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  • Blog Post: NDC London 2013

    I just spent 3 enjoyable days at the NDC conference in London. NDC usually stands for Norwegian Developer Conference which happens every June in Oslo, Norway and which is a popular conference – I really hope that I can speak there next June! The organisers of that, NDC Conferences, decided to bring their...
  • Blog Post: Adding Animations as the final gloss for your Windows Phone app

    by Andy Wigley , Microsoft Technical Evangelist Summary: Appropriate use of animations are a key part of any successful Windows app, whether on Windows 8.x or on Windows Phone. For Windows Phone apps, there are six essential animations that every developer and designer needs to know how to implement...
  • Blog Post: Push Notifications made easy: Using Windows Azure Notification Hubs with Windows Phone

    When I built the Windows Phone 8 Jump Start training, one of the sessions was on Push Notifications. The demo app I used was an update of an old favourite, a Weather app which first saw the light of day a few years ago with the initial demos built for Windows Phone 7.0. In the demo, you have a phone...
  • Blog Post: Now easier than ever to developer unlock a handset to get started building apps for Windows Phone!

    Great news reported in the latest Windows Phone Developer Blog post, Making it easier to get started with Windows Phone App Studio beta, simplified phone registration, support options & more payout markets . There you can read about a great new tool, Windows Phone App Studio , that can help people...
  • Blog Post: Beware the perils of async/await in application lifecycle event handlers (in fact in *any* event handlers)

    Many developers are, quite rightly, adopting the use of async and await when writing Windows Phone and Windows 8 Store apps. It’s the right thing to do, as it allows long-running operations such as network calls and file i/o to complete efficiently without any risk of inadvertently locking up the UI...
  • Blog Post: SQLite-WinRT: Database programming on Windows Phone and Windows 8

    Today at TechEd North America in New Orleans, I am presenting a session on programming the SQLite database on Windows Phone 8. You can watch the video and download the slides from here: Support Your Demanding LOB Apps With SQLite and Windows Phone 8 . The sample application I walked through is here:...
  • Blog Post: PhoneGap devs–bring your app to Windows Phone and win!

    From now until  June 30th, 2013, we are running a competition aimed at developers who have built PhoneGap apps and published in other stores – for example, Apple iTunes, Google Play, Blackberry World, Bada, Symbian, or Palm OS – to take any of their existing PhoneGap apps and port it to Windows...
  • Blog Post: 8 Great Reasons to Design for Windows Phone 8

    By Gemma Yussuf, Microsoft This article focuses on the fundamentals one must consider when designing for Windows Phone 8, highlighting why this is the platform that offers designers the opportunity to create new, exciting and innovative apps. The 8 reasons below will help you understand why this platform...
  • Blog Post: Live Apps: Creating Custom Tile and Lock Screen Images

    One of the really great ways that apps in Windows Phone can connect with the user is by supporting Live Tiles – tiles that are more than just a quick launcher, but instead get updated with timely, specific information to connect the user with the data ...read more
  • Blog Post: Async and Await for HTTP Networking, Part 2–HttpClient

    In my previous post on this topic, Async and Await for Http Networking on Windows Phone , I described how you can use extension methods to create awaitable methods on the WebClient and HttpWebRequest APIs. Courtesy of Microsoft’s .NET Framework team, ...read more
  • Blog Post: UK App Builders: Reward Program *One Day Special* and Bonus Rewards

    Show us that you’re a game changer and collect points every step of the way to redeem rewards like a brand new Windows 8 RT Slate. Create the next app phenomenon by building your original and unique Windows Store and/or Windows Phone App. Get recognised ...read more
  • Blog Post: Event: Solving Mobile App Payments With Digital Wallet Foundry

    A day to think, a week to design – realise your idea for a wallet application in one week. With expert help on everything from coding to agile project development to business planning.  Sanity check your ideas (or conceive a new one) with help from thought leaders and industry experts. If you’re...
  • Blog Post: Async and Await for Http Networking on Windows Phone

    Using async and await for executing long-running operations such as networking calls has many benefits: your code is much cleaner and easier to maintain, the result is automatically marshalled back to the originating thread so you don’t need to use Dispatcher ...read more
  • Blog Post: Free Windows Phone Developer Training with Nokia

    If you are a phone developer looking to write apps on Windows Phone then you may find the series of webinars which Nokia are running online of particular interest and you can find out all about these here . They are also running a really fun competition called the Lumia 8 week challenge! Useful Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 8 JumpStart Videos now Available

    Andy Wigley recently delivered the JumpStart video series and these are now available on Channel 9.  There is a full course so you’ll need a bit of time to run through all of these but they are a great place to start if you looking to start writing apps for Windows Phone.  Full course outline...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 8 Jump Start Video Recordings now available!

    The videos for last weeks’ two days of demo-packed fun that was the Windows Phone 8 Jump Start are now available online. So if you missed the event, or part of it, or were there and want to watch it all over again, you can find them in one of these two ...read more
  • Blog Post: Event: New Jump Start for Developers! Build Windows Phone 8 Apps. Register Now.

    Some of you in the mobile space may have heard recently that MVP Andy Wigley recently joined Microsoft UK as an evangelist and he is already making his mark. We are thrilled to announce a new Jump Start for developers focused on building apps for Windows Phone 8. This special live online course is scheduled...
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