable to attend Tech...
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    XNA from Silverlight on Windows Phone 7 – Saving Pictures

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    One of the things you might notice about the emulator – especially if you’re doing anything with imagery, is the lack of any pictures in your library. This can be a problem, particularly if you want to do any testing with the PhotoChooserTask but fear...
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    p&p Goes Mobile with Windows Phone 7 and Windows Azure

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    This week, our MSDN Flash guest post is from Alex Homer who works on the Microsoft patterns & practices team as a Technical Writer. Alex and team have been busy delivering Windows Azure guidance and have now extended that guidance to incorporate cloud...
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