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Windows Phone App Promotion
Well, it has been a while since I've run a promotion for all of you Windows Phone developers out there, so I am giving away a Nokia Lumia 520 to one lucky developer who writes and publishes a new app in the Windows Phone store by Mar-31. This low memory device is the most popular Windows Phone in the...
16 Feb 2014
Sorting a List in C#
I often receive emails from developers asking for help with their development conundrums. One of the common questions I get asked, especially from someone learning C# and writing their first app, is how to sort a list of items. It's quite simple actually; there are 2 ways you can sort a list, and both...
3 Feb 2014
The build stopped unexpectedly because of an internal failure.
If you ever receive the following error while doing development in Visual Studio, don't fret, it just means your system is running low on memory. Close a few apps, or restart Visual Studio and/or your system, if need be, and then try rebuilding your app and it should work like a charm! The build stopped...
4 Jan 2014
Want to win a Windows Phone 8 device?
Alright everyone, It's about time I did another awesome Nokia Lumia Windows Phone giveaway. This time I am doing a simple drawing and giving away a brand new AWESOME Nokia Lumia 620 Windows Phone 8!!! All you need to do is send the following info to me in an email... 1) Your Windows Phone Publisher...
26 Jul 2013
Make an Awesome Marketing Video for Your Windows Phone App
Nokia has gone to great lengths to make it easy for developers to create promotional materials for their Windows Phone apps via their Marketing in a Box offering, including marketing videos, banners, facebook page and website among others. Steps to make your own promotional marketing video Go to...
7 Jun 2013
"New Developer New Phone" Promotion
If you've been on the fence about writing apps for Windows Phone, or you've dabbled in it but need that extra help or push to make it, or if you made the app but just haven't launched it in the store, or even if you have apps in other stores and want to port them over to Windows Phone, this is the promotion...
11 Feb 2013
Quality Gets Rewarded
So you've been toiling around until the wee hours of the night every day to ensure there are no bugs in your app. You've listened to your users and updated your apps accordingly. You made your app stand above your competition! Well, now it is time to reap the rewards for your efforts. If you have an...
10 Feb 2013
Want to win a $1000?
Who wants to win a $1000 just for building a Windows Phone or Windows 8 app? I hear a lot of voices saying "I do!" Well, you've come to the right place. Now you can enter to win one of 3 prizes each month $1000, $500 and $250 from Feb-1 to Jun-30, 2013. All you need to do is head over to http://bit.ly...
2 Feb 2013
How to determine screen resolution on Windows Phone 8
This is a very common scenario most developers stumble across - they are building an app for Windows Phone and have to target all 3 screen resolutions available with Windows Phone 8. The 3 screen resolutions for your reference are: WVGA - 480x800 or 800x480 (15:9 ratio) WXGA - 768x1280 or 1280x768 (15...
1 Jan 2013
DVLUPer Phone Update
Here's the update you all have been waiting for! In this blog post, I will mention the criteria to qualify to get a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone from me. * If you write 1 new app for Windows Phone, you can get a brand new Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone device. * If you write 3 new apps for Windows Phone...
24 Dec 2012
Nokia's Developer Rewards
I am a Nokia Developer Ambassador, and I have been asked in countless number of emails how to get a device to test apps on, how to get an account for Windows Phone Dev Center, how to get a free phone, and the list goes on... I will try and answer all these questions (and then some) right here. My goal...
11 Dec 2012
Error: DEP0700: Registration of the app failed. An internal error occurred.
So you've started your Windows 8 app development journey. All things are going smooth until one day you hit this error when trying to run/debug your app. The error says "Error: DEP0700: Registration of the app failed. An internal error occurred with error 0x80073D05. See http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink...
8 Dec 2012
Nokia DVLUP program
Let me formally introduce myself first for new followers. My name is Paras Wadehra and I am a Nokia Developer Ambassador . Now you may be saying to yourself "Wait a minute, I have no idea what that means!" Hold on to your reins and I will explain it all to you. Well, in simple terms it means that I have...
15 Nov 2012
Dictionary nominated for Best Educational App in WP App Awards
I am very pleased to inform that my app, Dictionary , has been nominated as one of the best apps on the Windows Phone platform in the Best Educational App category in the #WPAppAwards being hosted by WP7 App List. Please vote for the app at http://appawards.wp7applist.com/vote/best-educational-app?a...
29 May 2012
My First Windows Phone 7 App
Here's my first Windows Phone 7 App - http://social.zune.net/redirect?type=phoneApp&id=88c64ebe-e254-e011-854c-00237de2db9e Please download and rate. I promise more apps will come soon! You can either click on the link above or alternatively search for "Paras Wadehra" on the Zune Marketplace...
25 Mar 2011
FTP Task error in SQL Server SSIS Package.
If you have created a SSIS Package in SQL Server and you use a FTP Task to upload a file to a FTP server and encounter the error " An error occurred in the requested FTP operation. Detailed error description: 200 Switching to Binary mode. 553 Could not create file " then you are not alone! Even though...
20 Jan 2011
Turn on IncludeExceptionDetailInFaults while connecting to a WCF service from a client.
While using a client to connect and fetch data from a WCF service, you may encounter an error and see the following message displayed on the screen: Error: The server was unable to process the request due to an internal error. For more information about the error, either turn on IncludeExceptionDetailInFaults...
7 Jan 2011
Microsoft announces Windows 7 beta and new version of Windows Live
Today Microsoft announced the beta release of Windows 7 and the availability of the new version of Windows Live. The beta of Windows is on schedule and feature complete. The information that tens of millions of customers shared with Microsoft guided this release, and now they can begin to see first...
7 Jan 2009
Windows 7 keeps its name
Microsoft has decided to keep the codename Windows 7 as the final name for it's latest release of Windows. Mike Nash, made the announcement on the Windows Vista Blog saying "Now is a good time to announce that we've decided to officially call the next version of Windows, 'Windows 7'." "While I know...
14 Oct 2008
Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 Overview
Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0 mark the next generation of developer tools from Microsoft. Designed to address the latest needs of developers, Visual Studio and the .NET Framework deliver key innovations in the following pillars: Democratizing Application Lifecycle Management Application...
9 Oct 2008
Next Generation Zune launched
The next generation of Zune was launched earlier this week. This release combines two very important things: v A free software-and-services update, which will work on any of the existing Zune family of devices, as well as the new devices we are bringing to market to round out our hardware family....
20 Sep 2008
Microsoft slashes Xbox prices
Microsoft announced that it is slashing prices of its flagship gaming device, XBOX 360, in the US. This will take the price of the basic model down to $199, approximately $50 cheaper than Nintendo Wii. It said that prices for the other Xbox models will drop by $50. The US cut follows a similar move...
4 Sep 2008
IE8 Beta 2 Launched
The IE team launched IE8 Beta 2 which can be downloaded at http://www.microsoft.com/ie8 . You can watch videos of IE8 at http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?mkt=en-us&user=-3161786097973413883 and http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/beta/videos.aspx . IE8 is a very developer friendly...
28 Aug 2008
Microsoft adds new features to .NET
Microsoft has introduced new features in .NET with their Service Pack 1 (SP1) release of .NET Framework 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008. Most of the stuff included in the service pack releases is new features and functionality rather than bug fixes and updates to existing feature-set. For example, .NET...
14 Aug 2008
Avenue A | Razorfish and Pluck Agree to Develop New Social Media Offering
Avenue A | Razorfish , one of the world’s largest digital marketing companies, and Pluck Corp ., a recognized leader in social media technology, today announced that the two companies have signed an agreement to develop and market the industry’s first offering to inject social media features like customer...
6 Aug 2008
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