Jerry Nixon

Microsoft Developer Evangelist

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    Mango Online Workshop (Next Week) – Databases

    In this live session I will be stepping through the process to add a database your Windows Phone applications. In fact, I will be discussing the three core techniques I wrote about in these articles: Using Code-First Using SQL Metal Using SQL Toolbox...
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    Mango Sample: Local Database Part 1:2

    Storing Windows Phone application data is a pretty normal requirement. If you want it to persist across sessions, or even phone reboots, you really have three options: Save to the Cloud Save to Isolated Storage Save to Local Database Each is correct for...
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    Windows 8: Does Metro even make sense to Microsoft Developers?

    Metro is Microsoft’s design language. It is our specification for applications written for the Metro environment in Windows 8. But, fundamentally, it is our design language. What does that mean? There is more to Metro than sharp edges and clean typography...
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    Free MS Press book: Introducing Windows Server 2012 (RTM Edition)

    Those of you preparing for a certification upgrade on Microsoft 's latest server operating system, aptly named Windows Server 2012 , will be pleased to know that a free e-book was just announced! “Introducing Windows Server 2012 (RTM Edition...
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    Mango Sample: Lock and Run

    When a user is idle, their screen locks and your Windows Phone application is suspended. This might be undesired, like for:  a timer, certain games, and driving directions. We have two properties to consider: The UserIdleDetectionMode property The...
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    Turns out Windows 8 is “the most secure OS” on the planet.

    From ITPortal : After a week of rampant hacking at the Black Hat and DEF CON security conferences in Las Vegas, one operating system escaped unscathed: Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8. Yes, Windows 8 – you read that right. It is looking like Microsoft...
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    Windows 8: Top 10 Reasons why Metro development smokes Windows Desktop development

    Windows 7 had one application scenario – desktop apps. Windows 8 has two application scenarios – desktop and Metro. Metro is the start menu, but also a shell in which app containers execute. Note: Metro developers can build native apps in JavaScript,...
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    How to uniquely identify a device in WinRT?

    This is a nice trick that has been introduced in RTM. Why do you want to identify a device? Because you might be syndicating content or data from your services to a device or devices and you want to partition based on what is already present (sort of...
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    Windows 8: Good news for XAML developers

    Windows development has been the prevue of CPP and managed developers (like C# and VB.Net). With the advent of Windows 8 metro applications, there’s continued support for CPP and managed code, but there’s new support for HTML5 developers for to write...
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    Massively Scalable Azure

    My colleague Developer Evangelist in Southern California, Bruno Terkaly, recently presented a compelling web cast on Building a Massively Scalable Platform for Consumer Devices on Windows Azure. Don’t miss this! The webcast is based on a talk...
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    Mango Sample: A Cloud-based Phone App in 5 Minutes

    When you create a Windows Phone application you might have some data to store. Where do you store it? Well, there’s always Isolated Storage . I discuss that here .  There’s always a local SQL Database . I discuss that here . But, what if on-the-phone...
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    WP7 Sample: An Accelerator-based App in 5 Minutes

    As I have discussed in previous posts, there are lots of great sensors at the disposal of the Windows Phone application developer. One of them is the Accelerometer . The accelerometer measures the tilt of the device in both the X axis and Y axis. You...
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    Why Google Docs Suck!

    To get your point across, style matters . Making your point takes flair and sometimes some swagger, and you always need substance. So, your message needs to be complete and your document’s format needs to be what you intended. Of course, you want to have...
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    WP7 Sample: A Microphone-enabled Phone App in 5 Minutes!

    There are a lot of sensors on the Windows Phone. We’ve got: Microphone GPS Location Camera (front & back) Gyroscope / Accelerometer Magnetometer / Compass I suppose we could also say the touch panel is a sensor, but it is so ubiquitous that we just...
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    Does it still make sense to learn ASP.Net?

    Wow, what a fascinating question! Scott Gutherie deals with that and other great questions during his User Group presentation to LIDNUG on Jan 16, 2012. What is the future of Silverlight? Will Silverlight desktop apps run on Windows 8? What's new in ...
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    Windows 8: Moving Metro Around

    imageSo many people didn’t enjoy the love that the Windows key gave in Windows 7. To them, the Windows key was a useless key. To them, they simply didn’t know.

    Now with Windows 8 there is even more love! Will you make the most of it or are you “one of those users”? My mom, by the way, is holding a user group next Thursday for those users – BYOB (bring your own bengay). ;)

    Actually: my mom isn’t holding a user group next Thursday – if you are one of those users, then you are on your own!

    Windows 7

    My favorite use of the Windows key in Windows 7 was to use Windows key + Shift + the Left/Right arrows. This keystroke combination effortlessly relocated the current window from one monitor to another.

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    I used to want a Surface (table), this new monitor makes me second guess!

    I know PixelSense has a camera. But I am yet to be sold that anyone knows how to make use of the camera in PixelSense . What I love is the form factor. I always wanted a table computer – to share pictures and whatever in a home environment. Not to be...
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    Mango Sample: Local Database Part 2:2

    Storing Windows Phone application data is a pretty normal requirement. If you want it to persist across sessions, or even phone reboots, you really have three options: Save to the Cloud Save to Isolated Storage Save to Local Database Each is correct for...
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    This is the most important control you may ever use

    There are two version of PianoTime for Windows 8 – a successful title from a Colorado publisher. The free version sponsored by ads, and the $3.48 ad free version. Do people purchase their way out of ads? Yes, they do. Do most people. No, they don’t. So...
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    Adding Location, Geocoding, and Bing Maps to Windows 8 Apps

    Did you know that the Windows 8 Location service does not require a GPS? It’s totally true. So many applications have to use location and so many applications should. With Windows 8, sensors and location isn’t a “what if” it’s a standard service that...
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    Announcing: WCF Data Services 5.1 Released!

    First and most importantly, this morning (November 7th) we uploaded WCF Data Services 5.1 to NuGet. "5.1" is a deceptive version number - this release of WCF Data Services is arguably one of the most important releases as it contains the new...
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    Developer Links to Learn about Visual Studio 11

    Visual Studio 11 is retooled for Metro development in Windows 8. However, there is *so* much more than that. Visual Studio 11 has a rich set of new features and capabilities. Here are some links to check out what new in the BETA: Visual Studio 11 BETA...
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    Walkthrough: Windows 8 Extended Splash Screen

    So we have two real problems: If your app does not present a UI to the user in a given time, Windows 8 will assume your app is frozen and will terminate it. If your app does not present a UI to the user in a given time, the user will assume your app is...
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    Vanity domains and Outlook.com

    Outlook.com is awesome. It is super-fast with hyper-advanced features that sort of make Yahoo!, Gmail, and AOL a great fit for your grandparents, but not you. Not tech-savvy you. What’s better is Outlook.com is free. Now you get an awesome web, comprehensive...
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    Holy Smokes. Windows Phone on a Flexible Display? Awesome!

    imageAt the CES Keynote, some amazing things happened. For not being part of CES, Microsoft was all over it!

    “It should be clear that there is no rule that says displays or computers need to be flat, opaque or rigid.“

    “Microsoft vision is that sensors like Kinect combined with flexible, transparent and projected displays will bring us to a point where any object can be a surface and can be a computer.“

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