Jerry Nixon

Microsoft Developer Evangelist

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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    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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    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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    PhoneGap fully supports Windows Phone

    In addition to being able to leverage their HTML5 and Javascript skills to target Windows Phone, developers can now enjoy a selection of PhoneGap Plugins that support social networks and a solid integration into Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone...
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    Mango Tip: Awesome Marketplace Screenshots

    Here’s a tool that makes your emulator’s start screen look less like an emulator and more like a phone. If you look at screenshots in the Marketplace that show the Start Screen, you will notice something strange – they all look the same – usually an Internet...
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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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    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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    Supporting sensors in Windows 8

    The Windows 8 Team has written a blog article around how Windows 8 will support sensors – letting developers built extremely robust applications that interact with the user. To pull all of this together, our final challenge was to make the power and promise...
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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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    A Phone App on every Platform?

    My colleague Windows Phone Developer Evangelist, Daniel Egan, has set out to do the impossible. Only kidding. He has set out to measure the real differences between building an app on Windows Phone, the IPhone, and Android. I am excited to see his conclusions...
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    Mango Sample: Give your app the Finger!

    My colleague Developer Evangelist, Sam Stokes, in California has written a compelling article on dragging items in Windows Phone. But I have a problem with Sam’s approach! Maybe it’s because I have a problem with Sam – but probably not; he’s actually...
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    WP7 Sample: Use Location Services *and* get Certified!

    Allow me to draw your attention to this Windows Phone application Certification Requirement: Requirement 2.7.2 The privacy policy of your application must inform users about how location data from the Location Service API is used and disclosed and the...
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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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    WP7 REST without Sleeping

    My colleague Developer Evangelist for Windows Phone in California, Daniel Egan, has posted a helpful article on the step-by-step implementation for consuming REST data in a Windows Phone application. Over and over again, I see developers that have this...
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    Customize the WP Emulator’s Skin!

    Yeah, I’ll say it. This is awesome. On CodePlex, there’s a new project, the Windows Phone 7 Enulator Skin Switcher. The Windows Phone 7 emulator skin switcher is an application that gives you multiple skins to use on your Windows Phone 7 emulator. Start...
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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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    Proven Marketing Strategies to Promote your Windows Phone App

    Creating a Windows Phone Application is straight-forward. The rich and robust Silverlight environment gives developers the tools a controls they need to create compelling user experiences. But what do you do once you have your application? What draws...
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    Hey .Net, Happy Valentine’s Day!

    My colleague Developer Evangelist in Arizona, Michael Palermo , has found his true love – sort of. Read his left-brain poetry as he pines for, you guessed it, Microsoft .Net Framework. And, frankly, who can blame him? I have a managed heap of memories...
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