Mike Ormond's Blog

Musings on mobile development and Windows Phone 7 in particular.

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    Windows Phone 7 App Demos

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    I’m seeing a lot of nice Windows Phone 7 apps in development and helping a few people out a little by doing virtual deployments (ie taking a XAP file and deploying to a device to provide some feedback and let the developer(s) see the app in action). Here...
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    MSDN Flash Poll #7 – Visual Studio Add-Ins

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    This time around we want to know about your favourite / most used Visual Studio add-in. I can’t include them all so if your favourite isn’t here, be sure to add a comment to this post to let the world know. Otherwise, Visual Studio extensions, prepare...
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    Creating XNA Games on Windows Phone 7

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    I must admit I’m really enjoying reading Learning XNA 3.0 by Aaron Reed – so much so I even bought a few extra copies and gave them away on Twitter . Of course there are plenty of other places to learn about XNA. The XNA Creators Club Online has just...
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    patterns & practices Windows Phone 7 Developer Guide

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    Just a quick one to say I noticed the patterns and practices team have published a new Windows Phone 7-related guide . Key themes are a WP7 client backed by a Windows Azure cloud service. As you’d expect from p&p, this stuff is very comprehensive...
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    XNA from Silverlight on Windows Phone 7 - Gestures

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    Another example of where you might want to access XNA APIs from a WP7 Silverlight application; touch gesture support. Although Silverlight offers manipulation support , it has no direct support for the higher level concept of “ gestures ” (eg tap, flick...
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    XNA from Silverlight on Windows Phone 7 – The Microphone

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    One of the things I showed at the WPUG meeting was accessing XNA APIs from Silverlight. In some cases because it’s the only way to achieve what you need (eg access to the microphone) and in others because it makes your life easier (eg gestures). In this...
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    Calling JavaScript Functions in Windows Phone 7

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    Today we’re hosting one of our Windows Phone 7 deployment labs and I’ve been spending some time with a partner trying to determine if they’ll be able to do what they need to do on a Windows Phone 7 device. They have a rich media app which needs to be...
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    On Socks and Windows Phone 7

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    Paul’s post yesterday about his “WP7 Dev Lab in a box” made me question my whole approach to life. Here’s Paul’s setup:   My aspirations were a little lower. Here’s my setup:   Yes, those are my (clean) socks. Admittedly Paul has more devices...
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    WPUG Meeting Notes

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    Firstly thanks to Matt and WPUG for the great meeting last night and to all the people who braved the weather to turn up and listen to me chat about a few aspects of Windows Phone 7. I don’t have any slides to publish – I didn’t use any – but I did cover...
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    Using the right tool for the job - introducing WebMatrix and LightSwitch

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    This week’s MSDN Flash guest post is from friend and colleague Eric Nelson . Eric’s just moved to a new role inside Microsoft (good luck Eric!) but was more than happy to put pen to paper for the MSDN Flash to share his thoughts on a couple of recent...
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    Windows Phone Developer Tools Final - 16th September

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    A new post by Brandon Watson on the Windows Phone Developer Blog announces that the final version of the Windows Phone Developer Tools will be available for download from 16th September. The final build will include the Panorama, Pivot and Bing Maps controls...
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    Browser Upgrade Recommended

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    I accidentally hit the "compatibility view" button in IE8 while running HootSuite and was pleasantly surprised with the result - a gentle encouragement to upgrade, a clear set of options (with links) or the option to just carry on in the knowledge that...
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    MSDN Flash Poll #6 – Food of Champions

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    Time to turn to serious matters in this MSDN Flash poll. When it comes to working late at the office, what’s the fuel that keeps your brain working best? What do you turn to when the chips are down (or still in the fryer)? What is your food of champions...
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    Social Media (Poll Result)

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    And, almost catching up with myself, here are the results of the Social Media poll from the last Flash (11th August). This is a slightly different style where you can rate from 1 to 5 (or opt not to vote at all for a particular option). The results below...
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    Job Profiling (Poll Result)

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    Apologies, I just realised that I’d missed out a complete set of  results from the MSDN Flash poll. Back in the 28th July edition we asked what your main job function was. Of course I got a lot of feedback saying “I do 7 of these” and the like. Honestly...
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    Windows Phone 7 Deployment Labs / Clinics

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    My colleague Paul Foster and I will be running some Windows Phone 7 deployment labs – as promised – to enable folks building WP7 applications to deploy and test their applications on devices. We have a series of London dates at the moment – we do plan...
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    Windows Phone 7 Jumpstart Training On-Demand

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    All the sessions from the Windows Phone 7 Jump Start training are now available on demand. Follow the links below for access. That’s a total of about 12 hours of free training all delivered by our very own local MVPs Rob Miles and Andy Wigley . Introduction...
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    Simulating and Mocking Location Data in the Windows Phone 7 Emulator

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    There are a couple of very smart and very useful projects I’ve come across for working with location data in the WP7 emulator. One is Peter Torr’s “ Mock Location APIs from my Mix10 Talk ” and the other is “ No Device? No GPS? No Matter! ” from @keyboardP...
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    Windows Phone Design Days Videos

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    Jaime Rodriquez has just published the recordings of the Windows Phone Design Days, an event held in Redmond for partners and agencies that delved into the inspiration, philosophy, goals and implementation details of the user experience on Windows Phone...
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    My Windows Phone 7 Slides from the London DDD Guathon Event

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    On Friday, at the Odeon Covent Garden, I did a session on developing for Windows Phone 7 while ScottGu presented 3 sessions on all that is good, current and new in the world of VS2010, ASP.NET 4 and ASP.NET MVC (with some other bits and pieces and plenty...
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    IronRuby

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    This is the first in a series of guest posts on a variety of topics for MSDN Flash feature articles. I want to thank all the people who’ve submitted ideas, abstracts and articles (I am working my way through them – honest) and in particular Shay Friedman...
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    MSDN Flash Poll #5 – Social Media

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    I’m curious what the most popular social media sites are for readers – is everyone on Facebook? Or is Twitter where people hang out? (Feel free to friend me at @MikeOrmond ). Do people use Facebook as a tool for business as well as socially? How widely...
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    IE9 Platform Preview 4 Available Now

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    IE9 Platform Preview 4 is available now at the IE9 test drive site . What's new in preview 4? JavaScript is now natively integrated inside the browser (not bolted on the side) Single shared DOM between IE and JavaScript engine Improved performance improvements...
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    Windows Phone 7 Resource List Refreshed

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    I’ve just done a major update to “ Mike’s Mega List of Windows Phone 7 Resources ”. Lots of new demo videos added as well as additional technical resources. If you come across anything you think I should add, please tweet me at @MikeOrmond . Same goes...
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    Visual Studio Keyboard Shortcut Posters

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    From ScottGu's blog post . Given my inability to remember anything at all, this has to be the most useful thing I've come across this year. Available for printing in standard paper sizes (yes, not just Letter but A4 too) and in VB, C++, C#, F#. I'll have...
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