Jerry Nixon

Microsoft Developer Evangelist

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    System Center’s Private Cloud

    My colleague IT Pro Evangelist in California just posted a clear and exciting explanation of the changes to System Center to create a Private Cloud in enterprises leveraging Microsoft technologies. As you may have heard, there have been some big...
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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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    5 Questions on Solid State

    One of our Colorado Storage MVPs, and coordinator of the Windows Technology User Group , recently wrote an article Search Data Center addressing 5 of the core questions around SSD. Everyone wants better storage performance and solid state drive...
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    White Paper: Assessing the Windows 8 Development Platform

    I love to see the great insights our partners are making: At the Build conference in September 2011, Microsoft provided details about their next operating system release, code name “Windows 8.” Leading up to this conference there has been...
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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 Server 8 Storage Management

    Windows Server 8 is introducing seriously big and awesome enhancements for the enterprise. As a cloud-optimized operating system, Storage Management has a host of new features and requirements. My colleague IT Pro evangelist, Chris Henley, in California...
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    Mango Sample: a Secondary Tile in 5 Minutes

    Your Windows Phone application is fast. Your Windows Phone application uses animations. Your Windows Phone application is Metro. How can you make it better? Think about your user at a bus stop. They see the bus coming. “Oh!” they think, remembering they...
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    Mango Sample: Delete Dramatically

    In a previous post I walked through the five must-have animations for a Windows Phone application . Since then, some readers have offered a 6th – the “Delete from a List” animation. This animation is also a great opportunity to tout the virtues of the...
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    Mango Sample: The ApplicationBar’s Secret Blend?

    A Windows Phone application is made up of a frame and pages. The Pages are made up of XAML that define the UI and the Application Bar . The Application Bar is made up of Application Bar Icon Buttons and Menu Items . MSDN : The default Application Bar...
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    Mango Sample: 3 Solutions to Formatting Problems

    One of the most powerful aspects of XAML is it’s rich and dynamic support for data binding. MSDN : Data binding provides a simple way for Silverlight-based applications to display and interact with data. The way data is displayed is separated from the...
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    Mango Sample: Introducing the Info Hub

    If I could ask God one question, it would surely be “Where am I going to die?” That way I could avoid it. With my bad luck He would likely say “the bathroom.” D’oh! Seriously, for Windows Phone developers there’s a lot of information to know (about the...
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    Mango Sample: 5 Must-Have Animations

    Metro Principles There are four Principles of Design for Windows Phone applications. MSDN : Metro is the name of the new design language created for the Windows Phone 7 interface. When given the chance for a fresh start, the Windows Phone design team...
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    Mango Sample: Portable Assemblies

    Windows Phone Applications are written in Silverlight (or XNA). Considerations for Silverlight impact Windows Phone developers. The Problem Many developers and organizations have existing libraries (assemblies) used in their desktop solutions. Object...
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    Mango Sample: Resources Part 4: Styles

    This is part 4 in the Resource series. Part 1: Themes Part 2: Colors Part 3: Sizes Part 4: Styles Can I override the Theme? No, but read on – this is important. You are the developer of your application. As a result, you are in control. The reason you...
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    Mango Sample: Resources Part 3: Sizes

    This is part 3 in the Resource series. Part 1: Themes Part 2: Colors Part 3: Sizes Part 4: Styles What Sizes are there? Another handy resource is the built-in size resources. This allows you to scale your fonts with two key benefits: Your font sizes will...
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    Mango Sample: Resources Part 2: Colors

    This is part 2 in the Resource series. Part 1: Themes Part 2: Colors Part 3: Sizes Part 4: Styles What Accent Colors are there? Windows Phone supports 10 standard accent colors . The user selects the accent color per their preferences. Your application...
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    Mango Sample: Resources Part 1: Themes

    This is part 3 in the Resource series. Part 1: Themes Part 2: Colors Part 3: Sizes Part 4: Styles Themes Windows Phone provides a series of resources to delivers. They include Brushes, Colors, Sizes, and Styles. Although a developer could create their...
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    Mango Sample: Accelerometer

    I know what you’re thinking: “You are already sensitive to various orientations, how can you make my Windows Phone application the same?” Lucky you! Microsoft has written a whole API (a kind of radar, if you will)  to sense Phone orientation. Left...
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    Mango Sample: Advertising

    The Microsoft Advertising Pub Center will allow you to create two types of Advertisements. 1) 480x80 XX-Large banner ads, and 2) 300x50 X-Large banner ad. 1. PUBCENTER > APPLICATION(S) First, register your Application at the Microsoft Advertising Pub...
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    Mango Sample: Icon Design

    Let’s take a minute to walk without using Express Design to create a logo for your Windows Phone application. Expression Design is included in the Expression Suite – it is NOT included with the free version of Expression Blend (which is included in the...
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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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    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: Data Validation

    Whoa! I am getting a lot of questions on data validation. This warrants an article. Of course, we have many choices. Some are prescriptive, some are simple, and some are just not reliable. For now, I will just limit data entry to valid numbers. That doesn...
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    Mango Sample: External Data

    External Data? Sure; data doesn’t have to be local. Like, some applications are multi-targeted. They allow users to log in on their phone, desktop, tablet, Xbox, work PC, and even fringe technologies like Droid, IPhone, and IPad. These apps probably persist...
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    Mango Sample: OAuth2 & Live Id

    Some Windows Phone applications will need to identify the user. Most Windows Phone users have a Windows Live ID. So, leverage that Windows Live ID. How? Use OAuth2. In June 2011, the Windows Live Developer platform added OAuth2 to seamlessly access Live...
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